The Rundown for Sept. 19, 2018

FLORENCE DEATH TOLL RISES… The death toll from Florence rose to at least 33 people yesterday, with 26 of the deaths occurring in North Carolina. Authorities in North Carolina say 16 rivers in the state have reached major flood stages, with three more expected to peak by tomorrow. Authorities say some of the worst flooding is yet to come.

CHINA RETALIATES IN U.S. TRADE WAR… A trade war between the U.S. and China gained force yesterday after Beijing added $60 billion of U.S. products to its import tariff list in retaliation for President Trump’s planned hikes on Chinese goods. The latest escalation joins the ongoing trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. The Trump administration announced on Monday that it will begin to levy new tariffs of 10 percent on about $200 billion of Chinese products next week. Tariffs would go up to 25 percent by the end of 2018.

BROOKLYN DIOCESE SETTLES WITH ABUSE VICTIMS… The Diocese of Brooklyn has reached a $27.5 million settlement with tour men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by their Catholic religion teacher. According to the New York Times, the four were raped multiple times by a “lay teacher of religion and the director of religious education” at Brooklyn’s St. Lucy’s-St. Patrick’s Church. The teacher, 67-year-old Angelo Serrano, was arrested in 2009 for abusing several boys and pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual conduct charges in 2011. He is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence.

SENATE PASSES SPENDING BILL… The Senate yesterday overwhelmingly passed an $854 billion spending bill to fund some of the government’s largest departments and avoid an October 1 shutdown. The 93-7 vote approved funding for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education. The package included a stopgap bill to fund the government through December 7. A $674.4 billion Defense appropriation includes military pay raises, $3.8 billion will be used to fight the opioid epidemic and $725 million will be used for community block grants, and increases for Pell grants and the National Institute of Health.

MASSACHUSETTS UTILITY COMPANY SUED OVER EXPLOSIONS… Residents who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts communities last Thursday have filed a class action lawsuit against Columbia Gas and its parent company. The blasts left one person dead and more than two dozen others injured in the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover outside Boston. Plaintiffs accuse the utility companies of negligence and seek compensation. About 8,600 customers were affected by the explosions..

ENTERTAINMENT
EMMY AWARDS AUDIENCE SINKS… Monday night’s live telecast of the 70th Emmy Awards on NBC attracted an all-time low of 10.17 million viewers. The audience reflected a 10 percent decrease from last year. Other awards shows, including the Oscars, have recorded even bigger decreases.

BOB SEGER TO TOUR… Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band is planning a final tour that will span North America starting in November. The tour, which celebrates Seger’s 50-year music career, is set to kick off November 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before wrapping up on May 2 in Houston. Back problems forced Seger to postpone the remainder of his “Runaway Train” tour in October.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
L.A. DODGERS 3 – Colorado 2 (10 innings)… Chris Taylor’s one-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers over the Rockies and increased their first-place lead over Colorado to 1-1/2 games in the NL West. The game featured a duel between L.A. starter Clayton Kershaw and his counterpart Kyle Freeland, but neither got a decision.

Chi. Cubs 9 – ARIZONA 1… Mike Montgomery (5-5) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings and got plenty of support as the Cubs ripped the Diamondbacks. Javier Baez and Daniel Murphy hit two-run homers. Anthony Rizzo contributed a two-run single.  Chicago has expanded its lead over second-place Milwaukee to 3-1/2 games in the NL Central.

Cincinnati 3 – MILWAUKEE 1… Five pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Reds topped the Brewers. Jose Peraza provided all the offense Cincinnati needed with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.

St. Louis 8 – ATLANTA 1… Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and singled home a run to lead the Cardinals past the Braves. Yadier Molina added a two-run single. Austin Gomber (6-1) gave up a run on six hits over five innings.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Mets 2… Jorge Alfaro belted a tie-breaking three-run homer as the Phillies scored all five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put away the Mets. Pinch-hitter Justin Bour doubled home Aaron Altherr with the tying run.

Washington 4 – MIAMI 2… Anthony Rendon lifted a sacrifice fly and singled home a run as the Nationals downed the Marlins. Stephen Strasburg (9-7) held Miami to two runs on five hits and struck out 11 in six innings.

San Francisco 5 – SAN DIEGO 4… Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer and doubled home a run to lead the Giants past the Padres. Chris Shaw singled home San Francisco’s other two runs.

AL SCORES
N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Boston 2… Neil Walker blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Yankees held on to edge the Red Sox and prevent them from clinching the AL East. The game was delayed by rain for about six hours.

HOUSTON 7 – Seattle 0… Josh James (1-0) held the Mariners to four hits over 5-1/3 innings and got help from five Astros relievers in the shutout win. Marwin Gonzalez homered with a runner aboard. The victory moved Houston five games ahead of second-place Oakland in the AL West.

L.A. Angels 9 – OAKLAND 7… Kaleb Cowart unloaded a grand slam to cap a six-run top of the sixth inning and tripled home a run as the Angels slugged their way past the Athletics. Andrelton Simmons lined a two-run double for the Halos. Mike Trout homered with the bases empty.

Toronto 6 – BALTIMORE 4… Lourdes Gurriel went 2-for-3 with a two-run single as the Blue Jays dealt the Orioles their 108th loss of the season to set a franchise record. A throwing error by Baltimore third-baseman Steve Wilkerson in the top of the seventh inning allowed two Toronto runs to score.

Minnesota 5 – DETROIT 3… Tyler Austin had a couple of hits with three RBIs and Chris Gimenez hit a solo homer as the Twins got past the Tigers. Jake Odorizzi (7-10) gave up two runs on four hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Tampa Bay 4 – TEXAS 0… Blake Snell (20-5) pitched one-hit ball over five innings on his way to becoming the majors’ first 20-game winner as the Rays cruised past the Rangers. Willy Adames hit a two-run homer. Joey Wendle went 4-for-5 with an RBI.

CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 3… Yandy Diaz lined a two-run single and Jason Kipnis smacked a solo homer during a three-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the Indians past the White Sox. Corey Kluber (19-7) allowed three runs on eight hits over eight innings.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
PITTSBURGH 2 – Kansas City 1 (11 innings)… Pinch-hitter Ryan Lavarnway singled home Starling Marte with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Pirates outlasted the Royals. Colin Moran came through with a pinch-hit homer in the seventh for Pittsburgh.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Flaherty, 8-7) is at Atlanta (Toussaint, 1-1)…
Philadelphia (Eflin, 10-7) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 12-3)…
Cincinnati (Harvey, 7-8) is at Milwaukee (Gonzalez, 8-11)…
San Diego (Erlin, 3-7) hosts San Francisco (Stratton, 10-9)…
the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 9-9) are at Arizona (Ray, 5-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 7-5) host Colorado (Anderson, 6-9)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Minnesota (TBD) is at Detroit (Turnbull, 0-0)…
Texas (Mendez, 2-1) hosts Tampa Bay (TBD)…
Boston (Price, 15-6) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 17-8)…
Baltimore (TBD) hosts Toronto (Estrada, 7-12)…
the Chi. White Sox (Covey, 5-13) are at Cleveland (Carrasco, 16-9)…
Houston (Keuchel, 11-10) hosts Seattle (TBD)
the L.A. Angels (Peña, 3-4) are at Oakland (Anderson, 3-5)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Kansas City (Fillmyer, 3-1) is at Pittsburgh (Archer, 4-8)

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