Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

How Alex Cora Set Stage For CC Sabathia’s Special All-Star Game Moment

How Alex Cora Set Stage For CC Sabathia’s Special All-Star Game Moment

It has been eight days of wow from Trout, and not for the usual reasons, even though he somehow produced his best offensive week of the season after losing his friend, teammate and minor-league roommate, Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs - No. 45.

All the All-Stars are wearing a No. 45 patch on their jerseys honoring Skaggs.

"I knew Tyler would want me to be here and represent the Angels", Trout said Monday, via USA Today. "The friendship and love I had for him and his family, it's more than that".

"Kind of stepped off the back of the mound after one of the pitches and wasn't totally able to look up and see everything, just because there was so much going on, but I heard everything and really soaked it all in", Bieber said. "It's gonna be good".

Skaggs died July 1 in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas as the Angels arrived for a series against the Rangers.

The only errors on the scoreboard at the All-Star Game were by the scoreboard.

"I never envisioned myself in an All-Star Game", he said. Defending All-Star game MVP Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros is listed at +2000.

Game updates: In the 5th: Shane Bieber strikes out 3; AL still leads, 1-0. The total for the game is set a 8.5.

The American League All-Stars were taken aback.

Trout started in his seventh consecutive All-Star game along with Dodger players Cody Bellinger and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who made history at the first-ever South Korean-born pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic. However, that hasn't always been the case. The MLB implemented the move following the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee that ended in a 7-7, 11-inning tie. Then commissioner Bud Selig and the Major League Baseball introduced the "This Time It Counts" slogan for the 2003 edition of the All-Star game.

"I felt him out there with me", Trout said. "People pay a lot of money to see that game. It was not and should not be a meaningless exhibition game". "The guy has won more than 250 games, 3,000 strikeouts".

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