Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando made sure his team didn’t get worn out prior to the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rays. With the game knotted up at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth in game one, Orlando slugged a walk-off grand slam to left field off of Brad Boxberger to send the Royals to a win.
Orlando is hitting .248/.279/.410 on the year with two home runs and 11 RBI in 117 plate appearances.
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Things haven’t been going well for the Rays. They lost seven games in a row prior to Sunday’s win, and have lost three of their last four games in walk-off fashion. As a result, they’ve gone from first to third place in the American League East with a 43-42 record, tied with the Blue Jays, behind the Yankees and Orioles.
Meanwhile, the Royals’ last three wins have been of the walk-off variety. They walked off on Friday against the Twins on a Jarrod Dyson RBI fielder’s choice, and on Sunday against the Twins again when Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double.
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.