The Rundown for July 23, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,281,864 and the nation’s death toll stands at 610,177, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients warned yesterday that the spread of the Delta variant is overloading hospitals in areas of high infections. Zients said counties with the highest case rates have significantly lower vaccination rates than other areas. Florida, Texas and Missouri accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide last week, he noted.

U.S. SANCTIONS CUBANS OVER HUMAN RIGHTS… The Treasury Department yesterday announced new sanctions on Cuban officials accused of “serious human rights abuse and corruption” amid ongoing protests calling for economic reform and COVID-19 relief. The sanctions target Cuba’s Interior Ministry and Alvaro Lopez Miera, head of Cuba’s Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. The anti-government protests, stemming from an economic crisis and the pandemic, are the largest seen in decades in the island nation.

NEW DOCUMENTS SHED LIGHT ON KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION… The FBI is being accused of failing to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh following his nomination to the court in 2018. Seven Democratic senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Chris Coons of Connecticut, said a letter they received from the FBI last month shows the agency gathered more than 4,500 tips relating to Kavanaugh without any apparent further action by investigators. An FBI spokeswoman acknowledged that the department conducted only 10 additional interviews in its supplemental investigation. She said “relevant tips” from phone calls and messages were forwarded to the White House counsel’s office. It’s unclear what became of the tips after that.

HOUSE PASSES AFGHAN VISA MEASURE… The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed legislation that allows an extra 8,000 special immigration visas for Afghans who helped the U.S. and are at risk of retaliation as U.S. troops complete their pullout from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. The bipartisan bill passed by a 407-to-16 vote. Colorado Congressman Jason Crow, who led the group that sponsored the bill, said the additional visas would cover all potentially eligible applicants in the pipeline. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged last month that there were about 18,000 possible applicants. The Special Immigrant Visa program is available to Afghans who worked with the U.S. government or U.S. military. The U.S. has granted 26,500 such visas since December 2014.

COMPUTER OUTAGES… A computer network outage temporarily took down a number of websites belonging to a variety of major companies yesterday. Delta Air Lines and Amazon were among the victims. Akamai Technologies, a cloud service and web security company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, fixed the problem by and is investigating the cause.

… The Rolling Stones have released rescheduled dates for the U.S. leg of its No Filter tour. U.S. dates were originally to begin in May 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will now kick off September 26 in St. Louis and end November 20 in Austin, Texas. The band has also added three new dates, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Los Angeles on October 17 and Las Vegas on November 6. previously scheduled dates for Vancouver, Louisville, Cleveland and Buffalo could not be rescheduled.

SPRINGSTEEN, OBAMA PUBLISHING BOOK… Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama have unveiled plans to publish a book based on their podcast conversations. “Renegades: Born in the USA” is scheduled for release on October 26. The 320-page book features handwritten Springsteen lyrics, annotated Obama speeches, and other archival material. The book is being published globally by Penguin Random House in partnership with Higher Ground.


Atlanta 7 – PHILADELPHIA 2
… Dansby Swanson unloaded a grand slam in the top of the third inning and the Braves coasted past the Phillies. Orlando Arcia also went deep. Charlie Morton (9-3) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

San Diego 3 – MIAMI 2… Blake Snell (4-3) gave up just a run on three hits over six innings and the Padres edged the Marlins. Jurickson Profar had a couple of hits and drove in two runs.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Chi. Cubs 2… Dylan Carlson homered to lead off the bottom of the fist inning, Nolan Arenado added a two-run shot in the third and the Cardinals held off the Cubs. Kwang Hyun Kim (5-4) surrendered two runs on two hits over six innings.

San Francisco 5 – L.A. DODGERS 3… The Giants scored four runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to upend the Dodgers. Darin Ruf drew a bases-loaded walk from L.A. closer to force home the tying run. LaMonte Wade followed with a two-run single.

DETROIT 7 – Texas 5
… Eric Haase gave the Tigers an early lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fist inning and they hung on to top the Rangers. Victor Reyes homered and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Tampa Bay 5 – CLEVELAND 4 (10 innings)… They Rays overcame a pair of three-run deficits to outlast the Indians. Austin Meadows singled home Randy Arozarena with the tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning. Yandy Diaz homered and Brandon Lowe doubled home a run in the ninth.

BOSTON 5 – N.Y. Yankees 4 (10 innings)… Rafael Devers raced home on a wild pitch and Hunter Renfroe lifted a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Red Sox a come-from-behind win over the Yankees. Kiké Hernandez’s two-run double in the ninth forced the extra inning.

L.A. Angels 3 – MINNESOTA 2… Jack Mayfield’s three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning provided all the offense the Angels needed. Andrew Heaney (6-7) limited the Twins to two runs on four hits over seven innings.

Oakland 4 – SEATTLE 1… Sean Manaea (7-6) held the Mariners to a run on three hits and struck out 13 in a dominating seven-inning performance on the mound. Ramon Laureano stroked a pair of run-scoring singles for the Athletics.

Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 5-6)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 7-5) hosts Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-5)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 5-7) is at Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-1)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0) host Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 3-6)

the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 10-4) are at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 7-5)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 6-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 7-3) are at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 5-5)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 2-4) hosts Detroit (Wily Peralta, 3-1)…
Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-7) is at Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-5)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-5) hosts Oakland (Frankie Montas, 8-8)

Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-8) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 0-0) host Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 9-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 8-6) are at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 7-3)

The Rundown for July 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,226,820 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,862, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 yesterday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6. Health officials blame the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. Just 56.2 percent of Americans have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

REPUBLICANS OFF JAN. 6 ATTACK INVESTIGATION… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recommendations for the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, prompting McCarthy to pull all of his Republican nominees. The two rejected recommendations, Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana and Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, both voted to overturn the election results. Pelosi said their appointments could impact “the integrity of the investigation.”

SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a procedural vote that would have advanced the nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, claiming negotiators are still ironing out the details. GOP leaders had warned that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s effort to open debate on the measure was too soon. 49 Republicans voted against the bill but it has the support of others.

POLICY KEEPS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHITE HOUSE SEPARATE… A new Justice Department policy was enacted to ensure to emphasize that it operates independently from the White House. According to a memo released yesterday, the police creates stricter guidelines to keep the White House from being apprised of the DOJ’s criminal investigations or civil legal actions, with only a few exceptions. The guidelines cover any communication between the White House and Justice Department, outlining which officials in the White House are to communicate with each other for instances including requests for formal legal opinions, Supreme Court appeals, legislation, budgets, political appointments and pardons.

JUDGES SIDE AGINST RESTRICTIVE TRANS LAWS… Federal judges yesterday blocked two recently passed laws restricting trans teens’ access to healthcare and sports. Arkansas’ HB 1570 would have banned transition care for trans minors, prohibited doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, and stopped doctors referring young people to other providers for the treatment. Another federal court temporarily blocked West Virginia’s HB 3293, which would ban all transgender athletes in middle school, high school and college from women’s sports across the state.

… Michaela Coel has joined the cast of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The sequel to the 2018 hit Marvel superhero movie began production last month in Atlanta. The film is set to be released July 8, 2022. Coel wrote, produced, directed, and starred in last year’s HBO Max series “I May Destroy You.”

KENNEDY CENTER AWARDS NOMINEES NAMED… Entertainer Bette Midler, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, Motown titan Berry Gordy and “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels were named 44th Kennedy Center Honor recipients yesterday. Also slated to be recognized for their career achievements are opera great Justino Diaz. The honorees will be the focus of a celebration in December that will be filmed and will air as a 2-hour special on CBS and Paramount+.


San Diego 3 – ATLANTA 2
(7 innings)… Chris Paddack (6-6) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Padres edged the Braves in the doubleheader opener. Fernando Tatis, Jr., homered with a runner aboard in the top of the fifth inning.

San Diego – ATLANTA (susp.)… Rain in Atlanta forced suspension of the second game of a doubleheader between the Padres and Braves. The game will resume on an undetermined date with San Diego holding a 5-4 lead after five innings.

N.Y. Mets 7 – CINCINNATI 0… Marcus Stroman (7-8) limited the Reds to one hit over eight innings and reliever Jeurys Familia completed the shutout. Domonic Smith unloaded a grand slam. Jonathan Villa and Luis Guillorme also went deep.

ARIZONA 6 – Pittsburgh 4… Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho smacked back-to-back solo homers in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a tie and the Diamondbacks held off the Pirates. Nick Ahmed went 3-for-4 with an RBI double.

Miami 3 – WASHINGTON 1 (10 innings)… Jorge Alfaro doubled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and Miguel Rojas followed with a sacrifice fly as the Marlins outlasted the Nationals.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Chi. Cubs 2 (10 innings)… Yadier Molina singled home Paul Goldschmidt with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Harrison Bader doubled home a run and scored on Dylan Carlson’s double in the seventh.

San Francisco 4 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer and Curt Casali drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth inning to rally the Giants past the Dodgers. Mike Yastrzemski homered in the first for San Francisco, which increased its lead over L.A. to two games atop the NL West.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Baltimore 4
… Austin Meadows’ connected for a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Rays past the Orioles. Randy Arozarena hit a pair of solo homers.

Boston 7 – TORONTO 4… Kiké Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Red Sox got solo shots from Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez and Hunter Renfroe in the win over the Blue Jays.

DETROIT 4 – Texas 2… Tigers starter Matt Manning (2-3) held the Rangers to one earned run on four hits over six innings. Zack Short hit a two-run homer. Robbie Grossman and Akil Baddoo added solo blasts.

Cleveland 5 – HOUSTON 4… Cesar Hernandez hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the seventh inning and the Indians hung on to top the Astros. Hernandez opened the scoring with an RBI double in the third. Ernie Clement doubled home two runs in the sixth.

Minnesota 7 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Josh Donaldson’s two-run single in the top of the fifth inning broke a tie and Jorge Polanco belted a three-run homer in the sixth as the Twins put away the White Sox. Max Kepler opened the scoring with a third-inning homer.

Kansas City 6 – MILWAUKEE 3
… Hunter Dozier produced a pair of run-scoring singles and Nicky Lopez lined a two-run double as the Royals doubled up on the Brewers. Jorge Soler homered with the bases empty.

COLORADO 6 – Seattle 3… Dom Nunez stroked a bases-clearing double during a five-run bottom of the first inning and the Rockies cruised past the Mariners. Austin Gomber (7-5) allowed three runs on three hits over six innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 5… Ryan LaMarre singled home Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Yankees over the Phillies. Rouged Odor homered with a runner aboard and Gleyber Torres added a solo shot for New York.

Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 6-3) is at Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1)…
Miami (TBA) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 3-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-9) are at St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 5-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 10-1) host San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 10-4)

Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 2-9) is at Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 1-1)…
Boston (Tanner Houck, 0-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-5)…
Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 1-2) is at Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 2-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 5-7)…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-6) is at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 9-3)

The Rundown for July 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,172,290 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,508, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said yesterday that the Delta variant is now responsible for 83 percent of new cases. The CDC warns that America remains highly vulnerable because only about half of the nation is vaccinated.

TRUMP ALLY ARRESTED… The chairman of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund has been arrested on federal charges for illegally lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. 74-year-old billionaire real-estate investor Thomas Barrack is accused with two others of “acting and conspiring to act as agents of the UAE in an attempt to influence the policy positions of the Trump administration,” according to the Justice Department. Barrack, a longtime Trump ally, was also charged with obstructing justice and making false statements.

SENATE PANEL TO PROVE CRYTOCURRENCY ROLE IN CYBERCRIMES… Michigan Democratic Senator Gary Peters, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is launching an investigation into the role cryptocurrencies play in encouraging cybercrime. Peters noted in a statement that ransomware attacks increased 150 percent from the previous year in 2020, with more than $412 million in cryptocurrencies paid to cybercriminals. Peters said the investigation will examine the rise in ransomware attacks, how cryptocurrency emboldens cybercriminals and what steps lawmakers and federal regulators can take to disrupt hackers from committing crimes to obtain cryptocurrencies. It will also examine current oversight and regulations into virtual currencies and how to ensure that Americans can safely access and benefit from cryptocurrencies.

DEA AGENT ARRESTED FOR CAPITOL ATTACK ROLE… An off-duty special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency was arrested yesterday on multiple charges related to his participation in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, California, allegedly carried his government-issued firearm during the insurrection and repeatedly flashed his DEA badge. Court documents said Ibrahim entered restricted grounds outside the Capitol shortly after they’d been breached by the mob and sent photos of himself there to a group chat on WhatsApp that included at least five other law enforcement officers.

WESTERN WILDFIRES… The National Interagency Fire Center said yesterday that fires are burning across 13 states and have charred 1.29 million acres of land. South-central Idaho, Northern California, the northern Rockies and south-central Oregon are among the hardest-hit places. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon grew by more than 20,000 acres overnight into yesterday and is nearing the 400,000-acre mark, the U.S Forest Service said. The fire is only 30-percent contained and is already large enough to create its own weather.

… Paramount+ announced yesterday that it has renewed “The Good Fight” for a sixth season. Christine Baranski stars in the spinoff and sequel to CBS’ “The Good Wife.” Season 5 closed with Baranski’s Diane Lockhart questioning her role as partner at the Black law firm she runs with star Audra McDonald’s Liz Lawrence. Co-stars include Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi, Zach Grenier, Charmaine Bingwa and Mandy Patinkin.

WEINSTEIN EXTRADITED… Disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been extradited to California to face 11 charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles County involving five women. Weinstein has been serving a 23-year prison sentence at a maximum-security prison near Buffalo since his conviction last year on first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape charges. In Los Angeles, Weinstein faces four counts of forcible rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force.

… The Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the second half to down the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and claim the franchise’s second-ever league title, and first in 50 years. They made it four straight wins after dropping the first two games on the road. Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 50 points and brought down 14 rebounds on his way to being named the Finals MVP. Khris Middleton continued his clutch shooting and finished with 17 points. Jrue Holiday had 12 points and 11 assists.

WASHINGTON 6 – Miami 3
… Trea Turner singled home a tie-breaking run during a three-run bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Nationals the lead for good in their win over the Marlins. Josh Bell homered to lead off the eighth.

CINCINNATI 4 – N.Y. Mets 3… The Reds got solo homers from Jonathan India, Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino before holding off the Mets. Wade Miley (8-4) allowed two runs on seven hits over 6-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned.

ATLANTA 2 – San Diego 1… Freddie Freeman’s solo homer broke a tie in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Braves hung on to edge the Padres. Touki Toussaint (1-0) came off the disabled list and limited San Diego to a run on three hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Chi Cubs 7 – ST. LOUIS 6… The Cubs erupted to score six runs in the top of the ninth inning and upend the Cardinals. Javier Baez singled home two runs and Ian Happ doubled in two more to cap the uprising.

ARIZONA 11 – Pittsburgh 6… The Diamondbacks erased a 5-1 fifth-inning deficit on their way past the Pirates. Josh VanMeter tripled home a run and doubled home two more during an eight-run bottom of the seventh inning. Nick Ahmed and Josh Reddick drove in two runs apiece.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – San Francisco 6… Will Smith cracked a three-run a pinch-hit, walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Dodgers over the Giants after they trailed 6-1. Chris Taylor homered twice and drove in thee runs for L.A., which pulled within one game of San Francisco atop the NL West standings.

OAKLAND 6 – L.A. Angels 0
… James Kaprielian (5-3) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the blanking of the Angels. Matt Olson smacked his 25th homer and singled home a run.

TAMPA BAY 9 – Baltimore 3… Francisco Mejia homered with a runner aboard and legged out a bases-clearing triple in leading the Rays past the Orioles. Randy Arozarena also went deep. Shane McClanahan (4-3) surrendered a run on four hits over five innings.

DETROIT 4 – Texas 1… Tigers starter Tarik Skubal (6-8) held the Rangers to a run on four hits over six innings. Eric Haase hit a game-tying leadoff homer and Jonathan Schoop singled home a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Robbie Grossman homered in the first.

HOUSTON 9 – Cleveland 3… The Astros used a six-run bottom of the fifth inning to put away the Indians. Kyle Tucker blasted a two-run homer between two-run singles by Yordan Alvarez and Michael Brantley. Luis Garcia (7-5) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Minnesota 5… Jose Abreu’s three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the White Sox past the Twins. Abreu also opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the first. Yoan Moncada homered with a runner aboard.

Boston – TORONTO (ppd)… Rain in Buffalo forced postponement of last night’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game. It has been rescheduled for August 7.

Kansas City 5 – MILWAUKEE 2
… Ryan O’Hearn connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning as the Royals got past the Brewers. Jorge Soler also went deep. Mike Minor (7-8) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. One of the runs was unearned.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 4… Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Estevan Florial all hit solo homers as the Yankees powered their way past the Phillies.

Seattle 6 – COLORADO 4… Dylan Moore homered with a runner aboard for the Marines. Cal Raleigh and Ty France lined two-run doubles. Marco Gonzales (2-5) gave up two runs on six hits over five innings.

San Diego (Chris Paddack, 5-6; Reiss Knehr, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Kyle Muller, 1-2; Charlie Morton, 8-3) for a doubleheader…
Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 3-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-8)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-6)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-7) hosts Miami (Sandy Alcantara 5-9)…
the Chi Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 12-4) are at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 7-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 12-3) host San Francisco (Logan Webb, 4-3)

Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-5) is at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2)…
Toronto (Robbie Ray, 8-4) hosts Boston (Tanner Houck, 0-2) in Buffalo…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-6) is at Detroit (Matt Manning, 1-3)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 7-2) hosts Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 1-3)…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-5) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-5)

Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-9) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4)…
Colorado (Austin Gomber, 6-5) hosts Seattle (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)

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.

… 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.


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.

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.

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)

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)

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 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,078,832 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,018, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy shared his concern for what lies ahead in the coronavirus fight. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Murthy noted that the highly-contagious Delta variant has sparked an increasing number of cases in every state. Cases in the U.S. increased last week by 17,000 nationwide over a 14-day period for the first time since late fall. Meanwhile, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and warned Americans who are unvaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, that the virus will be the “most serious” they get in their lifetime. On Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said “this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” as nearly all people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 have not been inoculated.

SENATORS PRESS ON WITH INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said yesterday that senators have removed beefed-up IRS enforcement from proposed ways to pay for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The proposal had faced stiff opposition among GOP lawmakers. Portman said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that lawmakers are “still negotiating” several “final details with the White House” and that he and other lawmakers from both parties would be holding additional talks later in the day. Senate Democrats hope to complete the bill before their monthlong August recess.

FIRES SPREAD IN THE WEST… Dry conditions and heavy winds continue to fan wildfires in the West. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon grew to more than 476 square miles and prompted expanded evacuations in rural areas. The blaze, which was 22-percent contained, has burned at least 67 homes and 100 outbuildings while threatening thousands more. The Tamarack Fire in Northern California spread across more than 18,000 acres yesterday and spawned a terrifying-sounding pyrocumulus cloud. Thunderstorms were on the forecast, but they are unlikely to bring enough rain to help firefighting efforts.

28 PATIENTS RELEASED AFTER CHEMICAL EXPOSURE TREATMENT… Authorities in Spring, Texas, said 28 people were released yesterday after being exposed to toxic chemicals at a water park. First responders decontaminated 86 people following the exposure in a children’s pool area at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown on Saturday afternoon. Officials said 31 people were transported to local hospitals. Experts say it appears people were sickened by poorly-mixed hypochlorite solution and sulfuric acid, which are used to keep water clean at commercial facilities.

BEAR-SPRAY INCIDENT LEAVES DOZENS INJURED… Authorities in Florida are on lookout for the man who discharged bear spray in a Bath and Body Works store in Doral, Florida, on Saturday night. The incident left as many as 35 people injured, including the store’s manager, who was sprayed in the face. Police say the suspect also robbed the store of two bags of candles before getting in a yellow cab and fleeing.

… “Space Jam: A New Legacy” took in $31.6 million to open atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Black Widow,” slipped to second place with $26.2 million. “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” brought in $8.8 million to open in third place. “F9: The Fast Saga” dropped to fourth place with $7.6 million. “The Boss Baby: Family Business” capped the top five with $4.7 million.

OLIVIA RODRIGO TOPS ALBUM CHART… Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” sold 83,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart for the fourth time. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” finished second for the third straight week with 61,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” rose into third place on sales of 44,000 copies. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” dropped to fourth place after selling 42,000 units. Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” finished fifth with 37,000 copies sold.


N.Y. Mets 7 – PITTSBURGH 6
… The Mets powered their way past the Pirates after spotting them a six-run first-inning lead. Michael Conforto drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. Travis Blankenhorn came through with a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fourth.

San Diego 10 – WASHINGTON 4… The Padres pounded the Nationals in the continuation of a game suspended by gunfire outside Nationals Park on Saturday night. Fernando Tatis went 4-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles.

WASHINGTON 8 – San Diego 7… Alcides Escobar singled home Tres Barrera with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nationals a hard-fought win over the Padres. Escobar and Juan Soto hit solo homers in the eighth.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Miami 2 (10 innings)… J.T. Realmuto homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Phillies a walkoff win over the Marlins in the doubleheader opener. Andrew McCutchen lifted a sacrifice fly and Rhys Hoskins doubled home a run in the first.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Miami 4… The Phillies came from two runs down to get past the Marlins and complete a sweep of the twinbill. Andrew McCutchen homered and knocked in a second run. J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-5 with two RBI singles.

Milwaukee 8 – Cincinnati 0… Brewers starter Corbin Burnes (5-4) held the Reds to five hits and struck out 12 over 8-1/3 innings. Willy Adames hit a two-run homer. Christian Yelich added a solo shot. Tyrone Taylor and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits and two RBIs.

ST. LOUIS 2 – San Francisco 1… Harrison Bader’s single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jose Rondon with what proved to be the decisive run as the Cardinals clipped the Giants. Paul DeJong homered to lead off the third for St. Louis.

COLORADO 6 – L.A. Dodgers 5 (10 innings)… The Rockies came from behind twice in their final two at-bats to upend the Dodgers. Chris Owings’ run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning forced an extra inning. Trevor Story lifted a sacrifice fly and Charlie Blackman smacked a game-winning solo homer in the 10th.

ARIZONA 6 – Chi. Cubs 4… Eduardo Escobar’s two-run homer win the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Diamondbacks past the Cubs. Merrill Kelly (6-7) gave up four runs on six hits over eight innings.

TORONTO 5 – Texas 0
(7 innings)… Hyun Jin Ryu (9-5) tossed a complete-game three-hitter in shutting out the Rangers in the doubleheader opener. Danny Jansen homered with the bases empty for Toronto. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a couple of hits and drove in a run.

TORONTO 10 – Texas 0… The Blue Jays scored all 10 runs in their first two at-bats and never looked back in walloping the Rangers for back-to-back shutouts in the twinbill. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., unloaded a grand slam to highlight a six-run bottom of the first inning. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., George Springer and Randal Grichuk went deep in the second. Steven Matz (8-4) pitched three-hit ball over five innings.

DETROIT 7 – Minnesota 0… Wily Peralta (3-1) limited the Twins to four hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. Jonathan Schoop and Jeimer Candelario hit two-run homers for Detroit. Candelario also doubled home a run.

Baltimore 5 – KANSAS CITY 0… Matt Harvey pitched three-hit ball over six innings and got help from four relievers in the blanking of the Royals. Ramon Urias had a couple of hits, including a two-run single, for the Orioles.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Houston 0… Carlos Rodon allowed just one hit and fanned 10 over seven innings before two relievers preserved the shutout of the Astros. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson hit solo homers for Chicago.

Cleveland 4 – OAKLAND 2… Daniel Johnson connected for a tie-breaking solo homer with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and Bradley Zimmer singled home a run in the ninth as the Indians put away the Athletics. Zach Plesac (5-3) surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings.

Seattle 7 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Ty France went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in leading the Mariners past the Angels. Luis Torrens also went deep. Logan Gilbert (4-2) allowed two runs on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 9 – Boston 1… The Yankees got two-run homers from Rougned Odor and Ryan LaMarre in cruising past the Red Sox. Gleyber Torres also went deep. Jameson Taillon (5-4) held Boston to four hits over 5-1/3 scoreless innings.

Tampa Bay 7 – ATLANTA 5
… The Rays came from behind twice on their way past the Braves. Yandy Diaz slugged a two-run homer. Wander Franco added a solo shot. Austin Meadows lifted two scoring fly balls.

Miami (TBA) is at Washington (TBA)…
Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 4-3) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jerad Eickhoff, 0-1)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) is at Atlanta (TBA)…
St. Louis (Jake Woodford, 1-1) hosts the Chi Cubs (Alec Mills, 4-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 1-3) is at Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 1-0) host San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-3)

Minnesota (Griffin Jax, 1-1; Jose Berrios, 7-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 9-3; TBA) or a doubleheader…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 3-5) hosts Boston (Nick Pivetta 7-4) in Buffalo…
Baltimore (Spenser Watkins, 1-0) is at Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 6-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5) hosts Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-1)…
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-4) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 8-3)…
Oakland (Cole Irvin, 6-8) hosts the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 4-1)

COLLIN MORIKAWA WINS THE OPEN… Collin Morikawa closed The Open with 31 consecutive bogey-free holes at Royal St. George’s to become the first player to capture two different majors on the first attempt. He captured the PGA Championship just 11 months earlier. The 24-year-old Morikawa’s 15-under 265 was a 72-hole record in 15 Opens at Royal St. George’s. Jordan Spieth finished two strokes back. Jon Rahm and Louis Oooshthuizen finished in a third-place tie at 11-under.

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.

… 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.

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.

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)

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)

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.

… 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.


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.

Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-5) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)

National League
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

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

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
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

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

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.

… 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.


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 13, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,886,713 and the nation’s death toll stands at 607,392, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Health officials said yesterday that Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine may pose a “small possible risk” of a rare but potentially dangerous Guillain–Barré syndrome. Regulators have said that chances for developing the rare neurological condition appear to be three to five times higher among those receiving doses of J&J’s vaccine compared with the general population in the U.S.

BIDEN DISCUSSES GUN VIOLENCE STRATEGY… President Joe Biden met with U.S. police chiefs and elected officials at the White House yesterday as part of his effort to address a continuing nationwide surge in gun violence. Biden discussed strategy with Attorney General Merrick Garland and New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams, along with mayors and police chiefs from major cities. Adams advocated for a “joint gang and guns” task forces.

HAITI PRESIDENT KILLERS HAD BEEN U.S. INFORMANTS… CNN reported yesterday that several men accused in last week’s assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse had previously served as informants for U.S. law enforcement agencies. One of the men was an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the report. Christian Emmanuel Sanon and two other Florida residents of Haitian descent are accused of being ringleaders 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.

TEXAS DEMS BLOCK VOTER-RESTRICTION EFFORT… More than 50 Democrats in the Texas state legislature bolted to Washington, D.C., yesterday in a bid to block Republican-led voting restrictions. The Texas House of Representatives was expected to approve the sweeping new restrictions in a special legislative session later this week but now lacks enough members for a quorum. Last month, Texas Democrats already successfully derailed voter-suppression legislation by walking out of the Texas Capitol.

CONDO COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL AT 94… The death toll from last month’s partial collapse of a condominium building in Surfside, Florida, rose to 94. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced on Day 19 of the search effort that 83 of the 94 victims have been identified and 80 next of kin have been notified. Twenty-two people remain “potentially unaccounted” for, and 222 have been accounted for, she said.

… Actor Drake Bell was sentenced yesterday to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service, weeks after pleading guilty to child endangerment. The 35-year-old former “Josh and Drake” star actor must also register as a sex offender in the state of Ohio. Bell’s victim had accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex on him after a December 2017 concert in Cleveland. Prosecutors presented evidence that Bell sent the young girl “inappropriate social media messages” and had established a “relationship” with her before they met at the concert.

ACTOR CHARLIE ROBINSON DIES… Actor Charlie Robinson, who was best known for playing Mac the court clerk in the 1980s sitcom “Night Court,” died Sunday after a battle with cancer, family members announced yesterday. He was 75. Robinson also appeared in “Home Improvement,” “NCIS,” and other television shows during his 50-year career.

… National League manager Dave Roberts and his American League counterpart Kevin Cash have announced starting pitchers and lineups for tonight’s 91st All Star Game in Denver. Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani has emerged as a major attraction as he becomes the first player in the history of an event dating back to 1933 to serve as both a position player (he was voted in by the fans as the AL’s starting designated hitter) and a pitcher (he was voted in by his peers as one of the seven starters on the AL roster). Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals will start on the mound for the National League. It will be his fourth All Star Game start.

Fernando Tatis Jr., SS (San Diego)
Max Muncy, DH (L.A. Dodgers)
Nolan Arenado, 3B (St. Louis)
Freddie Freeman, 1B (Atlanta)
Nick Castellanos, RF (Cincinnati)
Jesse Winker, LF (Cincinnati)
J.T. Realmuto, C (Philadelphia)
Bryan Reynolds, CF (Pittsburgh)
Adam Frazier, 2B (Pittsburgh)

Shohei Ohtani, DH (L.A. Angels)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B (Toronto)
Xander Bogaerts, SS (Boston)
Aaron Judge, RF (N.Y. Yankees)
Rafael Devers, 3B (Boston)
Marcus Semien, 2B (Toronto)
Salvador Perez, C (Kansas City)
Teoscar Hernández, LF (Toronto)
Cedric Mullins, CF (Baltimore)

ALONSO WINS HOME RUN DERBY… New York Mets slugger outlasted Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles to defend his Home Run Derby crown last night at Coors Field in Denver. The event’s headliner, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, was eliminated in a power-packed first-round duel with the Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto.

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.

… 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Baseball’s second half resumes Thursday following tomorrow’s All-Star Game in Denver.