Video: Daniel Hudson strikes out Michael Brantley to clinch championship for Nationals

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Daniel Hudson signed a minor league contract with the Angels in February. He opted out near the end of spring training, catching on with the Blue Jays before the start of the regular season. For the Blue Jays, who would go on to finish 67-95, Hudson put up career-altering numbers: a 3.00 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks across 48 innings. The resurgent Nationals acquired him from the Jays at the July 31 trade deadline in exchange for minor leaguer Kyle Johnston. In his new uniform, Hudson would allow just four earned runs with a 23/4 K/BB ratio in 25 innings, helping the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card.

On Wednesday night in Houston, in Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros, Hudson worked a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the final two batters to clinch the first championship in Nationals franchise history. That is quite the year. From minor league contract and opting out to hoisting a championship trophy.

Here is Hudson’s memorable final pitch to Michael Brantley to end Game 7:

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.