Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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It was yet another victorious slate of games for the cream of the crop in the National League Central.

The division-leading Cardinals cruised to an easy 6-2 win over the visiting Marlins, with Mark Reynolds slugging a three-run home run and John Lackey pitching into the eighth inning. The second-place Pirates came out on top 5-3 in a 14-inning affair with the Mets, the go-ahead RBI coming from the bat of backup catcher Chris Stewart. And the third-place Cubs took care of the crosstown White Sox by a score of 6-3 for their ninth straight win. That’s the longest current winning streak in the major leagues and it has given the Northsiders a big 4 1/2 game cushion for the second National League Wild Card spot.

All three of those NL Central clubs are currently locked into postseason spots.

And they will all be looking to complete series sweeps on Sunday.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 1

Mariners 10, Red Sox 22

Athletics 3, Orioles 4

Cubs 6, White Sox 3

Angels 4, Royals 9

Phillies 2, Brewers 4

Indians 1, Twins 4

Diamondbacks 8, Braves 4

Tigers 4, Astros 2 (11 innings)

Marlins 2, Cardinals 6

Pirates 5, Mets 3 (14 innings)

Rays 4, Rangers 12

Padres 7, Rockies 5

Reds 3, Dodgers 8

Nationals 6, Giants 12

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.