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Alex Bregman stepped up in additional methods than one Sunday in the course of the Houston Astros’ 6-3 victory in opposition to the Oakland Athletics.
Bregman hit his sixteenth residence run of the season off Oakland pitcher Cole Irvin within the first inning. He additionally had an RBI double within the seventh inning to assist pad the lead. He completed 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
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The house run meant a little bit extra than simply serving to the workforce to a victory. The group hosted members of the Uvalde group who’re nonetheless therapeutic from the horrific faculty taking pictures just a few months in the past. Bregman revealed to reporters he had made at the least one fan very glad.
“As quickly as I acquired into the dugout, [manager] Dusty [Baker] goes, ‘Hey, you hit one for Uvalde!’” Bregman mentioned, including that he was “glad” members of the group had been in attendance.
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Bregman, Baker, Jose Altuve and Lance McCullers spoke at a pregame ceremony to honor the victims of the Could 24 taking pictures. The Astros chartered 10 buses to carry 500 relations and associates of the victims to the sport.
A lady who was on the faculty on the time of the taking pictures had requested Altuve to hit a house run for her.
The five hundred individuals had been part of a bunch of about 3,000 from Uvalde who acquired free tickets from the Astros to attend the sport. The workforce had a number of fundraising efforts at Sunday’s sport, with all of the proceeds going to assist these affected by the taking pictures.
Baker mentioned he hoped the day may present a small distraction.
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“That is what we’re right here for,” he mentioned. “We’re not solely right here to play ball for our city, for ourselves, for our teammates, we’re right here to assist the therapeutic of individuals.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.