The Rundown for June 28, 2018

JUSTICE KENNEDY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT… Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced yesterday that plans to retire this summer. During his nearly three decades on the bench, the 81-year-old Kennedy sided with liberals on gay rights, abortion and the death penalty but supported conservatives on such issues voting rights, gun rights and corporate spending in campaigns. Justice Kennedy was nominated to the bench by President Reagan.

HANDLING OF MIGRANT CHILDREN TO BE REVIEWED… The Government Accountability Office and the Health and Human Services inspector general have agreed to review the Trump administration’s handling of migrant children separated from their families at the border. The GAO will focus on the processes used to track the whereabouts of children after they were separated. The HHS inspector general, meanwhile, will scrutinize the health and safety precautions taken for children being held in the agency’s shelters. Several hundred undocumented migrant parents are believed to already have been deported from the U.S. without their children.

MANAFORT BORROWED $10M FROM RUSSIAN OLIGARCH… An unsealed search warrant application that was part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has revealed that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort obtained a $10 million loan from Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska. An affidavit attached to the warrant application also revealed that Deripaska “financially backed Manafort’s consulting work in Ukraine” in the mid-2000s. Reuters reported that the loan showed up on tax returns for a company owned by Manafort and his wife.

IRS DIRECTOR NOMINEE FAILED TO DISCLOSE… IRS Tax lawyer Chuck Rettig, who is President Trump’s pick to run the Internal Revenue Service, failed to disclose that he owned properties at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki and Tower. According to Politico, Rettig disclosed his 50 percent stake in two Honolulu units but failed to mention that the units were in a Trump-branded location. Rettig will be asked about the properties and his disclosures at his confirmation hearing today.

CHINESE PRESIDENT WARNS U.S… Chinese President Xi Jinping warned U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis yesterday that Beijing will not give up “one inch” of territory on disputed lands. Mattis was in Beijing on the first visit by a U.S. defense chief in several years. China’s warning appeared to be a response to recent U.S. complaints about China’s increased military presence in the disputed South China Sea.

ENTERTAINMENT
JOE JACKSON DIES… Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family of musicians, died yesterday in Las Vegas while under Hospice care. He was 89. Jackson created an overnight sensation in 1969 when he formed the group Jackson 5 with sons Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie. Daughters Janet and LaToya also enjoyed successful musical careers. Jackson was a stern parent and several of his children would accuse him of physical abuse.

PRODUCER SENTENCED FOR FRAUD… Movie producer David Bergstein was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday after being convicted of defrauding investors of more than $26 million. Bergstein was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and forfeit any proceeds of his crimes. Bergstein produced the 2004 romantic comedy “Laws of Attraction” with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore. He also produced “Laws of Attraction” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”

SPORTS
MLB
Cincinnati 6 – ATLANTA 5… Adam Duval stroke a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the seventh inning as the Reds rallied past the Braves. Jose Peraza tripled and homered for Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh 5 – N.Y. METS 3… The Pirates did all their scoring in their final two at-bats to erase a 3-0 deficit and get past the Mets. David Freese lined a two-run single to highlight a four-run top of the eighth inning.

Arizona 2 – MIAMI 1… Robbie Ray (3-0) pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings in his first start in more than two months and the Diamondbacks edged the Marlins. Daniel Descalso’s homer to lead off the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Chi. Cubs 5… Joc Pederson homered with a runner aboard and the Dodgers got solo shots from Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger in downing the Cubs. Alex Wood (4-5) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven innings to earn his third straight win.

SAN FRANCISCO 1 – Colorado 0… Brandon Crawford’s one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Giants over the Rockies. The game featured a duel between San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner and his counterpart Kyle Freeland, but neither got a decision.

AL SCORES
HOUSTON 7 – Toronto 6… Alex Bregman’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning capped the Astros’ come-from-behind win over the Blue Jays. Marwin Gonzalez also went deep for Houston. Evan Gattis drove in three runs with a pair of doubles.

Seattle 8 – BALTIMORE 7 (11 innings)… Denard Span lifted a sacrifice fly to score with a tiebreaking run in the top of the 11th inning and the Mariners made it stand in their win over the Orioles. Kyle Seager tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth. Ryon Healey also homered for Seattle.

Oakland 3 – DETROIT 0… Chris Bassitt (1-3) limited the Tigers to two hits over six innings and two relievers preserved the Athletics’ shutout of the Tigers. Jed Lowrie, Josh Phegley and Dexter Fowler produced RBI doubles for Oakland.

BOSTON 9 – L.A. ANGELS 6… J.D. Martinez blasted a three-run homer during a six-run bottom of the second inning and the Red Sox outslugged the Angels. Sandy Leon added a two-run homer and an RBI single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 6 – Minnesota 1… James Shields (3-9) held the Twins to four hits over seven shutout innings as the White Sox cruised to the victory. Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia drilled solo homers for Chicago.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Kansas City 5 – MILWAUKEE 4… The Royals came alive to score all five runs in the top of the seventh inning and get past the Brewers. Mike Moustakas sparked the rally with a leadoff homer. Adalberto Mondesi singled home two runs and came around to score. Danny Duffy (4-7) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – N.Y. Yankees 0… Zach Eflin (6-2) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and reliever Seranthony Dominguez came on the complete the Phillies’ blanking of the Yankees. Rhys Hoskins provided the game’s only offense with a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning.

TEXAS 5 – San Diego 2… Mike Minor (6-4) took a perfect game into the seventh inning and the Rangers cruised past the Padres. Ryan Rua homered with the bases empty. Adrian Beltre and Jurickson Profar each had two hits and an RBI.

Cleveland 5 – ST. LOUIS 1… Shane Bieber (3-0) held the Cardinals to a run on six hits over six innings as the Indians breezed to the win. Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall smacked solo homers for Cleveland.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Arizona (Greinke, 7-5) is at Miami (Richards, 2-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 1-4) host the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 6-6)…
Colorado (Gray, 7-7) is at San Francisco (Stratton, 8-5)…
Philadelphia (Nola, 9-2) hosts Washington (Roark, 3-8)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 3-5) is at Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 3-1)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Oakland (Manaea, 7-6) is at Detroit (Fulmer, 3-6)…
the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 5-7) host Minnesota (Odorizzi, 3-5)…
Seattle (Leake, 8-4) is at Baltimore (Yacabonis, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Stanik, 1-1) hosts Houston (McCullors, Jr., 8-3)…
The L.A. Angels (Barria, 5-3) are at Boston (Johnson, 1-2)

 

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