CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 35,238,143 and the nation’s death toll stands at 614,295, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday issued a new eviction ban aimed toward counties with high rates of infections. The ban, which will replace the previous CDC moratorium that expired Saturday, will cover about 90 percent of renters through October 3. The official announcement of the new ban came after President Joe Biden acknowledged that the new moratorium could face legal challenges but said he believed it “will probably give some additional time” to renters in need of assistance.

CUOMO SEXUALLY HARASSED WOMEN… A New York attorney general’s investigation has determined that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. The investigation led by state Attorney General Letitia James found that Cuomo harassed current and former state employees, as well as a number of women outside of state government. According to the James, Cuomo engaged in “unwelcome and nonconsensual touching,” made comments of a “suggestive” sexual nature and his conduct created a “hostile work environment for women.” Cuomo is facing mounting pressure from his fellow Democrats to resign.

JUDGE BLOCKS MIGRANT ORDER… A federal judge yesterday blocked Texas Governor Greg Abbott from ordering state troopers to pull over drivers transporting migrants “who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19.” A temporary restraining order against Abbott’s move was granted by U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone. The Justice Department filed suit against Abbott and Texas on Friday. The day before, Attorney General Merrick Garland threatened to take legal action if Abbott didn’t rescind his order, calling it “dangerous and unlawful.”

OHIO ELECTIONS… Shontel Brown has defeated Nina Turner in the Democratic primary preceding the special election race in Ohio’s 11th congressional district. The seat was vacated by Marcia Fudge when she was appointed housing and urban development secretary. Mike Carey has won the Republican primary preceding the special election in Ohio’s 15th congressional district. Former Republican Congressman Steve Stivers vacated the seat in May and returned to the private sector.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘IDOL’ SEASON GEARING UP
… Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, along with host Ryan Seacrest, have announced that they are returning for “American Idol” Season 20. The new season will be the fifth to air on ABC. Live, virtual auditions for Season 20 begin this Friday through the show’s “Idol Across America” program.

TOKYO RATINGS SUFFER… The Tokyo Olympics are proving to be a nightmare for NBC. Sunday’s audience of 13 million was down 51 percent from the 26.7 million who watched the corresponding night at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Drops of 50 percent have been common the past week, according to the Nielsen Company. The time difference with Japan and a lack of star power are among factors blamed for the ratings drop.

SHOOTINGS OUTSIDE PENTAGON… Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced yesterday that a police officer was killed and multiple people were injured in shootings outside the Pentagon. The shooters prompted a temporary lockdown at the building. The Pentagon Force Protection Agency earlier announced that there was an “active crime scene” and ordered the public to stay away from the Metro rail entrance and bus platform at the Defense Department headquarters.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 5 – WASHINGTON 4
… Ronald Torreyes homered with a runner aboard and the Phillies got solo shots from Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper in their win over the Nationals. Zack Wheeler (9-6) took a shutout into the seventh inning.

MIAMI 5 – N.Y. Mets 4… Jorge Alfaro’s RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Marlins’ win over the Mets. Alex Jackson and Isan Diaz homered with the bases empty for Miami. Bryan De La Cruz singled home two runs.

Pittsburgh 8 – MILWAUKEE 5 (10 innings)… The Pirates came from four runs down to outlast the Brewers. Gregory Polanco stroked a tie-breaking RBI single in the top of the 10th inning and Bryan Reynolds singled home two more runs. Hoy Park’s two-run double capped a five-run seventh.

Atlanta 6 – ST. LOUIS 1… The Braves did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and coasted past the Cardinals. Jorge Soler’s solo homer sparked a five-run top of the first inning. Freddie Freeman also went deep. Max Fried (8-7) pitched four-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

COLORADO 13 – Chi. Cubs 6… Elias Diaz unloaded a grand slam and Sam Hilliard added a three-run homer and run-scoring double as the Rockies pounded the Cubs. C.J. Cron went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

ARIZONA 3 – San Francisco 1… Doubles by Nick Ahmed and Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in all three Diamondbacks runs and they hung on to top the Giants. Madison Bumgarner (6-6) allowed a run on six hits over seven innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 13 – Baltimore 1
… The Yankees piled up 15 hits in their thrashing of the Orioles. Giancarlo Stanton belted a three-run homer and singled home a run. Aaron Judge also went deep. Luis Gil (1-0) limited Baltimore to four hits over six scoreless innings in his major-league debut.

TORONTO 7 – Cleveland 2… George Springer led off the bottom of the first inning with a homer and Teoscar Hernández followed a two-run shot to give the Blue Jays the lead for good in their win over the Indians. Hyun Jin Ryu (11-5) gave up two runs on seven hits over seven innings.

DETROIT 4 – Boston 2… The Tigers fought their way past the Red Sox after spotting them an early two-run lead. Akil Baddoo doubled home a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Miguel Cabrera put Detroit on the board with a second-inning homer.

Seattle 4 – TAMPA BAY 2… Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi (7-6) held the Rays to two runs on six hits over six innings. Abraham Toro tied the game with a leadoff homer in the top of the fourth inning and Jarred Kelenic added a solo shot two batters later.

L.A. Angels 11 – TEXAS 3… Phil Gosselin and Jo Adell each had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Angels in their crushing of the Rangers. Jack Mayfield homered with a runner aboard. José Suarez (5-4) gave up three runs on six hits over 5-2/3 innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Kansas City 1… Dylan Cease (8-6) surrendered just one hit and struck out 11 over six scoreless innings and the White Sox breezed past the Royals. Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer and singled home a run. Andrew Vaughn also went deep.

INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota 7 – CINCINNATI 5
… Jorge Polanco connected for a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to power the Twins past the Reds. Mitch Garver cracked a three-run homer in the fifth.

San Diego 8 – OAKLAND 1… Blake Snell (5-4) allowed just a run on six hits over five innings and the Padres breezed past the Athletics. Tommy Pham led off the game with a homer and singled home a run during a three-run second. Austin Nola went 4-for-5 with a two-run double.

Houston 3 – L.A. DODGERS 0… Lance McCullers, Jr. (9-2) pitched four-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings and got help from three relievers in the shutout of the Dodgers. Yordan Alvarez struck the big blow with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 8-3)…
Washington (Paolo Espino, 3-2) hosts Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 2-4)…
the N.Y. Mets (Carlos Carrasco, 0-0) are at Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-4)…
St. Louis (J.A. Happ, 5-6) hosts Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 7-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 4-4) are at Colorado (Jon Gray, 7-6)…
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-5) hosts San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 5-2) is at Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 8-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 7-4) host Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 6-10)…
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-6) is at Toronto (Steen Matz, 8-6)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 6-5) hosts Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 7-6)…
the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 5-1) are at Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-9)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 8-7) host Kansas City (Carlos Hernandez, 2-1)…

INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota (Charlie Barnes, 0-1) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 5-10)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 9-8) hosts San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 7-7)…
Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 4-5) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Max Scherzer, 8-4)

NBA NEWS… Free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year deal. The 37-year-old Anthony spent the past two seasons in Portland after being out of the league. The 18-year veteran averaged 13.4 points a game for the Trail Blazers last season.

The Rundown for July 20, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,132,071 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,231, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Canada has announced plans to ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated, discretionary travelers from the U.S. on August 9 before loosening the Covid-19 measures for those from other countries on September 7. The Biden administration has yet to announce when it plans to roll back restrictions on the U.S. side of the shared border… The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all students, teachers and staff older than age 2 should wear masks in schools regardless of vaccination status, the recommended Monday. In newly updated guidance for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. The organization also said it is “strongly encouraging” COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone eligible.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BACKS OFF JOURNALISTS… New Justice Department policy announced yesterday by Attorney General Merrick Garland formally prohibits federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions. The new policy tries to weigh the media’s First Amendment rights against government’s desire to protect classified information. The policy allows federal prosecutors to seize journalists’ records if the reporters are suspected of working for agents of a foreign power or terrorist organizations. There is also an exception for situations with imminent risks, like kidnappings or crimes against children.

4 CHINESE NATIONALS INDICTED FOR CYBERATTACKS… A federal grand jury has indicted four Chinese nationals for their involvement in a widespread cyberattack campaign that attacked dozens of companies, colleges and government agencies from 2011 to 2018. The Justice Department indictments accuse the at-large suspects of targeting numerous industries with cyberattacks, including aerospace/aviation, biomedical, defense, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, research institutes and transportation. Prosecutors say the four men were acting on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.

CAPITOL INSURRECTIONIST SENTENCED… A 38-year-old Florida man who pleaded guilty to breaching the Senate chamber during the January 6 Capitol insurrection was sentenced yesterday to eight months in prison. Paul Hodgkins became the first Capitol rioter convicted of a felony to be sentenced following his guilty plea last month to obstructing congressional proceedings. The Justice Department had requested a 1.5-year sentence, saying it would deter future political violence and send a strong warning.

GOP MEMBERS NAMED TO JAN. 6 COMMITTEE… House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly selected the five House Republicans who will serve on a special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. McCarthy has settled on Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved to create the committee last month after Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed bill creating an independent commission. The committee has its first hearing scheduled for July 27.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT TOP MONEY MAKER
… Taylor Swift took in $23.8 million in 2020 to top Billboard’s 2020 Money Makers list during a year in which a pandemic shut down tours. Like other top-earning artists, Swift relied on streaming and physical sales for income. Post Malone was close behind in second place after making $23.2 million. Céline Dion was third with $17.5 million. The Eagles made $16.3 million to finish fourth. Billie Eilish was fifth with $14.7 million.

LADY GAGA, TONY BENNETT TO PERFORM… Lady Gaga confirmed yesterday that she and Tony Bennett will reunite “one last time” at a pair of shows next month at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The events on August 3 and 5 will honor Bennett on his 95th birthday. The legendary crooner has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 18 – Miami 1
… Juan Soto went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs as the Nationals destroyed the Marlins. Trea Turner tripled home a run and blasted a three-run homer. Josh Bell, Berrera and starting pitcher Jon Lester also went deep. On the mound, Lester (3-4) pitched six-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

N.Y. Mets 15 – CINCINNATI 11 (11 innings)… Jeff McNeill homered in the top of the first inning and singled home a run to spark a five-run top of the 11th inning that carried the Mets past the Reds. Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and James McCann hit two-run homers.

ST. LOUIS 8 – Chi Cubs 3… Dylan Carlson had a couple of hits, including a two-run homer, and knocked in four runs to lead the Cardinals past the Cubs. Paul Goldschmidt homered and singled home a run. Jake Woodford (2-1) allowed a run on six hits over 5-2/3 innings.

ARIZONA 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Pavin Smith and Josh VanMeter hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the second inning, Eduardo Escobar added a two-run shot in the fifth and the Diamondbacks held off the Pirates. Caleb Smith (3-6) gave up two runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

San Francisco 7 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Thairo Estrada doubled home two runs during a four-run top of the seventh inning and the Giants put away the Dodgers. Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores homered during a three-run first.

San Diego – ATLANTA (ppd)… Inclement weather in Atlanta forced postponement of last night’s Padres-Braves game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 3 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2
(8 innings)… Nelson Cruz homered in the top of the sixth inning and lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth as the Twins outlast the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader. Jorge Polanco had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Minnesota 3 (7 innings)… Gavin Sheets’ walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the White Sox a split of the twinbill. Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada also went deep for Chicago.

Boston 13 – TORONTO 4… The Red Sox opened with an eight-run top of the fist inning and never looked back in their thrashing of the Blue Jays. Hunter Renfroe unloaded a grand slam to highlight the uprising. Kiké Hernandez homered twice and knocked in three runs. Jarren Duran and Rafael Devers hit solo homers.

Baltimore 6 – TAMPA BAY 1… Spenser Watkins (2-0) held the Rays to a run on four hits over six innings and the Orioles cruised to the win. Pat Valaika lined a two-run single to spark a four-run top of the sixth inning.

DETROIT 14 – Texas 0… The Tigers pummeled the Rangers with a 19-hit attack. Akil Baddoo opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and singled home two more runs. Miguel Cabrera lined a bases-clearing double and added a two-run single. Five Detroit pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

HOUSTON 4 – Cleveland 3… Yordan Alvarez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Astros hung on to edge the Indians. Zack Greinke (9-3) surrendered two runs on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

OAKLAND 4 – L.A. Angels 1… Cole Irvin (7-8) scattered seven hits over seven shutout innings and the Athletics topped the Angels. Ramon Laureano’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie. Matt Olson added an eighth-inning homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-6) is at Washington (Paolo Espino, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 7-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (TBA)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) is at Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
St. Louis (TBA) hosts the Chi Cubs (Trevor Williams, 3-2)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 5-8) is at Arizona (TBA)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBA) host San Francisco (Alex Wood, 8-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 4-2) are at Oakland (James Kaprielian, 4-3)
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-1) hosts Boston (Garrett Richards, 5-5) in Buffalo…
Baltimore (John Means, 4-2) is at Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 3-3)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 5-8) hosts Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-6)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-3) is at Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 7-3) host Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-8) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) host Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 6-5)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-5) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 8-6)

NBA FINALS RESUMES TONIGHT… The Milwaukee Bucks will try to claim the franchise’s second NBA title, and first since 1971, when they host the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA finals holding a 3-2 lead. Game 7 would be Thursday in Phoenix.

The Rundown for July 16, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,974,299 and the nation’s death toll stands at 608,387, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned yesterday that the impact misinformation about the COVID vaccine is dangerous. Murthy said the false information shared on social media is driving vaccine hesitancy, especially among young people. During her press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted that there are about 12 people who are producing 65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms… A rise in cases and hospitalizations has prompted Los Angeles County to reimpose its mask mandate this weekend. The new order will require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status. The county has seen more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases each day for the past seven days.

BIDEN HOSTS MERKEL AT WHITE HOUSE… President Joe Biden hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House yesterday in her final visit as head of state. The two leaders said they were united against Russian aggression related to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline while remaining at odds on some details of the project. “Good friends can disagree,” Biden said afterward. The president praised Merkel for her “strong, principled leadership” and for “never failing to defend human dignity.” Merkel’s tenure lasted through four American presidents.

TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST PROTECTIONS RESTORED… The Biden administration yesterday announced plans to reverse a Trump-era move to open up Alaska’s Tongass National Forest for logging and other business operations. The USDA will restore protections to the nation’s largest old-growth forest as part of a $25 million strategy to conserve natural resources in Alaska, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Former President Donald Trump’s 2020 order opened the land to potential logging, mining and timber harvesting.

PAPERS HIGHLIGHT RUSSIAN SPY OPERATION TO SUPPORT TRUMP… The Guardian cited leaked Kremlin documents in reporting yesterday that Vladimir Putin personally authorized a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council. The session occurred on January 22, 2016, the papers suggest, with Putin, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present. According to the report, those at the session agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the U.S. and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.

CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY ARRESTED AT PROTEST… Democratic Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, was one of nine people arrested yesterday during a voting rights protest at the U.S. Capitol. The protest called for the Senate to pass a sweeping election reform bill that passed the House in March but is being held up in the Senate because of a Republican filibuster. The 71-year-old Beatty was charged with demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol grounds.

ENTERTAINMENT
LINDA RONSTADT HONORED ON 75TH BIRTHDAY
… Retired singer Linda Ronstadt was honored on her 75th birthday yesterday in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Mayor Regina Romero officially proclaimed the day as Linda Ronstadt Day earlier in the week. Ronstadt moved to Los Angeles in the mid-’60s to launch a singing career that spanned multiple genres, including rock, folk and country. She retired after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

MOVIE PRODUCER ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION RING… A California movie producer whose credits include the 2018 Maggie Gyllenhal film “The Kindergarten Teacher,” was arrested yesterday for allegedly running a “long-running” prostitution ring across the U.S. and abroad. Manhattan federal prosecutors also accused Dillon Jordan of money laundering for allegedly funneling ill-gotten gains through two “front companies.” Prosecutors claim that the 49-year-old Jordan ran the prostitution ring from about 2010 to May 2017, maintaining a “roster of women who resided around the U.S. and who, in exchange for payment, performed sexual acts for Jordan’s clients…” The indictment charges him with one count of conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, one count of enticement, one count of use of interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity and one count of money laundering. If found guilty on all counts, Jordan faces up to 50 years in federal prison. Jordan’s other production credits include 2018’s “Skin,” starring Jamie Bell, and 2019’s “The Kid,” starring Ethan Hawke.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD…
Boston – N.Y. YANKEES
(ppd)… Last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game was postponed after multiple positive COVID-19 tests within New York organization. No makeup date has been announced. Yankees pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta have been confirmed as COVID-19 positive and placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Three other players have received multiple positive diagnoses from rapid testing and are being quarantined while awaiting lab results.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 5-8; TBA) is at Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1; Zach Eflin, 4-6) for a doubleheader…
Pittsburgh (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-7)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-6) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-6)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) hosts Milwaukee (TBA)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-3) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 7-5)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-8) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 11-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 11-4) are at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota (TBA; TBA) is at Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-8; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) host Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-5)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-5) is at Toronto (Robbie Ray, 7-4)…
Kansas City (TBA) hosts Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 6-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 5-6) host Seattle (Chris Flexen, 8-3)…
Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 1-3) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 10-2)

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 8-3)

BRAVES ACQUIRE JOC PEDERSON… The injury-plagued Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs yesterday. In exchange, Atlanta sends Chicago minor league first-baseman Bryce Ball. The 29-year-old Pederson signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February after winning a World Series with the Dodgers. He hit 11 homers and knocked in 39 runs during his half-season in Chicago. He’ll join an Atlanta team that has just lost Ronald Acuña for the season due to a torn ACL.

NBA FINALS RESUMES SUNDAY… Milwaukee visits Phoenix on Sunday for Game 5 of the NBA finals with the series tied 2-2.

The Rundown for July 15, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,946,343 and the nation’s death toll stands at 608,108, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for about 58 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to figures released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The proportion was estimated at just 31.1 percent for the previous two-week period. In late May, the Delta variant was estimated to account for just 3 percent of new cases.

DEMS SEEK ARIZONA AUDIT DOCUMENTS… Two Democrats in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform are seeking documents from the company performing Arizona’s presidential election as part of an investigation into an unusual months-long ballot audit. In requesting the documents, Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jamie Raskin detail how conspiracy theories might have played into the audit procedures and want to know about any communication the company has had with former President Trump.

CAPITOL ATTACK COMMITTEE SCHEDULES HEARING… The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has scheduled its first hearing for July 27. The House created the select committee last month after Senate Republicans blocked an effort to impanel an independent, bipartisan commission. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has chosen seven Democrats and Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney to serve on the committee. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy can choose the remaining five members, but has yet to do so.

WATCHDOG RELEASES NASSAR INVESTIGATION REPORT… A report released yesterday by the Justice Department’s inspector general found that FBI officials failed to properly document sexual assault accusations made against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and made false statements regarding the case. According to the report, at least 70 athletes were sexually abused by Nassar between when USA Gymnastics first reported the allegations to the FBI and August 2016, when a separate complaint was filed with the police department at Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked. The report found that officials with the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office failed to respond to the allegations “with the utmost seriousness an urgency that they deserved and required” and made “numerous and fundamental errors” when they did respond. Additionally, W. Jay Abbott, the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, lied to the inspector general’s office on multiple occasions in order “to minimize errors made by the Indianapolis Field Office in connection with the handling of the Nassar allegations.”

OVERDOSE DEATHS SOAR DURING PANDEMIC… Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a government report released yesterday. That estimate reflects an increase of about 29 percent over the previous year. Fentanyl was involved in more than 60 percent of the overdose deaths last year, according to CDC data. New Hampshire and South Dakota were the only states that didn’t record 2020 drug overdoses.

ENTERTAINMENT
BRITNEY SPEARS ALLOWED TO HIRE LAWYER
… Britney Spears has been granted a request to hire her own attorney in her effort to end to her 13-year conservatorship. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears’ petition to replace her court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, with former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart. Spears testified at the hearing that she was “extremely scared” of her father, Jamie Spears, who has overseen his daughter’s $60 million fortune since 2008. “I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she said.

OLIVIA RODRIGO AT WHITE HOUSE… Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House yesterday to promote the COVID-19 vaccine for young Americans. The 18-year-old singer appeared at a press conference and toured the West Wing before meeting with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser. Rodrigo will be recording videos that urge young people to get vaccinated.

SPORTS
NBA FINALS SCOREBOARD

MILWAUKEE 109 – Phoenix 103… Khris Middleton scored 10 of his 40 points in the final 2:07 as the Bucks pulled past the Suns to even the series at two games apiece. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 points and 14 rebounds. Devin Booker’s 42 points weren’t enough for Phoenix, which hosts Game 5 on Saturday.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-5) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)

MLB STANDINGS
National League
East
New York Mets, 47-0
Philadelphia Phillies, 44-44, 3-1/2 GB
Atlanta Braves, 44-45, 4 GB
Washington Nationals, 42-47, 6 GB
Miami Marlins, 39-50, 9 GB

Central
Milwaukee Brewers, 53-39
Cincinnati Reds, 48-42, 4 GB
Chicago Cubs, 44-46, 8 GB
St. Louis Cardinals, 44-46, 8 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates, 34-56, 18 GB

West
San Francisco Giants, 57-32
Los Angeles Dodgers, 56-35, 2 GB
San Diego Padres, 53-40, 6 GB
Colorado Rockies,40-51, 18 GB
Arizona Diamondbacks, 26-66, 32-1/2 GB

American League
East
Boston Red Sox, 55-36
Tampa Bay Rays, 53-37, 1.5 GB
Toronto Blue Jays, 45-42, 8 GB
New York Yankees, 46-43, 8 GB
Baltimore Orioles, 28-61, 26 GB

Central
Chicago White Sox, 54-35
Cleveland Indians, 45-42, 8 GB
Detroit Tigers, 40-51, 15 GB
Minnesota Twins, 39-50, 15 GB
Kansas City Royals, 36-53, 18 GB

West
Houston Astros, 55-36
Oakland Athletics, 52-40, 3-1/2 GB
Seattle Mariners, 48-43, 7 GB
Los Angeles Angels, 45-44, 9 GB
Texas Rangers, 35-55, 19-1/2 GB

The Rundown for July 14, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,914,880 and the nation’s death toll stands at 607,771, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of new daily infections has risen nearly 50 percent in the U.S. amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. The average of 19,455 new cases per day over seven days entering yesterday was a 47.5 percent increase over the previous week. A total of 43 states have seen an increase in infections from the previous week.

BIDEN ATTACKS VOTER-SUPPESSION LAWS… President Joe Biden attacked racist voting laws sweeping America yesterday, warning that “the 21st-century Jim Crow assault is real.” Biden asked of Republicans who support voting restrictions: “Have you no shame?” The president noted that 17 states states had enacted 28 laws that make it harder to vote, with 400 bills pending.

DEMS AGREE ON BUDGET PLAN… Senate Democrats last night agreed on a $3.5 trillion budget plan that would expand Medicare, fund climate-change initiatives. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that when including $600 billion in new spending Biden has proposed in a separate bipartisan infrastructure proposal, the amount of new spending comes in around $4.1 trillion. Biden is set to meet today with Senate Democrats at the Capitol to discuss the agreement.

BANKER GUILTY OF BRIBING PAUL MANAFORT… A jury in Manhattan yesterday found a Chicago banker guilty of helping former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort improperly receive $16 million in loans in order to interview for a job within the Trump administration. Stephen Calk, the former chairman and CEO of The Federal Savings Bank, was found guilty of one count of financial institution bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit financial institution bribery. The charges carry 30 and 5-year maximum prison sentences, respectively. Prosecutors say he helped secure two different loans totaling $16 million for Manafort shortly after the 2016 election in exchange for interviews for different Trump administration positions, including Secretary of the Army. Manafort late defaulted on the loans.

OREGON FIRE IS NATION’S BIGGEST… A wildfire raging in Oregon is currently the largest fire in the nation, officials said yesterday. The Bootleg Fire, which started in Klamath County on July 6, has burned more than 201,000 acres. The fire has destroyed 54 structures and 21 homes and its cause remains unknown.

ENTERTAINMENT
EMMY NOMINATIONS
… Netflix’s “The Crown” and the Disney+ Star Wars action drama “The Mandalorian” each picked up 24 nominations to lead the field at this year’s 73rd Emmy Awards. The Disney+ Marvel series “WandaVision” received 23 nominations. Nominees in the best drama category include “The Crown,” “The Mandalorian,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Bridgerton,” “The Boys,” “Pose,” “Lovecraft Country” and “This Is Us.” The Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso,” starring Jason Sudeikis, is the favorite to win in the comedy category.

NICOLAS CAGE PULLS OUT OF JOE EXOTIC FILM… Nicolas Cage revealed yesterday that he has pulled out of Amazon’s planned fictionalized adaptation of the Netflix documentary “Tiger King.” Cage was set to portray Joe Exotic but said his departure came after Amazon cooled to the project. According to Cage, Amazon thought interest in the show had a shelf life that already has expired.

SPORTS
MLB ALL-STAR GAME

American League 5 – NATIONAL LEAGUE 2… The American League made it eight straight wins over the National League by winning last night’s 91st All-Star Game in Denver. 22-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and drove in a second run on his way to become the youngest player to be honored as the game’s MVP. Mike Zunino also homered for the American Leaguers. MLB’s regular season resumes tomorrow.

NBA FINALS RESUMES TONIGHT… The NBA finals resumes tonight with Phoenix visiting Milwaukee for Game 4. The Suns won the first two games of the series at home before the Bucks got in the win column by winning Sunday’s Game 3.

The Rundown for July 12, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,853,614 and the nation’s death toll stands at 607,155, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said yesterday that it’s “almost inexplicable” that some Americans continue to resist getting vaccinated against COVID-19 despite information showing those who have not received their shots are at a higher risk of becoming infected. During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation, Fauci continued to emphasize the seriousness of the Delta variant spread, which has raised infections and hospitalizations as it became the dominant strain of the coronavirus.

SURFSIDE DEATH TOLL AT 90… The death toll from the Surfside, Florida, condominium building collapse rose to 90 yesterday following the recovery of four more bodies. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says at least 71 of the victims have been properly identified with next-of-kin notifications provided to their families. An estimated 31 people remain unaccounted for.

HEAT WAVE IN SPARKS FIRE FEARS… A heat wave across the West is keeping firefighters throughout the region engaged if not on high alert. Heat advisories were issued across seven western states, with record-setting temperatures expected in California, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Dozens of large wildfires are currently burning in the West. Firefighters struggled in their effort to contain a Northern California wildfire that continued to grow yesterday and forced the temporary closure of a major highway. Two firefighters died Saturday in Arizona after a plane they were in crashed during a survey of a small wildfire in rural Mohave County.

WEAPONS STASH FOUND IN DENVER… Authorities in Denver say a tip from a hotel housekeeper led police to uncover a large arsenal of weapons that prompted police to believe initially that they had thwarted a large-scale attack. The discovery of the weapons occurred about a block from Coors Field, where Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is scheduled for tomorrow. However, FBI officials in Denver said yesterday morning that a preliminary investigation has not turned up any evidence that the episode is tied to terrorism. Three men and a woman were arrested and 16 long guns, body armor and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were seized from two rooms at the Maven Hotel.

SOUTH FLORIDA DOCTOR IMPLICATED IN ASSASSINATION… The Miami Herald reported yesterday that a Haitian doctor who has lived off-and-on in South Florida for 20 years, has been implicated in last week’s assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Christian Emmanuel Sanon is suspected of being one of the ring leaders of the hit squad that killed Moise, according to the report. Two other Florida residents of Haitian descent arrested for the killing told investigators that the assassination was part of a plot to install Sanon as president of Haiti. Authorities say 26 people pulled off the attack, with 19 now in custody and the others killed during a police raid.

ENTERTAINMENT
OLIVIA RODRIGO TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” sold 88,000 copies to reclaim the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” remains in second place after selling 68,000 units. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” jumped one spot into third place with 47,000 copies sold. “Dangerous: The Double Album” jumped to No. 4 on sales of 46,000 units. G Herbo’s “25” sold 46,000 copies to debut at No. 5.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Black Widow” took in $80 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “F9: The Fast Saga,” slipped to second place with $10.8 million. “The Boss Baby: Family Business” made $8.7 million to finish third. “The Forever Purge” finished fourth with $6.7 million. “A Quiet Place Part II” capped the top five with $3 million.

SPORTS
NBA FINALS SCOREBOARD

MILWAUKEE 120 – Phoenix 100… The Bucks took control with a big second quarter and rolled past the Suns to pull within 2-1 in the NBA finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 41 points and 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 21 points and nine assists. The series remains in Milwaukee for Game 4 on Wednesday.

MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 6 – N.Y. METS 5
… The Pirates clawed their way past the Mets after spotting them a five-run lead after the first inning. Rodolfo Castro and Michael Perez launched the comeback with back-to-back homers in the top of the fifth inning. Castro added a two-run shot in the sixth. Pittsburgh took the lead in the ninth on run-scoring singles by John Nogowski and Wilmer Difo.

MIAMI 7 – Atlanta 4… Jesus Aguilar slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and singled home a run in the fourth to lead the Marlins past the Braves. Starter Pablo López (5-5) set a Modern Era record by striking out the first nine batters he faced. He tied the all-time record set by Mickey Welch of the New York Gothams in 1884.

Cincinnati 3 – MILWAUKEE 1… Nick Castellanos came through with a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to send the Reds past the Brewers. Joey Votto opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first.

SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Washington 1… Curt Casali connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning and the Giants hung on to own the Nationals. Kevin Gausman (9-3) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings and struck out nine.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Arizona 4… Max Muncy’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning powered the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks. Chris Taylor’s RBI single capped a three-run eighth that erased a 4-1 deficit for L.A. Mookie Betts homered to lead off the first.

Colorado 3 – SAN DIEGO 1… Sonny Gray (6-6) held the Padres to a run on three hits over six innings and two Rockies relievers shut the door. C.J. Cron and Chris Owings smacked solo homers for Colorado.

St. Louis – CHI. CUBS (ppd)… Rain in Chicago forced postponement of yesterday’s Cardinals-Cubs game. It has been rescheduled for September 24.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi. White Sox 7 – BALTIMORE 5
… Adam Engel’s three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning sent the White Sox past the Orioles after Baltimore’s Trey Mancini homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Andrew Vaughn homered twice and knocked in Chicago’s other four runs.

Toronto 3 – TAMPA BAY 1… Robbie Ray (7-4) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out 11 in dominating the Rays. Danny Jansen homered for the Blue Jays. Santiago Espinal went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

MINNESOTA 12 – Detroit 9 (10 innings)… Jorge Polanco stroked a pair of run-scoring singles and belted a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Twins outslugged the Tigers. Ben Rortvedt drilled a game-tying solo homer with one out in the ninth. Max Kepler also went deep for Minnesota.

HOUSTON 8 – N.Y. Yankees 7… The Astros erupted to score six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Yankees. Jose Altuve belted a walkoff three-run homer. Chas McCormick’s two-run double sparked the uprising. Martin Maldonado and Kyle Tucker hit bases-empty homers.

Oakland 4 – TEXAS 1… Chris Bassitt (10-2) limited the Rangers to a run on four hits over seven innings. Matt Olson hit two of Oakland’s four solo homers. Jed Lowrie and Sean Murphy connected back-to-back in the third.

L.A. Angels 7 – SEATTLE 1… Jose Suarez held the Mariners to an unearned run on three hits over five innings and the Angels cruised past the Mariners. David Fletcher went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and four RBIs.

Kansas City – CLEVELAND (ppd)… Rain in Cleveland forced postponement of yesterday’s Royals-Indians game. It has been rescheduled for September 20.

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 5 – BOSTON 4
… Ronald Torreyes’ three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning proved to be the difference as the Phillies edged the Red Sox. Torreyes and Travis Jankowski scored on J.T. Realmuto’s third-inning single.

MLB ON ALL-STAR BREAK
Baseball’s second half resumes Thursday following tomorrow’s All-Star Game in Denver.

The Rundown for July 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,790,468 and the nation’s death toll stands at 606,475, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced yesterday that it plans to seek federal approval for a third shot that would ideally be administered between six and 12 months after the second vaccine. The company said initial tests have shown that a booster shot could dramatically improve protection against the virus and even the Delta variant. Additionally, Pfizer and BioNTech are also reportedly developing an updated vaccine that would specifically target the Delta variant, which is now the dominant strain in the U.S. and many other countries. The companies said real-world evidence from the Israel Ministry of Health showed vaccine efficacy has declined in the six months following vaccination.

BIDEN PUSHES UP AFGHANISTAN PULLOUT… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the U.S. will end its military mission in Afghanistan on August 31. “The United States did what we went to do in Afghanistan. To get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and deliver justice to Osama Bin laden, and to degrade the terrorist threat to keep Afghanistan from becoming a base from which attacks could be continued against the United States,” Biden said in announcing the pullout. The president previously set an exit date of September 11 but the process went more quickly than expected. Biden added that the U.S. will keep providing civilian humanitarian aid to the country after ending military operations.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AVOIDS HATE-CRIME CASES… A Justice Department report released yesterday found that the Justice Department declined to prosecute 82 percent of suspects accused of committing hate crimes. According to the report, of the 1,864 suspects accused of committing a hate crime between 2005 and 2019, state lawyers only prosecuted 17 percent of them with 1 percent having been disposed of by U.S. magistrates. “Insufficient evidence” was the most common reason for deciding against prosecution. Of the 310 defendants who were adjudicated, more than 90 percent were convicted. More than 85 percent of those convicted of a hate crime received an average prison sentence of 7-1/2 years with about 14 percent sentenced to probation and 1 percent given suspended sentences.

FLORIDA TOWER-COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL AT 64… The death toll from the condo tower collapse in Surfside, Florida, two weeks ago rose to 64 yesterday after searchers found the remains of another 10 people. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 40 of the 64 victims have been identified and 39 families have been notified. A total of 76 people remain “potentially unaccounted for” and 200 people have been accounted for, she added.

2 AMERICANS ARRESTED FOR HAITIAN PRESIDENT ASSASSINATION… Two U.S. citizens from Florida are among more than a dozen suspects arrested so far in the investigation of Wednesday’s assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse. At least seven other suspects have been killed during the ongoing manhunt. Investigators are trying to determine why a hit squad of roughly two dozen men turned up at Moïse’s home and gunned him down.

ENTERTAINMENT
DMX’S CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED
… The death of rapper DMX’s death was due to a cocaine-induced heart attack that caused a lack of blood circulation to his brain, Vulture reported yesterday, citing a source from the Westchester County, New York, medical examiner’s office. The source said cocaine was found in the rapper’s urine. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was rushed to the hospital on April 2 but efforts to revive him failed. He was officially pronounced dead a week later. His eighth album, “Exodus,” was released one month after his death.

LIL BABY DETAINED BY PARIS POLICE… Lil Baby was taken into police custody in Paris, France, yesterday on suspicion of transporting illicit drugs. The rapper, whose real name is Dominique Jones, has been in Paris for Fashion Week. His companion, NBA star James Harden, was frisked by police but not detained. Police were alerted to the two by the smell of cannabis.

SPORTS
NBA FINALS SCOREBOARD

PHOENIX 118 – Milwaukee 108… The Suns took control with a big second quarter and held off the Bucks to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Devin Booker’s 31 points. Myles Bridges added 27 points and Chris Paul tossed in 23. The series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Sunday.

MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 6 – MIAMI 1
… Julio Urías (11-3) held the Marlins to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Dodgers salvaged the finale of the four-game series. Chris Taylor knocked in two runs with a single and a double.

Colorado 9 – ARIZONA 3… Dom Nuñez went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning as the Rockies ripped the Diamondbacks. Yonathan Daza doubled home two runs.

Philadelphia 8 – CHI. CUBS 0… Zach Eflin (4-6) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers in shutting out the Cubs. Brad Miller homered three times and knocked in five runs. Didi Gregorius added a two-run shot.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Cincinnati 3… Avisail Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth to lead the Brewers past the Reds. Keston Hiura doubled home a tying run in the sixth.

SAN DIEGO 9 – Washington 8… The Padres erased an 8-0 fourth-inning deficit to stun the Nationals. Trent Grisham singled home Tommy Pham with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Relief pitcher Daniel Camarena unloaded a grand slam to highlight a seven-run fourth. Fernando Tatis Jr. homered to lead off the big inning and capped it with a run-scoring single.

Pittsburgh – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Pirates-Mets game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 2 – HOUSTON 1
… Frankie Montas (8-7) held the Astros to a run on five hits and struck out 10 over 6-2/3 innings and three Athletics relievers shut them down the rest of the way. Matt Olson doubled home a run in the top of the first inning and scored on Jed Lowrie’s single.

SEATTLE 4 – N.Y. Yankees 0.. Logan Gilbert (3-2) limited the Yankees to one hit over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the blanking of the Yankees. Dylan Moore homered with a runner aboard for the Mariners. Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger smacked solo shots.

CLEVELAND 7 – Kansas City 5… The Indians used a late power surge to upend the Royals and snap a nine-game losing streak. Roberto Perez blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and Franmil Reyes added a walkoff three-run blast in the ninth. Bobby Bradley also went deep.

MINNESOTA 5 – Detroit 3… Miguel Sanó hit a game-tying homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and the Twins scored twice more to get past the Tigers. Ryan Jeffers also went deep.

Toronto – BALTIMORE (ppd)… Rain in Baltimore forced postponement of last night’s Blue Jays-Orioles game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on September 11.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 10-4)…
Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-2) hosts Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 7-3)…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-6)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-3) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 6-4)…
Washington (Paolo Espino, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 4-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0) host Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 1-2) is at San Diego (Blake Snell, 3-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 6-3) are at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-11)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-3) hosts Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-9)…
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-0) is at Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 3-3)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 4-5) hosts Oakland (Cole Irvin, 6-7)…
Detroit (Matt Manning, 1-2) is at Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-3)…
Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Nestor Cortes, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 6-3) are at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-5)

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 3-3) is at Boston (Garrett Richards, 4-5)

The Rundown for July 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,770,444 and the nation’s death toll stands at 606,218, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million yesterday amid mounting concerns over the highly contagious Delta variant. Vaccines have been credited for lowering average daily deaths to about 7,900 after peaking at more than 18,000 in January.

CONDO TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 54… Officials have called off the search for survivors in the rubble of the condo tower that collapsed June 24 in Surfside, Florida. No one has been found alive since the first hours after the collapse and authorities say they don’t believe there are any more survivors. The death toll rose to 54 yesterday after crews recovered 18 more victims from the rubble. Another 86 people remain unaccounted for.

RUDY GIULIANI LOSES D.C. LAW LICENSE… A local appeals court in Washington, D.C., has suspended Rudy Giuliani’s authority to practice law in the city Wednesday. The suspension comes in response to a New York appellate court suspending Giuliani’s law license last month, saying he made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about last year’s election while serving as former President Donald Trump’s attorney. The action from the D.C. appellate court is required under the city’s bar rules whenever a lawyer faces disciplinary action in another jurisdiction.

ELSA ARRIVES… Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall along the Gulf Coast in northwestern Florida yesterday morning and continued on a path through Georgia. The storm, which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane the night before, had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 33 counties and the Florida National Guard activated dozens of guardsmen to serve at the State Emergency Operations Center and Logistics Readiness Center. A tropical storm warning was in effect for parts of New Jersey and South Carolina.

$1B MARIJUANA BUST… Authorities in Los Angeles County yesterday announced they made the largest marijuana confiscation in the county’s history. Agents seized some 372,000 plants and 33,480 pounds of harvested marijuana during a 10-day operation that launched June 8 in the Antelope Valley. The marijuana has a street value of more than $1 billion. At least 131 people were arrested in connection with the operation. Agents also seized 65 vehicles, $28,000 in cash and 33 firearms, he said, adding, 180 animals were rescued and 30 locations were demolished.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROBERT DOWNEY SR. DIES
… Actor and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. died yesterday following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 85. Downey’s filmmaking credits include “Putney Swope” and “Greaser’s Palace.” He also directed his son, Robert Downey Jr., in the films “Pound” and “Too Much Sun.” As an actor, Downey’s film appearances included “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “To Live and Die in L.A.”

ACTRESS SUZANNE DOUGLAS DIES… Actress Suzzanne Douglas, who was best known for work on the long-running Warner Bros. sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood,” has died of undisclosed causes. She was 64. Douglas played matriarch Jerri Peterson on the “The Parent ‘Hood,” which ran from 1995-99. Her other television credits included “Bones,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “NYPD Blue.” She most recently starred as Grace Cuffee on Ava DuVernay’s limited Netflix series, “When They See Us.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Milwaukee 3
(8 innings)… Jeff McNeil’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Mets over the Brewers in the opener of a doubleheader. Jose Peraza homered for New York.

Milwaukee 5 – N.Y. METS 0 (7 innings)… Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Mets to claim a split of the twinbill. Manny Piña and Luis Urias hit two-run homers. Willy Adames also went deep.

Atlanta 14 – PITTSBURGH 3… Abraham Almonte singled home two runs and homered with a runner aboard to lead the Braves in their pounding of the Pirates. Ronald Acuña also went deep. Dansby Swanson had three hits and an RBI.

MIAMI 9 – L.A. Dodgers 6… Jesus Aguilar blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Marlins past the Dodgers. Garrett Cooper homered twice. Jesus Sánchez also went deep.

CHI. CUBS 8 – Philadelphia 3… Seven different players drove in runs as the Cubs downed the Phillies. Patrick Wisdom capped the scoring with a two-run double.

ARIZONA 6 – Colorado 4… Eduardo Escobar’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Rockies. Nick Ahmed’s RBI single sparked a three-run second.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – St. Louis 2… Alex Wood (8-1) held the Cardinals to a run on three hits over seven innings. Darin Ruf belted a two-run homer for the Giants.

Washington 15 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Nationals throttled the Padres with a 17-hit attack. Juan Castro connected for a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Josh Harrison knocked in three runs with a single and a double.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 8 – Cleveland 1
(7 innings)… Kevin Kiermaier lined a two-run double and blasted a three-run homer to lead the Rays past the Indians in the opener of a doubleheader. Brandon Lowe and Brett Phillips also homered.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Cleveland 0 (7 innings)… Five pitchers combined on a seven-inning no-hitter and the Rays completed a sweep of the twinbill. Taylor Walls produced a pair of run-scoring singles for Tampa Bay and Yandy Diaz singled home two more.

Chi. White Sox 6 – MINNESOTA 1… Lance Lynn (9-3) held the Twins to a run on four hits over six innings. Leury Garcia homered with a runner aboard and tripled home a run. Tim Anderson went 4-for-4 with an RBI double.

Detroit 5 – TEXAS 3… Miguel Cabrera singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and Tigers topped the Rangers. Jeimer Candelario homered for Detroit.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Boston 4… Jared Walsh homered twice and drove in three runs to help power the Angels past the Red Sox. Shohei Ohtani’s 32nd homer was a solo shot.

Toronto 10 – BALTIMORE 2… Bo Bichette singled home a run and hit a two-run homer in the Blue Jays’ trashing of the Orioles. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles.

HOUSTON 4 – Oakland 3… Kyle Tucker smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Astros hung on to edge the Athletics. Jose Altuve cracked a three-run homer in the third.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – SEATTLE 4… The Yankees did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Mariners. Aaron Judge slugged a two-run homer. Gleyber Torres lined a two-run single.

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 5 – KANSAS CITY 2
… Reds starter Sonny Gray (2-4) allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings. Jonathan India went 3-for-4 with a two-run double.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 10-3) are at Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 8-7)…
Arizona (Jake Faria, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 2-5)…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-8) host Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 3-6)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 5-5)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 7-5) is at Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 6-1)…
Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 2-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-3)..
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-0) is at Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 4-3) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-3)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 5-7) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 4-4)

NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 1 – Montreal 0… The Lightning blanked the Canadiens in Game 5 to claim their second straight Stanley Cup. Rookie Ross Colton netted the game’s only goal at 13:27 of the second period. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots and finished the postseason with shutouts in all four of Tampa Bay’s series-clinching wins. Afterward, he was presented the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

TONIGHT’S NBA FINALS SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Phoenix for Game 2 with the Suns leading 1-0

The Rundown for July 7, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,723,122 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,567, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden yesterday called for a renewed urgency to get more Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 amid case surges in parts of the country. The delta variant now makes up more than half of all new Covid-19 infections in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 36… Another eight victims were pulled from the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, yesterday, raising the death toll to 36. Authorities say 109 people remain missing. The search for more victims is carrying on despite the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa. Concerns over the storm’s impact prompted officials to demolish a still-standing section of the building on Sunday night.

RNC CONTRACTOR HACKED… Hackers working on behalf of the Russian government breached the computer systems of a contractor for the Republican National Committee. The Russian government-affiliated group known as Cozy Bear allegedly targeted the IT service company Synnex late last week. It is unclear what data may have stolen and the RNC itself has denied that any of its systems were breached. Cozy Bear is the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and released reams of internal emails

ELSA STRIKES FLORIDA… Tropical storm Elsa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it struck Florida’s southwestern coast yesterday. The storm brought heavy rain and 75-mph wind to Tampa and other cities on the Gulf of Mexico, prompting authorities to issue flood warnings as well as tornado and hurricane watches. The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida’s panhandle region in the coming days and continue into the southeastern U.S., though it will weaken as it moves inland.

ERIC ADAMS WINS NY MAYOR DEM PRIMARY… Former police captain Eric Adams has been declared the winner of the race to pick a Democratic candidate to be New York City’s mayor. Adams, currently borough president of Brooklyn, promised in his campaign to be tough on crime. Police figures last month showed crime in the city rose by 22 percent in the past 12 months and shootings were up 73 percent. Adams will be a heavy favorite over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in November’s general election.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPEARS COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY RESIGNS
… The court-appointed attorney who has represented Britney Spears throughout the duration of her almost 13-year conservatorship has submitted a petition to resign. Samuel D. Ingham said in a court filing that the resignation would be effective upon the designation of new court-appointed counsel for Spears. On Tuesday, Spears’ manager of 25 years, Larry Rudolph, also submitted a letter of resignation, citing the singer’s desire to retire.

CAST ADDITIONS TO ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL… HBO announced yesterday that actresses Milly Alcock and Emily Carey have joined the cast of the “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon.” Alcock will play a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, with Emma D’Arcy to portray an older version of the character. Carey will portray a young Alicent Hightower, played by Olivia Cooke. Other cast members include Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen and Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon. The series is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
PITTSBURGH 2 – Atlanta 1
… Bryan Reynolds drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Rodolfo Castro with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Reynolds’ sacrifice fly in the third scored Adam Frazier with the game’s first run.

MIAMI 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1 (10 innings)… Starling Marte raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Marlins outlasted the Dodgers. Jesus Aguilar singled home a tying run in the sixth.

Philadelphia 15 – CHI. CUBS 10… Andrew McCutchen unloaded a grand slam in the top of the first inning and Bryce Harper added a three-run blast to cap a six-run seventh as the Phillies outslugged the Cubs. Rhys Hoskins had three hits, including a homer, and four RBIs.

ARIZONA 4 – Colorado 3… David Peralta was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home Stuart Fairchild with the winning run. David Peralta, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker produced run-scoring doubles during a three-run first.

St. Louis 6 – SAN FRANCISCO 5… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer gave the Cardinals an early lead and they held off the Giants. Edmundo Sosa added a solo shot. Yadier Molina stroked a run-scoring single among his three hits.

SAN DIEGO 7 – Washington 4… Wil Myers homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Padres past the Nationals. Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

Milwaukee – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Brewers-Mets game. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 7 – Toronto 5
… Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander hit two-run homers during a five-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the Orioles past the Blue Jays. Pedro Severino also homered with a runner aboard. Spenser Watkins (1-0) limited Toronto to a run on three hits over five innings in his major-league debut.

TEXAS 10 – Detroit 5… John Hicks hit a two-run homer and singled home a run in leading the Rangers past the Tigers. Brock Holt and Adolis Garcia also connected. David Dahl went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles.

HOUSTON 9 – Oakland 6… The Astros erased a 6-2 fourth-inning deficit on their way past the Athletics. Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs. homered twice and knocked in five runs. Jose Altuve singled home two runs.

Chi. White Sox 4 – MINNESOTA 1… Carlos Rodon (7-3) held the Twins to a run on seven hits over six innings. Zack Collins provided all the offense the White Sox needed with a two-run single in the top of the second inning.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Boston 3… Shohei Ohtani (4-1) gave up just two runs on five hits over seven innings on the mound sparked a three-run bottom of the first inning with an RBI double in the Angels’ win over the Red Sox. Max Stassi hit a two-run homer. David Fletcher went 4-for-4 with an RBI.

N.Y. Yankees 12 – SEATTLE 1… The Yankees used an 18-hit attack to throttle the Mariners. Giancarlo Stanton and Rougned Odor belted three-run homers. Luke Volt went 5-for-6 and drove in three runs.

Cleveland – TAMPA BAY (ppd)… The threat posed by tropical storm Elsa forced postponement of last night’s Indians-Rays game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

INTERLEAGUE
KANSAS CITY 7 – Cincinnati 6
… The Royals came from five runs down in their final two at-bats to upend the Reds. Nicky Lopez tied the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Salvador Perez’ single. Andrew Benintendi homered with a runner aboard in the eighth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 6-3) is at Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 1-5)…
Miami (TBA) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (TBA)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 4-4; Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) host Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 6-4)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-7) is at Arizona (TBA)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-4)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-7) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-3; Sam Hentges, 1-3) is at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-4) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 8-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5) is at Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-6) host Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-4)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 7-5) is at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-9)…
Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-5) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) are at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-3)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-4) is at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-6)

NBA FINALS SCOREBOARD
PHOENIX 118 – Milwaukee 105… Chris Paul pumped in 32 points to lead six players in double figures and the Suns cruised past the Bucks in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. Devin Booker added 22 points. Deandre Ayton finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds. The series remains in Phoenix for Game 2 tomorrow.

NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS RESUME TONIGHT… The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to win their second straight Stanley Cup on home ice tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens for Game 5. Tampa Bay had won the first three games of the series before falling Monday night in overtime. Puck drops at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The Rundown for July 6, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,723,122 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,567, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Pandemic restrictions on travel between Canada and the U.S. began to loosen for some Canadians yesterday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said plans to totally reopen the border would be announced over the next few weeks. Restrictions barring all non-essential trips between Canada and the United States, including tourism, will remain in place until at least July 21.

TOWER DEATH TOLL RISES… Another victim was pulled from the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building yesterday, raising the death toll to 28. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine said 117 people remain unaccounted for. What remained standing of the structure was demolished Sunday night ahead of of approaching Tropical Storm Elsa.

IRAQ MILITIA LEADER VOWS RETALIATION… The leader of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia is vowing retaliation against the U.S. over the deaths of four of his men in a U.S. airstrike along the Iraq-Syria border last month. Abu Alaa al-Walae, commander of Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, told The Associated Press in Baghdad that the electoral victory of Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as president will strengthen Iran-backed militant groups throughout the Middle East for the next four years. U.S. Air Force planes carried out airstrikes near the Iraq-Syria border on June 17 against what the Pentagon said were facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups to support drone strikes inside Iraq.

ELSA HEADS FOR FLORIDA… Tropical storm Elsa produced heavy rain as it moved across central and western Cuba later last night and is expected to pass near the Florida Keys early this morning. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Tropical storm warnings and watches were extended along the west coast of Florida.

ARREST FOLLOWING FIREWORKS EXPLOSION… Police in California have arrested a 27-year-old man on federal charges of illegally transporting tons of illegal fireworks following an explosion that rocked a Los Angeles neighborhood last week. Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested the suspect Saturday on charges of transporting explosives without a license, which carries a statuary maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. Last Wednesday, police attempted to seize about 10 pounds of the fireworks inside a bomb disposal trailer but they blew up, destroying the truck and injuring 17 people, including 10 law enforcement officers.

ENTERTAINMENT
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR RICHARD DONNER DIES
… Hollywood producer and director Richard Donner, who was best known for his work on the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and “The Goonies,” died yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 91. Donner’s career in film and television spanned six decades. His directing credits include 1978’s “Superman,” 1985’s “Ladyhawke” and 1988’s “Scrooged.”

‘THE VOICE’ COACHES MARRY… “The Voice” coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton married in Oklahoma over the Fourth of July holiday during a weekend wedding in Oklahoma. The two singers announced their engagement in October after meeting as judges on the singing competition show. Shelton was previously married to Miranda Lambert. Stefani divorced her former husband Gavin Rossdale in 2015.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3
… Matt Carpenter opened the scoring with a two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning and the Cardinals went on to top the Giants. Kwang Hun Kim (3-5) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in outdueling Kevin Gausman (8-3).

MIAMI 5 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Jorge Alfaro cracked a two-out, tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Marlins past the Dodgers. Jazz Chisholm, Jr., had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

PITTSBURGH 11 – Atlanta 1… Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and six RBIs to lead the Pirates in their romp over the Braves. Ke’Bryan Hayes homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. METS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Pete Alonso doubled home two runs and scored on Michael Conforto’s single in the bottom of the seventh inning to push the Mets past the Brewers. Five New York pitchers racked up 13 strikeouts.

Philadelphia 13 – CHI. CUBS 3… Odubel Herrera’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run top of the seventh inning that put away the Cubs. Rhys Hoskins homered with a runner aboard. Andrew Knapp and Eric Bohm added solo shots.

Washington 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Nationals jumped out to an early five-run lead and held of the Padres. Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit solo homers. Starting pitcher Jon Lester’s RBI single sparked a four-run top of the second inning.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 9 – Cleveland 8
… The Rays came from three runs down to upend the Indians after blowing a 5-1 fifth-inning lead. Wander Franco tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Yandy Diaz’s infield grounder scored Randy Arozarena with the wining run. Brandon Lowe unloaded a grand slam for Tampa Bay.

MINNESOTA 8 – Chi. White Sox 5… Max Kepler homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Twins downed the White Sox. Nick Gordon legged out a two-run triple. Bailey Ober (1-1) limited Chicago to two hits over five scoreless innings.

Detroit 7 – TEXAS 3… Wily Peralta (2-1) blanked the Rangers on three hits over seven innings and the Tigers cruised to the win. Zack Short hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Boston 5 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Rafael Devers singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard in leading the Red Sox past the Angels. Christian Arroyo also went deep. Martin Pérez (7-4) surrendered two runs on eight hits over 5-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned.

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 6 – KANSAS CITY 2
… Nick Castellanos smacked a game-tying leadoff homer and Eugenio Suarez added a three-run shot during a four-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Reds past the Royals. Victor Gutierrez (4-3) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 2-5) hosts Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 5-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 1-0) are at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 4-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-8) host Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-5)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 5-6) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 5-7)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-4) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 6-5)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-7) is at San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 3-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto (Steven Matz, 7-3) is at Baltimore (TBA)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-6) hosts Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-8)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-3) are at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 5-1) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 9-2)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 9-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 3-1)…
Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-7) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 3-4)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 3-10) is at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 2-4)

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
MONTREAL 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)… The Canadiens killed off most of a four-minute penalty before Josh Anderson’s second goal of the night gave them a Game 4 victory after they dropped the first three games. Alexander Romanov’s third-period goal gave Montreal a lead that it held for five minutes. Goalie Carey Price made 32 saves. The series returns to Tampa for Game 5 tomorrow.

NBA FINALS UNDERWAY TONIGHT… The Phoenix Suns visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. The Suns never have won an NBA championship and are their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993 and their third overall (they also made it in 1976). The Bucks won their only NBA championship 50 years ago (1971), in the franchise’s third season. This is their first NBA Finals appearance in 47 years (1974) and their third overall. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who suffered a knee injury in the conference finals, is listed as doubtful for tonight.