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Astros’ Jake Marisnick booed by Angels fans for collision

Jake Marisnick Jonathan Lucroy collision

Jake Marisnick did not receive a friendly welcome back in Southern California.

The Houston Astros outfielder was booed by Angels fans when he came to the plate for his first at-bat in Tuesday night’s game in Anaheim. The fans cheered when he took a called strike to fall behind in the count, though Marisnick ended up hitting a single. They booed him again when he came to the plate in the fourth and cheered when he swung and missed at a pitch.

Why the boos for Marisnick?

The outfielder slammed into Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy in a collision at home plate on July 7, the teams’ final game before the All-Star break. The collision left Lucroy concussed and with a fractured nose. Marisnick received a two-game suspension and appealed, saying he did not intend to hurt Lucroy.

Marisnick is from Riverside, Calif., which is about 35 miles northeast of Anaheim. He was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2009 and traded to the Marlins as part of the big Mark Buehrle/Jose Reyes deal. Houston got him in a 2014 trade.

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