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Dodgers-Giants and Padres-Mariners games also postponed following Jacob Blake shooting

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Scheduled games between the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have been postponed following the Jacob Blake shooting, according to CBS Sports’ Jim Bowden.

Conflicting reports came out regarding the Dodgers-Giants game, as NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reported that no decision had been made regarding the game’s postponement a few hours prior to first pitch. Both teams posted their lineups on Twitter.

However, multiple reports later confirmed that the game between Los Angeles and San Francisco is indeed postponed.

Players at the NBA “bubble” in Orlando facilitated a seismic change in the sporting world on Wednesday.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic resulted in the eventual postponement of Wednesday’s Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers games as players call for justice following the shooting of Jacob Blake over the weekend.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds became the MLB first clubs to announce they would not play earlier Wednesday evening. The two teams have since released a joint statement explaining the decision not to take the diamond.

Much like in the NBA (though to a much lesser degree), this created a bit of a snowball effect with Padres-Mariners being postponed as well, and reportedly Dodgers-Giants as well.

Mariners infielder and established veteran Dee Gordon took to Twitter to explain the team’s decision, explaining racial injustice is “deeply personal” to both himself and his teammates. Teammate Shed Long also posted a picture with the caption “Enough is enough.”

Other games are either underway or expected to be played, though Black players around the league are still finding ways to protest.

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward was a healthy scratch, as was St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler.

In New York, Mets outfielder Dominic Smith took a knee during the national anthem.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Cole Tucker also issued a statement on Twitter, saying “Ending police brutality is more important than sports.”

It always seemed unlikely MLB would act with as much uniformity as the NBA. Nevertheless, the postponements for the Dodgers-Giants and Padres-Mariners games and statements are a strong showing of solidarity as the sporting world hopes to invoke a sense of responsibility and action.