Rangers To Observe Moment Of Silence For Angels Pitcher
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. Skaggs died Monday after being found unresponsive in his hotel room in Southlake before the team's scheduled series opener against the Rangers.
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.
The Rangers say proceeds from a 50-50 raffle at the game will be donated to the Angels Baseball Foundation.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward says he can't even imagine what Angels manager Brad Ausmus and his players are going through as they get ready for their game a night after the death of Los Angeles pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
"I hate to even put myself into that, because it breaks my heart just to think about something like that," Woodward said about three hours before Tuesday night's scheduled first pitch. "The shock of it all, it's heartbreak."
Woodward says he reached out to Ausmus and said the Rangers would lend support in any way they could for the Angels.
"Obviously once the game starts, the game is going to be the game," Woodward said. "Both teams are going to play like they normally would, but there's still going to be something over the stadium that's a little different."
The Angels' clubhouse was closed to reporters before the game. The team said it would closed afterward, too.