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Ahead of the team’s first game of the season, both the Orioles and Red Sox took a knee before the national anthem. The entire Orioles roster took a knee, while only some of the Red Sox roster did, though all held a black ribbon.

The entire Orioles roster walked onto the field wearing shirts that read “Black Lives Matter.” 

Earlier in the day, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wore the shirt during his pregame availability. 

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No Orioles players took a knee during the national anthem, and the entire team linked arms. A handful of Red Sox players took a knee during the anthem.

This came after statements from the opening series between the Yankees and Nationals, the first baseball series since social justice upheaval which began in late May with the killing of George Floyd by police. 

“We have met multiple times in big group settings, as well as some small groups,” Hyde said pregame. “We’ve had multiple discussions as a team and it’s been extremely powerful. I’m supporting our players and I’m supporting our players in their rights to be individuals, to individually express themselves in a peaceful way. The culture that we’re trying to build here, and that’s what’s happened the last few months. It’s been unbelievable, to be honest with you.”

 

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