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.

Rays acquire Wilmer Font from Athletics

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In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.

This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.

Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.