The Rundown for July 29, 2019

TRUMP TO NOMINATE RATCLIFFE AS SPY CHIEF… President Trump announced yesterday that he will nominate Congressman John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence. The Texas Republican would replace Dan Coats, who plans to step down on August 15. Ratcliffe would oversee the 17 U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency.

NADLER TALKS IMPEACHMENT… House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday that President Trump “richly deserves impeachment.” The New York Democrat said he believes the “inflection point” came during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s hearings before Congress last week. The impeachment question has become a source of disagreement among Democrats, but is gaining momentum. The number of Democratic representatives who’ve come out in favor of impeaching topped 100 over the weekend.

TRUMP CRITICIZED OVER CUMMINGS TWEET… President Trump was widely condemned yesterday following his attack on Congressman Elijah Cummings and Maryland’s 7th congressional district. Trump referred to the West Baltimore district as “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess” in a Saturday tweet. Cummings, a Democrat who recently called the administration’s treatment of migrant children at border facilities a form of “government-sponsored child abuse,” tweeted in response that he is a dedicated advocate for his constituents.

AT LEAST FIVE SHOT AT GARLIC FESTIVAL… Authorities reported last night that one suspect was killed and another remained at large following the shootings of at least five people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in central California. KSBW, the NBC affiliate in nearby Salinas, reported as many as 60 people may have been injured, but not all by gunfire. The scene was considered still active as darkness approached following the third and final day of the event. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined local law-enforcement agencies in the investigation.

1 DEAD, 11 WOUNDED IN BROOKLYN SHOOTINGS… Authorities in New York are on the lookout for two “brazen” gunmen who opened fire at a block party in Brooklyn Saturday night. The shootings left one person dead and 11 others wounded. NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said six of the wounded were released from the hospital as of yesterday morning.

TROPICAL STORM ERICK GAINING STRENGTH… Tropical Storm Erick is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by today as it churns into the eastern Pacific. As of yesterday morning, the storm was about 1,410 miles southwest of the tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph and higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters say it is too early to determine whether Erick will pose a direct threat to Hawaii.

ED SHEERAN STAYS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Ed Sheeran’s “No. 6 Collaborations Project” sold 78,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Beyonce’s “The Lion King: The Gift” debuted in second place after selling 54,000 units. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” dropped to third place after selling 51,000 copies. Lil Nas X’s “7” remained at No. 4 on sales of 43,000 units. The “Revenge of the Dreamers III” compilation capped the top five with 41,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “The Lion King” raked in another $74.5 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” made $40.3 to finish in a distant second place. “Spider-Man: Far from Home” finished third with $12.2 million. “Toy Story 4” slipped to fourth place with $9.8 million. “Crawl” finished fifth with $4 million.

PHILADELPHIA 9 – Atlanta 4… J.T. Realmuto unloaded a grand slam for the Phillies. Rhys Hoskins homered with a runner aboard. Bryce Harper and Adam Haseley added solo shots.

MIAMI 5 – Arizona 1… Harold Ramirez hit a two-run homer to provide all the offense the Marlins needed in their win over the Diamondbacks. Miguel Rojas smacked a solo blast.

CINCINNATI 3 – Colorado 2… Tucker Barnhart went 3-for-3 with a pair of run-scoring singles as the Reds held off the Rockies. Jose Iglesias also singled home a run.

N.Y. METS 8 – Pittsburgh 7… The Mets opened with a six-run bottom of the first inning and barely hung on in edging the Pirates. Michael Conforto got things going with a two-run homer.

WASHINGTON 11 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Nationals. Brian Dozier and Juan Soto homered. Stephen Strasburg (14-4) allowed just a run on two hits over seven innings.

Chi. Cubs 11 – MILWAUKEE 4… Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs to lead the Cubs in their pounding of the Brewers. Victor Caratini delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer.

San Francisco 7 – SAN DIEGO 6… Mike Yastrzemski went 4-or-5 with a two-run double and two runs scored in leading the Giants past the Padres. Donovan Solano produced a pair of run-scoring singles.

KANSAS CITY 9 – Cleveland 6… The Royals rolled past the Indians after spotting them an early three-run lead. Ryan O’Hearn and Nicky Lopez knocked in two runs apiece.

Tampa Bay 10 – TORONTO 9… The Rays overcame 8-1 and 9-4 deficits to upend the Blue Jays. Joey Wendle’s grounder scored Austin Meadows with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. Willy Adames tied the game with a solo homer in the eighth. blasted a Ji-Man Choi and Guillermo Heredia hit two-run homers.

Minnesota 11 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… The Twins opened with a five-run top of the first inning and never looked back in crushing the White Sox. Jorge Polanco hit a two-run homer and Miguel Sano added a three-run shot. Jonathan Schoop and Max Kepler also homered with a runner aboard.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Baltimore 4… Matt Thaiss’ one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Angels over the Orioles. Thaiss also homered with a runner aboard in the second. Albert Pujols tied the game with a two-run shot in the sixth.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 5… The Athletics scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to get past the Rangers. Khris Davis drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Marcus Semien with the winning run. Semien drilled a first-inning homer for Oakland.

SEATTLE 3 – Detroit 2 (10 innings)… J.P. Crawford singled home Dylan Moore with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Mariners past the Tigers. Domingo Santana tied the game in the eighth with his 20th homer.

N.Y. Yankees 9 – BOSTON 6… Austin Romine and Didi Gregorius hit two-run homers for the Yankees. Cameron Maybin and Gio Urshela both had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Houston 6 – ST. LOUIS 2… George Springer homered to lead off the game and the Astros also got round-trippers from Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve in downing the Cardinals. Wade Miley (9-4) surrendered five hits over five scoreless innings.

Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 3-3) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 8-5)…
Miami (Caleb Smith, 6-4) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 7-10)…
Pittsburgh (Jordan Lyles, 5-7) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 5-6)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 6-7) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 7-7)

Toronto (Thomas Pannone, 2-4) is at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 7-9)…
the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 4-3) host Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 0-8)

Baltimore (TBA) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 6-5)

MLB TRADES… The New York Mets obtained starting pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson. Stroman went 6-11 with a 2.96 ERA with the Blue Jays this season… Toronto also shipped utility infielder/outfielder Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday. The deal was made after the two teams played each other. In return, the Blue Jays will be sent two players to be named later.

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