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After Giancarlo Stanton knelt during the national anthem before the second game of the Yankees’ season, the slugger said he intended to keep up the protest throughout the season.

He did so again before Saturday night’s game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Stanton was joined by Aaron Hicks the first time, with the pair saying they were protesting racial inequality.

Hicks was out of the lineup Saturday and not on the field before the game.

Explaining his decision on July 25 in Washington, D.C., Stanton said he took a knee “just to show that we’re still in this fight. [I] just wanted to reiterate that it can’t be lost. It’s important to keep this movement forward with a simple message, [then] go out and play. I thought it was the right thing to do.”

Saturday was the first time Stanton or any other Yankee did so again.

“A lot of my teammates haven’t experienced some of the things that I have,’’ Stanton said last weekend. “Some have. [I] just give them a little insight on the daily lives that we’ve gone through growing up. I would say it’s a little different now because we’re popular, more aware but at the same time, you can’t forget how things got here.”

Stanton also added he wanted to “take the heat” going forward — and not his teammates.

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Yankees curse out Angel Hernandez after umpire blows key call

The Yankees were rallying late in Game 1 of their doubleheader in Philadelphia on Wednesday. They were about to bring the tying run to the plate . . . until umpire Angel Hernandez did what he does, which is miss a pitch.

Hernandez called Mike Ford out on strikes on a full-count pitch that should have been Ball 4. Had the pitch been called correctly, the Yankees would have had the bases loaded with one out and Miguel Andujar at the plate in an 11-7 game.

Naturally, Ford wasn’t happy, Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn’t happy and New York third base coach Phil Nevin really wasn’t happy. Nevin was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. With Citizens Bank Park empty because of COVID-19, everyone heard just how unhappy he and the Bombers were. Foul language ahead:

“We all know you don’t want to be here anyway,” Nevin told Hernandez as he was walking to the dugout.

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YES Network broadcasters brought up that Yankees starter J.A. Happ was not getting similar calls during his abbreviated outing. But that’s Hernandez, who has earned a reputation for being one of MLB’s worst umpires.

He also has been the center of controversy off the field. He sued MLB in 2017, claiming racial discrimination (he is of Cuban descent) for why he was denied postseason assignments (he later showed why he shouldn’t have been around in the playoffs.)

In June, MLB accused him of eavesdropping on a telephone call that was set up to investigate why Hernandez delayed a Red Sox-Rays game 20 minutes over a rules argument. Hernandez’s attorney told The Athletic that Hernandez was invited to take part in the call. 

Hernandez was not scheduled to work Game 2 of the Yankees-Phillies doubleheader after being behind the plate for the opener.

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