The Rundown for July 9, 2018

TRUMP SUSPENDS BILLIONS IN OBAMACARE PAYMENTS… Health insurers are warning that the Trump administration efforts to suspend a program that was set to pay out $10.4 billion to insurers for covering high-risk individuals last year could drive up premium costs and create marketplace uncertainty. The White House announced on Saturday that it is freezing billions of dollars in payments to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act’s risk adjustment program. Administration officials say the decision to halt the payments came after a federal court in New Mexico ruled in February that the formula used to calculate the so-called risk adjustment payments was flawed.

POMPEO DENIES GOING GANGSTER IN NORTH KOREA… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is dismissing North Korea’s claims that he engaged in “gangster-like” behavior during his two-day visit there. Pompeo met Friday and Saturday with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un adviser Kim Jong-chol. Afterward, state media carried a statement saying the US had gone against the spirit of the summit by acting unilaterally to put pressure on the country. Pompeo maintains his denuclearization plans have international support.

U.S. ISSUES THREAT OVER BREASTFEEDING RESOLUTION… Several nations are accusing the U.S. government of blackmail for allegedly threatening representatives of other governments at a recent World Health Organization assembly. U.S. officials shocked the world with their efforts to alter a resolution on breastfeeding to appease infant formula manufacturers. The U.S. delegation wanted to remove a section of the resolution urging governments to “protect, promote, and support breastfeeding” and another section calling for restrictions on the promotion of other food products that are believed to have harmful effects on children, according to the New York Times. U.S. officials allegedly threatened to withdraw military aid from Ecuador and impose strict new trade measures on the country when it opposed the attempt to water down the language.

WARNING TO AMERICANS IN HAITI… The U.S. Embassy in Haiti is advising Americans to remain in their hotel rooms amid violent street protests in Port-au-Prince. A statement issued last night warns that phone lines and internet connections are down in some areas. The protests, which target the government’s attempt to raise fuel prices, turned violent over the weekend and led to the deaths of seven people.

HURRICANE ON THE FORECAST… A tropical storm that formed off the North Carolina coast yesterday morning is forecast to become a hurricane today. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Chris was south-southeast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina with top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl are expected to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico and could reform into a tropical cyclone in a few days when the storm moves through the Bahamas.

BIEBER IS ENGAGED… Entertainment media is lit up with reports that pop star Justin Bieber is engaged to model Hailey Baldwin. The 24-year-old Bieber reportedly proposed to his 21-year-old girlfriend Saturday in the Bahamas. The two have been dating for about a month after maintaining an on-and-off relationship over the past few years.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” raked in $76 million to dominate the weekend box office. “Incredibles 2” finished in a distant second place with $29 million. Last week’s champ, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” slipped to third place with $28.5 million. “The First Purge” debuted in fourth place with $17.1 million. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” capped the top five with $7.3 million.

PITTSBURGH 4 – Philadelphia 1… Nick Kingham (3-4) pitched and batted the Pirates past the Phillies. He allowed just a run on four hits over six innings on the mound and helped himself at the plate with a two-run double.

Miami 10 – WASHINGTON 2… J.T. Realmuto went 5-for-6 and drove in three runs as the Marlins pounded the Nationals. JT Riddle’s three hits included a pair of run-scoring singles. Martin Prado had four hits and an RBI.

MILWAUKEE 10 – Atlanta 3… Jesus Aguilar homered twice and drove in four runs as the Brewers took three of four from the Braves. Hernan Perez added a three-run blast and Eric Thames smacked a solo shot. Junior Guerra (6-5) surrendered a run on seven hits over six innings.

CHI. CUBS 6 – Cincinnati 5 (10 innings)… David Bote drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Wilson Contreras with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Cubs outlasted the Reds. Addison Russell knocked in three runs and Javier Baez singled home a pair.

SAN FRANCISCO 13 – St. Louis 8… Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs in leading the Giants past the Cardinals. Andrew McCutchen and Alen Hanson each had three hits and an RBI.

San Diego 4 – ARIZONA 3 (16 innings)… Wil Myers’ fourth homer in two days came with two outs in the top of the 16th inning and sent the Padres past the Diamondbacks. Jose Pirela’s pinch-hit RBI single tied the game in the sixth.

N.Y. Yankees 2 – TORONTO 1 (10 innings)… Brett Gardner singled home Tyler Wade with a tie-breaking run-scoring single in the top of the 10th inning and the Yankees made it stand in edging the Blue Jays.

Texas 3 – DETROIT 0… Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over 5-1/3 innings and got help from three relievers in the Rangers’ blanking of the Tigers. Jurickson Profar provided all the offense the Rangers needed with a solo homer in the top of the first inning. Ronald Guzman had three hits, including an RBI single.

Oakland 6 – CLEVELAND 0… Brett Anderson limited the Indians to three hits over five innings in his return from the disabled list and three relievers completed the Athletics’ shutout of the Indians. Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty homered for Oakland.

HOUSTON 2 – Chi. White Sox 1… The Astros held off the White Sox to complete a sweep of the four-game series. Dallas Keuchel (6-8) gave up a run on six hits over seven innings. Marwin Gonzalez bunted home Yuli Gurriel with the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jose Altuve opened the scoring with a homer to lead off the fourth.

MINNESOTA 10 – Baltimore 1… Brian Dozier belted a three-run homer and the Twins got two-run shots from Mitch Garver and Eduardo Escobar in routing the Orioles. Jake Odorizzi (4-6) scattered five hits over six shutout innings. Jake Odorizzi limited Baltimore to five hits over six innings.

Boston 7 – KANSAS CITY 4… The Red Sox handled the Royals to complete a series sweep. Mitch Moreland and Xavier Bogaerts drove in two runs apiece.

Tampa Bay 9 – N.Y. METS 0… Nathan Eovaldi (3-3) pitched six perfect innings and got plenty of support as the Rays crushed the Mets. C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Joey Wendle and Jake Bauers also went deep.

SEATTLE 6 – Colorado 4… Ryon Healy lined a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning and belted a three-run homer in the fifth to lead the Mariners past the Rockies.

L.A. Angels 4 – L.A. DODGERS 3… The Angels eased past the Dodgers after spotting them an early 3-0 lead. Albert Pujols tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and Shohei Ohtani delivered a go-ahead pinch-hit homer to lead off the seventh. Andrew Heaney (5-6) allowed three runs on three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings.

Philadelphia (Eflin, 7-2; Nola, 11-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 2-6; Oswalt, 0-1) for a doubleheader…
Pittsburgh (Nova, 4-6) hosts Washington (Rodriguez, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Anderson, 6-6) is at Miami (Ureña, 2-9)…
San Diego (Perdomo, 1-2) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 2-4)…
the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 5-8) are at San Francisco (Suarez, 3-5)

the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 6-3; Cessa, 0-1) are at Baltimore (Yacabonis, 0-0; Ramirez, 0-2) for a doubleheader…
Tampa Bay (Archer, 3-4) hosts Detroit (Liriano, 3-5)…
Texas (Minor, 6-4) is at Boston (Rodriguez, 10-3)…
Minnesota (Berrios, 8-7) hosts Kansas City (Duffy, 4-8)…
Oakland (Montas, 4-2) is at Houston (Cole, 9-2)

Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 3-1) is at Cleveland (Clevinger, 7-3)

MLB ALL-STAR ROSTERS REVEALED… Major League Baseball revealed rosters for the 89th annual All-Star game, scheduled for July 15 in Washington, D.C. The Astros, Indians and Red Sox had five players picked for the AL squad, while the Braves led the NL with four selections. There are a combined 25 first-time selections between the two squads.


AL: Wilson Ramos, Rays
NL: Buster Posey, Giants

AL: Jose Abreu, White Sox
NL: Freddie Freeman, Braves

AL: Jose Altuve, Astros
NL: Ozzie Albies, Braves

AL: Manny Machado, Orioles
NL: Brandon Crawford, Giants

AL: Jose Ramirez, Indians
NL: Nolan Arenado, Rockies

AL: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
NL: Bryce Harper, Nationals

AL: Aaron Judge, Yankees
NL: Matt Kemp, Dodgers

AL: Mike Trout, Angels
NL: Nick Markakis, Braves

AL: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox

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