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Man dies during taco eating contest at Fresno Grizzlies game

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The Fresno Bee reports that a man died during a between-innings taco-eating contest at a Fresno Grizzlies-Memphis Redbirds game in Fresno, California last night.

The man, 41-year-old Dana Hutchings was participating in the taco-eating contest when he began choking. Paramedics performed the Heimlich maneuver and performed CPR, but Hutchings was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital. It is suspected that he asphyxiated.

The Grizzlies released a statement, seen at Deadspin:

“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away. The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings. The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.