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The Diamondbacks’ and Giants’ benches emptied at AT&T Park

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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta was hit on the arm by a high Josh Osich fastball during Wednesday night’s game against the Giants. Peralta was hit again by Osich on Thursday afternoon in the eighth inning, another fastball that went too far inside.

Understandably, Peralta wasn’t too happy about it. Unlike Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer, who was hit three times in Thursday’s win over the Red Sox, Peralta doesn’t have a penchant for getting hit by pitches. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Peralta had been hit only five times in 865 plate appearances. It was a bit much to just be coincidental, or at least it seemed Peralta felt that way.

Peralta walked towards Osich on the mound, seeming to yell, “Come on!” The benches quickly emptied. Nothing happened, as is usually the case when the benches empty. Order was restored and Osich was relieved by Cory Gearrin, who got the final out of the eighth.

The Diamondbacks lead 3-2 as of this writing and if they can keep the Giants scoreless in the ninth, they’ll complete a four-game series sweep. The two clubs meet again for a four-game set starting on May 12, so it will be interesting to see if the bad blood carries over then.

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.