The Rundown for July 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,717,574 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,526, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… As the Delta variant continues to spread across the country, health officials say Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and Utah are particularly vulnerable… Just 18 of 50 states reached President Joe Biden’s goal of 70 percent adults vaccinated with at least one dose by the Fourth of July. A total of 173,194,895 Americans, or 67.1 percent, had received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AMERICANS CELEBRATE THE FOURTH… Americans celebrated the nation’s 245th birthday yesterday after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year. Two of the largest fireworks displays were on the National Mall in Washington and over New York City’s East River. Reigning champion Joey Chestnut shattered his own world record by downing 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Brooklyn’s Coney Island. It was expected to be the busiest July Fourth road travel holiday on record, with an estimated 43.6 million Americans traveling by car.

REST OF FLORIDA CONDO BUILDING BROUGHT DOWN… The part of the condominium building in Surfside, Florida, that was still standing following the building’s collapse 10 days ago was brought down last night ahead of Tropical Storm Elisa’s arrival. Crews immediately began clearing debris in efforts to reach parts of the underground garage and find survivors. The bodies of 24 people, including three children, have been recovered from the building, but 121 people are still missing.

TALIBAN ADVANCES CONCERN U.S. MILITARY LEADER… The top U.S. military official overseeing the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Army General Austin Scott Miller, warned yesterday that there should be concern about the Taliban advances on the ground there. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Miller expressed concern that Afghanistan could go the way of Iraq, where terrorist extremists were able to gain power in the country once U.S. troops left, then forcing the U.S. to send troops back. President Joe Biden remains committed to drawing down troops by September 11 but administration officials are worried about the pace of troop withdrawal, the deteriorating security in Afghanistan and long-term U.S. strategy.

ARRESTS AFTER MILITIA STANDOFF… Authorities in Massachusetts have arrested 11 men following Saturday’s armed, nine-hour standoff. Those arrested are members of a militia called “The Rise of the Moors – The Moorish American Arms,” according to the Massachusetts State Police. Members of the group were seen wearing military fatigues and carrying guns as they refueled their vehicles along Interstate 95. When approached by police, some of the men ran into the woods with their guns., prompting a six-hour shutdown of the highway. The men said they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine to participate in training exercises. Each man arrested this weekend was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, eight counts; unlawful possession of ammunition; use of body armor in the commission of a crime; possession of a high capacity magazine; improper storage of firearms in a vehicle; and conspiracy to commit a crime.

… Tyler, the Creator’s new release, “Call Me If You Get Lost,” sold 169,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her,” opened in second place with 109,000 units sold. Last week’s champ, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour,” slipped to third place after selling 93,000 copies. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” finished fourth on sales of 52,000 units. Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” sold 49,000 copies to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “F9: The Fast Saga” brought in $24 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “The Boss Baby: Family Business” opened at No. 2 after taking in $17.3 million. “The Forever Purge” made $12.7 to finish third. “A Quiet Place Part II” finished fourth with $4.2 million. “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” capped the top five with $3 million.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – WASHINGTON 1
… Seven pitchers combined to stifle the Nationals and the Dodgers won their ninth straight. Max Muncy knocked in three runs. Matt Beaty homered.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Milwaukee 0… Tyler Anderson (4-8) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Brewers. Kevin Newman homered for the Pirates.

CINCINNATI 3 – Chi. Cubs 2… The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to get past the Cubs. Jonathan Indian got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the tying run and Jesse Winker added an RBI grounder. Tucker Barnhart doubled home a run.

San Diego 11 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Manny Machado homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Padres in their thrashing of the Phillies. Eric Hosmer and Webster Rivas added three RBIs apiece.

ATLANTA 8 – Miami 7 (10 innings)… The Braves rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Marlins. Pinch-hitter Max Fried singled home Starling Marte with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Ronald Acuña blasted a two-run homer.

COLORADO 3 – St. Louis 2… Elias Dias singled home Joshua Fuentes in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rockies a come-from-behind win over the Cardinals. Trevor Story homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for Colorado.

San Francisco 5 – ARIZONA 2… Darin Ruff singled home a run and hit a two-run homer as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks. Austin Slater also went deep. Anthony DeSclafani (9-3) allowed two runs on six hits over 8-2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay 5 – TORONTO 1
… Ryan Yarbrough (5-3) held the Blue Jays to a run on four hits over five innings. Wander Franco homered. Austin Meadows went 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Houston 4 – CLEVELAND 3 (10 innings)… Jason Castro’s ground out in the top of the 10th inning scored Yuli Gurriel with a tie-breaking run and the Astros hung on to outlast the Indians. Chas McCormick singled home a run and hit a two-run homer.

DETROIT 6 – Chi. White Sox 5… The Tigers withstood a ninth-inning rally to edge the White Sox. Akil Baddoo had a couple of hits, including a two-run double.

Minnesota 6 – KANSAS CITY 2… Kenta Maeda (4-3) pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Twins cruised past the Royals. Jorge Polanco homered with a runner aboard. Max Kepler and Alex Kirilloff added solo shots.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Baltimore 5… The Angels recovered to down the Orioles after blowing a 4-0 sixth-inning lead. Juan Lagares came through with a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Shohei Ohtani connected for his 31st homer. Anthony Rendon also went deep.

Boston 1 – OAKLAND 0… Alex Verdugo scored the game’s only run when Rafael Devers grounded into a double play in the top of the sixth inning. Nick Pivetta (7-3) allowed just two hits over seven innings and struck out 10.

SEATTLE 4 – Texas 1… Chris Flexen (7-3) limited the Rangers to a run on four his over six innings. Luis Torrens blasted a three-run homer for the Mariners. Shed Long, Jr. added a solo shot.

N.Y. Mets 10 – N.Y. YANKEES 5
(7 innings)… Pete Alonso’s leadoff homer sparked a six-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Mets past the Yankees in the opener of a doubleheader. Domonic Smith also homered. Brandon Nimmo drove in three runs.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – N.Y. Mets 2 (7 innings)… Gio Urshela belted a three-run homer and the Yankees salvaged a split of the twinbill. Reliever Chad Green (3-4) was perfect over the final three innings and struck out six in earning the victory.

St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 2-5) is at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 8-2)…
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-5) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 8-1)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 5-4) is at Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 0-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 0-0) host Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff 7-3)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 5-5)

the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-3) are at Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 6-3) hosts Cleveland (Logan Allen, 1-5)…
Detroit (Wily Peralta, 1-1) is at Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 3-1) host Boston (Martin Perez, 6-4)

Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 3-3) is at Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-6)

ALL-STAR ROSTERS SET… Pitchers and reserves have been selected for Major League Baseball’s annual All Star Game July 13 in Denver. Shohei Ohtani of the L.A. Angels achieved a first in the near century history of baseball’s All-Star Game: selection as both a hitter and a pitcher. Ohtani, who leads the majors in home runs, had already been elected by fans to start as the AL’s designated hitter before being chosen yesterday as a pitcher. Boston has the most All-Stars with five.

Elected starters
C: Salvador Perez (Kansas City)
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto)
2B: Marcus Semien (Toronto)
3B: Rafael Devers (Boston)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (Boston)
OF: Mike Trout (L.A. Angels)*
OF: Aaron Judge (N.Y. Yankees)
OF: Teoscar Hernández (Toronto)
DH: Shohei Ohtani (L.A. Angels)

C: Mike Zunino (Tampa Bay)
2B: Jose Altuve (Houston)
SS: Bo Bichette (Toronto)
SS: Carlos Correa (Houston)
1B: Matt Olson (Oakland)
3B: José Ramírez (Cleveland)
1B: Jared Walsh (L.A. Angels)
OF: Michael Brantley (Houston)
OF: Joey Gallo (Texas)
OF: Adolis García (Texas)
OF: Cedric Mullins (Baltimore)
DH: J.D. Martinez (Boston)
DH: Nelson Cruz (Minnesota)

Starting Pitchers
RHP: Shane Bieber (Cleveland)*
RHP: Gerrit Cole (N.Y. Yankees)
RHP: Nathan Eovaldi (Boston)
RHP: Kyle Gibson (Texas)
LHP: Yusei Kikuchi (Seattle)
RHP: Lance Lynn (Chi. White Sox)
LHP: Carlos Rodón (Chi. White Sox)

RHP: Matt Barnes (Boston)
LHP: Aroldis Chapman (N.Y. Yankees)
RHP: Liam Hendriks (Chi. White Sox)
RHP: Ryan Pressly (Houston)
LHP: Gregory Soto (Detroit)

Elected starters
C: Buster Posey (San Francisco)
1B: Freddie Freeman (Atlanta)
2B: Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh)
3B: Nolan Arenado (St. Louis)
SS: Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego)
OF: Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta)
OF: Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati)
OF: Jesse Winker (Cincinnati)

C: J.T. Realmuto (Philadelphia)
2B: Ozzie Albies (Atlanta)
3B: Kris Bryant (Chi. Cubs)
SS: Brandon Crawford (San Francisco)
2B: Jake Cronenworth (San Diego)
3B: Eduardo Escobar (Arizona)
1B: Max Muncy (L.A. Dodgers)
SS: Trea Turner (Washington)
OF: Mookie Betts (L.A. Dodgers)
OF: Bryan Reynolds (Pittsburgh)
OF: Kyle Schwarber (Washington)*
OF: Juan Soto (Washington)
OF: Chris Taylor (L.A. Dodgers)

Starting pitchers
RHP: Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee)
RHP: Yu Darvish (San Diego)
RHP: Jacob deGrom (N.Y. Mets)
RHP: Kevin Gausman (San Francisco)
RHP: Germán Márquez (Colorado)
LHP: Trevor Rogers (Miami)
RHP: Zack Wheeler (Philadelphia)
RHP: Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee)

LHP: Josh Hader (Milwaukee)
RHP: Craig Kimbrel (Chi. Cubs)
RHP: Mark Melancon (San Diego)
RHP: Alex Reyes (St. Louis)

(*denotes a player who is inactive due to injury)

Tampa Bay is at Montreal for Game 4 with the Lightning leading 3-0

The Rundown for May 31, 2018

COURT DISMISSES KAPERSKY LAWSUITS… A court in the nation’s capital has dismissed two lawsuits filed by the Moscow-based computer security company Kaspersky Labs that sought to overturn a U.S. ban on Kaspersky software within U.S. government networks. The U.S. District in Washington, D.C., upheld a law requiring federal agencies to identify and purge Kaspersky code from U.S. networks by October 1 of this year. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly also rejected Kaspersky’s argument that the Department of Homeland Security exceeded its authority in ordering a similar ban last September. Both bans were enacted in response to concerns over Kaspersky Labs’ connection to Russia’s intelligence community.

TRUMP SIGNS ‘RIGHT TO TRY ACT’... President Trump signed into law yesterday the “Right to Try Act,” which allows terminally ill patients to seek medications that have not been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The drugs will have to be in clinical trials and have passed Phase 1 of the FDA’s approval process. Trump said he believed that “hundreds of thousands” could be saved by the law.

JUDGE TOSSES CALIFORNIA’S RIGHT-TO-DIE LAW… A judge in California has thrown out a 2016 state law that made it legal for terminally ill patients to end their lives after finding that the Legislature unconstitutionally approved it during a special session. The court denied State Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s request to immediately block the ruling. The law allowed adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor determined they had less than six months to live. Records show 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months the law was in effect.

FIRMS WARNS AGAINST TRUMP TARIFFS… A study by the trade policy consulting firm Trade Partnership Worldwide warns that proposed U.S. tariffs on imported vehicles and parts could cost the domestic economy 157,000 jobs. The firm said auto industry tariffs proposed by President Trump would positively impact a small number of workers in the U.S. auto manufacturing sector but would lead to three jobs lost in other sectors for every job gained. While auto industry employment would increase by about 93,000 jobs, but at the cost of 250,000 jobs in other sectors, amounting to a net loss of 157,000 jobs for the U.S. economy.

MANHUNT IN TENNESSEE… A manhunt has been launched in Tennessee for a man suspected of fatally shooting a Dickson County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The deputy was found dead in his car after responding to the report of a suspicious vehicle. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified a 31-year-old man as a person of interest in the shooting.

WEINSTEIN INDICTED… Film producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted in Manhattan yesterday on first- and third-degree rape charges. A grand jury also indicted Weinstein on one charge of a first-degree criminal sexual act. Earlier yesterday, Weinstein’s lawyer said his client would not testify in front of the grand jury.

UMA THURMAN LANDS NETFLIX SERIES… Uma Thurman has signed on to star in a new Netflix series. The 48-year-old actress will play Nancy, the mother of a heart donor, in the supernatural drama “Chambers.” the series centers on a woman as she forms a relationship with the recipient of her daughter’s heart.

Washington 3 – VEGAS 2… Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots on a spectacular night at goal and the Capitals held off the Golden Knights to even the Stanley Cup Final at a game apiece. Brooks Orpik netted the game-winner in the second period. Lars Eller scored a goal and had two assists. Game 3 is Saturday in Washington.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Josh Harrison homered in the top of the first inning, Gregory Polanco lifted a sacrifice fly in the second and the Pirates hung on to edge the Cubs. Joe Musgrove (2-0) limited Chicago to a run on seven hits over seven innings.

MILWAUKEE 3 – St. Louis 2… Christian Yelich smacked a game-tying solo homer and Orlando Arcia singled home Jesus Aguilar with the go-ahead run as the Brewers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning and hung on to beat the Cardinals.

Cincinnati 7 – ARIZONA 4… Adam Duvall unloaded a grand slam to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning and Scott Schebler belted a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth as the Reds powered their way past the Diamondbacks.

N.Y. Mets 4 – ATLANTA 1… Brandon Nimmo and Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs apiece to lead the Mets past the Braves. Jason Vargas (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over five innings.

San Francisco 7 – COLORADO 4… Evan Longoria tripled home Brandon Belt with the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth inning and scored on Brandon Crawford’s single as the Giants rallied past the Rockies. San Francisco tied the game in the fourth on a pair of bases-loaded walks.

SAN DIEGO 3 – Miami 2… An infield single by pinch-hitter Hunter Renfroe in the bottom of the ninth inning led to two runs on a throwing error by Marlins third-baseman Miguel Rojas as the Padres stole the victory.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – Philadelphia 2… Matt Kemp doubled home a run, homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly in leading the Dodgers past the Phillies. Ross Stripling (3-1) held Philadelphia to a run on four hits and fanned nine in seven innings.

BOSTON 6 – Toronto 4… Eduardo Nunez hit a solo homer, J.D. Martinez added a two-run blast and the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays. Eduardo Rodriguez (6-1) held Toronto to two runs on three hits over 6-2/3 innings.

CLEVELAND 9 – Chi. White Sox 1… Melky Cabrera knocked in three runs, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion homered and the Indians rolled past the White Sox. Corey Kluber (8-2) allowed just three hits over six shutout innings and struck out 10.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – Houston 3… Luis Severino (8-1) turned in an overpowering performance on the mound as the Yankees topped the Astros. The righthander allowed two runs on four hits and fanned 11 in seven innings. Gary Sanchez lined a two-run single for New York.

DETROIT 6 – L.A. Angels 1… The Tigers came up with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put away the Angels in a game that featured a pair of rain delays. Jose Iglesias sparked the uprising with a two-run single. Nick Castellanos went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Tampa Bay 6 – OAKLAND 0… Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) pitched six hitless innings in his return from a second Tommy John surgery and two relievers completed the Rays’ shutout of the Athletics. Rob Refsnyder blasted a three-run homer. Johnny Field added a solo shot.

Texas 7 – SEATTLE 6... Robinson Chirinos singled in a run and doubled home two more as the Rangers got past the Mariners. Nomar Mazara stroked a two-run single.

KANSAS CITY 11 – Minnesota 8… The Royals built a 7-0 lead after their first two at-bats and held off the Twins the rest of the way. Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer and Ryan Goins tripled home two runs during a seven-run bottom of the second inning. Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler drilled solo homers.

Washington 2 – BALTIMORE 0… Max Scherzer (9-1) pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and struck out 12 before Sean Doolittle came on to preserve the Nationals’ blanking of the Orioles. Bryce Harper homered and Juan Soto singled home a run for Washington.

the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 5-4) are at the N.Y. Mets (Lugo, 1-1)…
St. Louis (Flaherty, 2-1) hosts Pittsburgh (Williams, 5-3)…
Philadelphia (Nola, 6-2) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 1-4)…
Atlanta (Newcomb, 5-1) hosts Washington (Roark, 2-4)…
Miami (Chen, 1-2) is at San Diego (Lyles, 1-1)

the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 2-3) are at Detroit (Carpenter, 0-1)…
Oakland (Mengden, 5-4) hosts Tampa Bay (Stanek 1-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gray, 3-4) are at Baltimore (Cashner, 2-6)…
Houston (McCullers Jr., 6-3) hosts Boston (Pomeranz, 1-2)…
Cleveland (Bieber, 0-0) is at Minnesota (Odorizzi, 3-2)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 0-0) hosts Texas (Minor, 4-3)

The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The two teams are meeting in the Finals for the fourth straight year.