The Rundown for June 29, 2018

ANNAPOLIS DEATH TOLL AT FIVE… The death toll remains at five after a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, yesterday. Police called the shooting a “targeted attack” on the newspaper office and identified the suspect as 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos. Grudge appears to be a motive, as Ramos lost a defamation suit he filed against the newspaper in 2012. Authorities said the suspect had made social media threats directed at the newspaper and “looked for his victims” after he entered the building with smoke grenades and a shotgun.

ARRESTS AT IMMIGRATION PROTESTS… A large immigration demonstration at the U.S. Senate building yesterday resulted in the arrest of almost 600 protesters. The demonstration on Capitol Hill targeted President Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy, which separates families at the border. Those arrested were “processed on the scene” and released, authorities said. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington was among those arrested.

TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT… President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have scheduled a July 16 summit in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders will reportedly discuss relations between the two countries and a “range of national security issues,” according to a White House press release. Trump earlier said he would discuss the war in Syria and the situation in Ukraine. Prior to the summit, Trump will stop in Britain for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

ARRESTS IN HEALTHCARE FRAUD SCHEMES… The Justice Department yesterday announced charges against 601 people who allegedly participated in healthcare fraud schemes that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic in some cases. Officials say the arrests came in dozens of unrelated prosecutions the Justice Department announced as part of an annual health-care fraud takedown. 162 doctors were among those arrested.

CALIFORNIA SUES STUDENT LOAN PROCESSOR… California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday accused the nation’s largest student loan processor of defrauding consumers by failing to properly service the debts and announced he is filing suit. Becerra contends Navient Corp. financially harmed thousands of Californians by illegally steering borrowers to more expensive repayment plans, failing to tell them how to switch to income-driven repayment plans and exploiting those with disabilities.

HARLAN ELLISON DIES… Science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who authored of “A Boy and His Dog” and many other stories during a prolific career, has died at age 84, according to his publisher. Ellison reportedly died in his sleep on Wednesday. During a career that spanned more than half a century, he wrote at least 50 books and more than 1,400 articles, essays, TV scripts and screenplays.

IN THEATERS… “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” stars Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin in the continuing story about cartel-level drug wars along the U.S. border with Mexico. The sequel is rated R. “Uncle Drew” stars NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving and Lil Rel Howery in the story about an elderly basketball player who rounds up his former team to participate in a basketball tournament. It’s rated PG-13.

Arizona 4 – MIAMI 0… Zack Greinke (8-5) scattered seven hits over seven innings and got help from three relievers in the Diamondbacks’ shutout of the Marlins. Greinke helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring single.

Chi. Cubs 11 – L.A. DODGERS 5… The Cubs lit up the Dodgers’ bullpen in pounding out a series-clinching win. Addison Russell hit a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo doubled home three runs during a seventh-inning top of the seventh. Russell finished with four RBIs on the day.

Colorado 9 – SAN FRANCISCO 8… DJ LeMahieu capped a three-hit, five-RBI afternoon with a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Rockies held on to edge the Giants. Nolan Arenado added a solo homer for Colorado.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Washington 3… Rhys Hoskins’ two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference as the Phillies held off the Nationals. Aaron Nola (10-2) allowed just a run on five hits over 7-2/3 innings.

Milwaukee 6 – CINCINNATI 4… The Brewers got a three-run homer from Eric Thames and a two-run shot from Jesus Aguilar in a come-from-behind win over the Reds. Aguilar had three hits on the day.

Oakland 4 – DETROIT 2… The Athletics eased past the Tigers after spotting them an early two-run lead and finished off a four-game sweep. Sean Manaea (8-6) tossed five shutout innings after Nick Castellanos touched him for a two-run, first-inning homer. Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.

Minnesota 2 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1 (13 innings)… Max Kepler drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 13th inning to force home a tie-breaking run and the Twins made it stand in outlasting the White Sox. Logan Morrison put Minnesota on the board with a seventh-inning homer.

Seattle 4 – BALTIMORE 2 (10 innings)… The Mariners took advantage of two Orioles errors and got RBI singles from Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz in the top of the 10th inning on their way to finishing off a four-game sweep. Cruz also drilled a two-run homer in the fourth.

Houston 1 – TAMPA BAY 0… Lance McCullors Jr. pitched three-hit ball over seven innings as the Astros clipped the Rays. Jake Marisnick’s homer in the top of the fifth inning provided the game’s only offense.

BOSTON 4 – L.A. Angels 2… Rafael Devers smacked a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run shot in the seventh as the Red Sox handled the Angels. Five pitchers combined in holding the Halos at bay.

Washington (Fedde, 0-3) is at Philadelphia (Pivetta, 4-6)…
Cincinnati (Romano, 4-7) hosts Milwaukee (Anderson, 5-6)…
the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 5-3) are at Miami (Alcantara, 0-0)
St. Louis (Mikolas, 8-2) hosts Atlanta (Teheran, 5-5)…
San Francisco (Suarez, 2-4) is at Arizona (Corbin, 6-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 1-2) host Colorado (Anderson, 4-3)…
Pittsburgh (Musgrov, 2-3) is at San Diego (TBD)

the L.A. Angels (Peña, 0-0) are at Baltimore (Hess, 2-4)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 4-3) host Boston (Rodriguez, 9-2)…
Detroit (Liriano, 3-3) is at Toronto (Stroman, 0-5)…
Tampa Bay (Font, 1-3) hosts Houston (Cole, 9-1)…
the Chi White Sox (Covey, 3-2) are at Texas (Gallardo, 1-0)…
Oakland (Blackburn, 1-2) hosts Cleveland (Bauer, 7-5)…
Kansas City (Kennedy, 1-7) is at Seattle (Gonzalez, 7-5)

Minnesota (Berrios, 8-5) is at the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 2-2)

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