The Rundown for July 26, 2018

REPUBLICAN REPS MAKE MOVE ON ROSENSTEIN… Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced Articles of Impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Congressmen Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Jim Jordan of Ohio and nine others cited the Department of Justice’s “problematic decision-making during the 2016 campaign” in introducing the articles. Jordan and Rosenstein engaged in a heated exchange during a congressional hearing last month.

JUDGE UPHOLDS EMOLUMENTS SUIT AGAINST TRUMP… A federal judge yesterday upheld a lawsuit accusing President Trump of unconstitutionally accepting gifts from foreign and state governments through his Washington hotel while occupying the White House. The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed the lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution’s “emoluments” clauses, which prohibit federal officials from accepting gifts from foreign governments and states without congressional approval. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte’s decision clears the way for plaintiffs to begin interviewing Trump Organization employees and review financial records.

U.S., EU WORKING TO LOWER TRADE BARRIERS… President Trump announced yesterday that the U.S has agreed to work towards lowering trade barriers with the European Union. Trump made the announcement after a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. Both sides would work for zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsidies on non-auto goods, Trump said.

TRUMP-PUTIN MEETING CALLED OFF… National Security Adviser John Bolton announced yesterday that President Trump won’t meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin again until special counsel Robert Mueller concludes his investigation. Bolton said only that such a meeting would come “after the first of the year.” Trump had been widely criticized last week when he said he looked forward to hosting Putin in Washington, D.C., for a second meeting.

POMPEO TALKS HELSINKI SUMMIT… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a tough stance against Russia yesterday, claiming he has repeatedly warned top Russian officials that there would be “severe consequence” if they meddled in U.S. elections. Speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo said the Trump administration “defended America’s fundamental strategic interest in Syria and Ukraine at the Helsinki Summit last week. Prior to his testimony, Pompeo issued a statement saying, “the United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.”

CHRIS HARDWICK RETURNS… Chris Hardwick is returning as host of AMC’s “Walking Dead” after-show “Talking Dead” on August 12. His return follows the network’s investigation into sexual assault and emotional abuse allegation made against him in a Medium essay written by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. Hardwick is also back to hosting his own talk show “Talking with Chris Hardwick.”

ACCUSED OSCAR THIEF TO STAND TRIAL… A judge in Los Angeles said there is sufficient evidence for a man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar to stand trial on a felony grand theft charge. McDormand won the award for best actress in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and lost the statuette after having it engraved at the post-ceremony Governors Ball. The suspect, 47-year-old Terry Bryant, is due to be arraigned August 8.

N.Y. METS 6 – San Diego 4… Jose Bautista’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the Mets’ win over the Padres. Amed Rosario’s two-run single capped a f our-run fifth. Corey Oswalt (1-2) allowed two runs on three hits over five innings.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – L.A. Dodgers 3… Carlos Santana gapped a bases-clearing triple and Scott Kingery hit a solo homer during a five-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the Phillies past the Dodgers. Jake Arrieta (8-6) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

CINCINNATI 7 – St. Louis 3… Eugenio Suarez sparked the Reds past the Cardinals with his third homer in three games. It came with a runner aboard in the bottom of the first inning. Tucker Barnhart also hit a two-run homer and Adam Duval added a solo shot for Cincinnati. Sal Romano (6-8) surrendered two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Washington 7 – MILWAUKEE 3… Bryce Harper’s 25th homer was a three-run blast in the top of the seventh inning and Juan Soto smacked a solo shot for the Nationals. Tanner Roark (4-12) limited the Brewers to three hits over eight shutout innings and struck out 11 in a dominant performance.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Arizona 1… The Cubs pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge the Diamondbacks. Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed threw away Jason Heyward’s grounder and allowed pinch-runner Tyler Chatwood to score. Ben Zobrist produced a run-scoring single for Chicago.

TAMPA BAY 3 – N.Y. Yankees 2… Six Rays pitchers combined to hold off the Yankees after scheduled starter Nathan Eovaldi was traded to Boston prior to the game. Kevin Kermaier homered with a runner on and C.J. Cron added a solo shot as Tampa Bay scored all thee runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Detroit 8 – KANSAS CITY 4… Jose Iglesias belted a three-run homer and Victor Martinez went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles as the Tigers doubled up on the Royals. Matthew Boyd (5-9) gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Minnesota 12 – TORONTO 6 (11 innings)… The Twins came alive to score six runs in the top of the 11th inning to put away the Blue Jays. Mitch Garver and Robbie Grossman stroked two-run doubles during the uprising. Garver also hit a solo homer and finished with five RBIs.

Oakland 6 – TEXAS 5… The Athletics overcame a 5-1 seventh-inning deficit to get past the Rangers. Khris Davis blasted a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and added a go-ahead two-run shot in the ninth.

L.A. ANGELS 11 – Chi. White Sox 3… Mike Trout homered twice and knocked in four runs to lead the Angels past the White Sox. L.A. also got homers from Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani. Tyler Skaggs (8-6) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Boston – BALTIMORE (ppd)… Rain in Baltimore forced postponement of last night’s Red Sox-Orioles game. The game was called off after a 2-1/2-hour delay that began immediately after Boston took a 5-0 lead in the second inning. A makeup date has not been announced.

CLEVELAND 4 – Pittsburgh 0… Trevor Bauer (9-6) and two relievers combined on the shutout as the Indians ended the Pirates’ 11-game winning streak. Bauer pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and struck out 10. Edwin Encarnacion stroked a two-run single and Yonder Alonso homered with a runner aboard for Cleveland.

SEATTLE 3 – San Francisco 2… Jean Segura singled home Guillermo Heredia with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Mariners made it stand in edging the Giants. Segura also lifted a sacrifice fly in the first. Ryon Healey went 2-for-3 with a solo homer.

COLORADO 3 – Houston 2… Charlie Blackmon’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Rockies over the Astros. Carlos Gonzalez also homered with the bases empty for Colorado.

Arizona (Godley, 11-6) is at the Chi. Cubs (Chatwood, 4-5)…
Pittsburgh (Kingham, 5-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 4-8)…
Philadelphia (Suarez, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Mahle, 7-8)…
Miami (Straily, 4-4) hosts Washington (Strasburg, 6-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 3-4) are at Atlanta (Sanchez, 5-2)…
San Francisco (Rodriguez, 5-1) hosts Milwaukee (Miley, 1-1)

the Chi. White Sox (Covey, 4-5) are at the L.A. Angels (Tropeano, 3-5)…
Baltimore (Bundy, 6-9) hosts Tampa Bay (Wood, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Junis, 5-10) is at New York (Gray, 7-7)…
Boston (Price, 11-6) hosts Minnesota (Gibson, 4-7)…
Oakland (Cahill, 1-2) is at Texas (Colon, 5-8)

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