World Series, Game 3: Royals vs. Mets lineups

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Here are the Royals and Mets lineups for Game 3 of the World Series in New York:

ROYALS:
SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios
SP Yordano Ventura

Royals manager Ned Yost never makes lineup changes in the playoffs, but being without the designated hitter has forced him into benching No. 5 hitter Kendrys Morales and moving everyone up one spot. That’s a huge change to the lineup, as Morales is a switch-hitter who batted .290 with 22 homers, 41, doubles, and an .847 OPS while leading the Royals with 106 RBIs. The good news is that he’s now available as a late-inning bench option, perhaps to pinch-hit for Alex Rios.

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

Now that the Mets are back to being without the designated hitter manager Terry Collins has opted for offense over defense, starting Michael Conforto in left field and Yoenis Cespedes in center field while leaving center fielder Juan Lagares on the bench. That’s been pretty standard for Collins, but it’s also the same defensive alignment that cost the Mets in Game 1 and caused a Collins lineup change in Game 2.

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.