Ex-An­gels staffer in­dicted

Ham­mer drops on Kay in Sk­aggs’ over­dose death

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A fed­eral grand jury in­dicted a for­mer An­gels em­ployee on drug charges for al­legedly pro­vid­ing An­gels pitcher Tyler Sk­aggs with the drugs that caused his over­dose death.

Eric Prescott Kay was charged Thurs­day with drug dis­tri­bu­tion and drug con­spir­acy in Sk­aggs’ over­dose death, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment in Fort Worth, Texas. The charges carry a max­i­mum of a life sen­tence and 20 years in prison, re­spec­tively.

Kay re­mained free on his own re­cog­ni­zance. A mes­sage seek­ing com­ment from Kay’s at­tor­ney, Rea­gan Wynn, was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Sk­aggs was found dead in his sub­ur­ban Dal­las ho­tel room on July 1, 2019, be­fore the start of what was sup­posed to be a four-game se­ries against the Rangers. The first game was post­poned.

A coro­ner’s re­port said Sk­aggs had choked to death on his vomit with a toxic mix of al­co­hol and the drugs fen­tanyl and oxy­codone in his sys­tem, which Kay was ac­cused of pro­vid­ing.

Kay was the An­gels’ di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and he served as their pub­lic re­la­tions con­tact on many road trips. He was placed on leave shortly af­ter Sk­aggs’ death, and he never re­turned to the team.

Team of­fi­cials said they had not been aware that Sk­aggs, a 27-year-old left­hander, was an opi­oids user and didn’t know any em­ploy­ees were pro­vid­ing drugs to play­ers.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found a coun­ter­feit oxy­codone pill laced with fen­tanyl in Sk­aggs’ room and “white residue” on the floor that tested pos­i­tive for fen­tanyl.

“It was later de­ter­mined that but for the fen­tanyl in (Sk­aggs’) sys­tem, (he) would not have died,” Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion spe­cial agent Ge­of­frey Lin­den­berg wrote in the af­fi­davit.

Kay and Sk­aggs had a “his­tory of nar­cotic trans­ac­tions,” the af­fi­davit al­leged, and Kay pro­vided opi­oids to “(Sk­aggs) and oth­ers in their place of em­ploy­ment and while they were work­ing.”

Ker­shaw’s strug­gles: Clayton Ker­shaw made the slow trudge to that lonely spot in the dugout once again, this time just a few miles from his home­town.

The long­time Dodgers ace just couldn’t shake his play­off curse, not even on friendly turf in a neu­tral-site NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

Ker­shaw fal­tered at the start of the sixth in­ning against the Braves, al­low­ing three straight hits be­fore watch­ing the rest of a six-run out­burst in the Braves’ 10-2 win in Game 4 on Thurs­day night in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

Ker­shaw’s fran­chise-high 12th post­sea­son loss put the Dodgers down 3-1 in the best-of-seven se­ries at the home of the Rangers, on the brink of a sec­ond straight de­feat in the NLCS af­ter post­ing the best record in the ma­jors dur­ing the pan­demic­short­ened sea­son.

Pitch­ing two days af­ter he was scratched from a Game 2 start be­cause of back spasms, Ker­shaw al­lowed four runs in five-plus in­nings, boost­ing his ca­reer play­off ERA to 4.31.

While the three-time NL Cy Young Award win­ner is also the club’s ca­reer leader in post­sea­son wins with his 11-12 record, his Oc­to­ber re­sume sim­ply doesn’t match his stel­lar reg­u­lar-sea­son num­bers: 175-76 with a 2.43 ERA.

In the Dodgers’ seven trips to the NLCS over Ker­shaw’s 13 sea­sons, the Dal­las na­tive is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA. And now the left-han­der has been out­pitched by a rookie mak­ing his post­sea­son de­but: the Braves’ 22-year-old Game 4 win­ner, Bryse Wil­son.

Ker­shaw had never pitched near his Dal­las home be­fore do­ing so twice in a week and a half in this un­usual post­sea­son.

Yan­kees, Rays top rat­ings: The Rays and Yan­kees drew the five-most watched games of the Di­vi­sion Se­ries, boosted by prime-time start times.

The Rays’ 2-1 vic­tory in Game 5 on Oct. 9 was the most-watched game of the round, av­er­ag­ing 3,723,000 view­ers on TBS, the net­work said Fri­day.

Among the other three se­ries, the most-viewed game was the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Padres in Game 2, which av­er­aged 1,655,000 view­ers on FS1.

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