World Series Reset: On to AT&T Park

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The Game: World Series Game 3. Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants tied 1-1
The Time: 8:07 PM Eastern
The Place: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
The Channel: Fox
The Starters: Jeremy Guthrie vs. Tim Hudson
The Upshot: We have ourselves a series at least. And a new setting, as we move to AT&T Park. While both it and Kauffman Stadium are, more or less, pitchers parks, the new joint certainly changes things for the Royals. For one, they lose DH Billy Butler, who has been hot of late. They also could — and probably should — lose Nori Aoki in right field. As we saw in the NLDS, the winds they whip in right field and that big brick wall makes things tough out there. Aoki has been a bit of an adventure in right field as it is, so look for Ned Yost to bench him, insert Jarrod Dyson in center and move Lorenzo Cain to right. As for the pitching, Hudson has had two postseason starts this year, including a not-so-great one at home against the Cardinals. Guthrie has gone once, and pitched well against the Orioles.

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.