The Rundown for August 1, 2018

FACEBOOK UNCOVERS CAMPAIGN TARGETING MIDTERMS… The New York Times reported yesterday that Facebook has uncovered a “coordinated political influence campaign” targeting November’s midterm elections. The social media giant reportedly uncovered “dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages,” centered around the second “Unite the Right” rally and the “#AbolishICE” movement on social media. Facebook has not positively connected the pages to Russia or Russian organizations but said it “found evidence of some connections between these accounts” and the accounts used to interfere in the 2016 election.

MANAFORT TRIAL UNDERWAY… The trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort kicked off in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday. In their opening statements, prosecutors claimed Manafort “believed the law did not apply to him.” Manafort, who is facing bank fraud and tax-evasion charges, is allegedly “collected over $60 million” using “shell companies and foreign bank accounts, concealing it from U.S. authorities and bankrolling his extravagant lifestyle,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye. Manafort faces a separate trial in September on several additional charges, including money laundering and conspiracy.

JOHN KELLY TO REMAIN AT WHITE HOUSE… White House Chief of State John Kelly told staff revealed yesterday that he has agreed to retain the position through 2020 at President Trump’s request. Kelly had been rumored to be on his way out after a year on the job due to a rocky relationship with the president, but the situation appears to have improved. Trump tweeted a photo of the two together yesterday.

JUDGE HALTS 3D-PRINTED GUN DOWNLOADS… A federal judge in Seattle yesterday issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to halt the online distribution of blueprints to make 3D-printed plastic guns. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik said the guns could end up in the wrong hands. The federal government in June agreed to let Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed offer the blueprints as part of a settlement.

CREWS GAIN GROUND ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE… Calmer winds have helped crews gain ground on the massive Carr Fire in Shasta County. The blaze is blamed for at least six deaths and has destroyed nearly 900 homes and 300 other buildings. More than 110,000 acres have burned so far and nearly 40,000 people to evacuate. Authorities announced last night that 16 people who had been listed as missing have been found safe.

ENTERTAINMENT
ALAN ALDA BATTLING PARKINSON’S… Actor Alan Alda revealed yesterday that he has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The 82-year-old Alda said he was diagnosed with the nervous system disorder three and a half years ago. During an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Alda said the only symptom he has experienced so far is twitching in his thumb. Alda is best known for playing “Hawkeye” Pierce in the long-running television series “M*A*S*H” and also appeared on the TV political drama series “The West Wing.” He earned an Oscar for his work in the film “The Aviator.”

PROSECUTORS WON’T CHARGE MOONVES… The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced yesterday that it will not be charging CBS CEO Les Moonves for alleged incidents of sexual abuse in the late 1980s. In February, a woman reported to police one incident in 1986 and two in 1988, but prosecutors were considering other charges since the statute of limitations had already expired. Last week, an article in the New Yorker accused Moonves of decades of sexual misconduct and included allegations from six other women.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 5 – Chi. Cubs 4… Francisco Cervelli homered with a runner aboard and Gregory Polanco added a solo shot as the Pirates held off the Cubs. David Freese stroked a pair of run-scoring doubles. Jonathan Taillon (8-8) allowed three runs on seven hits over 6-2/3 innings.

WASHINGTON 25 – N.Y. Mets 4… Daniel Murphy went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and six RBIs as the Nationals dealt the Mets their most lopsided defeat in franchise history. Ryan Zimmerman, Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds also circled the bases for Washington, which piled up 26 hits. Tanner Roark (5-12) allowed a run on four hits over seven innings.

ATLANTA 11 – Miami 6… Kurt Suzuki’s bases-clearing double capped a five-run bottom of the fourth inning that carried the Braves past the Marlins. Nick Markakis homered with a runner aboard. Ronald Acuna Jr. and Johan Camargo added solo shots.

Colorado 6 – ST. LOUIS 3… Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez hit two-run homers as the Rockies topped the Cardinals. Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra both had two hits and an RBI. Jon Gray (9-7) gave up three runs on four hits over seven innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Milwaukee 1 – L.A. DODGERS 0… Wade Miley (2-1) limited the Dodgers to two hits over seven innings and two Brewers relievers completed the shutout. Lorenzo Cain doubled home Christian Yelich with the game’s only run in the top of the fourth inning and made a leaping catch at the centerfield wall to rob Cody Bellinger of a game-tying homer.

San Francisco 3 – SAN DIEGO 2 (10 innings)… Brandon Crawford singled home Evan Longoria with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Padres made it stand in outlasting the Padres. Andrew McCutchen smacked a solo homer for San Francisco.

AL SCORES
N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Baltimore 3… Miguel Andujar blasted a three-run homer as the Yankees doubled up on the Orioles. Masahiro Tanaka (9-2) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings on his way to extending his unbeaten streak to 13 starts.

TAMPA BAY 10 – L.A. Angels 6… The Rays used a seven-run bottom of the fourth inning to put away the Angels. Kevin Kiermaier, Daniel Robertson and Carlos Gomez drove in two runs apiece.

Cleveland 6 – MINNESOTA 2… Edwin Encarnacion knocked in three runs, Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and the Indians cruised past the Twins. Trevor Bauer (10-6) allowed two runs on four hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Kansas City 4 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Danny Duffy (7-9) scattered six hits over 5-2/3 scoreless innings and the Royals handled the White Sox. Kansas City’s runs came on two-run homers by Ryan O’Hearn and Brett Phillips.

OAKLAND 6 – Toronto 2… Khris Davis hit a solo homer and singled home a run as the Athletics breezed past the Blue Jays. Mark Canha doubled home a run in the bottom of the third inning and scored on a theft of home. Matt Olson got things going with a two-run single in the first.

Houston 5 – SEATTLE 2… Josh Reddick singled home a run and drilled a two-run homer to lead the Astros past the Mariners. Evan Gattis also homered with a runner aboard. Charlie Morton (12-2) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
DETROIT 2 – Cincinnati 1… Matthew Boyd (6-9) pitched four-hit ball over eight scoreless innings and the Tigers held off the Reds. Niko Goodrum homered in the bottom of the fourth inning and Mike Gerber doubled home a run in the eighth.

Philadelphia 3 – BOSTON 1… Jake Arrieta (9-6) held the Red Sox to a run on six hits over seven innings in the Phillies’ win. Carlos Santana had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.

ARIZONA 6 – Texas 0… Zack Godley (12-6) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings before giving way to reliever T.J. McFarland as the Diamondbacks blanked the Rangers. A.J. Pollock homered. Steven Souza lined a two-run double.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 6-1) are at Washington (Milone, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Kingham, 5-5) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Hamels 5-9)…
Miami (Lopez, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Sanchez, 5-3)…
St. Louis (Weaver, 6-9) hosts Colorado (Freeland, 9-6)…
Milwaukee (Anderson, 7-7) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 4-4)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Cobb 2-14) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gray, 8-7)…
Minnesota (Mejia, 1-0) hosts Cleveland (Carrasco, 12-5)…
Toronto (Stroman, 4-7) is at Oakland (Manaea, 9-7)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 6-1) hosts Houston (Keuchel 8-9)…
Tampa Bay (TBD) hosts the L.A. Angels (Tropeano, 4-5)…
Kansas City (Junis, 5-11) is at the Chi. White Sox (Covey, 4-6)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Cincinnati (Romano, 6-8) is at Detroit (Fiers, 7-6)

MLB TRADES… Deals completed before yesterday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline:

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired 2B Brian Dozier from Minnesota in exchange for 2B Logan Forsythe, OF Luke Raley and LHP Devin Smeltzer. Earlier, L.A. and Toronto swapped right-handed pitchers, with John Axford going to L.A. and Toronto getting Corey Copping…

Arizona picked up LHP Jake Diekman from Texas in a trade for RHP Wei-Chieh Huang and player to be named later. Earlier, the Diamondbacks obtained RHP Brad Ziegler from Miami and sent RHP Tommy Eveld in exchange…

Milwaukee acquired 2B Jonathan Schoop from Baltimore in exchange for INF Jonathan Villar, RHP Luis Ortiz and INF Jean Carmona…

Cleveland picked up OF Oscar Mercado from St. Louis in a trade for OF Conner Capel and OF Jhon Torres. Earlier, the Indians obtained CF Leonys Martin and RHP Kyle Dowdy from Detroit and sent SS Willi Castro in exchange…

Pittsburgh acquired Chris Archer from Tampa Bay in exchange for RHP Tyler Glasnow, OF Austin Meadows and a player to be named later. Earlier, the Pirates obtained RHP Keone Kela from Texas and sent LHP Taylor Hearn and a player to be named later in exchange…

Seattle picked up OF Cameron Maybin from Miami in a trade for IF Bryson Brigman and international bonus pool money…

Atlanta acquired RHP Kevin Gausman and RHP Darren O’Day from Baltimore in exchange for RHP Evan Phillips, INF Jean Carlos Encarnacion, C Brett Cumberland, LHP Bruce Zimmerman and international bonus pool money…

The Chicago White Sox purchased LHP Hunter Schryver from Tampa Bay for International bonus pool money…

Philadelphia acquired LHP Aaron Loup from Toronto in exchange for RHP Jacob Waguespack. In an earlier deal, the Phillies obtained C Wilson Ramos from Tampa Bay for a player to be named later or cash considerations…

The Chicago Cubs picked up RHP Brandon Kintzler from Washington in a trade for RHP Jhon Romero…

Tampa Bay acquired OF Tommy Pham and international bonus pool money from St. Louis in exchange for LHP Genesis Cabrera, OF Justin Williams and RHP Roel Ramirez.

 

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