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Adam Jones, Jason Heyward to wear special cleats on Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Day will be celebrated throughout the majors on Sunday, and two young African-American outfielders have a special tribute planned. Adam Jones of the Orioles and Jason Heyward of the Braves are two of the players to wear the cleats pictured above to honor the man who broke MLB’s color barrier. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says Curtis Granderson will also wear special cleats. Granderson’s cleats will be auctioned with the proceeds going to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Heyward tweeted that the cleats are the Nike Griffey Jr. Swingman model spikes. He also noted that the color is light blue and yellow in honor of Robinson’s alma mater, UCLA.

Heyward called wearing the cleats an “honor and a pleasure,” while Jones termed it “a true honor.”

We’ve been upset with clothing companies in the past for using sensitive holidays to try and market new shoes, but there’s nothing not to like about this. This is an awesome tribute to Jackie Robinson.

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Adam Jones thinks Kevin Youkilis’ injury was big reason for September collapse

The Red Sox’s spectacular September collapse last season just isn’t going to go away, and this time it’s Orioles outfielder Adam Jones giving his two cents.

Jones, whose Orioles capped the Sox’s downfall with a walk-off win on the last day of the season, thinks that Kevin Youkilis‘ absence for the final 13 games of the season was something Boston wasn’t able to adjust to.

“You had a lineup with (Jacoby) Ellsbury, (Dustin) Pedroia, (Adrian) Gonzalez, Youk and Big Papi (David Ortiz) that played every single day. Now you mess with it, and it throws off your offense a little bit,” Jones told the Boston Herald. “You’ve got a big hole at fourth. A .300 hitter, 30 (homer), 100 (RBI) guy, who’s going to replace that? There isn’t anyone.”

Youkilis was lost after Sept. 15 due to several injuries, notably a sports hernia for which he needed offseason surgery. With Youkilis missing, it left Gonzalez virtually unprotected in the lineup.

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