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Video: Fernando Tatis Jr. gets picked off, avoids tag in incredible fashion


Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. led off the bottom of the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Braves with an infield single off of Mike Soroka. Soroka then had Tatis dead to rights on a pickoff attempt at first base. Freeman ran Tatis towards second, then threw to shortstop Dansby Swanson covering the base. Swanson ran Tatis back to first, then flipped the ball to Soroka covering the base, but Tatis contorted his body somehow to completely avoid the tag.

Unfortunately, the Padres couldn’t capitalize as they stranded Tatis.

Tatis, 20, entered the day batting an incredible .329/.398/.611 with 14 home runs, 33 RBI, 46 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 244 plate appearances on the season.

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.