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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Astros’ Joe Smith honors late Tyler Skaggs in World Series

WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston Astros reliever Joe Smith sports Tyler Skaggs’ No. 45 on his hat with pride and grief.

Smith was proud to call Skaggs a friend and devastated by the Angels pitcher’s death this summer at age 27 from a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol. Now in the World Series and being counted on in important situations, Smith is pitching for his late friend’s memory.

“I talk to him every day during the national anthem,” Smith said. “I love Tyler, man. I miss him. (I think about him) every day. Any time you lose a friend, man, something will pop in your head or somebody will say something and just make you think.”

Smith got the ball from Astros manager AJ Hinch right after starter Gerrit Cole left Game 5 Sunday, asked to protect a four-run lead in the eighth inning. The 35-year-old journeyman continued his strong postseason by throwing another scoreless inning and has allowed just two hits in three innings during the World Series.

 

QLE Posted: October 29, 2019 at 12:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: honor, joe smith, tyler skaggs

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Los Angeles Angels employee details team’s knowledge of Tyler Skaggs’ drug use to federal DEA investigators—ESPN

Kay has sought treatment for substance abuse twice this year, according to his mother and his wife, Camela. While recovering in the hospital from an overdose on April 22, Kay received a text from Skaggs seeking drugs, they said. Sandy was visiting her son in the hospital at the time, alongside his wife and Tim Mead, the former Angels vice president of communications and Kay’s supervisor. Sandy told Outside the Lines she saw the texts and told Mead that the team needed to get Skaggs “off his back.”

Mead, who left the Angels in June to become president of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, told Outside the Lines no one mentioned Skaggs’ name in that conversation, or that Skaggs was an opioid user at any other time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2019 at 05:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tyler skaggs

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sources: Skaggs’ death subject of DEA probe

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating where Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs obtained the drugs that were in his system at the time of his July 1 death in Southlake, Texas, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told Outside the Lines on Wednesday.

An autopsy released Aug. 30 found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and ethanol in Skaggs’ system. The fentanyl drew the attention of federal investigators, the sources said. One senior DEA official said the agency typically gets involved in fentanyl cases in an effort to track down the source of the drug.

Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, has been linked to a number of high-profile drug-related deaths, including musicians Prince, Tom Petty and Mac Miller.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room July 1 during a road trip against the Texas Rangers, having choked on his own vomit.

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Friday, August 30, 2019

Tyler Skaggs: Fentanyl, oxycodone, alcohol led to death| LA Times

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs had the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in his system when he was found dead in his Texas hotel room July 1, according to a toxicology report released Friday by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

The cause of death is listed as a mixture of “alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,” meaning Skaggs, 27, essentially choked on his vomit while under the influence. The death, according to the report, was ruled an accident. He was found on his bed, fully clothed, and there were no signs of trauma.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 30, 2019 at 04:13 PM | 71 comment(s)
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