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Astros opt to not play Friday night in protest of police brutality, Jacob Blake shooting

The Astros followed suit as several other teams boycotted as well

HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 28: An Oakland Athletics jersey with #42, a Black Lives Matter tee shirt and a Houston Astros jersey with #42 cover the batters box as both teams walked off the field in protest of racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police at Minute Maid Park on August 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 28: An Oakland Athletics jersey with #42, a Black Lives Matter tee shirt and a Houston Astros jersey with #42 cover the batters box as both teams walked off the field in protest of racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police at Minute Maid Park on August 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – There will be no baseball Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros were scheduled to host Oakland and the game was to begin at 8:10 p.m. That game will be postponed. Players from both teams laid number 42 jerseys on home plate in honor of Jackie Robinson, accompanied with a Black Lives Matter jersey.

Robinson broke barriers in 1947 as the first Black player to play in Major League Baseball.

“The Houston Astros players, with support from the Oakland players, have decided to postpone tonight’s game,” the Astros wrote in a statement. “We support their decision to make a strong statement in support of the fight for racial equality. We are proud of our players’ efforts to use their voices to drive necessary change. The Astros and A’s will proudly celebrate Jackie Robinson Day tomorrow when play is resumed.”

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