The Rundown for September 3, 2018

McCAIN BURIED… Senator John McCain was buried yesterday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. A small private ceremony concluded with a Navy jet flypast in “missing man formation.” McCain died on August 25 from the effects of brain cancer. He was 81.

ISIS LEADER IN AFGHANISTAN KILLED… U.S. military officials in Afghanistan have confirmed that a strike on August 25 killed the head of ISIS in the country. The strike was carried out in the eastern area of Nangarhar province and killed Abu Sayed Orakzai and 10 other ISIS fighters. Orakzai’s death marks the third time US forces have killed a self-proclaimed head of ISIS in Afghanistan since July 2016, the military noted.

DEMOCRATS SAY KAVANAUGH DOCUMENTS WITHHELD… Democrats have turned up their criticism of the Trump administration for its refusal to release more than 125,000 pages of documents on Brett Kavanaugh ahead of his nomination hearings which begin in the Senate this week. 27,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh’s work in the White House under former President George W. Bush were protected by executive privilege. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said it was unprecedented for the White House to cite executive privilege in refusing to release the documents.

9 INJURED, 4 MISSING IN BOAT CRASH… Nine people were injured and four remained missing last night following Saturday night’s crash of two boats on the Colorado River in southeast California near the Arizona border. Authorities say two of the people injured were airlifted to a southern Nevada hospital with life-threatening injuries. The missing include three women and a man. According to the Mojave County Sheriff’s Department, nobody aboard either boat was wearing a life jacket.

STORM WATCHES ON GULF COAST… The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast yesterday as a potential tropical cyclone arrives with heavy rains and strong winds. What has been named Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven is expected to drop as much as 8 inches of rain after striking the Florida-Alabama border tomorrow night and traveling southeast. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced he has activated the state’s Crisis Action Team as a precaution.

U2 CANCELS SHOW… U2 was forced to cancel a Saturday night concert in Berlin after lead singer Bono lost his voice during the performance. Bono reportedly left the stage after performing the song “Beautiful Day” with the help of the audience. Concert-goers were initially informed that the band was taking a short break before eventually being told that the show was over and that their tickets would be honored at a replacement performance.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Crazy Rich Asians” brought in another $22.2 million to remain atop the weekend box office for the third straight week. “The Meg” took in $10.5 million to remain in second place. “Mission Impossible—Fallout” moved up a spot into third place after bringing in $7 million. “Operation Finale” finished fourth with $6 million. “Searching” capped the top five with $5.7 million.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Arizona 2… Matt Kemp’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers over the Diamondbacks and into sole possession of first place in the NL West. Max Muncy opened the scoring with his 31st homer to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. The game featured a duel between L.A. starter Walker Buehler and his counterpart Clay Buchholz, but neither got a decision.

ATLANTA 5 – Pittsburgh 1… The Braves came up with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put away the Pirates. Ronald Acuna homered to lead off the first and scored the tie-breaking run.

Milwaukee 9 – WASHINGTON 4… Christian Yelich unloaded his first career grand slam to highlight a seven-run top of the fifth inning that rallied the Brewers past the Nationals. Keon Braxton added a three-run shot.

Chi. Cubs 8 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Jon Lester (15-5) scattered eight hits over six shutout innings and the Cubs cruised past the Phillies. Javier Baez’ solo blast gave him 30 homers and 100 RBIs on the season. Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rizzo also homered with the bases empty.

Cincinnati 6 – ST. LOUIS 4 (10 innings)… Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer and Brandon Dixon followed with a solo shot in the top of the 10th inning as the Reds powered their way past the Cardinals. Scooter Gennett had a couple of hits and knocked in a run.

N.Y. Mets 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… Noah Syndergaard surrounded just two hits in his first career complete game and the Mets breezed past the Giants. Michael Conforto homered with a runner aboard and Jeff McNeil stroked a two-run double for New York.

Colorado 7 – SAN DIEGO 3… The Rockies handled the Padres to gain a split of the four-game series and pull within a half-game of first place in the NL West. David Dahl lifted a sacrifice fly and homered. Chris Iannetta produced a two-run double.

Detroit 11 – N.Y. YANKEES 7… Victor Reyes went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in leading the Tigers past the Yankees. Nick Castellanos had three hits, including his 20th homer with a runner aboard. Ronny Rodriguez also had three hits and two RBIs.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Boston 0… James Shields (6-15) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the White Sox shutout of the Red Sox. Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Daniel Palka added his 20th homer with the bases empty. Matt Davidson had two hits, including a two-run double.

KANSAS CITY 9 – Baltimore 1… Jorge Lopez (1-4) held the Orioles to a run on five hits over seven innings as the Royals rolled to the win. Alex Gordon went 3-for-5 with an RBI double.

TEXAS 18 – Minnesota 4… Nomar Mazara homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Rangers in their rout of the Twins. Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar, Robinson Chirinos and Drew Robinson also went deep for Texas. Yohander Mendez (1-1) allowed just three hits over six innings in notching his first big-league victory.

OAKLAND 8 – Seattle 2… Stephen Piscotty homered twice and knocked in five runs as the Athletics pounded the Mariners. Marcus Semien contributed a two-run single. Edwin Jackson (5-3) held the Mariners to a run on three hits over six innings.

Tampa Bay 6 – CLEVELAND 4… Brandon Lowe went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs in leading the Rays past the Indians. C.J. Cron also hit a bases-empty homer. Joey Wendle and Tommy Pham both had two hits and an RBI.

HOUSTON 4 – L.A. Angels 2… Gerrit Cole (13-5) held the Angels to two runs on six hits and fanned nine in six innings and the Astros downed the Angels. George Springer hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. Alex Bregman added a solo shot in the seventh.

Toronto 6 – MIAMI 1… Rookie Sean Reid-Foley (1-2) limited the Marlins to a run on four hits and struck out 10 over seven innings in earning his first major league win. Teoscar Hernandez blasted a three-run homer for Toronto.

St. Louis (Flaherty, 8-6) is at Washington (Scherzer, 16-6)…
Miami (Ureña, 4-12) hosts Philadelphia (Velasquez, 9-9)…
Cincinnati (Harvey, 6-7) is at Pittsburgh (Williams, 11-9)…
Milwaukee (Davies, 2-5) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 11-9)…
San Francisco (Bumgarner, 5-5) is at Colorado (Anderson, 6-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Wood, 8-6) host the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 8-8)…
San Diego (Mitchell, 0-3) is at Arizona (Godley, 14-7)

Detroit (Fulmer, 3-10) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 5-9)…
Houston (Keuchel, 10-10) hosts Minnesota (Gibson, 7-11)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 7-5) are at Oakland (Cahill, 5-3)…
Cleveland (Plutko, 4-4) hosts Kansas City (Junis, 7-12)…
Tampa Bay (Stroman, 4-8) is at Toronto (TBD)…
Texas (Springs, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Shoemaker, 1-0)…
Baltimore (Rogers, 1-0) is at Seattle (Ramirez, 1-3)

Boston (Eovaldi, 5-7) is at Atlanta (Toussaint, 1-0)

#25 LSU 33, #8 Miami (Fla.) 17 in Arlington, Texas

#19 Florida State hosts #20 Virginia Tech

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