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David Wright homers but Royals retake lead in Game 3 of the World Series

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Update (8:45 PM EDT): The Royals didn’t take that lying down. They led off the top of the second with three consecutive hits against Syndergaard. Salvador Perez blooped a single to left field, Alex Gordon ripped a liner to right field, and Alex Rios doubled to left. Gordon was called out on a tag play at third base following a replay review. Pitcher Yordano Ventura laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rios to third base. During the next at-bat against Alcides Escobar, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was unable to block a Syndergaard pitch in the dirt, allowing Rios to score from third.

Can’t keep the Royals down for long.

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The Mets found themselves in a familiar hole after the top of the first inning on Friday night, shortly after Game 3 of the World Series had gone underway. The Royals used a double, an infield single, and a fielder’s choice ground out to push across a run against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. Already down two games to none in a best-of-seven series, falling into an early deficit in Game 3 could have been a morale destroyer.

In the bottom half of the first inning, however, the Mets wasted no time putting pressure on Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Outfielder Curtis Granderson led off with an infield single, and third baseman David Wright promptly hammered a two-run home run to left field. Ventura was able to retire Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, and Lucas Duda to escape the inning, but not before the damage was done.

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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.