Athletics

A's-Rangers game starts as planned amid boycotts across sports world

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Wednesday night’s A’s-Texas Rangers game went on as planned.

Professional sports games around the United States were postponed Wednesday night, including the Milwaukee Brewers-Cincinnati Reds game, the San Diego Padres-Seattle Mariners game, the entirety of the WNBA and NBA's Wednesday-night schedule and multiple MLS games, as a result of players boycotting in the wake of Sunday's police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to boycott Wednesday, remaining in their locker room ahead of a scheduled playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

At Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, there were sights of activity from the A’s side and the batters' box was painted prior to the 5:05 p.m. PT start time:

A's infielder Tony Kemp, who raised his fist in protest of racial inequality and social injustice during the national anthem on Opening Day, sported a Black Lives Matter shirt before Wednesday's game.

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For now, Brewers-Reds, Seattle Mariners-San Diego Padres and Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers are the only MLB games that have been postponed. Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward decided not to play against the Detroit Tigers, but spoke with manager David Ross and his teammates and encouraged them to play.