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Martha Stewart jinxed Michael Pineda

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I wrote a post about Michael Pineda‘s then in-progress perfect game this afternoon. I posted it just as the top of the seventh inning was getting underway. Within two minutes Evan Longoria came to the plate and hit a double to left, ending the perfecto and the no-hitter. I updated the post, life went on and the Yankees won all the same.

As is always the case when this happens, several people accused me of jinxing Pineda. This is ridiculous of course. The thing I wrote could not have jinxed Pineda. Such an idea is impossible.

Why? Because it was posted at 2:52 PM. A minute before, this happened:

See, 2:51PM. Totally Martha’s fault. If you have complaints, Yankees fans, complain to her.

But don’t complain too hard. Her mac and cheese is really good. Highly recommended.

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.