ALCS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees, in New York:

   DETROIT TIGERS              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Austin Jackson, CF             1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Omar Infante, 2B                2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B              3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B              4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH             5. Raul Ibanez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS             6. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
7. Andy Dirks, LF              7. Nick Swisher, RF
8. Avisail Garcia, RF               8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Gerald Laird, C               9. Russell Martin, C

SP Doug Fister, RHP             SP Andy Pettitte, LHP

Jim Leyland has seven right-handed batters in his lineup against southpaw Andy Pettitte. Avisail Garcia is playing right field over Quintin Berry while Gerald Laird will start behind the plate rather than Alex Avila. While this is Leyland’s standard lineup against southpaws, the Tigers had a pretty tough time getting anything going against Tommy Milone and Brett Anderson during the ALDS. They’ll hope for more production this time.

As we mentioned earlier, Alex Rodriguez is back in the starting lineup tonight after he was benched for the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS against the Orioles yesterday. However, he’ll slide down to the sixth spot. He batted third in the first three games of the ALDS and fifth in Game 4. Raul Ibanez remains in the DH spot with the right-hander Doug Fister on the hill for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin all move down a spot in the order.

First pitch is slated for 8:07 p.m. ET. Feel free to discuss the game in the comments section.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.