The Rundown for August 30, 2018

WHITE HOUSE LAWYER DON McGAHN LEAVING… President Trump announced yesterday that White House Counsel Don McGahn will leave his position following Supreme Court proceedings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the fall. McGahn has reportedly suggested Emmet Flood as his replacement. Flood served in the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

U.S. CITIZENS LOSING PASSPORTS… The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Trump administration has been denying or revoking passports from some citizens along the U.S. border with Mexico. Administration officials say the action is being taken over suspicions that their birth certificates were fraudulently obtained. According to the report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been arriving at homes with no notice and in some cases taking passports.

DRINKING WATER SHUT OFF AT DETROIT SCHOOLS… Detroit school officials have shut off drinking water at all of the district’s schools after testing results that revealed elevated levels of lead and copper in their water. Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said water-quality issues were found at 34 of the district’s more than 100 schools, including 18 with pre-existing problems where water filters had been installed. The school district started testing in the spring and found 16 locations had higher than acceptable levels of copper and/or lead in one or more water source.

CHICAGO APARTMENT FIRE DEATH TOLL RISES… The death toll in the fire at a west Chicago apartment building rose to 10 yesterday with the passing of two 14-year-old boys. The two were hospitalized after the fire died early this week. Their passing leaves no survivors from the building where the fire occurred.

‘SPINAL TAP’ CREATORS TO PROCEED WITH SUIT… Creators of the 1984 rockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” have been given the green light from a judge to pursue their $400 million lawsuit against Vivendi SA. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer accused Vivendi of depriving them of a “fair return” from the film, its music and related merchandise. The lawsuit claims Vivendi had estimated that the plaintiffs’ share of “Spinal Tap” income was just $81 from merchandising between 1984 and 2016, and $98 from music sales between 1989 and 2016.

‘TOP GUN’ RELEASE MOVED BACK… Paramount Pictures announced yesterday that it is moving back the release date of the sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” by a year. The film is in production and was previously scheduled to hit theaters next summer. It has a new theatrical release date of June 26, 2020.

CHI. CUBS 2 – N.Y. Mets 1… Ben Zobrist singled home Javier Baez with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning in a game suspended due to rain in the 10th inning the night before. Pinch-hitter Jose Reyes delivered a two-run triple. Jason Vargas (5-8) allowed a run on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

N.Y. Mets 10 – CHI. CUBS 3… Todd Frazier got things going with a grand slam in the top of the first inning and added a run-scoring single in the ninth to lead the Mets past the Cubs.

PHILADELPHIA 8 – Washington 6… Newly acquired Jose Bautista delivered a go-ahead RBIs single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Phillies handled the Nationals. Carlos Santana’s 20th homer of the season was a fifth-inning grand slam.

Milwaukee 13 – CINCINNATI 12 (10 innings)… The Brewers overcame a 9-4 deficit to outlast the Reds. Christian Yelich hit for the cycle and finished 6-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs. Jesus Aguilar, Mike Moustakas and Jonathan Schoop also went deep for Milwaukee.

Pittsburgh 2 – ST. LOUIS 0… Trevor Williams pitched three-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the Pirates’ shutout of the Cardinals. Pittsburgh scored both runs in the top of the fifth inning on RBI singles by Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.

Arizona 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… The Diamondbacks held off the Giants and moved back into a rift-place tie with idle Colorado atop the NL West. Steven Souza homered to lead off the top of the third inning and doubled home a run in the fourth.

HOUSTON 5 – Oakland 4… Tyler White’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Astros over the Athletics and moved them 2-1/2 games ahead of Oakland atop the AL West. George Springer and Alex Bregman both had a couple of hits and an RBI.

KANSAS CITY 9 – Detroit 2… Adalberto Mondesi hit a two-run homer, tripled home a run and drew a bases- loaded walk as the Royals cruised past the Tigers. Alex Gordon also homered with a runner aboard. Danny Duffy (8-11) held Detroit to a run on two hits over six innings.

Chi. White Sox 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Ryan LaMarre hit a pair of run-scoring doubles and smacked a leadoff homer in the seventh to lead the White Sox past the Yankees. Reynaldo Lopez (5-9) held New York to a run on five hits over seven innings.

BALTIMORE 10 – Toronto 5… Adam Jones unloaded a grand slam and singled home a run as the Orioles doubled up on the Blue Jays. Trey Mancini added a solo shot for his 20th homer of the season. Austin Wynns went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Minnesota 4 – CLEVELAND 3… Robbie Grossman stroked a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the seventh inning and the Twins held on to edge the Indians. Willians Astudillo homered for Minnesota.

Tampa Bay 8 – ATLANTA 5… The Rays got past the Braves in a contest delayed by rain. They took the lead for good on C.J. Cron’s tie-breaking homer in the top of the third inning. Tommy Pham added a two-run shot in the fourth.

SAN DIEGO 8 – Seattle 3… Joey Lucchesi limited the Mariners to a run on six hits over 6-2/3 innings and got plenty of support in the Padres’ win. Hunter Renfroe lifted a sacrifice fly and belted a three-run homer. Manuel Margot hit a solo homer and doubled home a run.

BOSTON 14 – Miami 6… The Red Sox erupted to score 11 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to blow away the Marlins. Mookie Betts homered and doubled home two runs. Eduardo Nunez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and RBI single.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – TEXAS 1… The Dodgers got solo homers from Manny Machado, Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal in clipping the Rangers for their fifth straight win. Alex Wood (8-6) pitched four-hit ball over seven shutout innings.

Milwaukee (Miley, 2-2) is at Cincinnati (Reed, 0-1)…
St. Louis (Gant, 5-5) hosts Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 5-7)…
the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 4-4) are at Atlanta (TBD)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 6-4) host Arizona (TBD)….
Colorado (Marquez, 11-9) is at San Diego (Lauer, 5-7)

Minnesota (Odorizzi, 5-8) is at Cleveland (Clevinger, 9-7)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Happ, 15-6) hosts Detroit (Liriano, 3-9)…
Boston (Porcello, 15-7) is at the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 10-9)…
Houston (Verlander, 13-8) hosts the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 7-8)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 7-3) is at Oakland (Montas, (5-3)

The Rundown for August 29, 2018

PRIMARIES… Voters went to the polls for primaries in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma yesterday. In one of the biggest surprises, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum captured the Democratic nomination for Florida governor and will face Republican Ron DeSantis. In an Arizona race for Senate, Martha McSally breezed past Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio to capture the Republican primary. She will face Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November. In Oklahoma’s runoff election to replace Governor Mary Fallin — who is leaving due to term limits — Kevin Stitt captured the GOP nod and will face Democrat Drew EEdmonsonand Libertarian Chris Powell in November. Kevin Hern defeated longtime Tulsa prosecutor Tim Harris in Oklahoma’s GOP primary runoff for the state’s only open congressional seat. Hern will face Democratic nominee Tim Gilpin in November. The seat was previously held by Congressman Jim Bridenstine, who left to become administrator of NASA. Oklahoma’s race for Attorney General was too close to call, as Mike Hunter was leading Tulsa attorney Gentner Drummond by fewer than 300 votes. The winner will face Democrat Mark Myles in November.

PUERTO RICO RAISES MARIA DEATH TOLL… Puerto Rico’s government raised its official Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 yesterday following the release of a new estimate. The Puerto Rican government released an original total of 64 deaths in December 2017. Officials emphasize that the new death toll is only an approximation and an investigation is ongoing.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES ON THE RISE… A report released yesterday by the Center for Disease Control claims three common sexually transmitted diseases increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2017. The CDC report found there were nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis diagnosed in the U.S. last year. Chlamydia was the most common condition reported to the CDC, with more than 1.7 million cases diagnosed in 2017.

CALIFORNIA ELIMINATES MONEY BAIL REQUIREMENT… California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed legislation that eliminates the money bail requirement for Californians to be released from jail while they await trial. People arrested on felony charges will be given a risk assessment to determine whether they could be released from jail with an ankle monitoring device. Supporters of the legislation said it would eliminate disparities in release rates based on wealth.

POLICE OFFICER CONVICTED OF MURDER… A jury in Texas yesterday found a white former policeman guilty of murder in the fatally shooting of a black teenager in a moving car last year in a Dallas suburb. Within days of the shooting, the Balch Springs Police Department fired 38-year-old Roy Oliver for violating department policy. 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was shot in the head after Oliver and another officer responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party.

MATT SMITH JOINS ‘STAR WARS’… Actor Matt Smith has signed onto the cast of “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which is currently in production in the U.K. “The Crown” star joins returning cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver. Additionally, Billy Dee Williams is reprising his role as Lando Calrissian and Carrie Fisher will be featured as Leia Organa in the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Mark Hamill will be returning as Luke Skywalker and Anthony Daniels will reprise his role at C-3PO.

A FINAL GLIMPSE OF ARETHA… Fans got their final look at Aretha Franklin yesterday as her body lay in repose. Franklin died of pancreatic cancer last week at the age of 76 in her Detroit home. Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Ronald Isley and Stevie Wonder will be among those who perform at her funeral on Friday at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. Speakers will include former President Bill Clinton.

Washington 5 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Nationals erased a 3-0 deficit on their way past the Phillies. Carlos Rodon hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning.

CINCINNATI 9 – Milwaukee 7… The Reds built a 6-0 lead after their first two at-bats and held off the Brewers. Jose Peraza went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and four runs scored. Scooter Gennett had three hits and two RBIs.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Pittsburgh 2… Jack Flaherty (8-6) held the Pirates to a run on four hits over seven innings and the Cardinals continued their late-season push for a playoff spot. Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neil hit two-run homers.

SAN FRANCISCO 1 – Arizona 0… Gorkys Hernandez singled home Steven Duggar with the game’s only run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Giants outlasted the Diamondbacks. The game featured a duel between San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner and his counterpart Clay Buccholz, but neither got a decision.

N.Y. Mets – CHI. CUBS (suspended)… Last night’s Mets-Cubs game in Chicago was suspended in the 10th inning with the game tied 1-1 due to rain. The game will resume this afternoon.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – Chi. White Sox 4… The Yankees came from four runs down in the sixth inning to edge the White Sox. Neil Walker came through with a walkoff pinch-hit solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks hit two-run homers for New York.

BALTIMORE 12 – Toronto 5… The Orioles used a 17-hit attack to pound the Blue Jays. Tim Beckham belted a three-run homer. Craig Gentry homered with a runner aboard and singled in a run. Chris Davis also drove in three runs.

CLEVELAND 8 – Minnesota 1… Carlos Carrasco (16-7) pitched four-hit ball over 7-2/3 scoreless innings and struck out 11 as the Indians breezed past the Twins. Jose Ramirez had a couple of hits and knocked in three runs.

Oakland 4 – HOUSTON 3… Nick Martini singled home Ramon Laureano with a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning and the Athletics held on to edge the Astros. Matt Olsen put Oakland on the board with a three-run homer in the third.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Detroit 2… Adalberto Mondesi’s homer to lead off the bottom of the third inning sparked a five-run rally and the Royals cruised past the Tigers. Hunter Dozier went 2-for-3 with a two-run double. Jake Junis (7-12) gave up two runs on six hits in a complete-game victory.

BOSTON 8 – Miami 7… J.D. Martinez raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Eduardo Nunez’s infield grounder and the Red Sox outslugged the Marlins. Nunez homered with the bases empty for Boston. Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with a two-run single.

ATLANTA 9 – Tampa Bay 5…Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer and Ender Inciarte added a solo shot during a four-run bottom of the eighth inning that sent the Braves past the Rays. Ozzie Albies went 3-for-3 and scored three runs.

L.A. Dodgers 8 – TEXAS 4… Manny Machado had a couple of hits and drove in four runs to lead the Dodgers past the Rangers. Brian Dozier hit his 20th homer with the bases empty and singled home a run.

Colorado 3 – L.A. ANGELS 2… Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the top of the inning, Ian Desmond lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh and the Rockies hung on to down the Angels. Kyle Freeland (12-7) surrendered a run on five hits over six innings. The victory moved Colorado into a first-place tie with Arizona atop the NL West.

SAN DIEGO 2 – Seattle 1… Jacob Nix (2-2) took a shutout into the ninth inning and reliever Kirby Yates came on to record the final two outs in the Padres’ defeat of the Mariners. Travis Jankowski smacked a solo homer. Hunter Renfroe singled home a run.

the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 4-8) are at the Chi. Cubs (Mills, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Arrieta, 9-9) hosts Washington (Gonzalez, 7-11)…
Milwaukee (Peralta, 6-4) is at Cincinnati (Harvey, 6-7)…
St. Louis (Mikolas, 13-3) hosts Pittsburgh (Williams, 10-9)…
Arizona (Godley, 13-7) is at San Francisco (Rodriguez, 6-1)

the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 4-9) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 7-4)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 4-15) hosts Toronto (Borucki, 3-3)…
Minnesota (Stewart, 0-1) is at Cleveland (Plutko, 4-4)…
Houston (Keuchel, 10-10) hosts Oakland (Cahill, 5-3)…
Detroit (Fulmer, 3-9) is at Kansas City (Duffy, 7-11)

Seattle (Ramirez, 1-2) is at San Diego (Lucchesi, 6-7)
Boston (Price, 14-6) host Miami (Richards, 3-7)…
Tampa Bay (TBD) is at Atlanta (Newcomb, 11-6)…
Texas (Minor, 10-6) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Wood, 7-6)

The Rundown for August 28, 2018

MANAFORT TEAM WAS DISCUSSING DEAL… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Paul Manafort’s defense team was in talks with federal prosecutors about a potential plea deal in the former Trump campaign chairman’s second trial, but the talks ultimately “broke down.” Discussions reportedly occurred while jurors in Manafort’s first trial were deliberating, but “stalled” after special counsel Robert Mueller raised concerns about unreported issues. Last week, Manafort was charged on eight of the 18 counts against him in the tax and bank fraud case. His second trial, which will be in Washington, D.C., is set to begin on Sept. 17. It will center on his alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

COURT STRIKES DOWN NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL MAP… A federal court yesterday struck down North Carolina’s congressional map, ruling that it unconstitutionally gerrymandered districts. A three-judge panel found that Republican legislators in the state violated both the First and Fourteenth Amendments when “they drew congressional lines that favored their party.” The court will now appoint a “special master” to draw up a map, but it could also give the North Carolina legislature a chance to draw its own “constitutionally compliant” map before the September 17 deadline.

McCAIN FUNERAL SERVICE… Secretary of Defense James Mattis will join members of Congress, former presidents, and family members as a pallbearer at Sunday’s funeral ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy. McCain will also be honored at ceremonies in his home state of Arizona, the U.S. Capitol and at the Washington National Cathedral. Former vice president Joe Biden and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will serve as pallbearers at the National Cathedral ceremony on Saturday. McCain’s daughters Meghan and Sidney, President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Senator Lindsey Graham and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger are all slated to speak at the cathedral ceremony as well.

STUDENT LOAN OMBUDSMAN STEPS DOWN… The federal official in charge of protecting student borrowers announced his resignation yesterday. Seth Frotman said he is leaving as student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, effective September 1, claiming current leadership has abandoned consumers in favor of corporations. Frotman has served at the CFPB for seven years.

BAN ON 3-D GUN BLUEPRINTS EXTENDED… A U.S. federal judge yesterday extended a ban on the online distribution of 3-D printed gun blueprints. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle issued the extension of a nationwide injunction, blocking a Texas-based group from disseminating files for printing plastic weapons on the internet. Lasnik’s prior order, issued on July 31, blocked the release of the blueprints hours before they were set to hit the internet. That ban was due to expire today.

ROSEANNE CHARACTER KILLED OFF IN SPINOFF.. Actor John Goodman has revealed that Roseanne Barr’s character in the the upcoming “Roseanne” spinoff will be killed off. Goodman said will leave his character “mopey and sad” in the spinoff, which is titled, “The Conners.” ABC cancelled “Roseanne” in May after Barr posted a racist tweet.

ALEC BALDWIN JOINS ‘JOKER’… Alec Baldwin has signed on to join Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming film “Joker.” Baldwin will portray Thomas Wayne, father of future Batman Bruce Wayne. Phoenix stars as the villain in the title role.

Washington 5 – PHILADELPHIA 3… Matt Wieters smacked a solo homer, Juan Soto went 2-for-4 with an RBI and the Nationals topped the Phillies. Stephen Strasburg (7-7) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

CHI. CUBS 7 – N.Y. Mets 4… The Cubs handled the Mets to win their sixth in a row. Ben Zobrist doubled home Anthony Rizzo with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and RBI single. Starting pitcher Jon Lester produced a two-run single.

SAN FRANCISCO 2 – Arizona 0… Chris Stratton (9-7) held the Diamondbacks to five hits over eight innings before Tony Watson and Hunter Strickland came on to complete the shutout. Steven Dugger provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning.

Chi. White Sox 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Carlos Rodon (6-3) held the Yankees to two run son two hits over seven innings and the White Sox cruised to the win. Yoan Moncada doubled home a pair of runs. Tim Anderson also had two RBIs.

BALTIMORE 7 – Toronto 0… David Hess (3-8) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers preserved the Orioles’ shutout of the Blue Jays. Trey Mancini belted a three-run homer and lined a two-run double for Baltimore.

HOUSTON 11 – Oakland 4… Alex Bregman and Tyler White slugged three-run homers during a six-run bottom of the eighth inning as the Astros put away the Athletics in a matchup of the AL West’s top two teams. Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

L.A. ANGELS 10 – Colorado 7… Eric Young Jr. game through with a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Angels scored twice more on Rockies shortstop Trevor Story’s throwing error in a come-from-behind win. Shohei Ohtani’s three-run homer capped a four-run fourth inning. Mike Trout singled home a run and homered with the bases empty.

Washington (Scherzer, 16-6) is at Philadelphia (Nola, 15-3)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 6-4) hosts Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-8)…
the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 8-8) are at the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 9-9)…
St. Louis (Flaherty, 7-6) hosts Pittsburgh (Nova, 7-8)…
Arizona (Buchholz, 7-2) is at San Francisco (Bumgarner, 5-5)

the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 5-15) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Lynn, 8-9)…
Baltimore (TBD) hosts Toronto (Pannone, 1-0)…
Minnesota (Gibson, 7-10) is at Cleveland (Carrasco, 15-7)…
Houston (Morton, 13-3) hosts Oakland (Jackson, 4-3)…
Detroit (Boyd, 8-11) is at Kansas City (Junis, 6-12)

Miami (Ureña, 4-12) is at Boston (Johnson, 4-3)…
Atlanta (Teheran, 9-7) hosts Tampa Bay (Stanek, 2-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 6-4) are at Texas (Jurado, 2-3)…
L.A. Angels (TBD) host Colorado (Freeland, 11-7)…
Seattle (Hernandez, 8-11) is at San Diego (Nix, 1-2)

The Rundown for August 27, 2018

McCAIN TO LIE IN STATE… John McCain will lie in state in Capitols in Arizona and Washington this week. The Arizona senator died Saturday from brain cancer at age 81. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced yesterday that he will wait until after McCain is laid to rest before he appoints a replacement to fill his Senate seat.

THREE DEAD IN JACKSONVILLE SHOOTINGS… The mass shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday afternoon left the gunman and two victims dead. Authorities identified the gunman as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland, and said the FBI is assisting in an investigation. Nine victims were reportedly transported to area hospitals, including seven who sustained gunshot injuries. Two others transported themselves to hospitals with gunshot injuries. All of the victims were listed in stable condition.

REPORT: POPE FAILED TO ACT ON ABUSE ALLEGATIONS… A detailed statement released by a former top-ranking Vatican official accuses Pope Francis and other leaders in the Catholic Church of failing to act on abuse allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., for years before he was suspended. Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., issued the statement just hours after the pontiff met with survivors of sexual abuse Saturday in Ireland. Vigano claims he personally shared with the pope allegations of abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013, five years before McCarrick was accused of abusing seminarians and suspended from the Church.

8 DEAD IN APARTMENT CHICAGO FIRE… Fire officials in Chicago reported yesterday that six children and two adults died early yesterday in a fire at a three-story apartment building on the west side of Chicago. Ages of the children ranged from 3 months to 16 years old. The blaze left a firefighter, a teenage and a young adult hospitalized. The cause is under investigation.

GROUND BEEF RECALL… A potential E. coli contamination has prompted Cargill to recall more than 25,000 pounds of ground beef. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced yesterday that the product subject to the recall is the company’s 10-lb. chubs of “Excel 93/7 fine ground beef” with a use or freeze by date of “Sep 05” and a pack date of “08/16/2018.” The items were shipped from Fort Morgan, Colorado, to warehouses in Colorado and California. According to the USDA, there have been no confirmed reports of illness through consumption of the product.

NEIL SIMON DIES… Legendary playwright Neil Simon yesterday morning following a period of declining health. He was 91. Simon was best-known for for “The Odd Couple,” the 1965 play that paved the way to a film and television series of the same name. His more popular plays included “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” “The Sunshine Boys” and “Promises, Promises.” His awards included a Pulitzer Prize, a Golden Globe Award, three Tony Awards, and the Kennedy Center Honor.

ARIANA GRANDE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Ariana Grande’s new release, “Sweetener,” tops the Billboard 200 album chart for the third time after selling 231,000 copies. Travis Scott’s “Astroworld,” which spent two weeks at No. 1, slipped to second place after selling 110,000 copies. Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” dropped to third place after selling 95,000 copies. Drake’s “Scorpion” finished fourth with 93,000 copies sold. Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys” sold 57,000 units to remain in fifth place.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Crazy Rich Asians” brought in $25 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “The Meg” remained in second place with $13 million. “The Happytime Murders” debuted at No. 3 with $10 million. “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” took in $8 million to finish fourth. “Christopher Robin” capped the top five with $6.3 million.

Washington 15 – N.Y. METS 0… The Nationals came alive to score 14 runs in their final two at-bats to wallop the Mets and quench their 32-scoreless-inning streak. Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds unloaded a grand slam. Adam Eaton went 4-for-6 with a two-run homer. Wilmer Difo also homered with a runner aboard. Jefry Rodriguez (2-1) pitched two-hit ball over six innings.

Atlanta 4 – MIAMI 0… Kevin Gausman (9-9) limited the Marlins to one hit over five innings and got help from four relievers in the shutout win. Ender Inciarte and Tyler Flowers both had a couple of hits and an RBI.

MILWAUKEE 7 – Pittsburgh 4… Mike Moustakas and Manny Pina hit two-run homers to highlight a six-run bottom of the third inning and Jonathan Schoop added a solo shot in the sixth to power the Brewers past the Pirates.

CHI. CUBS 9 – Cincinnati 0… Kyle Hendricks (10-10) held the Reds to two hits over seven innings and reliever Randy Rosario came on to preserve the shutout. David Bote singled home a run and hit a two-run homer for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber added a two-run shot.

St. Louis 12 – COLORADO 3… Matt Carpenter doubled four times in five at-bats and knocked in two runs as the Cardinals crushed the Rockies. Tyler O’Neill’s two-run homer sparked a six-run top of the first inning. Austin Gomber (4-0) gave up two runs (one of which was unearned) on five hits over six innings and helped himself at the plate with an infield single that scored two runs.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – San Diego 3… Justin Turner went 3-for-5 and knocked in five runs as the Dodgers finished off a sweep of the Padres. Manny Machado’s 31st homer came with a runner aboard. Hyun-Jun Ryu (4-1) gave up two runs on 11 hits over 5-2/3 innings.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – BALTIMORE 3… Luke Voit opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the top of the second inning and Miguel Andujar added a two-run double in the third as the Yankees downed the Orioles. Luis Severino (17-6) gave up three runs on four hits over 5-2/3 innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Chi. White Sox 7 – DETROIT 2… Avisail Garcia singled home two runs and Daniel Palka hit a two-run homer during a four-run top of the third inning and the White Sox coasted past the Tigers. Rookie Michael Kopech (1-0) allowed a run on seven hits over six innings.

TAMPA BAY 9 – Boston 1… The Rays breezed past the Red Sox to complete a sweep and win their eighth in a row. Blake Snell (16-5) gave up a run on two hits over six innings. Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 and knocked in two runs. Kevin Kermaier gapped a two-run triple and Michael Perez contributed a two-run double.

Oakland 6 – MINNESOTA 2… The Athletics topped the Twins to remain 1-1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West. Matt Chapman hit a pair of solo homers and doubled home two runs. Stephen Piscotty and Jed Lowrie also homered with the bases empty.

Cleveland 12 – KANSAS CITY 5… Jason Kipnis had four hits, including an inside-the-park homer, and drove in four runs to lead the Indians in their rout of the Royals. Edwin Encarnacion homered with a runner aboard. Francisco Lindor had a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs.

Houston 3 – L.A. ANGELS 1… Framber Valdez (2-0) held the Angels to a run on two hits over five innings and the Astros went on to win their fifth in a row. Carlos Correa stroked a two-run single and scored on Marwin Gonzalez’ single as Houston scored all three runs in the top of the third inning.

Philadelphia 8 – TORONTO 3… Wilson Ramos and Maikel Franco hit two-run homers, Rhys Hoskins added a solo shot, and the Phillies downed the Blue Jays. Toronto’s Kendrys Morales homered in his seventh straight game in defeat.

ARIZONA 5 – Seattle 2… Paul Goldschmidt belted a three-run homer to cap a five-run bottom of the third inning and the Diamondbacks cruised past the Mariners to reclaim sole possession of first place in the NL West. Zack Greinke allowed just an unearned run on five hits over 6-2/3 innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Texas 1… Derek Holland held the Rangers to a run on three hits over 6-1/3 innings and three relievers held them off the rest of the way in the Giants’ win. Steve Duggar legged out a tie-breaking two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Washington (Strasburg, 6-7) is at Philadelphia (Eflin, 9-4)…
the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 14-5) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 9-3)…
Arizona (Corbin, 10-4) is at San Francisco (TBD)

the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 5-3) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 9-4)…
Baltimore (Hess, 2-8) hosts Toronto (Gaviglio, 3-6)…
Oakland (Cole, 11-5) is at Houston (Anderson, 3-3)

Colorado (Gray, 10-7) is at the L.A. Angels (Despaigne, 2-2)

Arizona 27, DALLAS 3…
Cincinnati 26, BUFFALO 13

The Rundown for August 24, 2018

NATIONAL ENQUIRER PUBLISHER GETS IMMUNITY… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that federal prosecutors have granted immunity to David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer publisher American Media, as part of the investigation into Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump’s, has reportedly met with prosecutors and shared details about payments Cohen made to silence porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed they had affairs with Trump. Last night, the Associated Press reported that documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories the magazine purchased and killed were kept in a safe at the National Enquirer.

REALITY WINNER SENTENCED… Reality Winner, the former government contractor charged with mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization last year, was sentenced to more than five years in prison yesterday. Prosecutors called it the longest sentence ever imposed for a federal crime involving leaks to the media. The 26-year-old Winner pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information. She allegedly leaked documents that detailed Russian government efforts to penetrate a Florida-based supplier of voting software and the accounts of election officials prior to the 2016 presidential election.

ACLU FAMILY-SEPARATION SUIT MOVES FORWARD… A federal judge in Boston ruled yesterday that the American Civil Liberties Union can proceed with its lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration from arresting illegal immigrants seeking to legalize their status based on their marriages to U.S. citizens. The lawsuit accused the government of illegally separating certain illegal immigrants from their families as they sought lawful residency. The ACLU says records show that USCIS officials in New England collaborated with ICE agents to arrest immigrants when they came in for interviews.

MISSOURI AG TO INVESTIGATE ST. LOUIS DIOCESE… Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is launching an investigation into potential sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. His announcement yesterday came a week after a report found widespread clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania. St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson sent Hawley a letter yesterday granting permission to review the archdiocese’s files and determine whether it handled allegations of clergy sexual abuse properly. Allegations have led to the removal of 27 priests, including some who were forced out of the priesthood, Carlson said.

HURRICANE LANE WEAKENS, DRENCHES HAWAII… Hurricane Lane weakened to a Category 3 cyclone yesterday, but its outer bands pummeled the Big Island with heavy rain that triggered landslides and flooding. The National Weather Service said more than 19 inches of rain fell on the island’s northeast coast during a 24-hour period. Officials warn conditions could worsen over the next 48 hours.

GUITARIST ED KING DIES… Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, who co-wrote the band’s anthem, “Sweet Home Alabama,” died Wednesday at his Nashville home. He was 68. He had been battling lung cancer in a hospital, but the cause of death was not listed. King had been a member of the California band Strawberry Alarm Clock before he joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972. He left before a 1977 plane crash in Mississippi that killed three members of the group.

IN THEATERS… In “The Happytime Murders,” a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes over the case after puppet castmembers of an ’80s children’s TV show start getting murdered one by one. Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks star in the R-rated comedy. “A.X.L.” tells the story about a robotic dog that will go to any length to protect his special friend. Thomas Jane and Becky G star in the PG-rated Sci-Fi flick.

Atlanta 5 – MIAMI 0… Sean Newcomb (11-6) limited the Marlins to two hits over six innings in the Braves’ shutout win. Charlie Culberson homered with a runner aboard. Ronald Acuna and Ender Inciarte added solo blasts.

CHI. CUBS 7 – Cincinnati 1… Cole Hamels (9-9) allowed a run on eight hits in a complete-game victory over the Reds. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Cubs. Javier Baez also went deep.

Philadelphia 2 – WASHINGTON 0… Aaron Nola (15-3) surrendered five hits and struck out nine over eight innings in outdueling Max Scherzer (16-6) and the Phillies clipped the Nationals. Odubel Herrera’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning provided the game’s only offense.

San Francisco 3 – N.Y. METS 1… Madison Bumgarner (5-5) held the Mets to a run on five hits over eight innings and helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring double in the Giants’ win. Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco.

COLORADO 4 – San Diego 3… Ian Desmond’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Rockies over the Padres. David Dahl went 2-for-3 with a solo homer. Colorado moved with a game of idle Arizona atop the NL West.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Kansas City 3… The Rays edged the Royals to complete a four-game sweep. Jake Bauers scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning when Kansas City first-baseman Ryan O’Hearn threw wildly to the plate on Kevin Kiermaier’s grounder.

BOSTON 7 – Cleveland 0… David Price (14-6) pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and got plenty of offensive support in the Red Sox’ blanking of the Indians. Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart and Eduardo Nunez all hit two-run doubles.

DETROIT 7 – Chi. White Sox 2… Matthew Boyd (8-11) scattered six hits over six scoreless innings and the Tigers breezed past the White Sox. Nick Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Ronny Rodriguez smacked solo homers in the bottom of the sixth inning.

MINNESOTA 6 – Oakland 4… Mitch Garver lined a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Twins went on top the Athletics. Max Kepler connected for a solo homer.

Cincinnati (Harvey, 6-7) is at the Chi. Cubs (Mills, 0-0)…
Miami (Straily, 4-6) hosts Atlanta (Foltynewicz, 10-7)…
Washington (Gonzalez, 7-10) is at the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 3-8)…
Milwaukee (Miley, 2-2) hosts Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 5-7)…
St. Louis (Mikolas, 13-3) is at Colorado (Senzatela, 4-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 5-4) host San Diego (Richard, 7-10)

the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 7-4) are at Baltimore (Cobb, 4-15)…
Detroit (Fulmer, 3-9) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 4-9)…
Boston (Velazquez, 7-1) is at Tampa Bay (TBD)…
Minnesota (Odorizzi, 5-7) hosts Oakland (Manaea, 11-9)…
Houston (Keuchel, 9-10) is at the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 7-7)…
Kansas City (Keller, 6-5) hosts Cleveland (Clevinger, 9-7)

Philadelphia (Arrieta, 9-8) is at Toronto (Borucki, 2-3)…
Arizona (Godley, 13-6) hosts Seattle (Ramirez, 0-2)…
Texas (Hutchison, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Rodriguez, 6-1)

Boston, 90-39, .698
N.Y. Yankees, 79-47, .627, 9.5 GB
Tampa Bay, 67-61, .523, 22.5 GB
Toronto, 58-69, .457, 31 GB
Baltimore, 37-90, .291, 52 GB

Cleveland, 73-54, .575
Minnesota, 61-66, .480, 12 GB
Detroit, 53-75, .414, 20.5 GB
Chi. White Sox, 48-79, .378, 25 GB
Kansas City, 38-90, .297, 35.5 GB

Houston, 77-50, .606
Oakland, 76-52, .594, 1.5 GB
Seattle, 72-56, .563, 5.5 GB
L.A. Angels, 63-65, .492, 14.5 GB
Texas, 57-72, .442, 21 GB

Atlanta, 72-55, .567,
Philadelphia, 69-58, .543, 3 GB
Washington, 64-64, .500, 8.5 GB
N.Y. Mets, 56-71, .441, 16 GB
Miami, 51-78, .395, 22 GB

Chi. Cubs, 73-53, .579
Milwaukee, 71-57, .555, 3 GB
St. Louis, 71-58, .550, 3.5 GB
Pittsburgh, 63-65, .492, 11 GB
Cincinnati, 56-72, .438, 18 GB

Arizona, 71-56, .559
Colorado, 70-57, .551, 1 GB
L.A. Dodgers, 67-61, .523, 4.5 GB
San Francisco, 63-66, .488, 9 GB
San Diego, 50-80, .385, 22.5 GB

CLEVELAND 5, Philadelphia 0

The Rundown for August 23, 2018

NEW YORK SUBPOENAS COHEN… New York state investigators subpoenaed former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen yesterday as part of their criminal investigation into the Trump Foundation. The subpoena comes a day after Cohen pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to eight criminal charges. While entering his plea, Cohen implicated Trump in campaign-finance violations centered on the payoffs of two women to keep them quiet about their affairs with Trump.

TRUMP DECLARES INNOCENCE… President Trump used his Twitter account yesterday to declare that he committed no crimes with regard to the campaign-finance violations longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen has accused him of. Trump derided Cohen’s skills as a lawyer and accused him of making up stories to get a “deal.” The president also praised the loyalty of his former former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, who was found guilty of eight counts in his federal tax-evasion and bank fraud trial.

DNC TARGETED IN HACK… The Democratic National Committee has been in contact with the FBI regarding an unsuccessful hacking attempt against its voter database. The DNC says hackers set up fake web pages to trick users into revealing their login information. Authorities have launched an investigation.

BOMB THREAT CLOSES ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY… A bomb threat prompted the closure of Arlington National Cemetery yesterday. All families, visitors and employees were evacuated safely by noon. Arlington County Police dispatched a bomb-sniffing dog to assist authorities on the scene.

HURRICANE LANE BEARING DOWN ON HAWAII… Hurricane Lane is bearing down on Hawaii as a Category 4 storm with fierce winds of up to 150 mph. A hurricane warning has been issued for the Big Island and Maui, while a hurricane watch is in place for Oahu and Kauai. The storm is expected to bring hurricane-force winds and waves up to 20 feet. Forecasters say more than 20 inches of rain could fall over the next several days.

CASE AGAINST KEVIN SPACEY UNDER REVIEW… The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a second sexual-assault case against actor Kevin Spacey. The new review is reportedly based on an accusation that the actor “attacked a man” in Malibu in October 2016. Four months earlier, the county D.A.’s office began reviewing allegations stemming from “events” that reportedly took place in October 1992 in West Hollywood and involved a male adult. Spacey is also facing investigations in London and in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

TOP GUN’ CAST ADDITIONS… Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Lewis Pullman have joined the cast of the upcoming sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.” The cast already includes Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. The film is slated for release July 12, 2019.

Atlanta 2 – PITTSBURGH 1… Ronald Acuna led off the game with a homer and Freddie Freeman’s sacrifice fly scored Adam Duvall with the go=-ahead run in the eighth as the Braves edged the Pirates. Julio Teheran (9-7) limited Pittsburgh to a run on two hits over seven innings.

WASHINGTON 8 – Philadelphia 7… Ryan Zimmerman delivered a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Nationals over the Phillies. Bryce Harper went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

N.Y. METS 5 – San Francisco 3… Todd Frazier homered and doubled home a run to lead the Mets past the Giants. Noah Syndergaard (9-3) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

MILWAUKEE 4 – Cincinnati 0… Freddy Peralta (6-4) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the Brewers’ shutout of the Reds. Christian Yelich went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and a run-scoring single.

COLORADO 6 – San Diego 2… Ian Desmond legged out a two-run triple, Tony Wolters added two RBIs and the Rockies breezed past the Padres. Jon Gray (10-7) gave up two runs on five hits over 6-1/3 innings.

St. Louis 3 – L.A. DODGERS 1… Paul DeJong connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Cardinals hung on to complete a sweep of the Dodgers. Tyler O’Neill tied the game with a pinch-hit homer in the eighth.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Kansas City 3… Brandon Lowe lined a two-run single, Mallex Smith produced a pair of RBI singles and the Rays doubled up on the Royals for their fourth straight win. Matt Duffy went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

BOSTON 10 – Cleveland 4… Xavier Bogaerts smacked a pair of solo homers and Mitch Moreland added a two-run shot as the Red Sox topped the Indians. Andrew Benintendi gapped a bases-clearing double.

TORONTO 6 – Baltimore 0… Thomas Pannone (1-0) surrendered just one hit over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the Blue Jays’ blanking of the Orioles. Kendrys Morales homered for the fourth straight game. Devon Travis also went deep.

Chi. White Sox 7 – MINNESOTA 3… Adam Engel hit a two-run homer and Matt Davidson singled home two runs during a five-run top of the fifth inning that carried the White Sox past the Twins. Carlos Rodon (5-3) held Minnesota to two runs on three hits over six innings.

Texas 4 – OAKLAND 2… Mike Minor (10-6) surrendered just one hit over six shutout innings as the Rangers downed the Athletics. Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo hit solo homers.

Houston 10 – SEATTLE 7… The Astros jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held off the Mariners. Martin Maldonado went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs. Tyler White also homered with the bases empty.

Chi. Cubs 8 – DETROIT 2… Javier Baez had a couple of hits, including a three-run homer, as the Cubs put away the Tigers. Dan Bote homered with a runner aboard and Anthony Rizzo added a solo shot. Jon Lester (14-5) allowed a run on seven hits over 5-2/3 innings.

MIAMI 9 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Miguel Rojas blasted a three-run homer during a five-run bottom of the sixth inning and pinch-hitter JT Riddle added a two-run shot in the eighth as the Marlins pounded the Yankees. Austin Dean went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

ARIZONA 5 – L.A. Angels 1… Clay Buchholz (7-2) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and the Diamondbacks cruised past the Angels. Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta hit two-run homers.

Philadelphia (Nola, 14-3) is at Washington (Scherzer, 16-5)…
the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 8-7) host San Francisco (Bumgarner, 4-5)…
San Diego (Lucchesi, 6-7) is at Colorado (Freeland, 11-7)…
Miami (Hernandez, 2-6) hosts Atlanta (Newcomb, 10-6)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 6-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 8-9)

Cleveland (Plutko, 4-3) is at Boston (Price, 13-6)…
Detroit (Boyd, 7-11) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 5-14)…
Kansas City (TBD) is at Tampa Bay (Glasnow, 1-3)…
Minnesota (Stewart, 0-1) hosts Oakland (Cahill, 5-2)

The Rundown for August 22, 2018

MANAFORT GUILTY ON 8 CHARGES… President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty yesterday on eight of 18 charges, including felonies of tax evasion, bank fraud and failing to file foreign bank account. The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 charges after jurors could not reach consensus after nearly four days of deliberations. Manafort, 69, faces the possibility of serving the rest of his life in prison. He faces obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and illegal foreign lobbying charges in a separate trial next month in Washington, D.C.

COHEN PLEADS GUILTY… President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to eight counts. Charges include five counts of tax evasion, one count of falsifying submissions to a bank and two counts involving unlawful campaign contributions. The campaign finance violations involved payments made to keep two women quiet during the 2016 presidential campaign.

CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN HUNTER, WIFE INDICTED… Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were indicted yesterday on charges of improperly using campaign funds for private use. A grand jury in San Diego indicted the Hunters on charges of filing false campaign finance records. The Justice Department said a 1-1/2-year investigation found that the pair misused more than $250,000 in political money. The 41-year-old Hunter is a five-term congressman representing San Diego County.

STATES SUE OVER NET NEUTRALITY… 22 states and the District of Columbia have asked a federal court to reinstate net neutrality, saying the Federal Communications Commission failed to properly consider the issues when removing the policy last year. The suit filed by attorneys general argue that the FCC’s decision will harm “consumers, public safety, and existing regulatory schemes.” The brief also accuses the FCC of ignoring dishonest practices used by internet providers.

MICROSOFT SHUTS DOWN FAKE SITES… Microsoft revealed yesterday that it discovered and disabled six fake websites created by a group affiliated with the Russian government to hack into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting. Groups targeted by the fake sites included the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit group that promotes democracy worldwide. Three other fake sites were crafted to appear as though they were affiliated with the Senate.

DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE LEAVES ‘BOND’ FILM… Director Danny Boyle has left the latest upcoming James Bond movie due to “creative differences,” the producers announced yesterday. The 25th installment in the spy franchise is currently in pre-production and was expected to be released in November 2019. The last “Bond” film was 2015’s “Spectre.”

ACTRESS BARBARA HARRIS DIES… Actress Barbara Harris, who starred on Broadway an in such films as “Nashville,” “Family Plot” and “Freaky Friday,” died of lung cancer yesterday in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was 83. Harris was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in the 1971 film “Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?”

Atlanta 6 – PITTSBURGH 1… Kevin Gausman (8-9) pitched four-hit ball over eight shutout innings and the Braves cruised past the Pirates. Dansby Swanson homered twice and knocked in four runs.

N.Y. METS 6 – San Francisco 3… Michael Conforto lifted a sacrifice fly and blasted a three-run homer as the Mets doubled up on the Giants. Rookie Jeff McNeill went 4-for-4 and doubled home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Cincinnati 9 – MILWAUKEE 7… The Reds erased an early four-run deficit on their way past the Reds. Scooter Gennett connected for a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and finished with three RBIs.

San Diego 4 – COLORADO 3… Austin Hedges led off the top of the sixth inning with a tie-breaking homer and the Padres held on to edge the Rockies. Eric Hosmer homered with a runner aboard in the first.

WASHINGTON 10 – Philadelphia 4… Matt Wieters had a couple of hits and drove in three runs as the Nationals pounded the Phillies. Andrew Stevenson came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer. Ryan Zimmerman and Wilmer Difo added solo shots.

St. Louis 5 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Yadier Molina and Marcell Ozuna hit two-run homers to power the Cardinals past the Dodgers. The victory moved St. Louis a half-game ahead of Milwaukee into sole possession of second place in the NL Central.

TORONTO 8 – Baltimore 2… Billy McKinney lined a two-run single and smacked a solo homer in leading the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales and Aledmys Diaz also went deep. Sam Gavilio (3-6) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings.

Cleveland 6 – BOSTON 3… Yan Gomes went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and RBI single in leading the Indians past the Red Sox. Greg Allen had a couple of hits and drove in a run. Shame Bieber gave up three runs on five hits over 6-1/3 innings.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Kansas City 1… Blake Snell (15-5) held the Royals to a run on four hits and struck out 11 in six innings. Willy Adames went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. Joey Wendle legged out a two-run triple.

Minnesota 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Eddie Rosario singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and Jorge Polanco followed with a two-run single as the Twins put away the White Sox.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 0… Brett Anderson (3-3) allowed just one hit over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the Athletics’ blanking of the Rangers. Khris Davis singled home a run and hit his 38th homer with a runner aboard. Nick Martini and Jed Lowrie both had two hits and an RBI.

Houston 3 – SEATTLE 2… Josh Reddick hit a solo homer, Carlos Correa went 3-for-3 with an RBI and the Astros clipped the Mariners. Houston remains tied with Oakland for first place in the AL West.

N.Y. Yankees 2 – MIAMI 1 (12 innings)… Miguel Andujar’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning brought home Kyle Higashioka with the decisive run as the Yankees outlasted the Marlins. Neil Walker singled home New York’s first run in the fourth.

DETROIT 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Jordan Zimmermann (6-5) held the Cubs to a run on seven hits over six innings in the Tigers’ win. Detroit scored both runs in the first on a Nick Castellanos grounder and a Victor Martinez single.

ARIZONA 5 – L.A. Angels 4… Jon Jay scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning when Angels’ reliever Cam Bedrosian threw away an A.J. Pollock sacrifice bunt attempt. David Peralta hit a two-run homer and singled home a run.

Cincinnati (Stephenson, 0-1) is at Milwaukee (Peralta, 5-4)…
Atlanta (Teheran, 8-7) is at Pittsburgh (Williams, 10-9)…
Washington (Strasburg, 6-7) hosts Philadelphia (Eflin, 9-4)…
San Francisco (Kelly, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 8-3)…
San Diego (Nix, 1-1) is at Colorado (Gray, 9-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 6-4) host St. Louis (Flaherty, 7-6)

Baltimore (Pannone, 0-0) is at Toronto (Hess, 2-7)…
Minnesota (Gibson, 7-9) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 4-3)…
Texas (Minor, 9-6) is at Oakland (Jackson, 4-2)…
Seattle (Gonzalez, 12-8) hosts Houston (Morton, 12-3)
Boston (Johnson, 4-3) hosts Cleveland (Carrasco, 15-6)…
Kansas City (Junis, 6-11) is at Tampa Bay (TBD)…

the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 13-5) are at Detroit (Liriano, 3-8)…
Miami (Richards, 3-7) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Lynn, 8-8)…
the L.A. Angels (Despaigne, 2-1) are at Arizona (Buchholz, 6-2)

The Rundown for August 21, 2018

MICHIGAN HEALTH DIRECTOR TO STAND TRIAL… Michigan’s state health director will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area. Nick Lyons is accused of failing to issue a timely alert to the public about the outbreak and becomes the highest-ranking official to stand trial over the scandal. State Judge David Goggins said deaths probably could have been prevented if the outbreak were publicly known and that it was “corrupt” to keep the public in the dark.

NO VERDICT IN MANAFORT TRIAL… The jury in the federal bank fraud and tax-evasion trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort ended its third day of deliberations with no verdict yesterday. Jurors have heard two weeks of testimony and will reconvene this morning. Manafort faces 18 tax and bank fraud charges for allegedly hiding millions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service in overseas bank accounts.

VIRGINIA SPECIAL SESSION TO REDRAW DISTRICTS… Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to redraw the districts of the Virginia House of Delegates. Northam signed a proclamation to hold an August 30 session to redraw the district lines after a court ruled they were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. In June, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia gave Republican House leaders until Oct. 30 to redraw 11 House districts, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

TWO ACCUSED IRANIAN SPIES ARRESTED… The Justice Department announced yesterday that two Iranian men have been indicted for allegedly spying for Iran in the U.S. The men are accused of conducting surveillance at a Jewish facility and gathering information on backers of the militant Iranian opposition Mujahideen-e Khalq. Both men were arrested earlier this month.

COLORADO MAN CHARGED IN KILLINGS OF WIFE, DAUGHTERS… A Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters was charged with three counts of murder yesterday. 33-year-old Chris Watts also faces two counts of murder of a victim under 12 by person in position of trust, one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy in the first degree, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. Police in Frederick, Colorado, arrested Watts last week after they said he confessed to the killings.

EAGLES GREATEST HITS IS TOP SELLING ALBUM EVER… The Eagles’ greatest hits album has surpassed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the top-selling album of all time. The Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” album has sold more than 38 million copies since its release in February 1976. The Eagles also hold the No. 3 spot with a separate 1976 release, “Hotel California,” which has sold 26 million copies.

ARETHA FRANKLIN FUNERAL SCHEDULED… Aretha Franklin’s funeral has been scheduled for August in her hometown of Detroit. The service will take place at the Greater Grace Temple and will be attended by family and friends. The 76-year-old legendary soul singer died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday and will be buried at Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial service was held Sunday at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin’s singing career took flight.

Atlanta 1 – PITTSBURGH 0… Bryse Wilson (1-0) pitched three-hit ball over five innings and five Braves relievers completed the shutout of the Pirates. Nick Markakis singled home Freddie Freeman with the game’s only run in the top of the first inning.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Cincinnati 2… The Brewers cruised past the Reds after spotting them an early two-run lead. Travis Shaw hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Christian Yelich smacked a solo shot.

San Francisco 2 – N.Y. METS 1 (13 innings)… A collision between Mets outfielders Rosario and Smith on a Brandon Crawford pop-up allowed Andrew McCutchen to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning and the Giants made it stand. Hanson doubled home Hanson with a tying run in the seventh.

St. Louis 5 – L.A. DODGERS 3… Jed Gyorko and Matt Carpenter hit back-to-back homers to lead off the top of the ninth inning and power the Cardinals past the Dodgers. Jose Martinez opened the scoring

TORONTO 5 – Baltimore 3… Kendrys Morales homered twice and knocked in four runs to lead the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Kevin Pillar had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Cleveland 5 – BOSTON 4… The Indians overcame a three-run fifth-inning deficit to edge the Red Sox. Michael Brantley tied the game with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning and Greg Allen added a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh. Corey Kluber (16-6) allowed three runs on nine hits over 6-1/3 innings.

TAMPA BAY 1 – Kansas City 0… Four pitchers combined on the shutout as the Rays clipped the Royals. Ryan Yarborough (12-5) went 5-1/3 innings in relief of starter Hunter Wood and was credited with the victory. Willy Adames’ infield grounder scored Joey Wendle with the game’s only run in the bottom of the second inning.

Chi. White Sox 8 – MINNESOTA 5… Matt Davidson singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard as the White Sox held off the Twins. Jose Abreu had a couple of hits, including a two-run double.

OAKLAND 9 – Texas 0… Mike Fiers (9-6) allowed just one hit over seven innings and got plenty of offensive support in the Athletics’ win. Ramon Laureano homered twice and knocked in five runs. Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty added solo homers.

SEATTLE 7 – Houston 4… Robinson Cano connected for a tie-breaking three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Mariners past the Astros. Mitch Hanigar and Jean Segura both had a couple hits and an RBI.

Atlanta (Gausman, 7-9) is at Pittsburgh (Nova, 7-7)…
Washington (Roark, 8-12) hosts Philadelphia (Velasquez, 8-9)…
San Francisco (Stratton, 8-7) is at the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 5-10)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-8) hosts Cincinnati (Romano, 7-10)…
San Diego (Erlin, 2-3) is at Colorado (Anderson, 6-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 3-0) host St. Louis (Poncedeleon, 0-0)

Baltimore (Bundy, 7-11) is at Toronto (Gaviglio, 2-6)…
Boston (Eovaldi, 5-4) hosts Cleveland (Bieber, 6-2)…
Kansas City (Sparkman, 0-1) is at Tampa Bay (Snell, 14-5)…
Minnesota (Berrios, 11-8) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Kopech, 0-0)…
Texas (TBD) is at Oakland (Anderson, 2-3)…
Seattle (Leake, 8-7) hosts Houston (TBD)

the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 9-9) are at Detroit (Zimmermann, 5-5)…
Miami (Lopez, 2-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 9-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Peña, 1-3) are at Arizona (Corbin, 10-4)

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL… Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat. The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes. No. 2 Clemson received 18 first-place votes. No. 4 Wisconsin received the other first-place vote.

1) Alabama…
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3) Georgia…
4) Wisconsin…
5) Ohio State…
6) Washington…
7) Oklahoma…
8) Miami (Fla.)…
9) Auburn…
10) Penn State…
11) Michigan State…
12) Notre Dame…
13) Stanford…
14) Michigan…
15) Southern California…
16) TCU…
17) West Virginia…
18) Mississippi State…
19) Florida State…
20) Virginia Tech…
21) Central Florida…
22) Boise State…
23) Texas…
24) Oregon…
25) LSU

WORD OF THE DAY… TIMBRE… (TAM—burr)… noun… 1) The distinctive quality given to a singing voice or musical instrument by its overtones… …The first actor to audition had a deep musical TIMBRE to his voice that would have been perfect for King Lear.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: GUITAR—ICE—TOOTH?… (Types of PICKS).


USELESS TRIVIA… What are the first names of the pop duo Hall and Oates?… (Daryl Hall and John Oates)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Insectophobia… Fear of Insects.

The Rundown for August 20, 2018

WHITE HOUSE LAWYER COOPERATING WITH INVESTIGATORS… White House lawyer Donald McGahn is “co-operating extensively” with the Russia inquiry into election meddling, according to the New York Times. McGahn has reportedly spent 30 hours sharing detailed items of interest to investigators. He gave at least three voluntary interviews to investigators over a nine-month period, the Times said.

WHITE HOUSE SPEECHWRITER LEAVES… The White House has confirmed to CNN that a speechwriter for President Trump is no longer employed at the White House following revelations that he attended a conference frequented by white nationalists. Darren Beattie was listed as a speaker at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club Conference, which annually attracts prominent white nationalists. Other listed speakers included white nationalist Peter Brimelow and two writers who were both later fired from the National Review for espousing racist views.

COHEN UNDER INVESTIGATION… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen is under investigation for allegedly committing bank and tax fraud exceeding $20 million. The report claims investigators are centering on loans obtained by taxi businesses owned by Cohen and his family, as well as allegations that Cohen violated campaign finance laws by paying women to be quiet about their affairs with Trump. Investigators are also looking into whether Cohen “misrepresented the value of his assets” in order to obtain loans from two New York banks for his businesses.

BRENNAN TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST TRUMP… Former CIA director John Brennan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that he’s ready to take legal action against President Trump for stripping Brennan’s security clearance. Brennan said he’d been “contacted by a number of lawyers” offering advice on how to “prevent Trump from doing this in the future.” Brennan noted that his motive is to “prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people.”

U.S. TO REMAIN IN IRAQ ‘AS LONG AS NEEDED’… A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition announced yesterday that U.S. forces will remain in Iraq “as long as needed” to help in areas previously under the control of the Islamic State. Colonel Sean Ryan made the announcement at a press conference in Abu Dhabi. He said any “drawdown” in the number of troops would depend “on when NATO comes in and they help train the forces as well.” About 5,200 U.S. troops are currently based in the country.

TRAVIS SCOTT TOPS ALBUM CHART… Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” sold 205,000 units to remain at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” opens in second place with 185,000 units sold. Drake’s “Scorpion” slipped to third place on sales of 102,000 copies. Trippie Redd’s “Life’s a Trip” finished in fourth place after selling 72,000 units. Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys” finished at No. 5 with 56,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Crazy Rich Asians” took in $25.2 million to open atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ “The Meg,” slipped into second place with $21.1 million. “Mile 22” took in $13.6 million to debut at No. 3. “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” and newcomer “Alpha” made $10.5 million apiece to complete the top five.

CINCINNATI 11 – San Francisco 4… Jose Peraza and Eugenio Suarez hit two-run homers, Billy Hamilton drove in three runs and the Reds pounded the Giants. Scooter Gennett legged out a two-run triple.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Chi. Cubs 1 (11 innings)… Adam Frazier’s homer in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Pirates over the Cubs. Gregory Polanco doubled home Corey Dickerson with a tying run in the sixth.

Miami 12 – WASHINGTON 1… The Marlins used a 17-hit attack to rout the Nationals. J.T. Realmuto, JT Riddle and Isaac Galloway all homered. Jose Ureña (4-12) allowed a run on two hits in going the distance.

Colorado 4 – ATLANTA 2… The Rockies doubled up on the Braves to complete a four-game sweep. DJ LeMahieu and Trevor Story drilled solo homers.

Milwaukee 2 – ST. LOUIS 1… Jhoulys Chacin (13-4) pitched four-hit ball over six shutout innings and the Brewers edged the Cardinals. Mike Moustakas’ two-run double in the top of the third inning provided all the offense Milwaukee needed.

Arizona 4 – SAN DIEGO 3… A.J. Pollock hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Diamondbacks held on to down the Padres. Jeff Mathis went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

N.Y. Mets 8 – PHILADELPHIA 2… The Mets built a 7-0 lead and coasted past the Phillies in the Little League Classic played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBIs. Jeff McNeill had two hits and knocked in two runs. Jason Vargas allowed two runs on six hits over 5-1/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Toronto 2… Greg Bird’s grand slam capped a six-run bottom of the first inning and the Yankees coasted past the Blue Jays. Miguel Andujar and Kyle Higashioka drove in two runs apiece for New York.

Tampa Bay 2 – BOSTON 0… Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Rays blanked the Red Sox. Joey Wendle and C.J. Cron hit solo homers to account for Tampa Bay’s runs.

CLEVELAND 8 – Baltimore 0… Mike Clevinger (9-7) scattered seven hits over six innings and got plenty of support as the Indians throttled the Orioles. Melky Cabrera unloaded a grand slam to cap a six-run bottom of the sixth inning.

MINNESOTA 5 – Detroit 4… Eddie Rosario hit a tie-breaking homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and the Twins made it stand in edging the Tigers. Max Kepler and Jake Cave also hit solo homers for Minnesota.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Kansas City 6… The White Sox erased an early 6-0 deficit on their way past the Royals. Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer, Tim Anderson added a two-run shot and Omar Narvaez smacked a solo blast during a six-run bottom of the fourth inning. Narvaez also singled home Garcia with the go-ahead run in the fifth.

TEXAS 4 – L.A. Angels 2… Rougned Odor singled home a run in the bottom of the first inning and blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to power the Rangers past the Angels on a rainy day in Arlington.

Houston 9 – OAKLAND 4… The Astros blasted five home runs to get past the Athletics and reclaim sole possession of first place in the AL West. Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, Marwin Gonzalez, Evan Gattis and Martin Maldonado all circled the bases.

L.A. Dodgers 12 – SEATTLE 1… Justin Turner went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Dodgers walloped the Mariners. Enrique Hernandez homered and singled home a run. Clayton Kershaw (6-5) allowed just a run on four hits over seven innings.

Atlanta (Gausman, 7-9) is at Pittsburgh (Archer, 4-5)…
the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 8-6) host San Francisco (Holland, 6-8)…
Cincinnati (Bailey, 1-10) is at Milwaukee (Anderson, 7-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Wood, 7-6) host St. Louis (Gomber, 3-0)

Baltimore (Cashner, 4-10) is at Toronto (Estrada, 6-9)…
Boston (Porcello, 15-5) hosts Cleveland (Kluber, 15-6)…
Kansas City (Lopez, 0-2) is at Tampa Bay (Wood, 0-1)…
Minnesota (Gonsalvez, 0-0) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 8-9)…
Texas (TBD) is at Oakland (Fiers, 8-6)…
Seattle (Hernandez, 8-11) hosts Houston (Cole, 11-5)

The Rundown for August 17, 2018

LETTER CONDEMNS LIFTING OF BRENNAN’S SECURITY CLEARANCE… Six former CIA directors are among a dozen former top intelligence officials who have signed a letter protesting President Trump’s removal of former CIA chief John Brennan’s security clearances. Five former CIA deputy directors and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper are among those who signed the letter. “We all agree that the president’s action… has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances—and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech,” the letter said.

MILITARY PARADE POSTPONED… The Pentagon has postponed a planned military parade from November of this year until next year, the Defense Department announced yesterday in a statement. The announcement came as a CNBC report revealed that the parade was going to cost $92 million. The parade was going to feature armored vehicles, flyovers, and soldiers dressed in historical uniforms.

SESSIONS WANTS TO SPEED UP DEPORTATIONS… Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday urged immigration judges to speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants. Sessions told the judges that they should only postpone cases in removal proceedings “for good cause shown.” Sessions has led the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, including a “zero tolerance” policy that separated immigrant parents from their children while they were detained.

POPE CONDEMNS CHILD ABUSE… Pope Francis has condemned the sexual abuse of minors detailed in a Pennsylvania grand jury report released on Tuesday. The report alleged that 301 clergy members throughout the state had been accused of sexually abusing a total of more than 1,000 minors over the past 70 years. The Vatican noted the majority of abuses graphically detailed in the report occurred “before the early 2000s.”

MAN ARRESTED IN MURDER OF WIFE, DAUGHTERS… Authorities in Colorado have arrested a man on suspicion of killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters after reporting them missing. The bodies of the wife and girls, ages 3 and 4, were discovered yesterday. Frederick police identified the suspect as 33-year-old Christopher Watts.

AMERICA MOURNS ARETHA FRANKLIN… America mourns the loss of the “Queen of Soul” following Aretha Franklin’s death yesterday at age 76. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to her publicist. Franklin’s career as a singer spanned more than five decades and produced more than 100 singles on the Billboard charts. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at her 1987 enshrinement. She sang at the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, at pre-inauguration concerts for Jimmy Carter in 1977 and Bill Clinton in 1993. Franklin also performed at the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in 1968.

IN THEATERS… In “Mile 22,” an elite American intelligence officer is helped by a top-secret tactical command unit as he tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. Mark Wahlberg and Lauren Cohan star in the R-rated film.

N.Y. Mets 24 – PHILADELPHIA 4… Jose Bautista unloaded a grand slam and piled up seven RBIs as the Mets set a franchise record for runs in winning the doubleheader opener. Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto also went deep. Kevin Plawecki went 4-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

PHILADELPHIA 9 – N.Y. Mets 6… The Phillies downed the Mets to salvage a split of the doubleheader. Rhys Hoskins blasted a three-run homer. Wilson Ramos had three hits and an RBI.

Chi. Cubs 1 – PITTSBURGH 0… Jon Lester (13-5) limited the Pirates to five hits over six innings and three relievers completed the Cubs’ win over the Pirates. Ian Happ accounted for the game’s only run with a third-inning homer.

Washington 5 – ST. LOUIS 4… Bryce Harper opened the scorn with a run-scoring double in the top of the first inning and added a two-run single in the fourth as the Nationals edged the Cardinals. Anthony Rendon had a couple of hits and drove in a run.

Colorado 5 – ATLANTA 3… The Rockies scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and hung on to upend the Braves. David Dahl hit a solo homer and delivered a go-ahead two-run single.

Arizona 5 – SAN DIEGO 1… The Diamondbacks scored all five runs in the top of the first inning and coasted past the Padres. Clay Buccholz (6-2) allowed a run on five hits in a complete-game victory. David Peralta hit a three-run homer and Alex Avila singled home two runs for Arizona.

Tampa Bay 3 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Blake Snell (14-5) pitched two-hit ball over five shutout innings and the Rays held off the Yankees. Joey Wendle and Tommy Pham stroked RBI doubles in the top of the first inning. Jake Bauers lifted a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

TEXAS 8 – L.A. Angels 6… Joey Gallo doubled home a run and scored to spark a four-run bottom of the eighth inning that sent the Rangers past the Angels. Gallo also homered to lead of the second. Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar added solo homers for Texas.

MINNESOTA 15 – Detroit 8… Jorge Polanco belted a three-run homer, Miguel Sano and Ehire Adrianza added two-run shots, and the Twins outslugged the Tigers. Logan Forsythe went 5-for-5 with two RBIs.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Toronto 2… The Royals topped the Blue Jays in a game delayed more than two hours by rain. Lucas Duda hit a solo homer. Rosell Herrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 8-2) are at Philadelphia (Nola, 13-3)…
Pittsburgh (Williams, 10-8) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 7-9)…
Miami (Straily, 4-5) is at Washington (Scherzer, 15-5)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 6-3) hosts San Francisco (Kelly, 0-1)…
Colorado (Freeland, 10-7) is at Atlanta (Newcomb, 10-5)…
St. Louis (Flaherty, 6-6) hosts Milwaukee (Peralta, 5-3)…
Arizona (Ray, 3-2) is at San Diego (Lucchesi, 6-6)

Toronto (Stroman, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Lynn, 8-8)…
Cleveland (Carrasco, 14-6) hosts Baltimore (Hess, 2-6)…
Tampa Bay (Stanek, 1-3) is at Boston (Johnson, 3-3)…
Texas (Hutchison, 1-2) hosts the L.A. Angels (Despaigne, 2-0)…
Detroit (Boyd, 7-10) is at Minnesota (Gibson, 6-9)…
the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 4-14) host Kansas City (Junis, 6-11)…
Houston (Morton, 12-3) is at Oakland (Jackson, 4-2)

the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 5-4) are at Seattle (LeBlanc, 7-2)

Boston, 86-36, .705
N.Y. Yankees, 75-46, .620, 10.5 GB
Tampa Bay, 62-59, .512, 23.5 GB
Toronto, 55-66, .455, 30.5 GB
Baltimore, 36-85, .298, 49.5 GB

Cleveland, 69-51, .575
Minnesota, 57-63, .475, 12 GB
Detroit, 50-72, .410, 20 GB
Chi. White Sox, 44-76, .367, 25 GB
Kansas City, 37-84, .306, 32.5 GB

Houston, 74-47, .612
Oakland, 72-49, .595, 2 GB
Seattle, 70-52, .574, 4.5 GB
L.A. Angels, 62-61, .504, 13 GB
Texas, 54-69, .439, 21 GB

Atlanta, 68-52, .567
Philadelphia, 67-54, .554, 1.5 GB
Washington, 61-61, .500, 8 GB
N.Y. Mets, 52-68, .433, 16 GB
Miami, 48-75, .390, 21.5 GB

Chi. Cubs, 70-50, .583
Milwaukee, 68-55, .553, 3.5 GB
St. Louis, 66-56, .541, 5 GB
Pittsburgh, 61-61, .500, 10 GB
Cincinnati, 52-69, .430, 18.5 GB

Arizona, 67-55, .549
Colorado, 65-56, .537, 1.5 GB
L.A. Dodgers, 65-57, .533, 2 GB
San Francisco, 61-61, .500, 6 GB
San Diego, 48-76, .387, 20 GB