The Rundown for August 6, 2018

TRUMP, LAWYER REVISE MEETING POSITIONS… President Trump and his lawyer, Jay Sekulow, have updated their versions of events surrounding the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump’s top aides and a Kremlin-linked lawyer. Trump tweeted an admission yesterday that the meeting was held to “get information on an opponent.” He previously claimed the purpose of the meeting was to discuss Russian adoptions. During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week” yesterday, Sekulow walked back his initial claim that the president was not involved in writing Donald Trump Jr.’s explanation of the meeting. The lawyer said his claim had based on bad information.

OFFICIALS: U.S. HAD NO PART IN VENEZUELA INCIDENT… Government officials insist the U.S. had no part in Saturday’s apparent attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “I can say unequivocally there was no U.S. government involvement in this at all,” National Security Adviser John Bolton declared yesterday. Bolton suggested the apparent attack might be “a pretext set up by the Maduro regime itself” to divert discontent over “his authoritarian rule.” Maduro has blamed Colombia for the attack.

11 CHILDREN RESCUED AT NEW MEXICO COMPOUND… Authorities in New Mexico rescued 11 starving children living in filth at a compound in Taos County. The children ranged in age from 1 to 15 and were turned over to state welfare workers. Two men were arrested at the compound in the town of Amalia. Sheriffs had been conducting surveillance on the compound in search of a missing 3-year-old toddler when they received a message from someone inside saying people were starving and needed water.

FIVE DEAD IN PLANE CRASH… Five people were killed yesterday when the twin-engine Cessna they were aboard crashed in a Southern California parking lot. Authorities said nobody on the ground in the city of Santa Ana was injured. The pilot of the small plane declared an emergency before crashing about a mile from John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

CLASHES IN BERKELEY… There were multiple arrests yesterday in Berkeley, California, where a planned right-wing rally drew a counterprotest. Police say they arrested 20 people on charges including possession of banned weapons, battery, working with others to commit a crime and vandalism. Police reported three people suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene.

SIR PATRICK STEWART RETURNING AS JEAN-LUC PICARD… Actor Sir Patrick Stewart will reprise his “Star Trek” role as Jean-Luc Picard. He has signed onto a new “Star Trek” series based on his iconic character and chronicling his life after “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Stewart made the announcement Saturday during a surprise appearance at the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” took in $35 million to remain atop the weekend box office. Disney’s “Christopher Robin” made $25 million to finish second. “The Spy Who Dumped Me” brought in $12.3 million to come in third. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” finished fourth with $9 million. “The Equalizer 2” capped the top five with $8.8 million.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Miami 3… Asdrubal Cabrera came through with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Phillies completed a sweep of the Marlins. Odubel Herrera lined a two-run single. Philadelphia remains 1-1/2 games ahead of Atlanta atop the NL East.

Atlanta 5 – N.Y. METS 4 (10 innings)… The Braves outlasted the Mets after spotting them an early 3-0 lead. Nick Markakis hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the 10th inning. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran and Ender Inciarte also went deep for Atlanta.

San Diego 10 – CHI. CUBS 6… The Padres pounded out 15 hits in their pounding of the Cubs. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly. Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs.

Colorado 5 – MILWAUKEE 4 (11 innings)… The Rockies recovered to outlast the Brewers after blowing a three-run ninth-inning lead. Nolan Arenado smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 11th inning. Trevor Story belted a three-run homer in the fifth for Colorado. The loss prevented Milwaukee from moving into a first-place tie with Chicago in the NL Central.

St. Louis 2 – PITTSBURGH 1… Matt Carpenter’s third homer in three games was a two-run shot in the top of the fifth inning that carried the Cardinals past the Pirates. Jack Flaherty (5-6) pitched three-hit ball over six shutout innings.

WASHINGTON 2 – Cincinnati 1… Tanner Roark (6-12) limited the Reds to a run on seven hits over seven innings in outdueling Luis Castillo (6-9) as the Nationals clipped the Reds. Matt Wieters homered and Bryce Harper doubled home a run for Washington.

San Francisco 3 – ARIZONA 2… Evan Longoria smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the eighth inning and the Giants held on to edge the Diamondbacks. Longoria also singled home the Giants’ first run in the third.

BOSTON 5 – N.Y. Yankees 4 (10 innings)… The Red Sox came from behind to stun the Yankees and complete a four-game sweep. J.D. Martinez singled home a pair of runs during a three-run bottom of the ninth inning and Andrew Benintendi’s single scored pinch-runner Tony Renda with the winning run in the 10th.

CLEVELAND 4 – L.A. Angels 3… Jose Ramirez’s 33rd homer of the season was a three-run shot in the bottom of the first inning and Jason Kipnis doubled home a run in the sixth as the Indians edged the Angels. Shane Bieber (6-2) gave up two runs on seven hits over 5-2/3 innings.

OAKLAND 6 – Detroit 0… Trevor Cahill (4-2) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and struck out 10 as the Athletics blanked the Tigers for their sixth straight win. Matt Chapman, Khris Davis and Matt Olson homered for Oakland.

SEATTLE 6 – Toronto 3… Nelson Cruz connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer and Kyle Seger added his second solo shot of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Mariners put away the Blue Jays. Cruz also hit a two-run single.

Chi. White Sox 8 – TAMPA BAY 7… Daniel Palka drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the White Sox hung on to top the Rays. Avisail Garcia hit two solo homers. Tim Anderson stroked two run-producing singles.

MINNESOTA 6 – Kansas City 5… Jake Cave unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning to help power the Twins past the Royals. Ehire Adrianza singled home a run and scored on Robbie Grossman’s double in the fourth.

Baltimore 9 – TEXAS 6… Mark Trumbo homered twice and knocked in five runs to lead the Orioles past the Rangers. Jonathan Villar and Austin Wynns also went deep for Baltimore.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Houston 2… The Dodgers held off the Astros to salvage the series finale and move into a first-place tie with Arizona atop the NL West. Brian Dozier hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. Cody Bellinger added an RBI double in the third. Walker Buehler (5-4) allowed two runs on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Cincinnati (Bailey, 1-8) is at the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 6-2)…
Miami (Chen, 3-8) hosts St. Louis (Weaver, 6-9)…
Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 4-5) is at Colorado (Freeland, 9-7)…
Arizona (Godley, 12-6) hosts Philadelphia (Arrieta, 9-6)

Minnesota (Gibson, 5-8) is at Cleveland (Bauer, 10-6)…
Texas (Perez, 2-4) hosts Seattle (LeBlanc, 6-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Lynn, 7-8) are at the Chi. White Sox (Covey, 4-7)…
Detroit (Boyd, 6-9) is at the L.A. Angels (Tropeano, 4-6)

the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 6-9) are at Kansas City (Junis, 6-11)…
San Francisco (Rodriguez, 5-1) hosts Houston (Morton, 12-2)


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