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Angels honor Skaggs with emotional no-hit masterpiece

Angels honor Skaggs with emotional no-hit masterpiece

The Angels put on Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jerseys and stood solemnly on the field while his mother, Debbie, delivered a heartbreakingly ideal strike on the first pitch. Skaggs' mother, Debbie, delivered the ceremonial first pitch to Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney-throwing a picture-perfect strike down the middle that, as Cole put it, set the tone for the rest of the night.

Here was the last out of the no-hitter.

The baseball season's relentless pace forces the Angels to heal while they play, and they went back to work after a somber All-Star break during which Skaggs was honored at the game in Cleveland. "I feel for them".

Trout crushed a 454-foot, two-run homer to left-centre on the first pitch he saw from Leake.

"Tonight was in honor of him", Trout said.

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Los Angeles Angel fans place flowers, hats and mementos for pitcher Tyler Skaggs at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. "We're going to do what we can to honor him". It was also the fact that they pulled it off just 1.5 hours before Skaggs' 28th birthday, scoring seven runs in the first inning and 13 runs total in the league's 13th combined no-no to date.

While the team is saying goodbye to Skaggs, Friday's game will not be the end of their honoring his memory. The two-time AL MVP appeared to look toward Skaggs' family in the stands as he crossed the plate after an unusually long home run trot. Trout finished the game with three hits and six RBIs. The well-liked pitcher controlled the Angels' clubhouse stereo system with an iron fist, but he also eagerly shared pointers and encouragement with his teammates - including Peña, who repeatedly thought about Skaggs' constant exhortations to focus while he completed the no-hitter. Gordon hit his only home run that season to lead off the bottom of the first in Miami's first game after Fernandez's death. Whether you're his teammate, part of his family, or just a fan like the rest of us, there's no forgetting what you're seeing right now.

"He's part of the team even though he's not here", Ausmus said. We're around each other all day, every day.

"I think it's going to be tough this season", Trout said.


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