Video: Yoenis Cespedes hits a grand slam, the first of his three home runs on Friday

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Yoenis Cespedes turned the Mets’ second inning against the Rockies on Friday night from good to great, bumping the lead up to 7-1 when he drilled a Jon Gray offering just over the fence in right field at Coors Field for a grand slam. The ball bounced off of the top of the wall and landed in the crowd closer to the right field foul ball before returning to the right field grass.

Cespedes would add a solo home run to center field in the fourth inning, and a two-run shot in the sixth, leaving him a three-run homer away from the home run cycle. He also doubled and scored in the first inning. He attempted to record a four-homer game, but singled to right field in the eighth inning, completing a 5-for-6 night. He scored five runs, drove in seven runs, and stole a base.

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Cespedes is batting .316 with five home runs and 15 RBI since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. Combined with his time with the Tigers, he’s batting .297 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI.

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.