Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of an accidental overdose from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol, a Texas medical examiner said in a report released Friday.
Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 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.
“That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League Baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much,” Skaggs’ family said in a statement. “We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them.”
The Tarrant County medical examiner’s report said simply: “Manner of death: Accident.” The coroner’s office didn’t comment further.
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Rays 4, Indians 0: Austin Pruitt and three relievers combined on a five-hitter and Jesus Aguilar had a three-run homer in a four-run seventh inning for host Tampa Bay. Cleveland’s lead over the A’s in the race for the AL’s first wild-card spot shrank to a half-game, while the Rays remained one game back of Oakland in the battle for the second wild-card slot.
Astros 7, Blue Jays 4: George Springer homered and drove in four runs as visiting Houston won for the 10th time in 12 games. Toronto has lost nine of its past 11.
Twins 13, Tigers 5: C.J. Cron connected for a fourth-inning homer, giving Minnesota 262 for the season — five shy of the major-league record set by the Yankees last year — and the visiting Twins won their fifth in a row.
Cubs 7, Brewers 1: Nicholas Castellanos hit two home runs as host Chicago won its fourth in a row. The Cubs moved to one game behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
Nationals 6, Marlins 5: Anthony Rendon’s two-run single in the ninth allowed Washington to extend Miami’s road losing streak to a franchise-record 13 games.
Mets 11, Phillies 5: Todd Frazier hit two three-run homers to help visiting New York end a six-game losing streak.
Braves 10, White Sox 7: Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer to help host Atlanta win for the 10th time in 12 games.
Rangers 6, Mariners 3: Rougned Odor snapped an 0-for-28 slump with an early RBI double and Danny Santana hit his 24th homer for host Texas.
Orioles 14, Royals 2: John Means pitched seven solid innings and Hanser Alberto had five of his team’s 21 hits as visiting Baltimore rolled.
Pirates 9, Rockies 4: Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer to help visiting Pittsburgh win.
Reds at Cardinals, ppd: Cincinnati’s game in St. Louis was rained out. The teams now are scheduled to play doubleheaders both Saturday and Sunday.
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