Tampa Bay Rays, NY Yankees post about gun violence instead of baseball game updates

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees Twitter feeds did not update fans about their Major League Baseball game Thursday night.

Instead, the teams' feeds were filled with information on gun violence two days after 21 people — including 19 children — were killed by a shooter at a Texas elementary school.

The Rays' and Yankees' Twitter accounts both posted the same message shortly before first pitch in St. Petersburg, Florida.

"In lieu of game coverage and in collaboration with @Yankees, we will use our channels to offer facts about the impacts of gun violence. The devastating events that took place in Uvalde, Buffalo and countless other communities across our nation are tragedies that are intolerable," read the post on the Rays' account.

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The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, came 10 days after a man shot and killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo.

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In addition to the shared posts, the Rays' Twitter page pinned a message announced the team had committed $50,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety's Support Fund.

The team's banner is an orange background with "End gun violence" in white letters. Orange is a color used by gun violence prevention activists.

Yankees and Rays highlight gun violence statistics

The threads from both teams included links to sources for the information, including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Rays Instagram also includes gun violence posts

The campaign reached across social media platforms, as Tampa's Instagram feed also included gun violence statistcs.

Rays pitcher Brooks Raley is from Uvalde, Texas

Tuesday's shooting hit close to home for the Tampa Bay clubhouse. Pitcher Brooks Raley is from Uvalde.

“I did go to that school. I walked those halls, so I can imagine what they experience each day, and I’m feeling for that community,” Raley said to ABC News. “It’s small and a close-knit community, so it’s obviously tough. I don’t know if there’s anything I can do. It’s going to take time.”

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Yankees, Rays Twitter posts gun stats after Texas school shooting