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Mike Trout on Death of Tyler Skaggs: 'All I Do Is Think About Him'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2019

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 02: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Following an emotional 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout discussed the death of teammate Tyler Skaggs.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Trout said he hasn't been able to get Skaggs off his mind: "I can't explain it, man. Lost a teammate, lost a friend, a brother. Just got to get through it. It's tough. My first at-bat, I get up there, all I do is think about him. Just a different feeling, just in shock. It's like walking around the hotel, you're just always thinking about him."

On Monday in Texas, Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room and was pronounced dead at 27. No cause of death has been determined, though suicide and foul play are not suspected.

Monday's scheduled game between the Angels and Rangers in Texas was postponed following Skaggs' death, but the teams returned to the field Tuesday.

Many Angels players paid tribute to Skaggs. Most notably, pitchers Andrew Heaney and Cam Bedrosian held Skaggs' No. 45 jersey during a pregame moment of silence.

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Texas led 3-1 through four innings, but L.A. scored six unanswered runs to take the lead for good. Trout went 0-for-3 with three walks and a run scored in the win, which evened the Angels' record at 43-43.

Trout noted that losing Skaggs is something Angels players and coaches will cope with for a long time: "It's going to be tough these next couple of days, the rest of the season, the rest of our life, to lose our friend."

Skaggs and Trout had been teammates since the Arizona Diamondbacks traded the pitcher to the Angels before the 2014 season.

The Angels are scheduled for two more games against the Rangers on Wednesday and Thursday before they embark on a three-game set in Houston against the Astros over the weekend.

L.A.'s first home game since Skaggs' death will be played after the All-Star break on July 12 against the Seattle Mariners.

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