The Rundown for August 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 35,330,873 and the nation’s death toll stands at 614,785, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The daily case average has jumped 45.3 percent in the last week to more than 84,000 and is now more than seven times higher than it was six weeks ago. All but three states are now reporting high or substantial community transmission. The delta variant now accounts for 93 percent of all sequenced cases in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MEXICO SUES U.S. GUN COMPANIES… The government of Mexico yesterday filed a lawsuit against 10 major U.S. gun companies, accusing them of facilitating the illegal flow of weapons across the southern border. The suit claims that more than 2.5 million American guns have illegally crossed into Mexico over the past decade, with 70 percent of the guns traced back to the U.S. The plaintiffs say U.S. gunmakers design weapons that explicitly appeal to Mexican crime groups.

WESTERN WILDFIRES… A fast-moving wildfire burned homes and forced thousands of evacuations in Northern California yesterday. The River Fire burned 1,400 acres in Placer and Nevada counties. Fewer than 100 miles north, the three-week-old Dixie Fire as grown to 274,139 acres and is nw the seventh largest fire in state history. In Oregon, the Bootleg Fire has grown to 413,765 acres with 84-percent containment.

FIRST RESPONDERS TO BE HONORED… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on yesterday signed a bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to police who responded to the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi was joined by fellow House Democrats, Jennifer Wexton of Virginia and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., at a bill-enrollment ceremony. The House passed its version of the measure on June 15.

10 DEAD IN TEXAS CRASH… Authorities say at leas 10 people were killed yesterday when an overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed on a remote South Texas highway. The crash on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, injured 20 others. The van, which was designed to hold 15 passengers, slammed into a metal utility pole and a stop sign as it tried to turn. The driver was among the dead.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHARLIE WATTS EXPECTED TO SIT OUT STONES TOUR
… The Rolling Stones announced yesterday that drummer Charlie Watts probably won’t be with the band on its upcoming U.S. tour. The 80-year-old Watts reportedly needs time to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. The Stones’ No Filter tour resumes September 26 in St. Louis.

MEL BROOKS MEMOIR SET FOR RELEASE… Mel Brooks’ memoir “All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business” is set for release on November 30, according to publisher Ballantine Books. The 95-year-old Brooks grew up in Brooklyn during the Depression, served in the military during World War II and launched his career as a teenage comedian in the Catskills. His career produced the comedy films “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” the TV show “Get Smart” and the Tony-winning Broadway play “The Producers,” which also earned him an Oscar for Best Screenplay.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
MILWAUKEE 4 – Pittsburgh 2
… Rowdy Tellez belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Brewers past the Pirates. Eduard Escobar went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

Philadelphia 9 – WASHINGTON 5… The Phillies rolled past the Nationals after spotting them an early three-run run lead. Rhys Hoskins doubled home a go-ahead run to cap a four-run top of the third inning and homered with a runner aboard in the fifth.

N.Y. Mets 5 – MIAMI 3… Javier Baez led of the top of the eighth inning with a go-ahead homer and the Mets added an insurance run to put away the Marlins. New York scored three times in the third on infield grounders.

Atlanta 7 – ST. LOUIS 4… The Braves came from three runs down to top the Cardinals. Joc Pederson slugged a two-run double during a three-run top of the eighth inning. Adam Duval homered with a runner aboard and Jorge Soler smacked a solo shot for Atlanta.

Chi. Cubs 3 – COLORADO 2… Patrick Wisdom’s bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth inning provided all the offense the Cubs needed in a come-from-behind win over the Rockies. Alec Mills (5-4) overcame a tough start to pitch six solid innings.

San Francisco 7 – ARIZONA 1… Donovan Solano homered and singled home a pair of runs in leading the Giants past the Diamondbacks. Alex Dickerson slugged a three-run homer. Kevin Gausman (10-5) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 4 – Seattle 3
… Mike Zunino’s solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be decisive in the Rays’ win over the Mariners. Josh Fleming (9-5) gave up two runs on five hits over five innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Baltimore 3… Giancarlo Stanton stroked a three-run double to highlight a five-run bottom of the seventh inning and the Yankees rolled past the Orioles. D.J. LeMahieu had three hits and knocked in four runs. Anthony Rizzo homered with the bases empty.

TORONTO 8 – Cleveland 6… The Blue Jays built an 8-0 lead after three innings and held on at the end to down the Indians. George Springer homered and double home two runs. Steven Matz (9-6) scattered six hits over six scoreless innings.

Boston 4 – DETROIT 1… Eduardo Rodriguez (8-6) pitched two-hit ball and fanned 10 over five scoreless innings and the Red Sox cruised past the Tigers. Kiké Hernández hit a two-run homer and Boston got solo blasts from J.D. Martinez and Jarren Duran.

L.A. Angels 2 – TEXAS 1… Angels starter Shohei Ohtani (6-1) held the Rangers to a run on four hits over six innings in outdueling counterpart Kolby Allard (2-10). Jack Mayfield homered for L.A.

Kansas City 9 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… Ryan O’Hearn lifted a sacrifice fly and hit a two-run homer for the Royals in their romp over the White Sox. Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer and Michael A. Taylor also went deep. Carlos Hernández (3-1) allowed a run on two hits over five innings.

INTERLEAGUE
CINCINNATI 6 – Minnesota 5
… The Reds withstood a late rally to top the Twins. Tyler Stephenson singled home a run and homered. Jonathan India had three hits, including an RBI single. Luis Castillo (6-10) gave up a run on six hits over six innings.

OAKLAND 5 – San Diego 4 (10 innings)… Matt Olson’s two-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Athletics over the Padres. Matt Chapman and Yan Gomes produced run-scoring singles in the ninth. Jed Lowrie homered.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Houston 5… Max Scherzer (9-4) held the Astros to two runs on five hits and struck out 10 over seven innings in an impressive debut for the Dodgers. Mookie Betts hit a pair of solo homers. Will Smith got things going with a three-run homer in the first. AJ Pollock homered with a runner aboard.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the N.Y. Mets (Rich Hill, 6-4) are at Miami (TBA)..
Colorado (German Marquez, 9-8) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-10)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 9-3) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 7-8)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 5-9) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 7-6)…
Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 3-5) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 3-6)…
St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-1) hosts Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 1-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Martin Perez, 7-7) is at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 6-10)…
Texas (Spencer Howard, 0-2) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-8)…
Seattle (Tyler Anderson, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Nestor Cortes, 0-0)…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 4-6) hosts Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-4)…
Kansas City (Daniel Lynch, 1-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 7-4)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 7-2) hosts Minnesota (Griffin Jax, 1-1)

OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS… THE U.S. men’s basketball team downed Australia 97-78 and advanced to Saturday’s gold-medal game. The Americans trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half.

The Rundown for July 28, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,603,768 and the nation’s death toll stands at 611,414, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday changed its masking recommendations and is now urging vaccinated people to resume wearing masks indoors in areas with “high” or “substantial” Covid-19 transmission public areas. Nearly two-thirds of all counties in the U.S. have high or substantial transmission, according to CDC data.

CAPITOL ATTACK HEARINGS OPEN… The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol featured emotional testimony from four law enforcement officers who were present. The officers described the physical and psychological injuries they sustained and gave a rare, first-hand look at the types of attacks they and their fellow officers suffered. During his testimony, D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone criticized people who have downplayed the attacks, calling it “disgraceful.” Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, played footage of the attack at the start of the hearing.

DOJ DEALS MO BROOKS LEGAL BLOW… The Justice Department yesterday declined to support Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks in lawsuit brought by California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell over the Capitol attack. The DOJ Has notified a federal court that Brooks was not acting in his official capacity when he spoke at a pro-Trump rally on January 6, where he made comments blamed for inciting violence. In his lawsuit filed in March, Swalwell accuses Brooks, former president Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani of violating federal civil rights laws and local incitement laws. The defendants all spoke at a rally near the White House on January 6 before members of the crowd stormed the Capitol.

ELLZEY WINS TEXAS SPECIAL ELECTION… Texas state Congressman Jake Kelley was projected to win yesterday’s special election runoff in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. His victory over fellow Republican Susan Wright comes despite Wright having landed an endorsement from former president Donald Trump. She is the widow of the late Congressman Ron Wright, who had cancer and died in February after contracting Covid-19.

MESSAGE PARLOR KILLER GETS LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE… The man charged with killing eight people earlier this year at Atlanta-area massage parlors pleaded guilty in court to several of the murders yesterday and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Robert Aaron Long targeted victims at three different parlors last March. Prosecutors in Cherokee County offered life without parole in exchange to a guilty plea in four of the murders. Long still faces the death penalty for the other four deaths, which are being prosecuted in Fulton County.

ENTERTAINMENT
FORMER SLIPKNOT DRUMMER DIES
… Former Slipknot drummer and founding member Joey Jordanian died on Monday of undisclosed causes, family members announced yesterday. He was 46. Jordison formed Slipknot with percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray in his native Iowa in 1995. He left the band in December 2013. Slipknot earned three top 10s on the Billboard 200, including “All Hope Is Gone,” which topped the chart on September 13, 2008.

BOB ODENKIRK COLLAPSES ON ‘BETTER CALL SAUL’ SET… Actor Bob Odenkirk collapsed yesterday on the New Mexico set of “Better Call Saul” and was rushed to the hospital in unknown condition. Witnesses say the 58-year-old Odenkirk abruptly fell to the ground. The series is in production on its sixth and final season.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 9 – PITTSBURGH 0
… Brett Anderson (3-5) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Pirates. Omar Narvaez hit a two-run homer and singled home two runs. Rowdy Tellez added a two-run single and solo homer.

Washington 6 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Nationals did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Phillies. Josh Bell and Juan Soto blasted three-run homers.

Atlanta 12 – N.Y. METS 5… Austin Riley unloaded a grand slam and belted a two-run homer to lead the Braves past the Mets. Ozzie Albies and Abraham Almonte hit two-run homers.

Cincinnati 7 – CHI. CUBS 4… Joey Votto smacked two of the Reds’ four solo homers in the win over the Cubs. Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez also went deep. Victor Gutierrez (5-3) held Chicago to two runs on five hits over 6-1/3 innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1… A throwing error by Dodgers’ first-baseman Cody Bellinger allowed Buster Posey to score a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Giants made it stand. Posey singled home Austin Slater with a tying run in the sixth.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 4 – TAMPA BAY 3
… Jordan Montgomery (4-5) pitched five-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Yankees held off the Rays. Ryan LaMarre’s solo homer in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference. Gio Urshela lined a two-run double.

Detroit 6 – MINNESOTA 5 (11 innings)… The Tigers rallied from a pair of four-run deficits to outlast the Twins. Miguel Cabrera singled home Jonathan Schoop with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning. Eric Haase’s grand slam in the ninth forced extra innings.

Chi. White Sox 5 – KANSAS CITY 3… Eloy Jimenez’s three-run homer capped a four-run top of the eighth inning that carried the White Sox past the Royals. Gavin Sheets also homered for Chicago.

Houston 8 – SEATTLE 6… Myles Straw’s two-run double sparked a four-run top of the fourth inning that pushed the Astros past the Mariners. Yordan Alvarez drilled a three-run homer in the first.

Toronto – BOSTON (ppd)… Inclement weather in Boston forced postponement of last night’s Blue Jays-Red Sox game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

INTERLEAGUE
Miami 7 – BALTIMORE 3
… Sandy Leon blasted a three-run homer and the Marlins got solo shots from Lewin Diaz and Brian Anderson in their win over the Orioles. Sandy Alcantara (6-9) allowed three runs on six hits over six innings.

St. Louis 4 – CLEVELAND 2… Paul DeJong belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader opened the scoring with a homer to lead off the third. Adam Wainwright (8-6) surrendered two runs on four hits over seven innings.

TEXAS 5 – Arizona 4… Nathaniel Lowe stroked a two-run double and Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer as the Rangers scored all four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and hung on to edge the Diamondbacks. Dane Dunning (4-7) gave up two runs on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Colorado 12 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Rockies pounded out 16 hits in their throttling of the Angels. Sam Hilliard went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer. Connor Joe also had three hits and knocked in three runs.

SAN DIEGO 7 – Oakland 4… Fernando Tatis, Jr., homered with a runner aboard, Manny Machado added a three-run blast and the Padres topped the Athletics. Jake Cronenworth produced a two-run single.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4) is at Pittsburgh (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 8-5) hosts Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-9)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-6) is at the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 1-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 6-6) host Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 10-1) are at San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 10-4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit (Wily Peralta, 3-2) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 5-5)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-5) hosts Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Nestor Cortes, 0-0) are at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 6-5; Tanner Houck, 0-2) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 8-5; Steven Matz, 8-5) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 8-7) are at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 3-4)

INTERLEAGUE
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kin, 6-5) is at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3)…
San Diego (Blake Snell, 4-3) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 7-6)…
Miami (Jordon Holloway, 2-3) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-7) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-6)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 3-6) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 6-7)

OLYMPICS DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS… American swimmer Caeleb Dressel led the men’s team to a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay… Katie Ledecky won the first gold medal of her 2020 Olympic campaign and the sixth of her career in the debut of the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle. Teammate Erica Sullivan won the silver… The U.S. captured both gold medals in skeet shooting yesterday, with Amber English winning the women’s final and Vincent Hancock the men’s final… The U.S. softball team completed it undefeated run in the round-robin stage with a 2-1 win over Japan. Kelsey Stewart connected for a walkoff a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.