The Rundown for August 3, 2018

APPLE VALUE TOPS $1T… Apple has become the first U.S. company with a $1 trillion market value. The momentous occasion occurred yesterday when a 2.5 percent surge lifted the company’s stock to $207.04 per share with nearly 5 billion shares out on the market. Apple’s stock has risen steadily over the past few days after the company reported a quarterly revenue of $53.3 billion.

MANAFORT TRIAL… Prosecutors focused on the secrecy of accounts maintained by former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on yesterday’s third day of his bank fraud and tax-evasion trial in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort’s longtime bookkeeper testified that she knew nothing about more than a dozen accounts Manafort allegedly controlled in Cyprus despite having processed all of his personal expenses, tracked his income and generated his annual financial statements. Heather Washkuhn said she was paid $100,000 annually between 2011 and 2018 to provide Manafort accounting and bookkeeping services.

MUELLER WANTS TO INTERVIEW RUSSIAN POP STAR… Special Counsel Robert Mueller hopes to interview Russian pop star Emin Agalarov about the 2016 meeting that involved Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower. Agalarov, the son of a Russian oligarch, has claimed that he helped arrange the meeting at his father’s request and Trump Jr. immediately consented, believing he would be given incriminating information on Hillary Clinton.

FIREWORKS AT PRESS BRIEFING… White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to tone down her anti-media rhetoric during a heated exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta at yesterday’s White House press briefing. After Acosta asked her to state that the media “are not the enemy of the people,” say the media is not the “enemy of the people” Sanders read from prepared remarks that accused the media of mistreating her. Acosta left the briefing out of protest.

STATES BATTLE TRUMP OVER FUEL STANDARDS… California leads a coalition of 19 states that are fighting the Trump administration’s proposal to reduce fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. White House officials claim a rollback of the standards will strengthen car manufacturers and lower vehicle prices. Critics say the plan would accelerate climate change and raise fuel prices.

McDONALD’S MONOPOLY GAME FILM IN THE WORKS… Ben Affleck is set to direct, and Matt Damon is set to star in, a movie version of the true-crime drama about an ex-cop who rigged the McDonald’s Monopoly game. Fox reportedly outbid Universal, Netflix and Warner Brothers on the option. As reported Saturday in The Daily Beast, the story centers on former police officer Jerome Jacobson, who was director of security for a company that produced the McDonald’s Monopoly game pieces. Jacobson allegedly made millions by stealing winning pieces and selling them.

IN THEATERS… The comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” tells the story about two women who are best friends become unwittingly entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy. Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth and Vilma Szécsi star in the R-rated film… “The Darkest Minds” stars Bradley Whitford and Mandy Moore in the story about a group of teens who unite to resist an adult world that now fears everyone under the age of 18. It’s rated PG-13… In the animated Disney fantasy musical “Christopher Robin,” a working-class family man encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh and rediscovers the joys of life. It’s rated PG.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Miami 2… Maikel Franco’s walkoff three-run homer capped a four-run bottom of the ninth inning that sent the Phillies past the Marlins. Rhys Hoskins homered with the bases empty or Philadelphia, which maintained its half-game lead over Atlanta atop the NL East.

Atlanta 4 – N.Y. METS 2… Mike Foltynewicz (8-7) held the Mets to two runs on five hits over six innings as the Braves cruised to the win. Johan Camargo produced a two-run double.

San Diego 6 – CHI. CUBS 1… Robbie Erlin (2-3) limited the Cubs to a run on two hits over five innings and the Padres breezed past the Cubs. Austin Hedges went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer for San Diego.

L.A. DODGERS 21 – Milwaukee 5… Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig both homered twice and drove in four runs to lead a power barrage that carried the Dodgers past the Brewers. Cody Bellinger unloaded a grand slam. Brian Dozier and Justin Turner also went deep. Clayton Kershaw (5-5) surrendered two runs on five hits over six innings. The victory jumped the Dodgers a game ahead of Arizona atop the NL West. Milwaukee remains a game back of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

San Francisco 8 – ARIZONA 1… Madison Bumgarner (4-4) allowed just a run on seven hits over five innings and the Giants put away the Diamondbacks. Austin Slater went 2-for-3 with a two-run single.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Colorado 2… Pinch-hitter Jose Martinez came through with a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Cardinals over the Rockies. The game featured a duel between St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas and his counterpart Antonio Senzatela, but neither got a decision.

WASHINGTON 10 – Cincinnati 4… Trea Turner stroked a two-run single during a six-run bottom of the second inning and added a two-run homer in the fifth to lead the Nationals past the Reds. Bryce Harper had a couple of hits, including a homer, and two RBIs. Max Scherzer (15-5) held Cincinnati to two runs on four hits and struck out 10 in six innings.

BOSTON 15 – N.Y. Yankees 7… Steve Pearce homered three times and knocked in six runs as the Red Sox rolled past the Yankees after spotting them an early four-run lead. Andrew Benintendi had three hits and three RBIs. Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Toronto 7 – SEATTLE 3… Devin Travis lined a two-run single in the top of the second inning and Kendry Morales drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh as the Blue Jays topped the Mariners. Aledmys Diaz added a two-run homer. Teoscar Hernandez went 4-for-4 and scored a run. Mike Hauschild (1-0) pitched six shutout innings after relieving starter Tyler Clippard, who worked just one inning.

TAMPA BAY 4 – L.A. Angels 2… The Rays scored all four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held off the Angels. C.J. Cron sparked the rally with a two-run single. Jalen Beeks (1-1) pitched five innings in relief and was credited with the victory.

CHI. WHITE SOX 6 – Kansas City 4… Jose Abreu smacked a solo homer and Daniel Palka delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to power the White Sox past the Royals.

TEXAS 17 – Baltimore 5… Jurickson Profar belted a three-run homer and singled home a run. Rougned Odor homered with a runner aboard and Joey Gallo added a solo shot. Elvis Andrus had three hits and three RBIs.

San Diego (Ross, 6-8) is at the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 9-7)…
Washington (Gonzalez, 6-7) hosts Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 4-3)…
Miami (Richards, 3-5) is at Philadelphia (Velasquez, 7-8)…
Pittsburgh (Archer, 3-5) hosts St. Louis (Gant, 3-4)…
Atlanta (Sanchez, 5-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 5-6)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-7) hosts Colorado (Marquez, 9-8)…
San Francisco (Stratton, 8-6) is at Arizona (Corbin, 7-4)

the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 7-8) are at Tampa Bay (Stanek, 1-3)…
Cleveland (Clevinger, 7-7) hosts the L.A. Angels (Barria, 6-7)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 14-4) are at Boston (Porcello, 13-4)…
Texas (Jurado, 1-1) hosts Baltimore (Hess, 2-5)…
Kansas City (Fillmyer, 0-1) is at Minnesota (Odorizzi, 4-7)…
Oakland (Anderson, 2-3) hosts Detroit (Hardy, 4-3)…
Toronto (Borucki, 0-2) is at Seattle (Gonzalez, 12-5)

Houston (Verlander, 10-6) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Wood, 7-5)

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