The Rundown for June 14, 2018

TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA… President Trump took a soft stance on North Korea’s record of human rights violations and leader Kim Jung Un’s atrocities against his own people during an interview that aired on Fox News last night. Trump referred to Kim as a “tough guy” and called him “very smart.” In response to the human-rights issue, Trump explained that “I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done.”

UNIONS SUE TRUMP... A coalition of 13 unions is suing President Trump over his series of executive orders that made it easier to fire federal employees. Trump’s orders violated the rights of government workers to be represented by unions in their workplaces, according to papers filed by the Federal Workers Alliance. The unions’ complaint claims Trump has no authority under Congress or the Constitution to issue the executive orders.

LONDON BREED ELECTED MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO… London Breed became the first African-American woman elected mayor of San Francisco yesterday after her opponent, former state Senator Mark Leno, conceded in a close, hard-fought mayoral race. Breed is currently president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She will serve until 2020 and finish out the term of the late Mayor Ed Lee, who passed away in December.

SEX OFFENDER STING… The Justice Department revealed yesterday that a nationwide sting operation has led to the arrests of more than 2,300 suspected sex offenders. Arrests have been made as part of a three-month operation in all 50 states by Internet Crimes Against Children task forces in conjunction with more than 4,500 law enforcement agencies. Authorities say nearly 200 people arrested are suspected of producing child pornography or committing child sexual abuse.

DETROIT RANKED WORST PLACE TO LIVE… Detroit has been named the worst place to live in a report posted yesterday by 24/7 Wall St. The report cited Detroit’s poverty, unemployment, poor economy and high violent crime rate in issuing its ranking. Detroit, with a downtown population of 672,829 people, has a median home value of $43,500 and a poverty rate of more than 35 percent.

CASE AGAINST STALLONE UNDER REVIEW… The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced yesterday that it is reviewing a sexual assault case against actor Sylvester Stallone. The case has been filed by the Santa Monica Police Department and targets an alleged crime that occurred in the 1990s. Stallone has denied involvement in any wrongdoing.

STAN LEE SEEKS RESTRAINING ORDER… Comic-book legend Stan Lee has filed for a restraining order against the man who handles his affairs and business. Lee was granted a temporary restraining order against Keya Morgan and has requested a permanent order. A court date to decide that request is set for July 6.

ATLANTA 2 – N.Y. Mets 0… Mike Soroka (2-1) surrendered just one hit over 6-1/3 innings and three relievers completed the Braves’ blanking of the Mets. Freddie Freeman singled home a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and homered in the eighth.

MILWAUKEE 1 – Chi. Cubs 0… Jhoulys Chacin (6-1) combined with three relievers in shutting out the Cubs. Lorenzo Cain provided the game’s only offense with a homer in the bottom of the third inning.

Pittsburgh 5 – ARIZONA 4… Jordy Mercer stroked a two-run double and homered with the bases empty and the Pirates hung on to edge the Diamondbacks. James Taillon (4-5) gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings.

Colorado 7 – PHILADELPHIA 2… The Rockies ripped the Phillies to snap their five-game skid. Ian Desmond homered with a runner aboard to cap a five-run top of the fourth inning. Tyler Anderson (4-1) gave up a run on six hits over seven innings.

MIAMI 5 – San Francisco 4… Brian Anderson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Miguel Rojas with the winning run as the Padres rallied past the Giants. Justin Bour doubled home Anderson to tie the game in the eighth.

San Diego 4 – ST. LOUIS 2… Freddy Galvis lined a two-run double in the top of the first inning and Manuel Margot triple home a run and scored in the sixth as the Padres topped the Cardinals. Eric Lauer (3-4) allowed two runs on eight hits over 5-2/3 innings.

Houston 13 – OAKLAND 5… Evan Gattis homered twice and knocked in five runs to lead the Astros in their rout of the Athletics. Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick also went deep for Houston.

TAMPA BAY 1 – Toronto 0… Matt Duffy singled home in with the game’s only run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Rays over the Blue Jays. The game featured a duel between Tampa Bay starter Wilmer Font and his counterpart J.A. Happ, but neither got a decision.

Boston 5 – BALTIMORE 1… Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez hit solo homers to provide the Red Sox all the offense they needed in their win over the Orioles. Chris Sale (6-4) surrendered a run on two hits over six innings before getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

SEATTLE 8 – L.A. Angels 5… Mitch Hanigar hit a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete the Mariners’ come-from-behind win over the Angels. Nelson Cruz and Ryon Healey also went deep for Seattle.

DETROIT 5 – Minnesota 2… The Tigers came up with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to down the Twins and give manager Rob Gardenhire his 1100th career win as a major league skipper. Niko Goodrum went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Cleveland 2… Dylan Covey (3-1) held the Indians to two runs on 10 hits over seven innings in outdueling Trevor Bauer and the White Sox escaped with the win. Charlie Tilson went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Texas 2 (11 innings)… Kíke Hernandez raced home with the winning run on Austin Barnes’ grounder in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Dodgers outlasted the Rangers. Justin Turner smacked a solo homer for Los Angeles.

Washington 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 4… Juan Soto homered twice and drove in four runs as the Nationals held off the Yankees. Soto’s second homer came in the top of the seventh inning and gave Washington the lead for good.

Cincinnati 7 – KANSAS CITY 0… Tyler Mahle (5-6) pitched three-hit ball over 6-1/3 inning and four relievers preserved the Reds’ blanking of the Royals. Adam Duvall unloaded a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to cap the scoring.

San Francisco (Rodriguez, 1-1) is at Miami (Straily, 2-2)…
Philadelphia (Velasquez, 4-7) hosts Colorado (Marquez, 4-6)…
San Diego (Ross, 5-3) is at Atlanta (Sanchez, 2-0)…
Arizona (Koch, 4-3) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 2-4)…

Minnesota (Lynn, 4-4) is at Detroit (Fulmer, 2-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 0-1) hosts Cleveland (Clevinger, 4-2)…
Houston (Verlander, 8-2) is at Oakland (Montas, 3-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Germán, 0-4) host Tampa Bay (Snell, 8-3)…
Boston (Price, 7-4) is at Seattle (Hernandez, 6-5)

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