OAKLAND -- Austin Jackson's at-bats continue to make a statement for the Tigers offense as an spark atop a lineup that needs baserunners. His pink bat makes a different statement altogether.
He uses them every Mother's Day as a tribute to his mom, and even if it's an adjustment for him, he wanted to get at least one at-bat with it Sunday.
"Sometimes I've gone the whole game with it, depending on if I've got a hit or not," Jackson said. "But I like to at least use it once when I can."
He didn't get one with it this year. A's third baseman Josh Donaldson took care of that, denying him a hit on his ground ball to the left side to lead off the game.
Jackson was one of three Tigers to use the pink bats during the game. The way Ryan Raburn felt on his ninth-inning double off the center-field fence, breaking out of a 2-for-21 skid on the West Coast trip, he wished he could stick with the pink bat.
"I think that was my first one with it," Raburn said. "I might have to dip it in some black paint and keep swinging it or something."
The pink bats from Louisville Slugger were stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo to help raise attention and demonstrate support for the cause.