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With some help, Kyle Seager belts three homers against Tigers

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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager didn’t need any help hitting two homers on Tuesday night in Detroit. His first home run, off of lefty Matthew Boyd, cleared the fence in right field to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. He stepped back to the plate in the sixth against Boyd, this time with two men on base, crushing a no-doubt three-run home run down the right field line.

Seager got some assistance for his third homer of the night. Facing José Cisnero with a runner on first base and two outs, Seager drilled a 96 MPH fastball out to left center field. Left fielder Brandon Dixon and center fielder Niko Goodrum converged. Goodrum got to the ball first, but it glanced off of his glove and over the fence, giving Seager another home run to boost the Mariners’ lead to 11-6. José Canseco watched somewhere, smiling.

There have been 19 three-homer games this season. That’s tied with the 2016 season for the second-most three-homer games in a single season league-wide. 2001 has the most with 22 such games.

This is the first three-homer game of Seager’s nine-year career. He had eight two-homer games previously. After Tuesday’s effort, he’s hitting .237/.311/.466 with 14 homers, 34 RBI, and 33 runs scored in 264 plate appearances this 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.