CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,603,768 and the nation’s death toll stands at 611,414, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday changed its masking recommendations and is now urging vaccinated people to resume wearing masks indoors in areas with “high” or “substantial” Covid-19 transmission public areas. Nearly two-thirds of all counties in the U.S. have high or substantial transmission, according to CDC data.
CAPITOL ATTACK HEARINGS OPEN… The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol featured emotional testimony from four law enforcement officers who were present. The officers described the physical and psychological injuries they sustained and gave a rare, first-hand look at the types of attacks they and their fellow officers suffered. During his testimony, D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone criticized people who have downplayed the attacks, calling it “disgraceful.” Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, played footage of the attack at the start of the hearing.
DOJ DEALS MO BROOKS LEGAL BLOW… The Justice Department yesterday declined to support Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks in lawsuit brought by California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell over the Capitol attack. The DOJ Has notified a federal court that Brooks was not acting in his official capacity when he spoke at a pro-Trump rally on January 6, where he made comments blamed for inciting violence. In his lawsuit filed in March, Swalwell accuses Brooks, former president Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani of violating federal civil rights laws and local incitement laws. The defendants all spoke at a rally near the White House on January 6 before members of the crowd stormed the Capitol.
ELLZEY WINS TEXAS SPECIAL ELECTION… Texas state Congressman Jake Kelley was projected to win yesterday’s special election runoff in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. His victory over fellow Republican Susan Wright comes despite Wright having landed an endorsement from former president Donald Trump. She is the widow of the late Congressman Ron Wright, who had cancer and died in February after contracting Covid-19.
MESSAGE PARLOR KILLER GETS LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE… The man charged with killing eight people earlier this year at Atlanta-area massage parlors pleaded guilty in court to several of the murders yesterday and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Robert Aaron Long targeted victims at three different parlors last March. Prosecutors in Cherokee County offered life without parole in exchange to a guilty plea in four of the murders. Long still faces the death penalty for the other four deaths, which are being prosecuted in Fulton County.
FORMER SLIPKNOT DRUMMER DIES… Former Slipknot drummer and founding member Joey Jordanian died on Monday of undisclosed causes, family members announced yesterday. He was 46. Jordison formed Slipknot with percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray in his native Iowa in 1995. He left the band in December 2013. Slipknot earned three top 10s on the Billboard 200, including “All Hope Is Gone,” which topped the chart on September 13, 2008.
BOB ODENKIRK COLLAPSES ON ‘BETTER CALL SAUL’ SET… Actor Bob Odenkirk collapsed yesterday on the New Mexico set of “Better Call Saul” and was rushed to the hospital in unknown condition. Witnesses say the 58-year-old Odenkirk abruptly fell to the ground. The series is in production on its sixth and final season.
Milwaukee 9 – PITTSBURGH 0… Brett Anderson (3-5) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Pirates. Omar Narvaez hit a two-run homer and singled home two runs. Rowdy Tellez added a two-run single and solo homer.
Washington 6 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Nationals did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Phillies. Josh Bell and Juan Soto blasted three-run homers.
Atlanta 12 – N.Y. METS 5… Austin Riley unloaded a grand slam and belted a two-run homer to lead the Braves past the Mets. Ozzie Albies and Abraham Almonte hit two-run homers.
Cincinnati 7 – CHI. CUBS 4… Joey Votto smacked two of the Reds’ four solo homers in the win over the Cubs. Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez also went deep. Victor Gutierrez (5-3) held Chicago to two runs on five hits over 6-1/3 innings.
SAN FRANCISCO 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1… A throwing error by Dodgers’ first-baseman Cody Bellinger allowed Buster Posey to score a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Giants made it stand. Posey singled home Austin Slater with a tying run in the sixth.
N.Y. Yankees 4 – TAMPA BAY 3… Jordan Montgomery (4-5) pitched five-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Yankees held off the Rays. Ryan LaMarre’s solo homer in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference. Gio Urshela lined a two-run double.
Detroit 6 – MINNESOTA 5 (11 innings)… The Tigers rallied from a pair of four-run deficits to outlast the Twins. Miguel Cabrera singled home Jonathan Schoop with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning. Eric Haase’s grand slam in the ninth forced extra innings.
Chi. White Sox 5 – KANSAS CITY 3… Eloy Jimenez’s three-run homer capped a four-run top of the eighth inning that carried the White Sox past the Royals. Gavin Sheets also homered for Chicago.
Houston 8 – SEATTLE 6… Myles Straw’s two-run double sparked a four-run top of the fourth inning that pushed the Astros past the Mariners. Yordan Alvarez drilled a three-run homer in the first.
Toronto – BOSTON (ppd)… Inclement weather in Boston forced postponement of last night’s Blue Jays-Red Sox game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.
Miami 7 – BALTIMORE 3… Sandy Leon blasted a three-run homer and the Marlins got solo shots from Lewin Diaz and Brian Anderson in their win over the Orioles. Sandy Alcantara (6-9) allowed three runs on six hits over six innings.
St. Louis 4 – CLEVELAND 2… Paul DeJong belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader opened the scoring with a homer to lead off the third. Adam Wainwright (8-6) surrendered two runs on four hits over seven innings.
TEXAS 5 – Arizona 4… Nathaniel Lowe stroked a two-run double and Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer as the Rangers scored all four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and hung on to edge the Diamondbacks. Dane Dunning (4-7) gave up two runs on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.
Colorado 12 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Rockies pounded out 16 hits in their throttling of the Angels. Sam Hilliard went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer. Connor Joe also had three hits and knocked in three runs.
SAN DIEGO 7 – Oakland 4… Fernando Tatis, Jr., homered with a runner aboard, Manny Machado added a three-run blast and the Padres topped the Athletics. Jake Cronenworth produced a two-run single.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4) is at Pittsburgh (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 8-5) hosts Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-9)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-6) is at the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 1-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 6-6) host Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 10-1) are at San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 10-4)
Detroit (Wily Peralta, 3-2) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 5-5)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-5) hosts Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Nestor Cortes, 0-0) are at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 6-5; Tanner Houck, 0-2) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 8-5; Steven Matz, 8-5) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 8-7) are at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 3-4)
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kin, 6-5) is at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3)…
San Diego (Blake Snell, 4-3) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 7-6)…
Miami (Jordon Holloway, 2-3) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-7) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-6)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 3-6) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 6-7)
OLYMPICS DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS… American swimmer Caeleb Dressel led the men’s team to a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay… Katie Ledecky won the first gold medal of her 2020 Olympic campaign and the sixth of her career in the debut of the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle. Teammate Erica Sullivan won the silver… The U.S. captured both gold medals in skeet shooting yesterday, with Amber English winning the women’s final and Vincent Hancock the men’s final… The U.S. softball team completed it undefeated run in the round-robin stage with a 2-1 win over Japan. Kelsey Stewart connected for a walkoff a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.