The Rundown for July 29, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,672,690 and the nation’s death toll stands at 611,801, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Yesterday’s 88,377 new cases marked the biggest one-day increase in cases since February. Hospitalizations also have been surging… Medical experts and health agencies are urging people to get vaccinated regardless of whether they have previously been infected because it remains unclear how strong or long-lasting the protection from natural antibodies is. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SENATE ADVANCES INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… The Senate voted yesterday to advance on a bipartisan infrastructure bill after weeks of negotiations. The 67-to-32 vote cleared a key procedural hurdle on a bill that includes $550 billion in new spending for infrastructure projects. 17 Republicans joining Democrats in voting in favor. The bill moves on to the House, where its future is unknown. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declined to comment on the bill until she is able to see the final legislation.

JUDGE KEEPS TRUMP SUIT IN OPEN COURT… A circuit court judge yesterday rejected an attempt by former President Donald Trump and three of his four adult children to force a class-action lawsuit out of open court and into arbitration. The Trumps, who are facing fraud allegations related to an alleged pyramid scheme, sought to keep the proceedings hidden from public view. A lawsuit filed in 2018 alleges that the Trump family conned victims into investing “hundreds or thousands of dollars” they never had a chance of recouping.

BLINKEN TROUBLED BY AFGHANISTAN… Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday expressed regrets for recent developments in Afghanistan. Blinken said during a press conference that the Taliban is “making advances” and called reports that the group has committed atrocities “deeply, deeply troubling.” Blinken made the comments in New Delhi, India, where he has been engaged in talks with senior Indian officials.

FORMER NY STATE SENATE CANDIDATE ARRESTED… A former candidate for the New York state senate who participated in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was taken into custody yesterday. Christmann referred to his participation in postings on social media, according to prosecutors. He allegedly began asking people to delete videos and photos of him inside the building after his friends began getting arrested.

… Dusty Hill, who played bass in the rock trio ZZ Top, died yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 72. Surviving members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement on social media expressing their sorrow. Hill joined the trio shortly before they cut their debut LP, “ZZ Top’s First Album,” in 1971. He remained with the band through its most recent albums and tours.

ODENKIRK ON THE MEND… Bob Odenkirk is reported to be in stable condition after experiencing a “heart-related incident” Tuesday on the set of “Better Call Saul.” The 58-year-old actor was rushed to an Albuquerque hospital after collapsing. Odenkirk’s adult son, Nate, yesterday assured fans in a tweet that his dad “is going to be O.K.”


Milwaukee 7 – PITTSBURGH 3
… The Brewers got two-run doubles from Lorenzo Cain and Luis Urias in downing the Pirates. Adrian Houser (7-5) pitched two-hit ball over five innings.

N.Y. METS 2 – Atlanta 1… Brandon Drury smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Mets hung on to edge the Braves.

Cincinnati 8 – CHI. CUBS 2… Joey Votto homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Reds past the Cubs. Tyler Stephenson lined a two-run single. Tyler Mahle (8-3) pitched five-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

L.A. Dodgers 8 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Walker Buehler (11-1) limited the Giants to three hits over seven innings and reliever Mitch White completed the shutout. Wil Smith tripled home two runs during a four-run top of the fourth inning and Max Muncy lined a two-run double during a three-run seventh. Cody Bellinger homered for L.A.

Washington – PHILADELPHIA (ppd)… Last night’s Nationals-Phillies game in Philadelphia was postponed due to a Covid-19 issue within the Nationals organization. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader today.

Toronto 4 – BOSTON 1
(7 innings)… Robbie Ray (9-5) held the Red Sox to a run on five hits over six innings and Blue Jays took the opener of a doubleheader. Randal Grichuk homered with a runner aboard and George Springer added a solo shot.

BOSTON 4 – Toronto 1 (7 innings)… Four pitchers combined on a five-hitter and the Red Sox earned a split of the twinbill. Jarren Duran legged out a two-run triple for Boston.

DETROIT 17 – Minnesota 14… The slugged their way past the Twins in the wildest game of the season so far. They won despite hitting no home runs and giving up seven. Eric Haase and Jeimer Candelario knocked in three runs apiece. Derek Hill had three hits and two RBIs.

Houston 11 – SEATTLE 4… The Astros banged out 15 hits in their pounding of the Mariners. Yuli Gurriel had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs. Aledmys Diaz also had three RBIs. Kyle Tucker homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. Yankees 3 – TAMPA BAY 1 (10 innings)… Aaron Judge singled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and Greg Allen raced home on a wild pitch in the win over the Rays. DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the fifth.

KANSAS CITY 3 – Chi. White Sox 2 (10 innings)… The Royals came from two runs down in the seventh inning to outlast the White Sox. Michael A. Taylor singled home Hunter Dozier with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Salvador Perez tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth.

CLEVELAND 7 – St. Louis 2
… Franmil Reyes went 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homer as the Indians cruised past the Cardinals. Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly. Zack Plesac (6-3) allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings.

Oakland 10 – SAN DIEGO 4… Matt Chapman belted a three-run homer during a four-run top of the first inning and the Athletics never looked back in their throttling of the Padres. Elvis Andrus went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Sean Manaea (8-6) limited San Diego to one hit over six scoreless innings.

BALTIMORE 8 – Miami 7… The Orioles erased an early five-run deficit and rallied again late to top the Marlins. Ryan McKenna drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home Cedric Mullins with the winning run. Pedro Severino blasted a three-run homer and Trey Mancini added a solo shot.

Arizona 3 – TEXAS 2… Madison Bumgarner (5-6) surrendered just two runs on five hits over seven innings and the Diamondbacks scored a pair of late runs to squeak past the Rangers. Daulton Varsho led off the top of the eighth inning with a tie-breaking homer.

L.A. ANGELS 8 – Colorado 7… The Angels recovered to top the Rockies after blowing a 7-3 seventh-inning lead. Phil Gosselin singled home David Fletcher with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shohei Ohtani belted his 37th homer with two runners aboard. Justin Upton added a two-run shot.

Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 7-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-4)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 3-5) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 4-10) is at the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 4-3)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-5) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 7-3) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 6-7) hosts Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 1-5)

the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 10-5) are at Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 1-2)…
Kansas City (Carlos Hernandez, 1-1) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 8-4)…
Baltimore (Alexander Wells, 1-0) is at Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 7-5) hosts Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 9-5)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 8-8) is at the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 7-3)

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)

MLB TRADES… Deals are in the works ahead of Major League Baseball’s 4 p.m. Eastern trade deadline on Friday. The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins for left-handed pitcher Jesús Luzardo. The Marlins also will cover the majority of the roughly $4.6 million left of Marte’s salary this season. The New York Yankees were reportedly close to acquiring slugger Joey Votto from the Texas Rangers.

OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS… U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel won his first individual gold medal of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in the men’s 100-meter freestyle… Robert Finke mounted a furious comeback to win gold in the first-ever Olympic men’s 800-meter freestyle… U.S. women’s swimmers Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger took home silver and bronze, respectively, in the women’s 200-meter butterfly.

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