OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bruce Maxwell became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem, and Khris Davis hit his 40th home run to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Rangers 1-0 on Saturday night.
Maxwell dropped to a knee and pressed his cap against his chest just outside Oakland's dugout during the anthem, adopting a protest started by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick in response to what the quarterback calls social injustice. Maxwell's teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha put his right hand on one of Maxwell's shoulders.
The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they "respect and support all of our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression" and "pride ourselves on being inclusive."
Davis became the first A's player to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons since Jimmie Foxx (1932-34). He's the fourth player in franchise history with multiple 40-homer seasons. Foxx (3), Mark McGwire (3) and Jose Canseco (2) are the others.
Davis homered against Miguel Gonzalez (8-12) leading off the second inning as the A's won their season-high sixth straight game.
Raul Alcantara (1-1) threw five shutout innings of two-hit ball in which he struck out five and allowed two walks.
The Rangers fell 4 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second AL wild card.
A's closer Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
Rangers: Manager Jeff Banister left the team Saturday morning to be with his ill mother, Verda, in Clear Lake. Bench coach Steve Buechele will manage the team through Sunday. ... RHP Keone Kela (right shoulder soreness) was cleared to pitch for the first time since going on the DL on Aug. 5.
Athletics: OF Chad Pinder was out of the lineup after crashing into the center field wall Friday. The A's are concerned he suffered from whiplash.