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World Series Game 5 lineups

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The Red Sox will try to win their first championship since 2013 by defeating the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. David Price is scheduled to oppose Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. Here are the lineups each pitcher will face.

Red Sox

CF Mookie Betts (R)
LF Andrew Benintendi (L)
1B Steve Pearce (R)
RF J.D. Martinez (R)
SS Xander Bogaerts (R)
2B Brock Holt (L)
3B Rafael Devers (L)
C Christian Vázquez (R)
SP David Price (L)

Dodgers

1B David Freese (R)
3B Justin Turner (R)
CF Enrique Hernández (R)
SS Manny Machado (R)
2B Max Muncy (L)
RF Yasiel Puig (R)
LF Chris Taylor (R)
C Austin Barnes (R)
SP Clayton Kershaw (L)

Once again, both teams have stacked their lineups with right-handed batters against the lefty starters. The Red Sox are hoping Mookie Betts can catch fire. He’s batting just .207 in 66 trips to the plate this postseason. He went hitless in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series and is overall hitting just .211 in the Fall Classic.

If the Dodgers are able to stay alive by winning on Sunday night, the two clubs will take Monday off to travel, then play Game 6 on Tuesday in Boston. Game 7, if necessary, would take place on Wednesday.

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.