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Los Angeles Angels Throw Combined No-Hitter in Honor of Tyler Skaggs

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Sports can sometimes seem scripted, as fairy tale narratives unfold before our eyes in ways that we could never have imagined.

This was the case for the Los Angeles Angels tonight, in their first home game played since losing starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs two weeks ago.

Before the game began, Skaggs mother Debbi foreshadowed things to come when she took the mound to threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Debbie delivered a perfect strike to her son’s best friend Andrew Heaney, which was just the start of a remarkable night. Every Angel took the field against the Seattle Mariners wearing Skaggs’ No. 45 jersey . With Skaggs in their minds and in their hearts, the Angels delivered one of the most perfect games imaginable to honor their fallen teammate.

Offensively, Mike Trout got the night started for the Angles on the first pitch he saw, hitting a ball to the heavens for a monster two-run homer.

Trout put together a stellar night at the plate, with that home run, two doubles and six RBIs, leading the Angels to scoring 13 runs. The Angels put together a seven-run first inning and scored in all but three innings, in a night where it seemed like every member of the team got involved.

While the offense was great, the best way to honor Skaggs was to dominant on the same mound where he had so many great moments in his young career. Debbie Skaggs opened the game with a strike and Taylor Cole picked up where she left off by pitching two perfect innings to start the game.

But Cole was just meant to be the opener, as the Angels have often employed that strategy for most of Felix Pena’s “starts” this year. So after Cole made his way through two innings, he handed the ball over to Pena and the 29-year-old righty did the rest.

Pena needed just 81 pitches to work his way through the last seven innings of the game, as he struck out six batters, walked one and most importantly, did not allow a single hit.

Skaggs spirit was definitely in the building on this night, as it seemed like a higher power was there to guide the Angels through this game. In fact, it was almost as if those Angels in the Outfield movies was playing out in real life, as everything came easy for the Angels in that brilliant performance.

Skaggs was a starting pitcher that was just beginning to establish himself in the game. He was leading the Angels in both wins and strikeouts at the time of his passing. The Angels winning this game 13-0 would have been a great story in of itself. But for them to throw a combined no-hitter under all of these circumstances, it truly is one of those moments in sports that is inexplicable.

In the end, this is why we watch sports. Sports can be a personification of life. There is ups and downs. We often have to overcome more obstacles than we enjoy successes. And in the worst of circumstances, we have to deal with tragedy.

In the end though, sports can produce moments like this no-hitter, that transcend everything else to give us something to cheer about.

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Yankees SP Luis Severino Recommended to Have Tommy John Surgery

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The New York Yankees were hit with a devastating blow on Tuesday, as two-time All-Star Luis Severino received terrible news.

Severino was dealing with forearm tightness that forced the Yankees to shut him down and get further tests.

Those tests confirmed the worst fear for Yankees fans, as it was recommended that Severino gets Tommy John surgery.

This is an awful hit to a Yankees team that has been struggling to get top flight starting pitching to pair with their talented roster for years now.

Severino was the team’s lone ace for 2017 and 2018, with him being an All-Star each season.

Following a 2018 campaign that saw Severino pitch to a 3.39 ERA with 220 strikeouts, the Yankees signed him to a four-year extension. Since then he has made three regular season starts.

Getting Tommy John surgery at the start of Spring Training already puts an end to his 2020 season and may put 2021 in question as well.

Typically rehab time for the injury is anywhere from 12 to 15 months, with strict inning limits usually being placed on a starter in their first season back from the surgery.

This means that the Yankees won’t get to see Severino and Gerrit Cole full force atop their rotation until 2022 at best.

New York still has the talent to win it all this year, but losing Severino once again puts their rotation depth into question.

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New York Yankees SP Luis Severino Shut Down with Forearm Tightness

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Prior to the 2019 season, it looked like the New York Yankees had their ace of the future in Luis Severino.

Severino was coming off two-straight All-Star seasons, as he pitched to sub-3.50 ERA in both those campaigns.

Then came the 2019 season, in which Severino made just three regular season starts due to various injuries.

Now as Spring Training has just gotten under way, Severino once again finds himself sidelined due to an injury.

The Yankees were really counting on Severino to headline the front of their rotation along with top free agent acquisition Gerrit Cole.

Now that all appears to be in doubt, as Aaron Boone explained that this injury is nothing new for the 26-year-old flamethrower.

The Yankees are already going to be without James Paxton until at least June due to shoulder soreness. Taking another hit with Severino is going to be tough for New York to overcome at the start of the season.

All of this proves just how important the acquisition of Cole really was, as their rotation would be in dire straights without him.

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Milwaukee Brewers Sign Utilityman Brock Holt

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It may have taken until Spring Training, but Brock Holt finally has a new home for the 2020 season.

The former Boston Red Sox utilityman is leaving the American League altogether and will instead sign with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Holt’s versatility should prove to be even more valuable with Milwaukee than it even was for the Red Sox, as his ability to play all over the diamond is a big boost in the National League.

Last season, Holt played every position for the Red Sox except catcher and center field, all while producing a quality season with his bat.

Holt is a career .271 hitter, with all the tools to help a team win. He was an All-Star back in 2015 and was part of the Red Sox team that won the World Series in 2018.

Now Holt will join the Brewers where he will try to help them make the postseason for three consecutive years. It would be the first time in franchise history that they would have accomplished that feat.

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