The entire Angels team wore Tyler Skaggs #45 jersey to honor him after his death on July 1.
Debbie Skaggs darted her offering to where the middle of the strike zone would have been.
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The baseball season's relentless pace forces the Angels to heal while they play, and they're back to work after a sombre All-Star break during which Skaggs was honoured at the game in Cleveland. Cole worked two flawless innings as the game's opening pitcher, while Pena came on to finish the night, allowing just one walk in the fifth inning to mar perfection. But that the mound where that miracle unfurled was within moments blanketed in Skaggs' No. 45 made this something that's going to reach across the decades and grab us every now and then.
"He was in the prime of his life and the prime of his career - it's very tough", Angels manager Brad Ausmus told Major League Baseball. The reliever pounded his chest and pointed at the sky when Kole Calhoun caught the final out of the second. A picture of Skaggs was also included on the center-field wall and a video montage was provided on the scoreboard.
"He's part of the team even though he's not here", Ausmus said.More news: EU signals sanctions on Turkey over Cyprus drilling - draft
A fan memorial outside the front entrance continues to grow.
"In some respects, sometimes keeping busy can help", Angels general manager Billy Eppler said. "We're family in here". You just hurt so much for Tyler's family. "But for a lot of us, seeing each other again is nice". Forty-five will always be in my mind. The news was jarring, and L.A. still had to finish the trip through the Lone Star State before the All-Star break hit. "That's fine. We're human beings".More news: AJ Pritchard says brother Curtis’s Love Island dance moves were ‘scarring’