Angels cover mound with Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jerseys following no-hitter

Angels cover mound with Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jerseys following no-hitter

Among the many others paid to their fallen teammate was a pregame ceremony in which a framed Skaggs No. 45 jersey was placed behind the pitcher's mound.

The tribute to Skaggs was one of many by the Angels.

The Angels then battered Seattle starter Mike Leake in a surreal seven-run, eight-hit first inning highlighted by Trout, who has been relentless at the plate ever since Skaggs' death. What an unbelievable game to be a part of.

Angels players had said before the game they were keeping Skaggs at the front of their minds while competing.

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. His jersey, cleats and gloves still hang untouched in his locker and several photos of him were posted around Angel Stadium, the team's home in Anaheim. "It was just a great, ".

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Pena, who also is a righty, entered in the third and was sensational allowing just baserunner in his seven innings, a one out walk in the fifth inning to Omar Narvaez.

"He's the life of the team, honestly", said infielder Zack Cozart, Skaggs' teammate for the past two seasons. "That's how it's always going to be for all of us". We're around each other all day, every day. It's so sudden and so tragic. The Angels were somber as they returned from the All-Star break for their first home baseball game since the 27-year-old Skaggs died in Texas on July 1.

All Angels players, coaches and even broadcasters were sporting a matching red home jersey emblazoned with the number 45, which is the number Skaggs had worn since rejoining the Angels prior to the 2014 season.

While the Angels eventually will settle into the rhythms of the season, Skaggs' presence will be felt throughout the stadium, from his intact locker to the large likeness of the well-liked pitcher now displayed prominently on the center field wall.

"I think guys will become emotional again, because it is still very fresh", manager Brad Ausmus said.

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