The Rundown for August 9, 2018

NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS ARRESTED… New York Republican Congressman U.S. border with Mexico is calling insider-trading charges against him “meritless” and vows to remain on the ballot for the November midterms. Collins is accused of telling his son, family, and friends about how an Australian firm’s drug for multiple sclerosis did not pass clinical trials. Those who got word subsequently reportedly sold their stock. Collins held onto his stake as a majority shareholder of the company.

NUNES TARGETS ROSENSTEIN IN RECORDING… NBC News has aired an audio recording of California Republican Congressman Devin Nunes claiming the impeachment effort of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on hold because congressional Republicans want to wait until Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed. The audio was recorded last week at a private fundraiser for Washington Republican Congress candidate Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Nunes is also heard emphasizing the need for Republicans to retain the majority in Congress, saying that unless Attorney General Jeff Sessions un-recuses himself or Mueller “clear[s] the president,” Congressional Republicans will be “the only ones” protecting the president from the Russia investigation.

CONSERVATIONISTS TO SUE OVER PESTICIDES… Conservationists have notified the Trump administration that they plan to sue over the administration’s reversal of a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing pesticides and genetically modified crops on U.S. wildlife refuges. The reversal enacted last week in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service memo suggested that neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, were needed for “farming practices” in refuge areas where that was allowed. Conservationists say they’ll file suit in federal court in 60 days unless the new policy is rescinded.

BORDER ARRESTS DOWN IN JULY… Figures released yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security indicate border agents arrested about 8 percent fewer people in July at the U.S. border with Mexico than in June, but the number of migrant families detained remained nearly constant. A total of 31,303 people were arrested at the U.S. border with Mexico in July, compared with 34,095 in June, the report revealed. Of those detained after attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, about 4,000 were children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, compared with about 5,100 children in June.

STATES OF EMERGENCY DECLARED AHEAD OF RALLIES… Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville declared states of emergency yesterday in advance of planned events surrounding the one-year anniversary of a deadly “Unite the Right” rally. The declaration will be in effect from Friday through Sunday in and around Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. The action gives state agencies the necessary tools to “perform actions outside the scope of normal operations.”

OSCAR CHANGES… A new Oscar category for outstanding achievement in popular film was among changes announced yesterday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors. Films more popular at the box office than among critics will more likely win an Oscar in the new category. The Academy’s board of governors has also set an earlier date for the 2020 Oscars ceremony and will shorten the telecast to three hours in an attempt to make the ceremony “more accessible for our viewers worldwide.”

BRAD PITT RESPONDS TO ANGELINA JOLIE’S CLAIMS… Actor Brad Pitt is denying his estranged wife Angelina Jolie’s claims that he has failed to support their children. Pitt’s attorneys say he had paid more than $1.3 million in costs and loaned $8 million to Jolie to help her buy a house. Pitt’s representatives also say Jolie’s claims regarding child support were a “thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”

N.Y. METS 8 – Cincinnati 0… Jacob deGrom (6-7) limited the Reds to four hits and struck out 10 over six innings as the Mets cruised to the win. Brandon Nimmo and Austin Jackson both had three hits and three RBIs.

Pittsburgh 4 – COLORADO 3… Chris Archer (4-5) held the Rockies to two runs on five hits and the Pirates held on for the victory. Cory Dickerson and Colin Moran both had two hits and an RBI.

ARIZONA 6 – Philadelphia 0… Patrick Corbin (9-4) allowed just four hits and struck out nine over 7-1/3 innings and two relievers completed the Diamondbacks’ shutout of the Phillies. Eduardo Escobar doubled home two runs and lifted a sacrifice fly. David Peralta went 4-for-5 with a two-run triple.

Atlanta 8 – WASHINGTON 3… Charlie Culberson belted a three-run homer in the top of the third inning and the Braves got two-run homers from Ronald Acuna and Tyler Flowers in the fourth on their way past the Nationals. Mike Foltynewicz gave up three runs on six hits over 5-2/3 innings. Only one of the run he allowed was earned.

St. Louis 7 – MIAMI 1… Yadier Molina hit a solo homer and doubled home two runs in leading the Cardinals past the Marlins. Marcell Ozuna and Paul DeJong delivered two-run doubles.

MILWAUKEE 8 – San Diego 4… The Brewers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning and didn’t look back in doubling up on the Padres. Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit consecutive first-inning homers. Christian Yelich and Orlando Arcia also went deep.

TEXAS 11 – Seattle 7… Joey Gallo homered twice and knocked in four runs as the Rangers outslugged the Mariners. Yovani Gallardo gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in winning his fourth straight start.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Detroit 0… Jaime Barria (7-7) gave up five hits over 5-2/3 innings and three relievers held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way in the Angels’ win. Kole Calhoun, Justin Upton and Albert Pujols homered for the Halos.

Boston 10 – TORONTO 5… Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list and the Red Sox handled the Blue Jays. Xavier Bogaerts drove in three runs.

CLEVELAND 5 – Minnesota 2… Francisco Lindor’s three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Indians past the Twins. The game featured a duel between Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger and his counterpart Jake Odorizzi, but neither got a decision.

Baltimore 5 – TAMPA BAY 4… The Orioles edged the Rays despite committing five errors. Trey Mancini came through with a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the ninth inning. Tim Beckham, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo hit solo homers for Baltimore.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – CHI. WHITE SOX 3… Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam capped a six-run top of the second inning and the Yankees breezed past the White Sox. Luis Severino (15-5) gave up three runs on seven hits over seven innings.

KANSAS CITY 9 – Chi. Cubs 0… Heath Fillmyer pitched three-hit ball over seven innings on his way to his first major-league victory as the Royals bombed the Cubs. Adalberto Mondesi belted a three-run homer. Drew Butera hit a two-run double and lifted a sacrifice fly.

OAKLAND 3 – L.A. Dodgers 2… Marcus Semien scored the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal dropped the ball on a play at the plate. The Athletics scored twice in the fourth on RBI singles by Stephen Piscotty and Ramon Laureano.

Atlanta (Sanchez 6-3) is at Washington (Gonzalez, 6-8)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-7) hosts San Diego (Erlin, 2-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Stripling, 8-3) are at Colorado (Anderson, 6-4)…
San Francisco (Suarez, 4-7) hosts Pittsburgh (Nova, 6-6)

Minnesota (Berrios, 11-8) is at Cleveland (Kluber, 14-6)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Happ, 11-6) host Texas (Jurado, 2-1)…
Boston (Porcello, 14-4) is at Toronto (Borucki, 1-2)…
Tampa Bay (Wood, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Hess, 2-6)…
Seattle (Paxton, 9-5) is at Houston (Verlander, 11-6)

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