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Yuli Gurriel leads off second inning with homer to open scoring in World Series Game 7

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Yuli Gurriel opened the scoring in Game 7 of the World Series, lining a Max Scherzer slider into the left field seats at Minute Maid Park for a solo home run to lead off the second inning.

Scherzer worked around a two-out walk of Michael Brantley in the first inning for a scoreless frame. He seemed to be missing his location arm-side a bit. Scherzer certainly missed his location with the slider to Gurriel.

The Astros continued to apply pressure to Scherzer, as Yordan Álvarez and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back singles. Scherzer got some help, though, as Robinson Chirinos popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt. Josh Reddick then grounded out and George Springer lined out to end the inning. The Nationals have to feel fortunate to only be down 1-0 after that inning.

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.