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Athletics acquire Cory Gearrin from Rangers

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The Texas Rangers have traded reliever Cory Gearrin to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league right-handers Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega.

Gearrin will bolster and A’s bullpen that was already a team strength and, given the A’s thin rotation, may have to carry more than its fair share of the load in the season’s final month.

Gearrin started the season in the Bay Area while beginning his fourth season with the Giants. They dealt him to Texas last month and now he’s heading back to California. Between the Giants and the Rangers he has a 3.51 ERA in 56 appearances and a K/bb ratio of 51/19 in 51.1 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.