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David Price sounds off on MLB over Jackie Robinson Day execution

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David Price sounds off on MLB over Jackie Robinson Day execution

David Price has had no problem calling Major League Baseball on its shortcomings this year.

Earlier this month, the Boston Red Sox pitcher took MLB to task for its ineffectiveness in marketing star African-American players like teammate Mookie Betts. On Wednesday, Price turned his attention to Jackie Robinson Day.

Price did more than just tweet. He told Chris Mason of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune that he spoke to commissioner Rob Manfred and Players' Association director Tony Clark about it.

"I saw Tony Clark when I was eating lunch today and I told him," Price said. "I spoke to Manfred on the phone today. And I told him. That's all I can do."

MLB initiated Jackie Robinson Day in 2004 as a way to commemorate Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, when he broke MLB's color barrier as the league's first African-American player.

Jackie Robinson Day lands on April 15 every year, but as Price points out, only 20 of the league's 30 teams (including the Red Sox) actually played a game on April 15 this year, meaning 10 teams didn't get to participate in the event.

Teams have continued to honor Robinson this week by having every player wear his iconic No. 42 jersey -- the Red Sox and New York Yankees all donned No. 42 on Tuesday night -- but if you ask Price, MLB is doing Robinson's legacy a disservice by giving 10 teams an off day on April 15.

Alex Cora, the Red Sox first-ever minority manager, supported Price's stance.

"Just reading [Price's tweet] and thinking about it, it makes sense to play that day, everybody plays," Cora told the Eagle-Tribune. "The league will take a look at it and maybe he’s right about this and the league will make an adjustment. It’s a special day for everybody so I think, in my opinion, yes he’s right about that."

Wednesday evening, MLB responded to Price's concerns in a statement:

Elsewhere in Jackie Robinson Day controversies, Budweiser removed an ad titled, "This Bud's For Jackie" this week after receiving harsh blowback.

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Saturday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Sale looks for first win on Jackie Robinson Day

Saturday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Sale looks for first win on Jackie Robinson Day

Chris Sale looks to rebound from his hard-luck loss the last time out in Detroit, and the Red Sox from their 10-5 Friday night loss to Rays, in Game 2 of their weekend series Saturday afternoon (4:05) at Fenway Park.

Sale (0-1, 1.23 ERA) has pitched well in his two Red Sox starts but the left-hander is still looking for his first win in a Boston uniform. An eighth-inning run in Detroit ruined a five-hit, 10-strikeout performance in a 2-1 loss on Monday against Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

The Rays will start right-hander Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 4.50), coming off a win Sunday over the Blue Jays. It's Jackie Robinson Day around Major League Baseball, honoring the 70th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. All players in games today will wear Robinson's No. 42.

It's also the fourth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Red Sox will participate in a city-wide moment of silence at 2:49 p.m., the exact time of the explosions at the marathon finish line, and will honor victims and first responders in a pregame ceremony. 

The full lineups: 

RAYS
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Peter Bourjos LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Rickie Weeks Jr. DH
Derek Norris C    
Logan Morrison 1B
Daniel Robertson 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Tim Beckham SS
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Jake Odorizzi RHP

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi CF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Chris Young LF
Sandy Leon C
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Chris Sale LHP

City of Philadelphia to apologize for racist treatment of Jackie Robinson

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City of Philadelphia to apologize for racist treatment of Jackie Robinson

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia is officially apologizing to Jackie Robinson for the racism he faced in the City of Brotherly Love.

The City Council passed a resolution Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honor Robinson's achievements and to apologize for his mistreatment while visiting Philadelphia in 1947.

April 15 is the day Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In Philadelphia, Robinson was refused service by a local hotel and taunted by Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who, along with players, hurled racial slurs at Robinson each time he came to bat.

The 2013 biopic "42" highlights the hateful reception Robinson received in Philadelphia.

The apology will be presented to Robinson's widow, Rachel.