The Rundown for July 31, 2018

TRUMP SAYS HE’D MEET WITH ROUHANI… President Trump said yesterday that he’d be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions.” Trump made the announcement during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and it came just a week after Trump and Rouhani traded strongly worded threats. Such a meeting would be “good for the country, good for them, good for us, and good for the world,” Trump said.

SESSIONS ANNOUNCES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TASK FORCE… Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday unveiled the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force to the Justice Department in issues of religious freedom. Sessions said the task force will implement the goals of the religious liberty guidance he issued last year under an executive order signed by Trump. According to Sessions, many Americans feel their freedom to openly practice their faith “is under attack.”

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IN DUCK BOAT SINKING… A criminal investigation is underway in the July 19 duck boat sinking that killed 17 people at Table Rock Lake in Missouri. The Missouri attorney general’s office says investigators want to know whether the boat operator violated a law that forbids “fraud or deception in the sale of goods and services.” Already a $100 million wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against several parties in the deaths of nine family members.

STATES SUE OVER 3D-PRINTED GUNS… Eight states have joined in a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to let a company publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. Their suit contends the plastic guns are a threat to public safety, as they’re hard to trace and accessible to criminals and terrorists. Officials noted that 1,000 people have already downloaded blueprints for AR-15 rifles. The attorneys general of Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia joined in the suit filed in Seattle.

FIREFIGHTERS GAIN GROUND ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE… Firefighters announced yesterday that they have gained ground on the Carr Fire that has killed at least six people and destroyed hundreds of homes near Redding. Rescuers continue their search for at least seven missing people. The blaze started last week and doubled in size over the weekend. 38,000 people have been evacuated.

DEMI LOVATO STILL HOSPITALIZED… Singer Demi Lovato remains hospitalized in Los Angeles six days after a suspected drug overdose. TMZ reported that Lovato has been suffering complications from the overdose, including extreme nausea and a high fever. Lovato was found unconscious at her home last Tuesday.

CBS TAKES NO ACTION ON MOONVES… CBS announced after a board meeting yesterday that it would seek outside counsel to investigate multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against CEO Leslie Moonves. In the meantime, the network plans to take no action against him. An article in New Yorker on Friday detailed allegations of sexual misconduct from six women.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Colorado 4 (10 innings)… Marcell Ozuna’s one-out homer in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Cardinals over the Rockies. Jedd Gyorko smacked a solo blast. Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a two-run single.

ATLANTA 5 – Miami 3… The Braves eased past the Marlins after spotting them an early two-run lead. Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. hit solo homers. Johan Camargo doubled twice and drove in a run. Julio Teheran (8-7) gave up three runs on four hits over five innings.

Milwaukee 5 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Eric Thames’ three-run homer powered the Brewers past the Dodgers. Travis Shaw went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

San Francisco 5 – SAN DIEGO 3 (12 innings)… Gorkys Hernandez hit a tie-breaking homer to lead off the top of the 12th inning and the Giants added an insurance run to put away the Padres. Chase d’Arnaud blasted a three-run homer for San Francisco.

MINNESOTA 5 – Cleveland 4… Mitch Garver’s double in the bottom of the ninth inning brought home Ehire Adrianza with the winning run in the Twins’ win over the Indians. Jorge Polanco produced a two-run single.

OAKLAND 10 – Toronto 1… Jonathan Lucroy knocked in three runs, Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis knocked in two runs apiece and the Athletics bombed the Blue Jays. Stephen Piscotty and Mark Canha hit solo homers. Edwin Jackson (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over 5-2/3 scoreless innings.

SEATTLE 2 – Houston 0… James Paxton (9-4) limited the Astros to three hits over seven innings and two Mariners relievers completed the shutout. Nelson Cruz provided the game’s only offense with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

BOSTON 2 – Philadelphia 1 (13 innings)… Blake Swihart doubled home Eduardo Nunez with the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Red Sox outlasted the Phillies. After the game, Boston announced it had obtained second-baseman Ian Kinsler from the L.A. Angels to replace the injured Dustin Pedroia.

Texas 9 – ARIZONA 5… Shin-Soo Choo connected for a pair of home runs and had four RBIs in leading the Rangers past the Diamondbacks. Robinson Chirinos went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 12-3) are at Pittsburgh (Taillon, 7-8)…
Washington (Roark, 4-12) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 5-8)….
Miami (Straily, 4-4) is at Atlanta (Allard, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Flaherty, 4-5) hosts Colorado (Gray, 8-7)…
Milwaukee (Miley, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 4-3)…
San Diego (Richard 7-10) hosts San Francisco (Rodriguez, 5-1)

Baltimore (Ramirez, 1-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 8-2)…
Tampa Bay (Stanek, 1-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Skaggs, 8-6)…
Cleveland (Bauer, 9-6) is at Minnesota (Gibson, 5-7)…
the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 4-12) host Kansas City (Duffy, 6-9)…
Oakland (Cahill, 2-2) hosts Toronto (Gaviglio, 2-3)…
Houston (Morton, 11-2) is at Seattle (Leake, 8-6)

Cincinnati (Bailey, 1-7) is at Detroit (Boyd, 5-9)…
Boston (Pomeranz, 1-4) hosts Philadelphia (Arrieta, 8-6)…
Texas (Colon, 5-9) is at Arizona (Godley, 11-6)

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