Astros will honor victims of Boston and West, Texas at tonight’s game, collect donations

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It’s been an awful week by just about any measure. The Astros are going to help honor those who were lost, injured or affected by the awfulness that went down, however:

The Astros will honor the victims of Boston and West, Texas with a moment of silence at the beginning of tonight’s game.

In addition, the Houston Astros are encouraging fans attending games during this homestand against Cleveland and Seattle (April 19-24) to please bring donation items to assist with the relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the explosion at the fertilizer plant this week in West, Texas.

If you’re going to the game, or if you’re in the area, the items the Astros are collecting include the following:

  • diapers/wipes;
  • gift cards for grocery stores or home supply stores;
  • travel size toiletries;
  • powdered sports drinks;
  • toilet paper;
  • hand sanitizer;
  • non-perishable canned or boxed food items;
  • clean sheets and towels (new or gently used); and
  • unopened boxed or bagged dog and cat food.

Cash donations will also be accepted and will be directed to the ongoing relief efforts.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: