The Latest: ‘Strange game’ on tap day after death of Skaggs
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs (all times local):
Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo says it’s going to be a “strange game” playing the Angels a day after the death of 27-year-old Los Angeles pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
Gallo says he had to “take a seat” Monday when he heard the news that Skaggs had been found unresponsive in his Dallas-area hotel room. Gallo says, “I definitely feel for the Angels and that organization.”
Monday night’s game between the Angels and Rangers was postponed, but the teams are set to play the second game of a four-game series as scheduled Tuesday night. The Rangers say a moment of silence will be held in honor of Skaggs before the game.
The Angels’ clubhouse is closed to reporters.
Police in Southlake are investigating Skaggs’ death and say no foul play is suspected. An initial report by the Tarrant County medical examiner didn’t list a manner or cause of death.
The Texas Rangers say a moment of silence will be held before Tuesday night’s game in honor of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died a day earlier.
Major League Baseball postponed Monday night’s scheduled series opener between the Rangers and the Angels after Skaggs would found unresponsive in his hotel room and pronounced dead at the scene.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler, manager Brad Ausmus and team president John Carpino plan to address the media Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Rangers say proceeds from a 50-50 raffle at the game will be donated to the Angels Baseball Foundation.
The Los Angeles Angels are trying to cope with the loss of a teammate.
Pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday after being found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas before the team’s scheduled series opener against the Rangers.
Police in Southlake, Texas, said they were investigating, but that no foul play was suspected. Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene after police responded to a call at the hotel Monday afternoon.
The team, in a statement, called the 27-year-old Skaggs “an important part of the Angels Family” and said its thoughts and prayers were with his wife and entire family “during this devastating time.”
Monday’s game was postponed.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler, manager Brad Ausmus and team president John Carpino planned to address the media Tuesday afternoon.
The teams were scheduled to play a night game. There was no immediate word about the status of the game.
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