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Video: Pete Alonso ties MLB rookie home run record

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Mets breakout star Pete Alonso made the last weekend of the 2019 season a remarkable one, tying Aaron Judge‘s 52-home run record for the most homers hit by a rookie in MLB history.

The record-tying blast came in the first inning of the Mets-Braves game, on an 0-1 cutter from Dallas Keuchel that pinged off of the left field wall to put the Mets on the board. It was the sixth home run the rookie first baseman had hit off of a Braves pitcher so far this year.

Alonso, 24, is on the cusp of wrapping a very successful debut with the team this fall. Entering Friday’s opener, the All-Star was batting a robust .259/.358/.578 with a league-leading 51 homers, 118 RBI, a .937 OPS, and 4.7 fWAR through 681 plate appearances. Friday’s 361-foot shot marked his 10th home run in September alone, and with approximately 25 innings still left in the regular season, it may not be his last, either.

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.