UPDATE: Brad Ausmus went to his pen again. It didn’t work. Again.

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3:24 PM: I’m putting this up now so it doesn’t look like I was second guessing later. Or hey, maybe to give Brad Ausmus credit for having guts. I don’t know.

What I do know is that when Justin Verlander ran out of gas in the sixth, Ausmus went to Anibal Sanchez out of the pen. Sanchez, usually a starter, threw thirty pitches over the rest of the sixth and through the seventh and didn’t allow a thing. He looked good. Now, entering the eighth, Ausmus decided to take Sanchez out and start the inning with Joba Chamberlain, who was horrifyingly bad last night.

I can’t say I’d go back to that well. Not after last night and not while Sanchez looked so darn good in his two innings today. The Tigers have a 6-3 lead.

But I guess we’ll see how it goes.

UPDATE: Chamberlain faced four dudes. He retired one. Then he plunked Adam Jones and gave up two singles. The Orioles scored and it’s now 6-4. Ausmus just yanked Chamberlain for Joakim Soria with runners on first and second. Soria walked J.J. Hardy. One out. This is ridiculous.

UPDATE: Delmon Young comes up as a pinch hitter and on the first pitch clears the bases with a double. It’s now 7-6 Baltimore. This is unreal.

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.