Josh Hamilton uses pink bat, strikes out on Mother's Day

Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton swings late on a pitch using a pink bat in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. Many players used the color pink in different ways honoring Mothers Day and cancer awareness. Hamilton struck out in the at-bat. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

May 14, 2012 4:59:45 AM PDT
Josh Hamilton went pink at the plate, using a pink bat on Mother's Day.

Like most major leaguers on Mother's Day, the Texas Rangers slugger is using a pink bat Sunday night. He struck out swinging in the first inning in the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.

For Hamilton, that meant not using the bat with which he said he hit eight of his nine home runs the previous six games. That bat was authenticated by Major League Baseball after Tuesday night's game in Baltimore when he became only the 16th major leaguer with a four-homer game.

Hamilton homered twice in the series opener against the Angels. He hit another homer Saturday, when he also struck out three times.