The AL Central, too, remains undecided going into the final day

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The Tigers entered Saturday up one game on the Royals in the AL Central, meaning they could clinch the division with a win over the lowly Twins. Instead, the Tigers were hammered 12-3. Kyle Lobstein threw 4 2/3 ineffective innings and the offense — aside from Nick Castellanos, who knocked in all three runs — wasn’t able to generate much.

With the Tigers losing, the Royals could have pulled themselves into an 89-72 tie with a win against the White Sox, but they lost 5-3. Josh Phegley hit two solo home runs and Jose Abreu belted a two-run shot, his 36th of the season, to account for most of the offense from the White Sox. Meanwhile, John Danks threw seven very effective innings, limiting the Royals to two runs. The Royals scored once in the eighth and again in the ninth, but were unable to push across the tying run.

So, either a Tigers win or a Royals loss tomorrow would clinch the division for the club from Detroit. Alternatively, a Tigers loss and a Royals win would create an 89-73 tie at the top of the AL Central, forcing a Game 163 tie-breaker on Monday. Here’s what’s going on Sunday afternoon:

  • Twins @ Tigers, 1:08 PM ET (Kyle Gibson vs. David Price)
  • Royals @ White Sox, 2:10 PM ET (Yordano Ventura vs. Chris Bassitt)

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.