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Jakob Junis loses no-hitter against the Mariners with one out in the seventh

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Update (10:28 PM ET): Dan Vogelbach broke up the no-hitter with one out in the seventh with an infield single to shortstop Alcides Escobar. Escobar knocked the ball down but wasn’t able to get the out.

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Royals starter Jakob Junis has held the Mariners hitless through six innings thus far in Monday night’s game. Junis has hardly been perfect, however, as he has walked two and hit three batters while striking out two on 71 pitches.

The Royals have provided Junis with nine runs of support, three of which came in the first inning, one in the third, and five in the fourth.

Junis was excellent in his first start of the season, holding the Tigers scoreless on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts over seven innings on the road last Tuesday.

If Junis is able to hold the Mariners hitless over the final three frames, he’ll become the first Royal to toss a no-hitter since Bret Saberhagen on August 26, 1991 against the White Sox. The Mariners were last no-hit on April 21, 2012, when Phil Humber of the White Sox threw a perfect game.

We’ll keep you updated as Junis attempts to navigate the final three innings.

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.