Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut

The stars of the Houston Astros took to the field on Monday, and the reception from the fans went as expected.



February 25, 2020 - 10:03 AM

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn’t avoid a pitch that grazed him.

“He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker Marchant Stadium. “It wasn’t intentional.”

Altuve was loudly booed when he was introduced for his spring training debut, cheered when he struck out and called a cheater by several fans. Quite a difference from past years, when the diminutive All-Star second baseman was among the most popular players in the majors.

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