A look at what’s happening around Baseball Saturday:
Giants manager Gabe Kapler says he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in protest of the nation’s political direction following the Texas school shootings this week.
“I don’t expect it to necessarily move the needle,” Kapler said before the first opener of a series in Cincinnati. “It’s something I feel strongly enough to take that step.”
Kapler said he needed more time to consider specific actions to prevent more tragedies of this type, such as stronger gun control laws. Earlier in the day, he used his personal blog to discuss the deaths of 19 children and two teachers killed in Uvalde.
In a post titled “Home of the Brave”, Kapler wrote: “We elect our politicians to represent our interests. Soon after this shootout, we were told we needed closed doors and armed teachers We were given thoughts and prayers. We were told it could have been worse, and that all we needed was love.
“But we weren’t given the bravery, and we’re not free. … We’re not free when politicians decide that lobbyists and the gun industry take away our kids’ freedom to go to school without the need for bulletproof backpacks and active shooter practice. are more important.”
Kapler was concerned about a brief brawl between Reds outfielder Tommy Pham and Giants outfielder Jock Pedersen ahead of the first match of the series at Great American Ball Park on Friday.
“We are investigating this and learning as much as we can about the incident,” Kapler said. “We are taking this very seriously. We are not ready to discuss this until we have a clear understanding of what happened.”
Corey Kluber is facing his former Yankees teammates for the first time since signing with rival Rays, and will take on New York ace Gerrit Cole.
Kluber pitched a no-hitter on May 19, 2021 for one of his former teams, the Texas Rangers, and again for the Yankees. The two-time Cy Young Award winner signed an $8 million, one-year deal with Tampa Bay and is 1-2 with 4.42 ERA in eight starts.
Cole termed a “strange” outing against Baltimore, in which he conceded five but went on to score 11 runs in eight innings without a run.
Johnny Couto had an impeccable 0.00 ERA in his third start with the White Sox, although the 36-year-old has yet to make a decision. He will face the Crosstown Cubs after playing six scoreless innings in each of his first two innings against the Royals and the Yankees.
Cueto signed a minor league deal with Chicago after Lance Lynn was injured at the end of spring training.
Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez was suspended for 80 games under baseball’s minor league drug program after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance ibutamoren, which increases human growth hormone.
The 30-year-old right-hander signed a minor league contract with San Francisco on March 19. He was released and signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox on May 7, then released again on May 17.
Martinez pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2013–21, leading 62–52 with a 3.74 ERA in 139 starts and 135 relief appearances. He was an All-Star in 2015 and 2017, and Martinez made five relief appearances for the Red Sox in the 2013 World Series.
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