Red Sox adopt pink as color on Mother's Day

Red Sox adopt pink as color on Mother's Day

BOSTON -- The Red Sox didn't forget about their mothers when they got to Fenway Park on Sunday.

In the clubhouse before Sunday's series finale with Cleveland, second baseman Dustin Pedroia joked about playing well for his mom on Mother's Day.

"If I don't get two hits, my mom isn't happy with me," he said with a smile.

Pedroia doubled in the seventh inning to extend his hit streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the Majors. He finished the day 1-for-4 with a run scored.

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Rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks gave his mother plenty to cheer about, though, smashing a solo home run over the Green Monster in the third inning. He also had an RBI single and finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

"I only got to talk my mom for a second before the game, she was too busy for me," Middlebrooks said after Sunday's 12-1 win over the Indians. "She texted me and said, 'Nice shot.' I'll have to give her a call now."

Outfielder Daniel Nava also planned to call his mom after Boston's third straight victory. He was unable to contact her before the game, but made up for it with a pair of doubles, an RBI and three runs.

"I'm going to give her a call in a little bit," Nava said. "Unfortunately my phone died, it won't even turn on. So I need to go buy a new one and then I'm going to call her."

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia got in on the action, too, driving in five runs and blasting a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

"My mom, my wife, I've got three little girls -- every day, I play for them," Saltalamacchia said.

The Red Sox wore pink wristbands, a symbol of breast cancer awareness. Some players wore pink necklaces and others walked to the plate with pink batting gloves.

"I like the customization with our names and numbers," said shortstop Mike Aviles of the pink equipment.

Outfielder Cody Ross, infielder Nick Punto and catcher Kelly Shoppach used pink bats. But they combined to go 0-for-4 with the brightly colored wood.

Between innings, the video screen in center field featured messages from the players to their mothers.

Before the game, Shoppach tweeted, "Everyday is mothers day but on this day we celebrate it. Thank you to all the moms who do everything for their children."

Aviles' Twitter page read, "Happy mothers day to all mothers!! Without good mothers we would all be a bunch of nobody's! Enjoy ur [sic] day, y'all deserve it."