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Four Cincinnati Reds players – Joey Votto, Amir Garrett, Phillip Ervin and Alex Blandino – took a knee during the national anthem prior to Tuesday’s exhibition game at Great American Ball Park. 

The players lined up together alongside the first-base line. Mike Moustakas put his left hand on Ervin’s shoulder. Cody Reed put his hand on Garrett’s shoulder and Sal Romano put his hand on Blandino’s back. Manager David Bell stood alongside the players taking a knee, next to Blandino. 

Several Reds players –

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