A look at what’s happening around baseball on Saturday:
Giants manager Gabe Kapler has said he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in a protest against the nation’s political direction after this week’s school shooting in Texas.
“I don’t expect him to necessarily move the needle,” Kapler said before the series opener in Cincinnati. “It’s just something I feel enough to take this step.”
Kapler said he needed more time to consider specific actions he could suggest taking to prevent more such tragedies, such as tougher gun control laws. Earlier today he took to his personal blog to discuss the deaths of the 19 children and two teachers killed in Uvalde.
In an article titled “Home of the Brave,” Kapler wrote, “We elect our politicians to represent our interests. Immediately after that shooting, we were told we needed locked doors and armed teachers. We were given thoughts and prayers. We were told it could have been worse, and we just need love.
‘But we were not given bravery, and we are not free. … We are not free when politicians decide that lobbyists and the arms industries are more important than the freedom of our children to go to school without the need for bulletproof backpacks and drills of active shooting.’
Kapler was also concerned Friday about a brief altercation between Reds outfielder Tommy Pham and Giants outfielder Joc Pederson before the series opener at Great American Ball Park.
“We are investigating it and learning as much as we can about the incident,” Kapler said. “We take this very seriously. Until we have a clear understanding of what happened, we don’t want to discuss it.
Corey Kluber faces his former Yankees teammates for the first time since signing with rival Rays, and he will face New York ace Gerrit Cole.
Kluber threw a no-hitter for the Yankees on May 19, 2021 against another of his former teams, the Texas Rangers. The two-time Cy Young Award winner signed a one-year, $8 million contract with Tampa Bay and is 1-2 with a 4.42 ERA in eight starts.
Cole is coming off of what he called a “peculiar” outing against Baltimore in which he allowed five runs but also walked out 11 scoreless in eight innings.
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Johnny Cueto takes an impeccable 0.00 ERA in his third start for the White Sox, although the 36-year-old is yet to make a decision. He will face the Crosstown Cubs after throwing six scoreless innings in each of his first two outings against the Royals and Yankees.
Cueto signed a minor league contract with Chicago after Lance Lynn was injured at the end of spring training.
Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martínez has been suspended for 80 games under Minor League Baseball’s drug program following a positive test 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 contract with the Boston Red Sox on May 7, then was released again on May 17.
Martínez pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2013-21, going 62-52 with a 3.74 ERA in 139 starts and 135 relief appearances. He was an All-Star in 2015 and 2017, and Martínez made five relief appearances in the 2013 World Series loss to the Red Sox.
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