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Altuve booed, hit by pitch in his first spring training game

The former league MVP also silenced the crowd with a double Monday.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Editor's note: Video above is from last week of fans heading to West Palm Beach for Spring Training.

José Altuve was booed lustily, called a cheater and even plunked with a pitch.

Still, the Houston Astros second baseman insisted he tuned out hecklers and just played baseball when he and three teammates also implicated in the sign-stealing scandal that’s rocked the game made their spring debut against the Detroit Tigers. 

Altuve took a third called strike to a round of cheers in his first at-bat. He hit a crowd-quieting RBI double into the left-field corner his next time up. 

Credit: AP
Houston Astros' Jose Altuve reacts after hitting an RBI double during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Detroit Tigers Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Later, he showed no signs of being upset when he was grazed in the foot by a pitch. 

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