Major League Baseball team Los Angeles Angels paid their respects to team-mate Tyler Skaggs, following his death at the age of 27 on Monday.
Skaggs was found unconscious in his Hilton hotel room in Texas, with no foul play suspected, Southlake Police said.
The Angles recorded a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers, just 24 hours after the pitcher’s passing.
Skaggs’ number 45 was drawn on the pitch and his jersey was displayed in the dugout during the game on Tuesday.
The Angles were meant to play the Rangers on Monday, but the match was postponed.
Club officials insisted to play the day after because they believed the 27-year-old would have wanted that.
Team-mates Andrew Heaney and Cam Bedrosian brought Skaggs’ shirt on to the pitch as the team paid their respects with a moment’s silence.
Heaney said: “It was something unplanned. The jersey was hanging in his locker. We wanted to take him out there with us one more time.”
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Eppler added: ”For some reason that is incomprehensible to all of us, he lives on now only in our minds and our hearts.
“Our team will never be the same without him, but forever we’ve been made better by him.”
Angles manager Brad Ausmus, who coached Skaggs from October 2018, broke down in a press conference.
He said: ”Today is one of the hardest days. I know it gets easier, but it’s difficult.”