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Rangers players ready to go pink

Rangers players ready to go pink

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are ready to go pink on Mother's Day.

Center fielder Josh Hamilton will be among the Rangers who will be wielding a pink bat in honor of his mother and in support of breast cancer research during their Mother's Day game against the Athletics on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

All Rangers position players have the option of using the pink bat on Sunday. Players are also wearing pink wristbands, necklaces and ribbons.

"I think it's a good thing," Hamilton said. "You want to do something special for mom on Mother's Day and nothing's better than her sitting back and watching me swing a pink bat."

The Rangers have several events planned including 400 special guests from the Susan G. Komen Foundation sitting in the Pink Out Zone in Section 11. Sandie Kramer, a 15-year survivor of breast cancer, and her daughter Shannon Johnson will be honored before the game.

Mothers and wives of Rangers players will be honored before the game and both teams will autograph home plates that will be auctioned off. The proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Sidney Ponson (2-0, 1.33 ERA)
Ponson has won his last two starts for the Rangers, allowing just two runs on 13 hits in 15 innings. This will be his fourth start for the Rangers. He was signed midway through Spring Training and opened the season in Triple-A Oklahoma where he was 1-2 with a 3.47 ERA in five games. He is 3-3 with a 6.58 ERA in 13 games, including 10 starts, against the Athletics in his career.

OAK: RHP Rich Harden (1-0, 0.82 ERA)
This will mark Harden's return to the Oakland rotation after spending the past month on the disabled list with a strain under his right shoulder blade. In his final Minor League rehab start on Tuesday, Harden struck out nine without a walk -- he hit three batters -- over six shutout innings of three-hit work for Class A Stockton against visiting Visalia. Harden is 5-2 with a 3.73 ERA in 11 career appearances against the Rangers.

Tidbits
Milton Bradley has seven RBIs in nine games in May. ... The Rangers' scoreless-innings streak ended at 33 innings on Saturday in the third inning. The bullpen's scoreless streak ended at 29 innings. ... The Rangers have made four errors in their last 10 games.

Tickets
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On the Internet
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•  Official game notes

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Up next
• Monday: Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 5-2, 3.02) vs. Mariners (Erik Bedard, 2-2, 1.99), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Tuesday: Rangers (Kason Gabbard, 1-0, 1.85) vs. Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 2-3, 3.42), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Wednesday: Rangers (Scott Feldman, 1-1, 4.07) vs. Mariners (Carlos Silva, 3-2, 4.33), 1:05 p.m. CT

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

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