The Rundown for August 15, 2018

PRIMARIES IN VERMONT, MINNESOTA. CONNECTICUT, WISCONSIN… Christine Hallquist became the first openly transgender major-party candidate for governor when she won the Democratic primary in Vermont yesterday. She will face Republican Phil Scott in the general election… Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson denied former Governor Tim Pawlenty’s bid to return to office after an eight-year absence by winning yesterday’s Minnesota’s Republican governor primary. Johnson will face Democrat Tim Walz in November. Also in Minnesota, Congressman Keith Ellison won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s nomination for attorney general just days after denying allegations he physically abused an ex-girlfriend… Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski won their primaries in Connecticut’s governor’s race… Democratic state superintendent Tony Evers cruised to a primary win in Wisconsin’s governor’s primary. He will go up against Republican incumbent Scott Walker in the general election.

COLYER CONCEDES KANSAS GOVERNOR GOP PRIMARY… Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer conceded the state’s gubernatorial Republican primary to Secretary of State Kris Kobach last night. His announcement came a week after one of the closest races in Kansas history. Kobach will face Democratic candidate Senator Laura Kelly and independent Greg Orman in November’s general election.

DEFENSE RESTS ITS CASE IN MANAFORT TRIAL… The defense rested its case yesterday in the federal bank fraud and tax-evasion trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. After U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III announced that he would dismiss Manafort’s motion to acquit, defense attorneys wrapped up their arguments without calling a single witness to the stand. The case will now proceed to closing arguments and jury deliberation.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN TAKES ACTION AGAINST OMAROSA… President Trump’s presidential campaign has filed for arbitration proceedings against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. White House officials say Manigault Newman’s new book “Unhinged” includes details that breached her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump campaign. Manigault Newman has denied signing a non-disclosure agreement while working with the White House, but did sign an NDA for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. She says she doesn’t believe she violated the 2016 NDA with the statements made in her book.

PENNSYLVANIA DIOCESE ACCUSED OF COVER-UP… A grand jury report released last night accuses six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania of systematically covered up the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by hundreds of clergymen over the past seven decades. The report followed a comprehensive investigation that determined officials within the Roman Catholic Church regularly put the institution above the interests of the victims. After examining a half-million pages of evidence dating back to 1947, the grand jury noted that the real number of victims could be even higher.

WEINSTEIN MUST FACE LAWSUIT… A federal judge yesterday gave a British actress the go-ahead in her lawsuit accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of violating sex trafficking laws. Kadian Noble claims in her lawsuit that Weinstein invited her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her. In denying the plaintiff’s motion to dismiss the suit, U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan said the allegations “plausibly establish” that Weinstein may have violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

ETHAN PECK TO PLAY SPOCK… Ethan Peck has signed on to the role of Spock in Season 2 of the CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery.” Peck, who played Patrick Verona in ABC’s “10 Things I Hate About You” and played Saxon on the CW Seed’s “I Ship It,” will play a young Spock. Peck is the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck.

Milwaukee 7 – CHI. CUBS 0… Jhoulys Chacin (12-4) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and struck out 10 as the Brewers bombed the Cubs. Two relievers completed the shutout. Ryan Braun drilled a pair of two-run homers. Lorenzo Cain and Erik Kratz also went deep.

ATLANTA 10 – Miami 6… Ronald Acuna went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in leading the Braves past the Marlins. He now has homered in five straight games and has eight homers in eight games. Freddie Freeman’s 20th homer came with the bases empty. Charlie Culberson also smacked a solo homer.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Washington 4… John Gant (5-4) allowed just a run on four hits in a solid 5-1/3-inning effort on the mound and helped his cause with a two-run homer as the Cardinals topped the Nationals. Kelton Wong went 3-for-3 with a two-run double and a solo homer.

San Francisco 2 – L.A. DODGERS 1… Alen Hanson’s second RBI single of the night scored Brandon Belt with a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning and the Giants made it stand in beating the Dodgers. L.A outfielder Yasiel Puig and San Francisco catcher Nick Hundley were ejected following a sixth-inning altercation that emptied the dugouts.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – Tampa Bay 1… J.A. Happ limited the Rays to one hit over seven shutout innings as the Yankees cruised to the win. Austin Romine homered with a runner aboard.

Chi. White Sox 6 – DETROIT 3… Ryan LaMarre hit his first major league homer, Jose Abreu doubled home a pair of runs and the White Sox topped the Tigers. Lucas Giolito (8-9) allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings.

Toronto 6 – KANSAS CITY 5… Kevin Pillar singled home a run and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to send the Blue Jays past the Royals. Danny Jansen hit a bases-empty homer.

OAKLAND 3 – Seattle 2… Marcus Semien homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning, Jed Lowrie added a two-run shot in the third and the Athletics held off the Mariners to pull within a game of first-place Houston in the AL West. Mike Fiers (8-6) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings.

Boston 2 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Brock Holt hit a tie-breaking homer in the top of the eighth inning and the Red Sox made it stand in edging the Phillies. Sandy Leon also homered for Boston. Rick Porcello (15-5) held Philadelphia to a run on two hits over seven innings and fanned 10.

BALTIMORE 6 – N.Y. Mets 3… The Orioles got homers from Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Tim Beckham in doubling up on the Mets. Andrew Cashner (4-10) surrendered two runs on five hits over seven innings.

Cleveland 8 – CINCINNATI 1… The Indians built a 6-0 lead after the first two innings and never looked back in ripping the Reds. Yonder Alonso lined a two-run single and lifted a sacrifice fly. Jose Ramirez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and solo homer. Corey Kluber (15-6) held Cincinnati to a run on five hits over seven innings.

Arizona 6 – TEXAS 4… The Diamondbacks jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off the Rangers. Daniel Descalso drove in two runs. Paul Goldschmidt had a couple of hits, including a solo homer. Alex Avila also circled the bases.

Colorado 5 – HOUSTON 1… German Marquez (10-9) allowed just a run on three hits in outdueling Justin Verlander (11-8) and the Rockies dealt the Astros their fifth straight loss. Nolan Arenado’s 30th homer was a solo shot. Trevor Story added his 25th roundtripper.

MINNESOTA 5 – Pittsburgh 2… The Twins rallied past the Pirates after spotting them an early two-run lead. Miguel Sano homered with a runner aboard. Jorge Polanco had a couple of hits, including a two-run single.

L.A. Angels 7 – SAN DIEGO 3… Justin Upton hit a two-run homer and singled home a run in leading the Angels past the Padres. Eric Young drove in two runs. Jaime Barria held San Diego to a run on six hits over five innings.

Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-7) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 8-9)…
Atlanta (Gausman, 6-9) hosts Miami (Ureña, 3-12)…
Washington (Hellickson, 5-2) is at St. Louis (Gomber, 2-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 3-0) host San Francisco (Holland, 6-8)

Tampa Bay (Faria, 4-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Cessa, 1-2)…
Detroit (Zimmermann, 5-4) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 3-3)…
Toronto (Estrada, 5-9) is at Kansas City (Smith, 1-4)…
Oakland (Anderson, 2-3) hosts Seattle (Leake, 8-7)

Boston (Eovaldi, 5-4) is at Philadelphia (Velasquez, 8-9)…
Baltimore (Bundy, 7-10) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 7-6)…
Cleveland (Bieber, 6-2) is at Cincinnati (Stephenson, 0-1)…
Minnesota (Berrios, 11-8) hosts Pittsburgh (Archer, 4-5)…
Colorado (Anderson, 6-4) is at Houston (Cole, 10-5)…
San Diego (Erlin, 2-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Peña, 1-3)

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