Bruce Maxwell, catcher for the Oakland Athletics, just became the first major league baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem in Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers. Last year, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was booed for taking a knee during the national anthem while his team played the San Diego Chargers. Kaepernick said the silent protest was meant to bring awareness to injustices against minorities in the United States.
Last night Robinson Cano hit a solo homer in the ninth inning of the Mariners’ loss to the Texas Rangers. While we’ve become accustomed to not caring much about home run milestones south of, say, 500, 300 homers for Cano is a big deal, as he’s only the third second baseman to cross that threshold in baseball history. Cano, who turns 35 next month, has a career line of .305/.354/.495 and 1,179 RBI, 512 doubles and 33 triples to go with those bombs.
OAKLAND — Matt Olson is not picky. He blasts home runs on the road, at home, against American or National League pitching, and regardless of how many men are on base. The A’s returned to the Coliseum on Friday after a nine-game trip, and their rookie first baseman picked up where he left off on the road. He launched a two-run homer in his first at-bat to propel Oakland to a fifth win in a row, 4-1, over the Texas Rangers. That’s six homers in his past seven games, eight in his past 11 and 16 over his past 23. Olson’s 24 homers are tied for second most in major league history over a player’s first 68 games. The White Sox’s Jose Abreu had 25 over the same career-opening stretch. Olson also has