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05/12/08 11:38 PM ET

Cabrera waits for right time to use bat

Second baseman hits first homer of season with pink lumber

CLEVELAND -- The pink Louisville Slugger with Asdrubal Cabrera's name etched in it was sitting unused in the Indians' dugout for six innings on Monday.

The deadline to use this bat was looming. Major League Baseball would only allow its use in the first game of a doubleheader with the Blue Jays, because that was the makeup of the rained-out Mother's Day game between the two clubs.

Cabrera wanted to use the bat at least once as an homage to his mother, Zuneldi, who lives in Venezuela. So he picked it up, took it to bat against A.J. Burnett, and cranked out his first home run of the '08 season -- a two-run shot to right that tore through stiff winds and helped lead the Indians to a 3-0 win.

"I had never used the pink bat before," Cabrera said through interpreter Luis Rivera. "I wanted to have one at-bat with it for my mom."

Players around the country used the pink bats on Sunday as part of MLB's "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative, which seeks to raise awareness about the disease. Cabrera, who would turn an unassisted triple play in the nightcap, and Ryan Garko were the only Indians players to use one on Monday.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.