Grieving Angels return for 1st home game since Skaggs' death

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Published 9:46 p.m. ET July 12, 2019 | Updated 11:13 p.m. ET July 12, 2019

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Tyler Skaggs’ jersey hangs in his untouched locker in the Los Angeles Angels’ clubhouse, his pristine cleats and gloves ready for a ballgame.

The big stereo system in the room’s center is silent because the affable left-hander who controlled the Angels’ musical choices is no longer here.

And on the far wall of the clubhouse, two photos of Skaggs now flank his competitive catchphrase printed in tall letters: “WE’RE NASTY.”

The pitcher’s grieving teammates returned to Angel Stadium on Friday night for the first time since Skaggs was found in his hotel room in Texas nearly two weeks ago. On the day before what would have been Skaggs’ 28th birthday, every Los Angeles player wore Skaggs’ No. 45 jersey as they faced the Seattle Mariners.

“He’s still a part of the team, even though he’s not here,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.

During a poignant pregame ceremony, both teams lined the basepaths as Skaggs’ family took the mound led by his mother, Debbie, the longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School.

With emotion evident on her face, Debbie Skaggs threw a perfect…

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