The Rundown for August 30, 2018

WHITE HOUSE LAWYER DON McGAHN LEAVING… President Trump announced yesterday that White House Counsel Don McGahn will leave his position following Supreme Court proceedings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the fall. McGahn has reportedly suggested Emmet Flood as his replacement. Flood served in the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

U.S. CITIZENS LOSING PASSPORTS… The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Trump administration has been denying or revoking passports from some citizens along the U.S. border with Mexico. Administration officials say the action is being taken over suspicions that their birth certificates were fraudulently obtained. According to the report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been arriving at homes with no notice and in some cases taking passports.

DRINKING WATER SHUT OFF AT DETROIT SCHOOLS… Detroit school officials have shut off drinking water at all of the district’s schools after testing results that revealed elevated levels of lead and copper in their water. Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said water-quality issues were found at 34 of the district’s more than 100 schools, including 18 with pre-existing problems where water filters had been installed. The school district started testing in the spring and found 16 locations had higher than acceptable levels of copper and/or lead in one or more water source.

CHICAGO APARTMENT FIRE DEATH TOLL RISES… The death toll in the fire at a west Chicago apartment building rose to 10 yesterday with the passing of two 14-year-old boys. The two were hospitalized after the fire died early this week. Their passing leaves no survivors from the building where the fire occurred.

‘SPINAL TAP’ CREATORS TO PROCEED WITH SUIT… Creators of the 1984 rockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” have been given the green light from a judge to pursue their $400 million lawsuit against Vivendi SA. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer accused Vivendi of depriving them of a “fair return” from the film, its music and related merchandise. The lawsuit claims Vivendi had estimated that the plaintiffs’ share of “Spinal Tap” income was just $81 from merchandising between 1984 and 2016, and $98 from music sales between 1989 and 2016.

‘TOP GUN’ RELEASE MOVED BACK… Paramount Pictures announced yesterday that it is moving back the release date of the sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” by a year. The film is in production and was previously scheduled to hit theaters next summer. It has a new theatrical release date of June 26, 2020.

CHI. CUBS 2 – N.Y. Mets 1… Ben Zobrist singled home Javier Baez with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning in a game suspended due to rain in the 10th inning the night before. Pinch-hitter Jose Reyes delivered a two-run triple. Jason Vargas (5-8) allowed a run on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

N.Y. Mets 10 – CHI. CUBS 3… Todd Frazier got things going with a grand slam in the top of the first inning and added a run-scoring single in the ninth to lead the Mets past the Cubs.

PHILADELPHIA 8 – Washington 6… Newly acquired Jose Bautista delivered a go-ahead RBIs single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Phillies handled the Nationals. Carlos Santana’s 20th homer of the season was a fifth-inning grand slam.

Milwaukee 13 – CINCINNATI 12 (10 innings)… The Brewers overcame a 9-4 deficit to outlast the Reds. Christian Yelich hit for the cycle and finished 6-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs. Jesus Aguilar, Mike Moustakas and Jonathan Schoop also went deep for Milwaukee.

Pittsburgh 2 – ST. LOUIS 0… Trevor Williams pitched three-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the Pirates’ shutout of the Cardinals. Pittsburgh scored both runs in the top of the fifth inning on RBI singles by Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

Arizona 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… The Diamondbacks held off the Giants and moved back into a rift-place tie with idle Colorado atop the NL West. Steven Souza homered to lead off the top of the third inning and doubled home a run in the fourth.

HOUSTON 5 – Oakland 4… Tyler White’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Astros over the Athletics and moved them 2-1/2 games ahead of Oakland atop the AL West. George Springer and Alex Bregman both had a couple of hits and an RBI.

KANSAS CITY 9 – Detroit 2… Adalberto Mondesi hit a two-run homer, tripled home a run and drew a bases- loaded walk as the Royals cruised past the Tigers. Alex Gordon also homered with a runner aboard. Danny Duffy (8-11) held Detroit to a run on two hits over six innings.

Chi. White Sox 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Ryan LaMarre hit a pair of run-scoring doubles and smacked a leadoff homer in the seventh to lead the White Sox past the Yankees. Reynaldo Lopez (5-9) held New York to a run on five hits over seven innings.

BALTIMORE 10 – Toronto 5… Adam Jones unloaded a grand slam and singled home a run as the Orioles doubled up on the Blue Jays. Trey Mancini added a solo shot for his 20th homer of the season. Austin Wynns went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Minnesota 4 – CLEVELAND 3… Robbie Grossman stroked a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the seventh inning and the Twins held on to edge the Indians. Willians Astudillo homered for Minnesota.

Tampa Bay 8 – ATLANTA 5… The Rays got past the Braves in a contest delayed by rain. They took the lead for good on C.J. Cron’s tie-breaking homer in the top of the third inning. Tommy Pham added a two-run shot in the fourth.

SAN DIEGO 8 – Seattle 3… Joey Lucchesi limited the Mariners to a run on six hits over 6-2/3 innings and got plenty of support in the Padres’ win. Hunter Renfroe lifted a sacrifice fly and belted a three-run homer. Manuel Margot hit a solo homer and doubled home a run.

BOSTON 14 – Miami 6… The Red Sox erupted to score 11 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to blow away the Marlins. Mookie Betts homered and doubled home two runs. Eduardo Nunez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and RBI single.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – TEXAS 1… The Dodgers got solo homers from Manny Machado, Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal in clipping the Rangers for their fifth straight win. Alex Wood (8-6) pitched four-hit ball over seven shutout innings.

Milwaukee (Miley, 2-2) is at Cincinnati (Reed, 0-1)…
St. Louis (Gant, 5-5) hosts Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 5-7)…
the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 4-4) are at Atlanta (TBD)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 6-4) host Arizona (TBD)….
Colorado (Marquez, 11-9) is at San Diego (Lauer, 5-7)

Minnesota (Odorizzi, 5-8) is at Cleveland (Clevinger, 9-7)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Happ, 15-6) hosts Detroit (Liriano, 3-9)…
Boston (Porcello, 15-7) is at the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 10-9)…
Houston (Verlander, 13-8) hosts the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 7-8)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 7-3) is at Oakland (Montas, (5-3)

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