The Los Angeles Angels will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in an exhibition game Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium, one day after Angels reliever Keynan Middleton took a knee and clenched his right fist above his head during the playing of the national anthem.

Middleton was not available after Monday night’s 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park to discuss his gesture.

Manager Joe Maddon said Middleton first brought up taking a knee during the anthem in a videoconference in June, when the team and other Angels employees met to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement among other racial and social justice topics after the death of George Floyd, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Middleton stood out during the meeting, according to The Times, with Maddon describing Middleton as passionate about his beliefs.

Several members of the San Francisco Giants and manager Gabe Kapler also took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before their exhibition game Monday night in Oakland against the Athletics.

“Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!” President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Middleton was drafted by the Angels in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. He made his major league debut in 2017. He has a 6-1 record with nine saves and a 3.23 ERA in 91 appearances, all in relief. He missed most of the 2018 and 2019 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Tuesday’s exhibition is the last for the Dodgers before Thursday’s regular-season opener. They routed the Arizona Diamondbacks, 12-1, Monday night at Dodger Stadium as Joc Pederson and Mookie Betts homered during a five-run second inning and Chris Taylor hit a three-run homer during a six-run fifth inning.

Corey Seager went 3-for-3 to lead the Dodgers 15-hit attack while A.J. Pollock, Pederson and Taylor each had two hits as the Dodgers defeated Arizona for the second consecutive night. The Dodgers were 9-2 winners Sunday.

Left-hander Julio Urias and four relievers limited the Diamondbacks to six hits. Urias (1-0) allowed four hits, including Ildemaro Vargas’ second-inning home run, over five innings, striking out three and walking one.

Pederson’s homer drove in Seager, who doubled leading off the second. Following Pederson’s home run, Taylor walked and Will Smith singled and scored on Betts’ homer.

Pederson and Taylor both drove in four runs. Pederson doubled in Cody Bellinger and Seager, one batter before Taylor’s home run.

Taylor doubled in pinch-runner Terrance Gore in the seventh for the Dodgers’ final run. Gore ran for Pollock, who singled.

Right-hander Taylor Clarke (1-2), the first of five Arizona pitchers, took the loss, allowing five runs and six hits over four innings.

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