The Rundown for July 1, 2019

TRUMP IN NORTH KOREA… President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president ever to set foot on North Korean territory yesterday when he crossed the border at the demilitarized zone and shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim called it a “courageous and determined act” and said he and Trump were trying to “put an end to an unpleasant past.” The symbolic gesture angered many in the U.S. who cited Kim’s record of brutality and called the get-together a continuing effort by Trump to appease the despots of the world. Newly-named White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham was roughed up and bruised at the event when she got caught in the middle of a tussle between U.S. reporters and North Korean security officials.

WHITE HOUSE POSTPONES ‘CONSCIENCE’ RULE… The Trump agreed over the weekend to postpone the so-called “conscience” rule that would allow medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds. A California lawsuit is currently challenging the rule on the grounds that it exceeds the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services. Critics argue that it would make it easier for health care providers to discriminate against some Americans.

OREGON DEMS DELAY LEGISLATION… Democrats in Oregon yesterday delayed the state legislature and demanded the ban of Republican Senator Brian Boquist from the floor. The action came a day after Republicans called off a walkout that shut down the legislature last week. Boquist was widely criticized for warning state police to “send bachelors and come heavily armed” if they attempted to return him to the Capitol amid the walkout over climate-change legislation.

PRIDE PARADES… Massive parades in New York, Chicago and San Francisco highlighted nationwide Pride parades yesterday. A crowd gathered outside the historic Stonewall Inn in New York to honor the 50th anniversary of a police raid that sparked the modern-day gay rights movement. A rally later drew some 150,000 people to Central Park. The event in Chicago included the city’s first openly gay mayor, Lori Lightfoot, but was called off after three hours due to thunderstorms. San Francisco’s celebration was delayed by an hour as activists protested Google’s sponsorship over what they called harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ people on YouTube and other Google platforms.

FLOODING IN WEST VIRGINIA… Flood warnings were issued in portions of northern and eastern West Virginia yesterday after a deluge dropped several inches of rain on Saturday night. Severe thunderstorms in several mountainous counties caused flash flooding that knocked homes off their foundations and washed out roads. Officials in Pendleton, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties asked Governor Jim Justice to declare a state of emergency.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT ANGRY OVER CATALOG SALE… Taylor Swift yesterday vented about the sale of her music catalog to a firm headed by Scooter Braun. Swift made an angry post on her Tumblr account after Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings, announced that it is acquiring Big Machine Label Group which released all of Swift’s studio albums and owns her masters. Swift called the transaction her worst-case scenario, as she accused Braun of mounting an online-bullying effort against her. She claims the bullying was carried out by Justin Bieber and Kanye West, both of whom Braun managed.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Toy Story 4” took in $57.9 million to dominate the weekend box office for a second week. “Annabelle Comes Home” opened in second place with $20.3 million. Another newcomer, “Yesterday,” took in $17 million to debut at No. 3. “Aladdin” finished fourth with $9.3 million. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” slipped to fifth place after bringing in $7 million.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
CINCINNATI 8 – Chi. Cubs 6… Eugenio Suarez blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and Nick Senzel’s two-run single capped a four-run bottom of the eighth inning for the Reds. Starter Anthony DeSclafani (5-4) scattered five hits over six scoreless innings.

Philadelphia 13 – MIAMI 6… The Phillies used a 17-hit attack to thrash the Marlins. Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta and Bryce Harper stroked two-run singles during a seven-run top of the sixth inning. Brad Miller drilled a solo homer.

MILWAUKEE 2 – Pittsburgh 1… Eric Thames’ homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Brewers over the Pirates. Brewers starter Zach Davies singled home Mike Moustakas with a tying run in the fourth.

L.A. Dodgers 10 – COLORADO 5… The Dodgers used a six-run top of the sixth inning to put away the Rockies. Joc Pederson went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs. Matt Beaty and Cody Bellinger added two RBIs apiece.

SAN FRANCISCO 10 – Arizona 4… Kevin Pillar went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBIs for the Giants. Mike Yastrzemski stroked a two-run double during a six-run bottom of the sixth inning. Madison Bumgarner (5-7) gave up a run on four hits over seven innings.

St. Louis 5 – SAN DIEGO 3 (11 innings)… Matt Wieters’ two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning sent the Cardinals past the Padres. Yairo Munos went 2-for-3 with a two-run single.

N.Y. METS 8  – Atlanta 5… The Mets came up with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Braves. Todd Frazier got the rally started with a leadoff homer. Jeff McNeil struck the big blow with a go-ahead two-run single. Pete Alonso followed with a two-run double.

AL SCORES
N.Y. Yankees 12 – BOSTON 8… The Yankees slugged their way past the Red Sox to complete a two-game sweep of a series played in London. Gary Sanchez delivered a go-ahead two-run single during a nine-run top of the seventh inning. Didi Gregorius homered for New York.

Cleveland 2 – BALTIMORE 0… Shane Bieber (7-3) limited the Orioles to three hits and struck out 11 over eight innings and reliever Brad Hand completed the shutout. Carlos Santana produced run-scoring singles in the tops of the third and seventh innings for the Indians.

Kansas City 7 – TORONTO 6… Alex Gordon’s two-run single sparked a five-run top of the third inning that carried the Royals past the Blue Jays. Jorge Soler smacked a solo homer.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Texas 2… Kevin Kiermaier singled home a run and tripled in another to lead the Rays past the Rangers. Tommy Phan homered with the bases empty. Blake Snell (5-7) allowed two runs on three hits and fanned 12 over six innings.

HOUSTON 6 – Seattle 1… Yordan Alvarez produced a two-run double and an RBI single in leading the Astros past the Mariners. Jake Marisnick added a two-run single. Gerrit Cole (8-5) gave up a run on five hits and fanned 10 over seven innings.

Oakland 12 – L.A. ANGELS 3… Matt Chapman went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and bases-clearing double in leading the Athletics past the Angels. Ramon Laureano knocked in a pair of runs with a double and a single. Chris Bassitt (5-3) allowed two runs on five hits over 5-2/3 innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Minnesota 3… Yoan Moncada homered with a runner aboard for the White Sox. Lucas Giolito (11-2) allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
Washington 2 – DETROIT 1… Anthony Rendon homered to lead off the top of the eighth inning and the Nationals held on to edge the Tigers. Max Scherzer (8-5) surrendered a run on four hits and struck out 14 over eight innings.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 1-0) are at Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 2-8) hosts Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 2-2)…
San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 4-7) is at San Diego (Logan Allen, 2-0)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 2-3) is at Toronto (Clayton Richard, 0-4)…
Toronto (Ryne Stanek, 0-1) hosts Baltimore (TBA)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 2-1) are at Texas (Mike Minor, 6-4)

MLB ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS… Major League Baseball completed rosters for this year’s All-Star Game yesterday by announcing reserves and pitchers. The game is set for July 9 at Cleveland.

NL STARTERS (appearances)…
Catcher: Willson Contreras, Cubs (second)…
1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves (fourth)…
2B: Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks (first)…
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (fifth)…
SS: Javier Baez, Cubs (second)…
OF: Christian Yelich, Brewers (second)…
OF: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (second)…
OF: Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves (first)

NL RESERVES…
C: Yasmani Grandal, Brewers…
C: J.T. Realmuto, Phillies…
1B: Pete Alonso, Mets…
1B: Josh Bell, Pirates…
2B: Mike Moustakas, Brewers…
3B: Kris Bryant, Cubs…
3B: Anthony Rendon, Nationals…
SS: Paul DeJong, Cardinals…
SS: Trevor Story, Rockies…
OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies…
OF: David Dahl, Rockies…
OF: Jeff McNeil, Mets

NL PITCHERS…
RHP: Sandy Alcantara, Marlins…
RHP: Walker Buehler, Dodgers…
RHP: Luis Castillo, Reds…
RHP: Jacob deGrom, Mets…
RHP: Zack Greinke, D-backs…
LHP: Josh Hader, Brewers…
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers…
LHP: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers…
RHP: Max Scherzer, Nationals…
LHP: Will Smith, Giants…
RHP: Mike Soroka, Braves…
RHP: Kirby Yates, Padres

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTERS (appearances)…
Catcher: Gary Sanchez, Yankees (second)…
First base: Carlos Santana, Indians (first)…
Second base: DJ LeMahieu, Yankees (third)…
Third base: Alex Bregman, Astros (second)…
Shortstop: Jorge Polanco, Twins (first)…
Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels (eighth)…
Outfield: George Springer, Astros (third)…
Outfield: Michael Brantley, Astros (fourth)…
Designated hitter: Hunter Pence, Rangers (fourth)

AL RESERVES…
C: James McCann, White Sox…
1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox…
2B: Tommy La Stella, Angels…
2B: Whit Merrifield, Royals…
3B: Matt Chapman, A’s…
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians…
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox…
OF: Joey Gallo, Rangers…
OF: Austin Meadows, Rays…
DH: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox…
DH: Daniel Vogelbach

AL PITCHERS…
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees…
RHP: Gerrit Cole, Astros…
RHP: Lucas Giolito, White Sox…
RHP: Shane Greene, Tigers…
LHP: Brad Hand, Indians…
LHP: John Means, Orioles…
LHP: Mike Minor, Rangers…
RHP: Charlie Morton, Rays…
RHP: Jake Odorizzi, Twins…
RHP: Ryan Pressly, Astros…
RHP: Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays…
RHP: Justin Verlander, Astros

NBA NEWS… Kevin Durant announced yesterday that he will sign a four-year, $164 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. The announcement was followed by news that his fellow free agents Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan would also sign with the team… In other free-agent signings, Ricky Rubio has agreed to three-year, $51 million deal with the Phoenix Suns; Kemba Walker has agreed to sign a four-year, $141 million maximum contract with the Boston Celtics; and Derrick Rose has agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Detroit Pistons… ESPN reported last night that the Miami Heat is finalizing a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire Jimmy Butler. As part of the deal, Miami is sending guard Josh Richardson to Philadelphia and moving guard Goran Dragic to the Dallas Mavericks. ESPN also reported that Al Horford has agreed to a four-year, $109 million deal with the Sixers.

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