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Bryce Harper, Jesus Aguilar and Max Muncy highlight the Home Run Derby bracket

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I don’t much care about the Home Run Derby, but I talk about it whenever possible if for no other reason than to remind people that I perfectly predicted last year’s Derby, matchup-by-matchup, including a first round upset. I’m usually wrong about everything, but that’s one I’m never gonna let people forget about.

I doubt I’ll have such luck, er, I mean insight this year, but it’s worth a shot. I’ll give it a couple of days before I pick who I think will win, but for now know that this is how the 2018 Home Run Derby is gonna go down:

I haven’t seen the odds yet, but I suspect Harper and Aguilar will be favorites to meet in the final. I also figure that the folks behind it all will be pushing a Max Muncy narrative hard. There’s a lot of storyline to this stuff.

Anyway, we’ll give our predictions before it tees off on Monday night.

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.