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Astros show support for Santa Fe shooting victims

Players wear honorary T-shirts; club to donate raffle proceeds to memorial fund
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HOUSTON -- Astros players wore green "WE PLAY FOR SANTA FE" T-shirts during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants in honor of those killed and injured in last week's shooting at Santa Fe High School, about 35 miles south of Houston.

In addition, the team said all proceeds from the Astros' Share2Care 50/50 Raffle during the two-game series against the Giants will benefit the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund.

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HOUSTON -- Astros players wore green "WE PLAY FOR SANTA FE" T-shirts during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants in honor of those killed and injured in last week's shooting at Santa Fe High School, about 35 miles south of Houston.

In addition, the team said all proceeds from the Astros' Share2Care 50/50 Raffle during the two-game series against the Giants will benefit the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund.

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"Well, we were obviously talking about this for a couple of days," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "Our organization was in contact with people to see if we could offer support and our attention. It's one of the smallest things we can do to continue the conversation about what happened not too long ago. We offer support and our intention, certainly, with these shirts is to keep the conversation alive on how to hopefully avoid the next school."

On Friday, a 17-year-old student opened fire in an art class at Santa Fe High School and killed 10 people, including eight students. The Astros expressed anger and grief about the school shooting and offered their support for the community. The team held a moment of silence prior to last Friday's game and lowered the flags at Minute Maid Park to half-staff.

Powell gets World Series ring
Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell was presented with his 2017 World Series championship ring by Astros owner Jim Crane and Hinch on the field prior to Tuesday's game. Powell was the Astros' assistant hitting coach last season.

"It's very personal for me because I've got a long history with him, having him on the coaching staff," Hinch said. "It'll be nice to have him back. Then we'll put him back in the dugout where he belongs and try to beat him."

Powell was diagnosed with prostate cancer on Jan. 2, but is now cancer-free. He underwent a biopsy last December at the urging of Astros team physician Dr. James Muntz because of elevated PSA levels. Powell's cancer scare came on the heels of Astros first-base coach Rich Dauer nearly dying of a brain aneurysm in the days following the World Series parade.

"He means a lot to a lot of these players, so he'll get a great, warm reception," Hinch said of Powell.

Video: Powell discusses receiving 2017 World Series ring

Fisher sees specialist
Astros outfielder Derek Fisher, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with gastrointestinal discomfort, said his issue stemmed from a bad reaction to medicine. Fisher said he's still having difficulties eating, but hopes he's on the road to recovery. He saw a specialist Monday.

"I had a little bit of a reaction in my throat, which has been inhibiting me to eat," he said. "We've got to kind of wait for that to go down and be able to eat as much as I can during that. I think time will tell as far as being able to eat in the future, how much and what I can eat."

The Astros are hoping a diagnosis will help him start improving rapidly. Fisher has lost six to seven pounds during his ordeal.

"He has what we expected, which is some issues in his digestive track which made him not eat for a few days," Hinch said. "We're going to continue to monitor that. We have him on the right medication. He's feeling a little bit better and has been able to eat a meal between yesterday and today. Hopefully, it'll be a quick recovery."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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