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. The political statement came a day after the president criticized athletes who protest during sporting events. 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.
Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister left the team on Saturday morning to be with his ill mother. Banister's mother, Verda, lives in Clear Lake, Texas. Bench coach Steve Buechele will manage the last two games of the Rangers' series against the Oakland Athletics. The Rangers were on the fringe of the American League wild-card race, going into Saturday, as they trailed the Minnesota Twins by 3 1/2 games for the second wild-card spot. "The circumstances of this are terrible, but family first,'' Buechele said. Buechele learned about Banister's situation on Friday night but said he didn't know Banister would be flying back to Texas until Saturday morning. "I don't
The A's scheduled Saturday starter, Sean Manaea, was scratched three and a half hours before the game with upper-back tightness, and Raul Alcantara took his place against Texas. Manaea has had a similar issue twice before, including once earlier this season. It's considered minor, and Manaea said he hopes to make his final start of the season next week. Manaea is scheduled to pitch Thursday at Texas. Manaea said he felt it Friday while playing catch and came in Saturday and it was still bothering me. "I"m going to do what I can to get back on the mound," he said. Alcantara filled in for Jharel Cotton at Detroit on Monday and worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings.