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Red Sox honor mothers, help show support for breast cancer awareness
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TORONTO -- Wielding a pink bat to show support for breast cancer awareness, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval crushed a two-run homer against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

Sandoval was one of three Red Sox hitters using the pink bat in the club's 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays. Mookie Betts and David Ortiz also swung the bright-colored stick in the series finale.

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TORONTO -- Wielding a pink bat to show support for breast cancer awareness, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval crushed a two-run homer against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

Sandoval was one of three Red Sox hitters using the pink bat in the club's 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays. Mookie Betts and David Ortiz also swung the bright-colored stick in the series finale.

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Betts tripled in the first with his bat.

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Most Red Sox players sported pink undershirts, while several others accessorized with pink wristbands, laces and cleats.

Ortiz said he doesn't mind wearing pink for such a good cause.

"For Mother's Day? For breast cancer? C'mon. We all have family related to that," he said. "That's something we need to support. For my mom, breast cancer, I would dress pink all day."

:: Mother's Day 2015 ::

Boston backstop Sandy Leon donned a pinkish-hued chest protector and face mask.

Mike Napoli, whose mother was in attendance, was happy to support the cause.

"It's pretty awesome. Just raising the awareness," said Napoli, who hit a three-run homer in the first. "All the mothers out there, it's pretty special. They do it a lot, for different things, but it's nice. It's a special day."

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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