The Rundown, July 5, 2018

AMERICANS CELEBRATE THE FOURTH… Americans celebrated the nation’s 242nd birthday yesterday with Independence Day barbecues and get-togethers nationwide. Macy’s July Fourth fireworks and Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest kicked off events in New York, while parades lined main streets throughout the rest of the country. The world’s oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution, sailed into Boston Harbor and fired a 21-gun salute to mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

STATUE OF LIBERTY STANDOFF… There was a four-hour standoff at the Statue of Liberty yesterday between police and a woman protesting the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The woman prompted the evacuation of Liberty Island when she climbed the base of the statue. The woman was one of six people arrested at the protest.

HEAT WAVE ON EAST COAST… Brutally hot temperatures and stifling humidity in the Midwest and along the East Coast kept many people inside on the Fourth of July. The National Weather Service said heat advisories and excessive heat warnings were widespread heading into last night, but promised temperatures will drop by this weekend. Showers are on the forecast Friday night for many of the areas affected by heat.

CONGRESSMAN JORDAN DENIES CLAIMS… Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan is denying claims that he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. The university has launched an investigation into allegations against former wrestling team physician Dr. Richard Strauss, who served between the mid-1970s and late 1990s and died in 2005. Three wrestlers maintain Jordan was aware of Dr. Strauss’ molestation of athletes but took no action. Jordan also stated that he has not been contacted during the investigation, but that claim was disputed by university attorneys, who say they contacted Jordan by phone and email.

McCONNELL WANTS LOCAL GUN DECISIONS… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doubts there’s much the federal government can do to ensure school safety, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. During a speech in Danville, Kentucky, on Tuesday, McConnell pushed for more school security as opposed to more gun control legislation. He said solutions should come as the result of local decisions rather than federal legislation.

ARREST IN ACTORS’ KIDNAPPING… Three people have been indicted in Los Angeles County Superior Court for allegedly kidnapping two actors and holding them hostage for $10,000 ransom. Keith Andre Steward, Johntae Jones and Amber Neal are facing charges including kidnapping, assault with a firearm, grand theft, mayhem, conspiracy and possession for sale of methamphetamine. The suspects allegedly abducted 36-year-old Daisy McCrackin, who is best known for her role in “Halloween Resurrection” and actor Joseph Capone from McCrackin’s home on May 3, 2017.

MILES TELLER TAKES ‘TOP GUN’ ROLE… Miles Teller has confirmed that he will star as the son of Anthony Edward’s Nick “Goose” Bradshaw character in the forthcoming “Top Gun” sequel. In the 1986 original, the character was the best friend of Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise, but dies. Cruise will reprise his role in “Top Gun: Maverick.”

COLORADO 1 – San Francisco 0… Tyler Anderson pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and struck out nine as the Rockies clipped the Giants. Chris Iannetta’s homer in the bottom of the seventh inning provided the game’s only offense.

St. Louis 8 – ARIZONA 4… Yairo Munoz hit a lead-off homer and Yadier Molina blasted a three-run homer during a five-run top of the seventh inning that pushed the Cardinals past the Diamondbacks. Tommy Pham went 3-for-5 and drove in St. Louis’ three other runs.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – Pittsburgh 4… Yasmani Grandal knocked in three runs with a single and a double as the Dodgers finished off a sweep of the series. Chris Taylor contributed a pair of run-scoring singles. Rich Hill (2-3) gave up two runs on four hits over five innings.

Houston 5 – TEXAS 4 (10 innings)… Evan Gattis’ sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning scored Jose Altuve with a go-ahead run and the Astros made it stand in outlasting the Rangers. Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer and Yuli Gurriel added a solo shot for Houston.

Cleveland 3 – KANSAS CITY 2… Trevor Bauer (8-6) held the Royals to two runs on seven hits over 7-2/3 innings in the Indians’ victory. Michael Brantley doubled home a run and Cleveland got sacrifice flies from Edwin Encarnacion and Greg Allen.

L.A. Angels 7 – SEATTLE 4… Kole Calhoun went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run homer as the Angels dealt the Mariners their first loss in eight games. Luis Valbuena doubled home one run and singled in another.

N.Y. Mets 6 – TORONTO 3… Todd Frazier’s two-run homer sparked a five-run top of the fifth inning that carried the Mets past the Blue Jays. Asdrubal Cabrera had a couple of hits and drove in a run.

Boston 3 – WASHINGTON 0… Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the Red Sox’ blanking of the Nationals. Jackie Bradley Jr. lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home a run for Boston.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Atlanta 2… Giancarlo Stanton belted a three-run homer and the Yankees got solo shots from Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge in beating the Braves. CC Sabathia (6-3) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

MIAMI 3 – Tampa Bay 0… Jose Urena combined with three relievers on a four-hitter as the Marlins blanked the Rays. JT Riddle tripled in Miami’s first run in the sixth and added a solo homer in the eighth.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Detroit 2… Wilson Contreras homered in the bottom of the sixth inning and stroked a two-run double in the seventh to lead the Cubs past the Tigers for their sixth straight win. David Bote also homered for Chicago. Jose Quintana (7-6) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

OAKLAND 4 – San Diego 2… Stephen Piscotty’s third double of the day scored two runs to break an eighth-inning tie and send the Athletics past the Padres. Piscotty finished with three RBIs.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Baltimore 1… Aaron Nola (11-2) surrendered just a run on seven hits over seven innings and the Phillies eased past the Orioles. Nick Williams’ 10th homer came with a runner aboard.

CINCINNATI 7 – Chi. White Sox 4 … Jesse Winker and Jose Peraza delivered two-run singles to highlight a six-run bottom of the fourth inning that carried the Reds past the White Sox. Eugenio Suarez had two hits and scored twice.

MILWAUKEE 3 – Minnesota 2… The Brewers got solo homers from Travis Shaw, Brad Miller and Nate Orf in edging the Twins. Milwaukee center-fielder Keon Broxton preserved the victory with a catch that robbed Brian Dozier of a ninth-inning homer.

Miami (Lopez, 1-0) is at Washington (Hellickson, 2-1)…
Milwaukee (Chacin, 6-3) hosts Atlanta (Fried, 1-2)…
San Diego (Lauer, 3-5) is at Arizona (Miller, 0-2)…
San Francisco (Cueto 3-0) hosts St. Louis (Weaver, 4-7)

Texas (Gallardo, 2-0) is at Detroit (Boyd, 4-6)…
Minnesota (Slegers, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Cashner, 2-8)…
the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 1-3) is at Houston (Verlander, 9-4)…
Seattle (Gonzalez, 8-5) hosts the L.A. Angels (Barria, 5-4)

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