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Lineups for NLDS Game 1 between Braves, Dodgers

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The Braves visit the Dodgers to open Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday night. The game is slated for an 8:37 start and will be broadcast on MLB Network. For the Braves, it will be their first playoff game since 2013. The Dodgers have been in the playoffs every year since 2013. The Dodgers are the favorites in the National League to win the World Series, according to FiveThirtyEight, but this could be a changing of the guard if the Braves emerge victorious.

The lineups:

Braves

LF Ronald Acuña, Jr. (.293/.366/.553, 26 HR, 64 RBI, 78 R, 16 SB)
3B Johan Camargo (.272/.349/.457, 19 HR, 76 RBI, 63 R, 1 SB)
1B Freddie Freeman (.309/.388/.505, 23 HR, 98 RBI, 94 R, 10 SB)
RF Nick Markakis (.297/.366/.440, 14 HR, 93 RBI, 78 R, 1 SB)
C Tyler Flowers (.227/.341/.359, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 34 R, 0 SB)
2B Ozzie Albies (.261/.305/.452, 24 HR, 72 RBI, 105 R, 14 SB)
CF Ender Inciarte (.265/.325/.380, 10 HR, 61 RBI, 83 R, 28 SB)
SS Charlie Culberson (.270/.326/.466, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 47 R, 4 SB)
P Mike Foltynewicz (13-10, 2.85 ERA, 202 K, 68 BB, 183 IP)

Dodgers

LF Joc Pederson (.248/.321/.522, 25 HR, 56 RBI, 65 R, 1 SB)
3B Justin Turner (.312/.406/.518, 14 HR, 52 RBI, 62 R, 2 SB)
1B Max Muncy (.263/.391/.582, 35 HR, 79 RBI, 75 R, 3 SB)
SS Manny Machado (.297/.367/.538, 37 HR, 107 RBI, 84 R, 14 SB)
C Yasmani Grandal (.241/.349/.466, 24 HR, 68 RBI, 65 R, 2 SB)
CF Cody Bellinger (.260/.343/.470, 25 HR, 76 RBI, 84 R, 14 SB)
RF Yasiel Puig (.267/.327/.494, 23 HR, 63 RBI, 60 R, 15 SB)
2B Enrique Hernández (.256/.336/.470, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 67 R, 3 SB)
P Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA, 89 K, 15 BB, 82 1/3 IP)

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.