VIDEO: Royals utilize speed for walk-off win against White Sox; keep pace with Tigers

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The Royals utilized their speed to complete a thrilling 4-3 walk-off victory over the White Sox this evening at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead, White Sox closer Jake Petricka got Omar Infante to ground out before Mike Moustakas reached on an opposite-field double. Alcides Escobar followed with a ground out, leaving Nori Aoki as the Royals’ last hope. However, pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole third base and kept on running after a wild pitch to score the tying run. Aoki would then double to put the winning run at second base before being replaced by pinch-runner Terrance Gore. Lorenzo Cain then hit an infield chopper to second base which allowed Gore to come all the way around from second base to score the winning run.  Check out the crazy sequence below, beginning with the Dyson play.

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That’s what speed do.

The Royals are now 82-67 on the year, clinching their second consecutive winning season. They are 1 1/2 games up on the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot in the American League at the moment and could increase their lead to two games by the end of the night. The Tigers rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning tonight to beat the Twins 8-6, so the Royals remain 1 1/2 games back in the American League Central.

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.