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Mike Trout, Pete Alonso to appear on ‘Lunch Talk Live’ at noon

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There’s no baseball, but the baseball players are still out there doing things that baseball players do when there’s no baseball. Today two of the most famous non-baseball-playing baseball players around — Mike Trout and Pete Alonso — will join NBC’s Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live, on the NBC Sports Network.

Trout will be on at Noon Eastern and Alonso will be on at 12:30. In addition to NBCSN, you can stream Lunch Talk Live here at NBCSports.com or on the NBC Sports App.

If you haven’t seen Lunch Talk Live yet, it focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing sports guests with a platform to discuss what’s going on in their corner of the sports world, to voice their personal stories, and to detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time. Despite these heavy times in which we live, it’s a pretty refreshing thing to just talk sports a bit, and the show is pretty freewheeling in that regard.

Maybe Trout will talk about his golf trick shots in his house? Maybe Alonso will attempt to defend his indefensible statement about wanting to see the Mets bring their black uniforms back?

Find out today at noon.

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.