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Texas Rangers hold moment of silence on Opening Day to honor victims of racial injustice, COVID-19

Rockies outfielder Matt Kemp was the only one to kneel during the national anthem, prior to the season opener vs. the Rangers.

ARLINGTON, Texas — With racial injustice and COVID-19 on the forefront of America's mind, the Texas Rangers held a moment of silence on Opening Day to honor the victims of both pandemics.

Prior to the start of their 2020 season opener against the Colorado Rockies, a few Rangers including veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus wore "Black Lives Matter" t-shirts during batting practice.

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Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor wears a Black Lives Matter shirt as he warms up before an Opening Day baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

"Black Lives Matter" and "United for Change" patches are sewn onto the Rangers jersey sleeves.

Before the national anthem, the Rangers took time to honor those who have lost their lives due to coronavirus and crimes of racial injustice. 

A couple videos supporting racial equality played on the video boards in the newly built Globe Life Park and on the television broadcast.

Then a large black ribbon was picked up by all members of the Rangers and Rockies. In total, 17 Rangers players and coaches elected to kneel during the black ribbon ceremony, including Rangers manager Chris Woodward.

Following the ribbon ceremony, all of the Rangers stood up as former Negro League All-Star Charley Pride sang the national anthem.

Rockies outfielder Matt Kemp was the only player to kneel during the anthem.

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