The Rundown for July 13, 2018

TRUMPS IN UK… President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in the UK yesterday among widespread protests. The Trumps were welcomed to Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England by British Prime Minister Theresa May on the first day of their UK visit. The visit came as the British tabloid The Sun published an interview with Trump in which the president blasted May over her Brexit negotiations and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Trump admitted the planned protests in the city left him feeling “unwelcome” in London.

STRZOK HOUSE TESTIMONY… There were fireworks in Congress yesterday when FBI agent Peter Strzok fended off rowdy questioning by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees. Strzok defended his actions in investigating Russian interference in the 2006 presidential elections as Republicans questioned his bias over the anti-Trump text messages he sent. The hearing lasted nearly 10 hours and included several incidents of shouting and angry exchanges among lawmakers.

NORTH KOREA NO-SHOWS AT MEETING WITH U.S… North Korean representatives scheduled to attend a planned meeting to discuss the return of the remains of American soldiers left U.S. officials hanging at the inter-Korean border when they didn’t show up. The meeting has now been rescheduled for Sunday. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea re-escalated during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit last week. Pyongyang accused Pompeo of making a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.”

ATT-TIME WARNER MERGER APPEALED… The Justice Department has filed notice that it will appeal last month’s court ruling that allowed a merger between AT&T and Time Warner. Judge Richard Leon ruled that AT&T could acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion without conditions in June. However, Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s antitrust division, decided to file the appeal on the grounds that the market would be “less competitive and less innovative.”

JOHNSON & JOHNSON TO PAY UP… Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay a record $4.69 billion to 22 women who alleged the company’s talc-based products contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict handed down in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis included $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages. J&J denies both that its talc products cause cancer and that they ever contained asbestos.

‘GAME OF THRONES’ LEADS EMMY NOMINATIONS… HBO’s “Game of Thrones” picked up 22 Emmy nominations, including best drama, to lead the field in the 2017 Emmy race. Netflix claimed 112 total nominations to HBO’s 108, ending HBO’s 18-year reign. The 70th Awards show is scheduled for September 17.

IN THEATERS… In the animated feature “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” Count Dracula makes a romantic connection while vacationing with his family. The film is rated PG. “Skyscraper” stars Dwayne Johnson and Nieve Campbell in the story about a father who goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper. It’s rated PG-13.

COLORADO 5 – Arizona 1… Gerardo Parra and Raimel Tapia delivered pinch-hit RBI singles during a three-run bottom of the sixth inning and Trevor Story homered in the seventh as the Rockies cruised past the Diamondbacks. DJ LeMahieu had a couple of hits and drove in a run.

PITTSBURGH 6 – Milwaukee 3… Jordy Mercer went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs as the Pirates doubled up on the Brewers. Jamison Taillon (6-7) allowed just a run on four hits and struck out 10 over six innings.

Washington 5 – N.Y. METS 4… Anthony Rendon homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Nationals edged the Mets. Bryce Harper added a two-run homer. Max Scherzer (12-5) gave up three runs on five hits over seven innings.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – SAN DIEGO 2… Andrew Toles, Matt Kemp and Joc Pederson stroked run-scoring singles as the Dodgers broke a scoreless tie with a three-run top of the seventh inning and held on to clip the Padres. Ross Stripling (8-2) pitched six-hit ball over six shutout innings.

Oakland 6 – HOUSTON 4… Mark Canha came through with a tie-breaking two-run single during a three-run top of the eighth inning and the Athletics took three of four in their series with the Astros. Nick Martini went 3-for-5 with a two-run double.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – CLEVELAND 4… Brett Gardner homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Yankees topped the Indians. Didi Gregorius also went deep. Greg Bird doubled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly.

BOSTON 6 – Toronto 4… Mookie Betts unloaded a grand slam to cap a five-run bottom of the fourth inning and added an RBI single in the seventh to lead the Red Sox past the Blue Jays. David Price (10-6) gave up three runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

MINNESOTA 5 – Tampa Bay 1… The Twins breezed past the Rays in a game that was delayed three hours by rain. Eddie Rosario homered with a runner aboard. Kyle Gibson (4-6) surrendered a run on five hits over eight innings.

L.A. ANGELS 11 – Seattle 2… Albert Pujols homered twice and drove in three runs as the Angels pounded the Mariners. Justin Upton blasted a three-run homer. David Fletcher also circled the bases. Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Tyler Skaggs (7-5) gave up a run on five hits over six innings.

Philadelphia 5 – BALTIMORE 4… The Phillies held off the Orioles in the makeup of a game rained out two months ago. Jorge Alfaro went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.

Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-5) is at Pittsburgh (Kingham, 3-4)…
Miami (Chen, 2-6) hosts Philadelphia (Arrieta, 6-6)…
Washington (Roark, 3-11) is at the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 4-1)…
Atlanta (Sanchez, 4-2) hosts Arizona (Godley, 10-6)…
Cincinnati (Harvey, 4-5) is at St. Louis (Martinez, 6-4)…
San Diego (Richard, 7-8) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Chatwood, 3-5)

Texas (Hamels, 4-8) is at Baltimore (Cobb, 2-11)…
Cleveland (Bieber, 4-1) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Germán, 2-4)…
Toronto (Borucki, 0-1) is at Boston (Porcello, 11-3)…
Houston (Keuchel, 6-8) hosts Detroit (Fiers, 6-5)…
Kansas City (Keller, 2-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 3-10)…
Minnesota (Odorizzi, 4-6) hosts Tampa Bay (Eovaldi, 3-3)

Seattle (Bergman, 0-0) is at Colorado (Senzatela, 3-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 4-2) host the L.A. Angels (Peña, 1-0)…
Oakland (Jackson, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Bumgarner, 2-3)

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