The Rundown for July 27, 2018

COHEN SAYS TRUMP KNEW ABOUT RUSSIAN MEETING… President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen claims Trump knew in advance about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Russians offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. have repeatedly denied that the president knew anything about the meeting until the New York Times approached him about it a year later. Cohen says he was present when Trump Jr. told his father about the Russians’ offer. Trump approved the meeting, according to Cohen.

SENATOR McCASKILL TARGETED IN RUSSIAN HACK ATTACK… Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has confirmed reports that her staff was targeted by Russian hackers. McCaskill’s office released a statement emphasizing that the attempt was unsuccessful. McCaskill vowed she won’t be intimidated by cyberwarfare and will continue to speak out against Russian efforts to interfere with U.S. elections.

PAUL RYAN OPPOSES ROSENSTEIN IMPEACHMENT EFFORT… House Speaker Paul Ryan yesterday expressed his opposition to his fellow House Republicans’ efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Ryan said during his weekly news conference that it would be a step too far to impeach Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Congressmen Mike Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, along with nine co-sponsors, have accused Rosenstein of withholding documents and making misleading statements to Congress to obstruct Congressional oversight into Mueller’s investigation.

GOVERNMENT COMES UP SHORT IN REUNIFYING CHILDREN… The Trump administration appeared to come up hundreds of children short in its court-ordered midnight deadline to reunify more than 2,500 children who were separated at the border from their parents under the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. The White House says more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors. Government officials have revealed that the parents of 400 of the children have been deported.

FACEBOOK SHARES DROP 18.96 PERCENT… The release of an underwhelming quarterly earnings report yesterday prompted Facebook shares to drop 18.96 percent. The dramatic drop wiped out $100 billion from the social media giant’s market cap and was the biggest ever one-day drop in value for any publicly traded company. Facebook shares closed at a record high of $217.50 Wednesday, but then plunged in after-hours trading after the earnings report was released and continued to drop after yesterday’s opening.

ENTERTAINMENT
JANE FONDA ANNOUNCES ‘9 TO 5’ REUNION… Jane Fonda has announced plans for a sequel to hit 1980 comedy “9 to 5.” The 80-year-old actress says she and her original co-stars, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin, will reunite for the film. Fonda made the announcement at a press conference to promote her upcoming HBO documentary, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.”

IN THEATERS… Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill star in the sequel “Mission Impossible—Fallout.” The film centers on the IMF team and familiar allies as they race against time after a mission gone wrong. It’s rated PG-13. The animated feature “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” tells the story about a villain’s maniacal plan for world domination as it sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom. The film is rated PG.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
CHI. CUBS 7 – Arizona 6… The Cubs overcame a 6-1 fifth-inning deficit to upend the Diamondbacks. David Bote connected for a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and Anthony Rizzo smacked a walkoff homer two pitches later.

N.Y. Mets 12 – PITTSBURGH 6… Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and four RBIs in leading the Mets past the Pirates. Wilmer Flores homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Philadelphia 9 – CINCINNATI 4… The Phillies pounded out 18 hits and seven home runs in their pounding of the Reds. Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams all hit a pair of solo homers. Carlos Santana added a two-run shot.

Washington 10 – MIAMI 3 … The Nationals rolled past the Marlins after spotting them an early 3-0 lead. Trea Turner homered with the bases empty and tripled home two runs. Juan Soto went 2-for-3 with a solo homer.

L.A. Dodgers 8 – ATLANTA 2… Manny Machado belted his 25th homer, Yasmani Grandal stroked a two-run single and the Dodgers cruised past the Braves. Rich Hill (4-4) limited Atlanta to three hits over seven shutout innings.

Milwaukee 7 – SAN FRANCISCO 5… The Brewers put up five runs in their final two at-bats and held on to beat the Giants. Travis Shaw capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Christian Yelich went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and run-scoring grounder.

AL SCORES
L.A. ANGELS 12 – Chi. White Sox 8… Francisco Arcia hit a three-run homer and singled home a run in his major league debut and the Angels slugged their way past the White Sox. Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler added solo homers. Justin Upton went 4-for-5 and knocked in two runs. Andrelton Simmons also had two RBIs.

Tampa Bay 4 – BALTIMORE 3… Four Rays pitchers combined to hold off the Orioles. Ji-Man Choi had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Kansas City 2… Didi Gregorius blasted a three-run homer to help power the Yankees past the Royals. Sonny Gray (8-7) pitches three-hit ball over five scoreless innings. It was a costly win for New York, as outfielder Aaron Judge suffered a fracture in his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning and is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks.

Minnesota 2 – BOSTON 1… Mitch Garver singled home Brian Dozier with a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning and the Twins made it stand in edging the Red Sox. Kyle Gibson (5-7) limited Boston to a run on four hits over eight innings.

Oakland 7 – TEXAS 6… The Athletics fought off the Rangers to complete a four-game sweep and win their sixth in a row. Matt Chapman smacked a solo homer and scored the decisive run in the top of the eighth inning on Jonathan Lucroy’s sacrifice fly. Nick Martini went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 2-6) are at Pittsburgh (Nova, 6-6)…
Miami (Lopez, 2-1) hosts Washington (Scherzer, 13-5)…
Philadelphia (Pivetta, 6-8) is at Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 4-3)…
Atlanta (Foltynewicz, 7-6) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 3-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 3-4) are at St. Louis (Weaver, 5-9)…
San Diego (Perdomo, 1-5) hosts Arizona (Greinke, 11-5)…
Milwaukee (Anderson, 6-7) is at San Francisco (Bumgarner, 3-3)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Kansas City (Keller, 3-4) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 6-4)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 2-13) hosts Tampa Bay (Archer, 3-4)…
Minnesota (Lynn, 7-8) is at Boston (Sale, 11-4)…
Detroit (Fiers, 7-6) hosts Cleveland (Carrasco, 12-5)…
Toronto (Stroman, 3-7) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 4-8)…
Houston (Keuchel, 8-8) hosts Texas (Gallardo, 4-1)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 6-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 6-6)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Oakland (Manaea, 9-6) is at Colorado (Freeland, 8-6)…

MLB NEWS… The New York Yankees acquired left-hander J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays yesterday in exchange for infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney. Happ was 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts for the Blue Jays this season… In other deals leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Los Angeles Angels traded catcher Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros for lefty pitching prospect Patrick Sandoval and international bonus pool money… the Chicago Whit eSox traded closer Joakim Soria to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for pitching prospects Kodi Medeiros and Wilber Pérez… the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers were finalizing a deal that sent lefthander Cole Hamels to the Cubs for prospects.

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