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Cardinals, White Sox postpone their home openers

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Opening Day and home openers are a big deal, so unless you play in a dome or in California, Major League Baseball gives you an off day after your opener in the event that is rained or snowed or colded out. Two teams are taking advantage of that this week, with both the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox moving their home openers to Friday due to predicted inclement weather.

Tomorrow features an 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms in St. Louis. In Chicago they’re expecting much the same thing and temperatures in the 40s to boot. Friday looks much better with a much lower chance of rain and temperatures in the 60s for St. Louis and the 50s for Chicago.

Play ball. Eventually.

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.