The Rundown for August 2, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,997,105 and the nation’s death toll stands at 613,223, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, conceded yesterday that he believes “things are going to get worse” in the nation’s surge in new cases but he doesn’t expect widespread lockdowns to return. During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” Fauci reiterated that the unvaccinated “are the ones that are vulnerable to getting severe illness that may lead to hospitalization, and in some cases death… Florida has emerged as the epicenter of the outbreaks. Over the past week, the state has averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations a day and 35 daily pediatric hospitalizations. Both are highest per-capita rates in the nation.

KINZINGER SAYS SUBPOENAS COMING… Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger said yesterday that he expects the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to issue “a significant number of subpoenas.” Kinzinger said during his appearance on ABC News “This Week” that he is in favor of seeking testimony from anyone who spoke to former president Donald Trump on the day of the attack.

SENATE ‘DAYS AWAY’ FROM INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE… The Senate continued work over the weekend to finalize legislation on the $1 trillion infrastructure package. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said a finished bill could be brought to the floor “in a matter of days.” Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said during appearance on CNN’s “Face the Nation” that she believes the measure will get the 10 Republican votes it needs to stave off a filibuster.

CREWS GAIN GROUND ON WESTERN FIRES… Firefighters made progress over the weekend in the battles against two major wildfires burning in the West. Containment on the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon climbed to 74 percent yesterday. The blaze, which was sparked by a July 6 lightning strike in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, has scorched more than 646 square miles. California’s Dixie Fire, which has charred 383 square miles and destroyed 42 homes and other buildings, was listed at 32-percent containment. Authorities lifted evacuation orders and warnings for several remote areas of Butte and Plumas counties.

10 VICTIMS IN NEW YORK SHOOTING… Police in New York released video footage of a brazen shooting Saturday night in the borough of Queens. Ten people were shot, but none fatally, after two gunmen approached a group of people on foot and opened fire. The suspects jumped onto scooters driven by two other men and fled. Detectives said it appears the intended targets were three known gang members. The seven other victims were bystanders. The victims range in age from 19 to 72.

ENTERTAINMENT
THE KID LAROI TOPS ALBUM CHART
… The Kid LAROI’s “F**k Love” sold 85,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart after 53 weeks in release. Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” finished second with 69,000 units sold. Doja Cat’s “Planet” jumped into third place on sales of 57,000 copies. Morgan Wallen’s ”Dangerous: The Double Album” jumped one spot to No. 4 with 44,000 units sold. Last week’s champ, Pop Smoke’s “Faith,” fell to fifth place after selling 38,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Jungle Cruise” took in $34.2 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Another newcomer, “The Green Knight,” finished in a distant second place with $6.78 million. Last week’s champ, “Old,” slipped to third place with $6.76 million. “Black Widow” dropped to No. 4 after taking in $6.4 million. “Stillwater” capped the top five with $5.1 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 6 – Chi. Cubs 5
… Yadiel Hernandez led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his second homer of the game in lifting the Nationals over the Cubs. Hernandez also singled home a run and went 4-for-5 on the day. Rafael Ortega’s three home runs and five RBIs weren’t enough for Chicago.

Philadelphia 15 – PITTSBURGH 4… The Phillies pummeled the Pirates with a 20-hit attack. J.T. Realmuto went 5-for-6 and knocked in four runs to lead the barrage. Didi Gregorius had three hits and three RBIs.

Cincinnati 7 – N.Y. METS 1… Victor Gutierrez (6-3) held the Mets to a run on three hits over seven innings and got plenty of support in the Reds’ win. Max Schrock went 5-for-5 with a solo homer and run-scoring single.

Milwaukee 2 – ATLANTA 1… Brewers starter Brett Anderson (4-5) limited the Braves to a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings and our relievers shut the door. Willy Adames homered for Milwaukee.

SAN DIEGO 8 – Colorado 1… Jake Cronenworth and Ha-Seong Kim stroke two-run doubles in the bottom of the first inning and the Padres never looked back in downing the Rockies. Kim also homered to lead off the sixth.

L.A. Dodgers 13 – ARIZONA 0… Justin Turner singled home a run and blasted a three-run homer as the Dodgers walloped the Diamondbacks. Albert Pujols delivered a bases-clearing double. AJ Pollock went 4-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring doubles. Julio Urias (13-3) pitched four-hit ball over five innings and three relievers completed the shutout.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TORONTO 5 – Kansas City 1
… Jose Berrios (8-5) pitched five-hit ball over six scoreless innings in his debut for the Blue Jays. Marcus Semien homered with a runner aboard and Santiago Espinal added a solo shot.

DETROIT 6 – Baltimore 2… The Tigers cruised past the Orioles after spotting them an early two-run lead. Eric Haase doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs to cap a three-run bottom of the first inning.

CHI. WHITE SOX 2 – Cleveland 1… Brian Goodwin homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the White Sox a walkoff win over the Indians. Jose Abreu was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home a tying run in the fifth.

TEXAS 4 – Seattle 3… Andy Ibanez blasted a game-tying two-run homer and Jonah Heim added a walkoff solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to power the Rangers past the Mariners.

Oakland 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3…The Athletics came from three runs down to cruise past the Angels. Matt Olson belted a three-run homer and Yan Gomes added a two-run shot during a five-run top of the third inning. Gomes also singled home a run in the fifth.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Boston 2… Shane McClanahan (5-4) held the Red Sox to a run on four hits over six innings and three relievers did the rest. Brandon Lowe homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the third inning for Tampa Bay. Manuel Margot’s RBI single in the fifth proved decisive.

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3 – MIAMI 1
… Newly acquired Anthony Rizzo lined a game-tying RBI single and Aaron Judge singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning as the Yankees rallied past the Marlins. Five New York pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

ST. LOUIS 7 – Minnesota 3… Edmundo Sosa went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and solo homer as the Cardinals cruised past the Twins. Paul Goldschmidt also knocked in two runs. Adam Wainwright (9-6) allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – Houston 3… Kris Bryant’s two-out solo homer in the bottom of the third inning sparked a three-run rally that gave the Giants the lead for good in his debut for the team. Darin Ruf singled home a run and hit a two-run homer. Logan Webb (5-3) allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia (Ranger Suarez, 5-3) is at Washington (Josiah Gray, 0-0)…
Miami (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Tyler Megill, 1-0)…
Pittsburgh (Bryse Wilson, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4)…
Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-1) hosts San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 10-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 1-3) is at Toronto (Robbie Ray, 9-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Andrew Heaney, 6-7) host Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2) is at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 9-5)…
Texas (TBA) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dane Dunning, 4-7)

OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS… The U.S. women’s basketball team beat France 93-82 yesterday to close out group play undefeated and advance to the quarterfinals. The Americans (3-0) haven’t lost a game in group play since women’s basketball was added to the Olympics in 1976.

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