The Rundown for June 6, 2018

PRIMARY ELECTIONS… Both parties appear to have emerged unscathed from primary elections held in eight states yesterday. Democrats hoped yesterday’s results would pave the way for the party to pick up at least 23 seats they need to retake the House, but their success won’t be fully determined until votes in a couple crucial California races are finalized. California, along with New Jersey, hosted some of yesterday’s most significant races.

CONTRACTOR ARRESTED AT WHITE HOUSE… A 29-year-old National Security Council contractor was arrested by Secret Service agents yesterday when he showed up at his job at the White House. Martese Maurice Edwards was wanted on an attempted-murder warrant issued last month out of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Authorities in Maryland are now under scrutiny for allowing two weeks to elapse before entering Edwards into the Criminal Justice Information System.

TRUMP CAN BE DEPOSED…A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday that lawyers for the plaintiff in a defamation lawsuit can depose President Trump. Former “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos filed the suit after Trump called her allegations of his making unwanted sexual advances a hoax. Lawyers for both sides must provide have until September 27 to meet demands for documents as part of discovery. Trump’s lawyers have filed an appeal they hope will avoid a deposition on the grounds that Zervos’ lawsuit is politically motivated.

U.S., ZTE AGREE ON DEAL… Reuters reported yesterday that U.S. officials and the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE have agreed in principle with the U.S. on a deal that prevents the company from doing business with U.S. companies. In return, ZTE would have to pay a total of $1.7 billion in penalties. The U.S. took action against ZTE after it violated a ban by shipping products to North Korea and Iran. Trump faced bipartisan criticism when he tweeted plans to ease sanctions against the company, especially when it carried conflicts-of-interest concerns when China granted Ivanka Trump’s businesses five new trademarks.

SCHOOL SAFETY COMMISSION WON’T STUDY GUN VIOLENCE… Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a Senate committee yesterday that the newly created Federal Commission on School Safety will not study gun violence in schools. DeVos chairs the commission, which was created to recommend school safety measures following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont challenged DeVos about studying gun violence without considering the role of guns. DeVos also told Leahy that she considered an 18-year-old’s legality to purchase assault rifles like an AR-15 to be a matter for debate.

WEINSTEIN PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Movie producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in Manhattan court yesterday to rape and sexual assault charges. Weinstein is facing charges of rape in the first and third degrees and criminal sexual act in the first degree. The charges stem from actress Lucia Evans’ allegations that Weinstein abused her in 2004. A second unnamed woman is accusing Weinstein in a 2013 rape. Weinstein denies the accusations and remains free on $1 million cash bail.

NBA POWERS ABC TO RATINGS VICTORY… The first two games between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals on ABC were last week’s most-watched programs, according to numbers released by the Nielsen Co. The contests powered ABC to a prime-time victory with an average of 6.2 million viewers. NBC was second with 4.9 million. TNT was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.3 million viewers.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – PITTSBURGH 0… Ross Stripling pitched four-hit ball over five innings and four relievers completed the Dodgers’ shutout of the Pirates. Joc Peterson provided all the offense L.A. needed with a two-run homer in the top of the second inning. Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger added solo shots.

Colorado 9 – CINCINNATI 6… Chris Iannetta drilled a two-run homer and Carlos Gonzalez blasted a three-run shot to power the Rockies past the Reds. Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Philadelphia 6 – CHI. CUBS 1… Zach Eflin (2-1) tossed seven scoreless innings before losing his shutout and got plenty of support in the Phillies’ win. Nick Williams got things going with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and added an RBI grounder to cap a three-run third.

Miami 7 – ST. LOUIS 4… The Marlins topped the Cardinals to end their six-game skid. Brian Anderson homered with a runner aboard and J.T. Riddle smacked a solo shot.

Atlanta 14 – SAN DIEGO 1… The Braves used an 18-hit attack to throttle the Padres. Freddie Freeman went 4-for-4 with an RBI double and solo homer. Nick Markakis connected for a three-run blast. Dansby Swanson added a two-run shot.

Arizona 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 2… Chris Owings doubled home a run and scored in the top of the second inning and Jake Lamb delivered a decisive pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the ninth inning as the Diamondbacks clipped the Giants. Patrick Corbin (6-2) held San Francisco to a run on four hits over 6-1/3 innings.

MINNESOTA 4 – Chi. White Sox 2… Miguel Sano singled home a run and Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer as the Twins scored all four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the White Sox in the opener of a doubleheader.

Chi. White Sox 6 – MINNESOTA 3… Abreu’s two-run homer sparked a four-run top of the first inning and the White Sox cruised past the Twins to earn a split of the twinbill. Lucas Giolito (2-6) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – TORONTO 2… Miguel Andujar unloaded his first career grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to lead the Yankees past the Blue Jays. Aaron Hicks added a three-run blast an inning later. CC Sabathia (3-1) surrendered two runs on three hits over seven innings.

BOSTON 6 – Detroit 0… Steven Wright (2-0) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the Red Sox’ blanking of the Tigers. J.D. Martinez hit his 20th homer with a runner aboard. Xavier Bogaerts also circled the bases.

TEXAS 7 – Oakland 4… Adrian Beltre came through with a go-ahead homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, Joey Gallo added a two-run shot and the Rangers rallied past the Athletics. Shin-Soo Choo, Jonathan Profar and Robinson Chirinos also went deep.

Seattle 7 – HOUSTON 1… The Mariners jumped out to a 6-0 lead after their first two at-bats and coasted past the Astros. They got home runs from Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino and Jean Segura. James Paxton (5-1) allowed a run on nine hits over 7-2/3 innings.

L.A. ANGELS 1 – Kansas City 0… Andrew Heaney (3-4) celebrated his 27th birthday by tossing a one-hitter at the Royals. Chris Young raced home with the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning after Michael Hermosillo was caught in a rundown trying to steal second base.

WASHINGTON 4 – Tampa Bay 2… Max Scherzer (10-1) took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Nationals held off the Rays. Matt Adams homered. Wilmer Difo drove in a pair of runs.

CLEVELAND 3 – Milwaukee 2… Corey Kluber (9-2) limited the Brewers to a run on seven hits over seven innings in outdueling Junior Guerra and the Indians held on for the victory. Jose Ramirez smacked a solo homer.

Baltimore 2 – N.Y. METS 1… The Orioles scored both runs in the top of the first inning and made them stand in snapping their first win in eight games and handing the Mets their fifth straight loss. Alex Cobb (2-7) allowed just a run on two hits over six innings.

the L.A. Dodgers (Ferguson, 0-0) are at Pittsburgh (Williams, 5-3)…
Cincinnati (Romano, 3-6) hosts Colorado (Gray, 5-6)…
Philadelphia (Nola, 7-2) is at the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 6-4)…
St. Louis (Flaherty, 2-1) hosts Miami (Chen, 1-3)…
Atlanta (Foltynewicz, 5-3) is at San Diego (TBD)…
San Francisco (Stratton, 7-3) hosts Arizona (Buccholtz, 1-1)

the Chi. White Sox (Santiago, 1-2) are at Minnesota (Odorizzi, 3-2)…
Toronto (Gaviglio, 2-1) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Gray, 4-4)…
Detroit (Hardy, 2-0) is at Boston (Rodriguez, 6-1)…
Texas (Colon, 2-3) hosts Oakland (Mengden, 6-4)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 1-0) is at Houston (McCullers Jr., 7-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Ohtani, 4-1) host Kansas City (Kennedy, 1-6)

Tampa Bay (TBD) is at Washington (Roark, 2-6)…
Cleveland (Carrasco, 6-4) hosts Milwaukee (Anderson, 4-4)…
Baltimore (Bundy, 3-7) is at the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 2-4)

NBA FINALS RESUME TONIGHT… The series shifts to Cleveland for tonight’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors topped the Cavaliers in the series’ first two games I Oakland.

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