The Rundown for Sept. 26, 2018

KAVANAUGH VOTE SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY… The Senate judiciary committee has rescheduled a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination for Friday morning. The vote would come just a day after Kavanaugh and sexual-abuse accuser Christine Blasey Ford are both expected to testify under oath before the committee. Ford claims Kavanaugh pinned her down tried to take off her clothes and at a high school party in the 1980s. Republicans have hired Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Kavanaugh and Ford at Thursday’s public hearing. Democrats will conduct their own questioning.

TRUMP AT UN… President Trump took an America-first approach to his address to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. Trump’s speech got off to a rough start when he drew laughter with the claim that his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.” The early 200 delegates on hand then stayed mostly silent as Trump touted the U.S.’ pullout from the Iran nuclear accord, his refusal to sign a U.N.-backed compact for migration, the withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council and his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Trump blamed Iran for spreading “mayhem across the Middle East.”

RIVERS STILL RISING IN CAROLINAS… As many as 8,000 people in and around Georgetown, South Carolina, were urged to evacuate their homes yesterday as rain-swollen rivers threatened to submerge some neighborhoods under 10 feet of water. The area sits at the confluence of the Waccamaw, Great Pee Dee and Sampit rivers, which have been rising since Hurricane Florence came ashore on September 14. The storm is blamed for the deaths of 46 people in three states.

L.A. COPS ARREST MAN SUSPECTED OF THREE MURDERS… Los Angeles police yesterday arrested a man wanted for questioning in the disappearance of two relatives in Houston and attacks on mostly homeless victims that left three people dead in Los Angeles. 47-year-old Ramon Escobar faces three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder in a case that investigators plan to hand the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office today. Escobar spent five years in prison in Texas, from 1995 to 2000, on a burglary conviction, and was arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal trespass in Texas during the past two years.

DELTA FLIGHTS DISRUPTED… Delta Air Lines said all systems were back up and running last night after a technology issue forced the grounding of some flights that had not yet taken off. The glitch briefly disrupted travel for passengers across the country. It was not immediately reported how many people or flights were affected.

BILL COSBY SENTENCED, SENT TO JAIL… Bill Cosby was sent immediately to jail yesterday after a judge identified him as a “predator” and sentenced him to between three and 10 years in prison for sexual assault. The 81-year-old Cosby was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the drugging and sexual assault of former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby won’t become eligible for supervised release until he spends at least three years in a Pennsylvania prison. The judge also fined Cosby $25,000 and ordered him to pay the costs of the prosecution.

McKINNON GETS ROLE IN ROGER AILES FILM… Comedian Kate McKinnon has joined the cast of the upcoming film about Fox News and its former chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes. McKinnon will portray a producer at Fox News in a role that is not based on a real person. McKinnon, who is best known as a “Saturday Night Live” castmember, joins a cast that includes Charlize Theron as former anchor Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as former anchor Gretchen Carlson, John Lithgow as Ailes and Margot Robbie as a fictional associate producer. No release date has been announced.

COLORADO 10 – Philadelphia 3… David Dahl went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and RBI single as the Rockies pounded the Phillies and moved within a half-game of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles.

ARIZONA 4 – L.A. Dodgers 3… Eduardo Escobar’s homer to lead off the bottom of the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Diamondbacks over the Dodgers. Jay Peralta lined a two-run double for Arizona.

Milwaukee 12 – ST. LOUIS 4… The Brewers used a 15-hit attack to wallop the Cardinals, pull within a half-game of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central and reduce their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one. Christian Yelich drove in six runs with a triple and a homer. Ryan Braun knocked in three runs with a pair of homers. Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-5 with a solo homer.

Pittsburgh 6 – CHI. CUBS 0… Chris Archer pitched four-hit ball and fanned nine over six innings as the Pirates blanked the Cubs. Pablo Reyes went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer.

Atlanta 7 – N.Y. METS 3… The Braves overcame a 3-0 seventh-inning deficit to down the Mets for their sixth straight win. Oscar Albies capped the comeback with a two-run homer. Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.

WASHINGTON 9 – Miami 4… Anthony Rendon belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and sparked a six-run seventh with an RBI double as the Nationals ripped the Marlins. Max Scherzer (18-7) held Miami to a run on five hits and struck out 10 in seven innings. He became just the 17th pitcher since 1900 to strike out 300 batters in a season.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – San Diego 4 (12 innings)… Pinch-hitter Madison Bumgarner singled home Gorkys Hernandez with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Giants outlasted the Padres. Hunter Pence hit a solo homer. Gregor Blanco doubled home two runs.

Houston 4 – TORONTO 1… The Astros eased past the Blue Jays to win their 100th game of the season and clinch the NL West title for the second straight year. Alex Bregman provided all the offense Houston needed with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Josh James (2-0) allowed a run on four hits over five innings.

N.Y. Yankees 9 – TAMPA BAY 2… Gary Sanchez blasted a three-run homer and singled home a run as the Yankees ripped the Rays and moved three games ahead of Oakland in the race for the AL’s top wild-card spot. Miguel Andujar and Adeiny Hechevarria also went deep for New York. Luis Severino (19-8) surrendered two runs on four hits over five innings.

SEATTLE 10 – Oakland 8 (11 innings)… Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann came through with a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to complete the Mariners’ come-from-behind win over the Athletics. Denard Span hit a two-run double in the eighth and pinch-hitter Kyle Seager added a game-tying RBI single in the ninth.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Cleveland 4… The White Sox rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Indians. Daniel Palka stroked a game-winning two-run single. Avisail Garcia homered for Chicago.

L.A. ANGELS 4 – Texas 1… Shohei Ohtani singled home a tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Angels added three more runs on an error, a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly on their way past the Rangers.

Detroit 4 – MINNESOTA 2… James McCann hit a two-run double as the Tigers scored all four runs in the top of the eighth inning to top the Twins.

BOSTON – Baltimore (ppd)… Rain in Boston forced postponement of last night’s Red Sox-Orioles game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Kansas City 4 – CINCINNATI 3… Hunter Dozier hit a tie-breaking homer to lead off the top of the ninth inning and the Royals made it stand in edging the Reds. Ryan O’Hearn homered with a runner aboard for Kansas City.

Miami (Chen, 6-11) is at Washington (McGowin, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 9-9) host Atlanta (Newcomb, 12-9)…
Milwaukee (Chacin, 14-8) is at St. Louis (Gant, 7-6)…
the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 13-11) host Pittsburgh (Nova, 9-9)…
Philadelphia (Pivetta, 7-13) is at Colorado (Marquez, 13-10)…
Arizona (Greinke, 14-11) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Stripling, 8-5)…
San Diego (Perdomo, 1-6) is at San Francisco (Kelly, 0-2)

Baltimore (Meisinger, 2-0; TBD) is at Boston (Price, 15-7; Sale, 12-4) for a doubleheader…
Toronto (Reid-Foley, 2-4) hosts Houston (TBD)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 12-5) are at Tampa Bay (TBD)…
the Chi. White Sox (TBD) host Cleveland (Bieber, 10-5)…
Detroit (Boyd, 9-12) is at Minnesota (Odorizzi, 7-10)…
the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 9-10) host Texas (Mendez, 2-2)…
Oakland (Jackson, 6-3) is at Seattle (Hernandez, 8-13)

Kansas City (Fillmyer, 3-2) is at Cincinnati (Reed, 1-2)

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