Your Opening Day schedule

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We don’t do this every day, but today is special and I’m all excited, so why not?

Seeing whether Masahiro Tanaka looks like himself should be interesting. Cole Hamels auditioning for his presumed future employers looks like fun too. James Shields and all of his new Padres friends taking on the Dodgers this afternoon is a late-game highlight. And, late tonight, let’s see if Madison Bumgarner can start, relieve, pinch hit and generally make like it’s October 2014 all over again.

Blue Jays at Yankees 1:05 PM  (Hutchison (0-0) vs. Tanaka (0-0))
Twins at Tigers 1:08 PM  (Hughes (0-0) vs. Price (0-0))
Rockies at Brewers 2:10 PM (Kendrick (0-0) vs. Lohse (0-0))
Red Sox at Phillies 3:05 PM (Buchholz (0-0) vs. Hamels (0-0))
Orioles at Rays 3:10 PM (Tillman (0-0) vs. Archer (0-0))
Mets at Nationals 4:05 PM (Colon (0-0) vs. Scherzer (0-0))
Braves at Marlins 4:10 PM (Teheran (0-0) vs. Alvarez (0-0))
White Sox at Royals 4:10 PM (Samardzija (0-0) vs. Ventura (0-0))
Angels at Mariners 4:10 PM (Weaver (0-0) vs. Hernandez (0-0))
Pirates at Reds 4:10 PM (Liriano (0-0) vs. Cueto (0-0))
Padres at Dodgers 4:10 PM (Shields (0-0) vs. Kershaw (0-0))
Indians at Astros 7:10 PM (Kluber (0-0) vs. Keuchel (0-0))
Rangers at Athletics 10:05 PM (Gallardo (0-0) vs. Gray (0-0))
Giants at D-backs 10:10 PM (Bumgarner (0-0) vs. Collmenter (0-0))

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.