Chris Capuano the favorite to win final spot in Yankees’ rotation

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Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog reports that left-hander Chris Capuano is the favorite to win the final spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation. The club has a number of candidates who will compete for the job during the spring, including young arms and some veteran relievers, but Jennings expects Capuano to win the job.

Capuano, 36, posted a 4.25 ERA with a 55/19 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings after coming over to the Yankees in July after being released by the Red Sox. He had been pitching out of the bullpen in Boston, but was inserted into the Yankees’ rotation at the end of July.

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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.