Nationals break out pink for Mother's Day

Nationals break out pink for Mother's Day

CINCINNATI -- Several Nationals players showed their support for Major League Baseball and the Going to Bat program by using pink bats and wearing pink equipment, including spikes, on Mother's Day. The program helps bring awareness to breast cancer with an emphasis placed on prevention, treatment and finding a cure.

Among those who donned pink were Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and Chad Tracy.

Harper went 2-for-5 and scored a pair of runs in the 9-6 loss to the Reds. His single to left field in the second inning broke a 0-for-9 streak through in the first two games in Cincinnati. Harper had struck out four times in those first nine at-bats.

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"I've been feeling great at the plate, even the past couple of games, [even] if I had been struggling or not. But I've felt great at the plate," said Harper.

Desmond had two hits in his six at-bats, including a double in the third inning.

Pinch-hitter Tracy came up in the seventh inning and delivered a single that produced his seventh RBI off the bench this season.