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NLDS, Game 2: Mets vs. Dodgers lineups

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Here are the lineups for the Mets and Cardinals for Game 2 of the NLDS. First pitch is scheduled for 9:07 p.m. ET tonight at Dodger Stadium.

METS:

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d'Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Ruben Tejada
SP Noah Syndergaard

There’s only one major change in Terry Collins’ lineup, with Michael Conforto starting in left field against right-hander Zack Greinke. The 22-year-old was on the bench in Game 1 while Michael Cuddyer made the start in left field. That didn’t go so well. Daniel Murphy, who homered in Game 1, has flipped spots with Yoenis Cespedes in the order. The same goes for Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud with a right-hander on the hill.

DODGERS:

2B Howie Kendrick
SS Corey Seager
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Justin Turner
RF Andre Ethier
LF Carl Crawford
C Yasmani Grandal
CF Enrique Hernandez
SP Zack Greinke

While the Mets are mostly standing pat for Game 2, the same can’t be said for the Dodgers. They have decided to shake things up quite a bit, starting with Howie Kendrick out of the leadoff spot. Kendrick didn’t bat leadoff once during the regular season. It’s an interesting time to switch things up. Carl Crawford batted leadoff in Game 1, but he’s in the sixth spot tonight. Joc Pederson and A.J. Ellis are on the bench for Game 2 while Yasmani Grandal and Enrique Hernandez are in.

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.