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In first home game since his passing, Angels honor Tyler Skaggs in best possible way

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In first home game since his passing, Angels honor Tyler Skaggs in best possible way

When the Angels decided to honor Tyler Skaggs Friday night, nobody could have seen it going as well as it did.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on July 1 while the Angels were in Texas to play the Rangers. A cause of death has yet to be determined.

Friday night, the whole team took the field in No. 45 Skaggs jerseys. There was a 45-second moment of silence. His mom threw out a perfect strike of a first pitch.

That's already enough to get a little misty-eyed, but sports have ways of turning people into emotional wrecks, rather than simply leading to a quick smile.

Mike Trout, who was drafted in 2009 alongside Skaggs, hit a 454-foot, two-run homer on the first pitch he saw. His 28-second trip around the bases was his longest since Statcast was introduced in 2015, according to MLB. The team batted around in the first inning and Trout drove in two more with a double. The Angels led 7-0 after one and 9-0 after two innings.

The Angels weren't done. Félix Peña finished seven innings without allowing a hit and surrendered just one walk. Taylor Cole picked up the slack, retiring all six batters he faced to complete the combined no-hitter.

It was the first combined no-hitter in California since the Orioles did it to the Oakland Athletics on July 13, 1991, the day Skaggs was born. Skaggs would have been 28.

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

The Baltimore Orioles lost the first of their penultimate home series for the season 8-5 to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. 

Here are the latest player news and notes.

Player Updates:

OF Mason Williams crashed hastily into the back wall trying to prevent a Blue Jays score in the top of the ninth. It was 2B Cavan Biggio's line drive that ended up as a two-run triple to give the Blue Jays some cushion. That triple helped Biggio complete the cycle. Austin Hays replaced Williams while he was checked for a concussion. 

X-Ray tests came back negative for DH Renato Nunez after his left hand was hit by a pitch in Monday's loss to the Tigers. He could be back Wednesday. 

Injuries

DH Mark Trumbo, shoulder, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Wednesday, 9/18: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Thursday, 9/19: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Friday, 9/19: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

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Orioles Roundup: Orioles top last season's win total with victory in Detroit

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Orioles Roundup: Orioles top last season's win total with victory in Detroit

The Orioles beat the Tigers 6-2 in the first of a four-game set in Detroit, a series that will likely determin who comes away with the top pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. 
Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Updates:

SP Aaron Brooks tossed 5.1 innings in Detroit, allowing two runs on seven hits and five walks. The starter struck failed to strike out a batter, and his ERA still sits above 6 on the season. 

OF DJ Stewart crushed his second home run of the season to increase the Orioles lead to 3-0. The former first-round pick is still hitting just .228 at the Major League level this season.

Injuries:

RP Josh Rogers, Elbow, 60-day IL, Out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, Back, 60-day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Saturday, 9/14: Orioles at Tigers, 6:10 p.m., Comerica Park

Sunday, 9/15: Orioles at Tigers, 1:10 p.m., Comerica Park

Monday, 9/16: Orioles at Tigers, 4:10 p.m., Comerica Park

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