The Rundown for August 6, 2019

TRUMP BLAMES MENTALLY ILL FOR SHOOTINGS… President Trump delivered a speech yesterday in response to the weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. The president called the gunmen in the attacks “mentally ill monsters” and advocated for the increased use of involuntary confinement of “mentally disturbed individuals when necessary.” Critics expressed anger at Trump for blaming the shootings on video games and mental illness without addressing the role of guns and white supremacy. The American Psychological Association called the blame put on the mentally ill “unfounded and stigmatizing.”

DEATH TOLL RISES IN EL PASO… The death toll from Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso rose to 22 yesterday following the death of a victim who had been hospitalized with injuries. The victim was one of at least 25 people injured in the shootings. At least eight of the victims were Mexican nationals.

OBAMA WEIGHS IN ON VIOLENT RHETORIC… Former President Barack Obama yesterday urged that Americans “should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.” Obama denounced language from “leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.” The former president said such language, “has no place in our politics and our public life.” Obama didn’t mention anybody by name in his condemnation.

STOCKS FALL AMID U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR… The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 767.27 points yesterday in Wall Street’s worst day of 2019. U.S. stocks were sent spiraling after China weakened its currency against the U.S. dollar in response to the China-U.S. trade war. The White House responded later by declaring China as a currency manipulator.

TOP SCIENTIST LEAVES USDA… One of the U.S.’ top climate-change scientists has stepped down from his post at the USDA to protest Trump administration’s attempts to bury one of his studies. The study detailed how rice loses nutrients to the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and emphasized that 600 million people throughout the world depend on rice for most of their calories. Ziska, a 20-year USDA veteran, accused the Trump administration of questioning and stifling his findings.

MORE CHARGES FOR R. KELLY… R. Kelly is facing two new sex crimes charges. The two new counts were announced yesterday in Minnesota, where prosecutors accuse him of “engaging in prostitution with an individual under 18 years of age” and “hiring, or offering to hire, for sexual purposes with a person under 18.” The alleged offenses reportedly occurred in July 2001.

JIMMY KIMMEL-NORMAN LEAR TO DELIVER 2 MORE SPECIALS… Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear have signed on to deliver two more “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” specials based on two of Lear’s classic sitcoms from the 1970s, “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” The additions are scheduled for winter and spring of next year. The specials premiered on May 22 with scripts from the shows being played out by an ensemble that includes Jamie Foxx, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Anderson, Ellie Kemper and Woody Harrelson.

N.Y. METS 6 – Miami 2… Jacob deGrom (7-7) held the Marlins to two runs on five hits over seven innings and the Mets took the doubleheader opener. Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario smacked solo homers.

N.Y. METS 5 – Miami 4… J.D. Davis, Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso blasted solo homers in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Mets to a sweep of the twinbill. Conforto also lined a two-run single.

Milwaukee 9 – PITTSBURGH 7… Christian Yelich went 4-for-5 with a pair of solo homers for the Brewers. Mike Moustakas also homered with the bases empty. Trent Grisham knocked in three runs.

Philadelphia 7 – ARIZONA 3… Jean Segura stroked a pair of run-scoring singles and Scott Kingery homered in the Phillies’ defeat of the Diamondbacks. Vince Velasquez (4-6) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings.

Washington 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Erick Fedde (2-2) scattered six hits over innings and three relievers did the rest in the Nationals’ shutout of the Giants. Anthony Rendon had a couple of hits, including an RBI single and stole home.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – St. Louis 0… Cody Bellinger belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Dodgers breezed past the Cardinals. Joc Pederson added a solo blast. Matt Beaty doubled home two runs. Tony Gonsolin (1-1) allowed just two hits over six innings and two relievers preserved the shutout.

N.Y. Yankees 9 – BALTIMORE 6… The Yankees put away the Orioles after blowing a 6-1 lead. Mike Tauchman homered twice and drove in three runs. Mike Ford drilled a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the eighth inning. Brett Gardner also went deep.

BOSTON 7 – Kansas City 5… Sam Travis hit a two-run homer and Rafael Devers added a solo blast for the Red Sox. Anthony Benintendi lined a two-run double.

Toronto 2 – TAMPA BAY 0… Jacob Waguespack (3-1) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the Blue Jays’ shutout of the Rays. Bo Bichette scored the only run Toronto needed on Cavan Biggio’s single in the top of the first inning and homered to lead off the third.

Chi. White Sox 7 – DETROIT 4… Matt Skoles doubled home two runs in the top of the first inning and the White Sox went on to down the Tigers. Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 and scored twice.

Texas 1 – CLEVELAND 0… Mike Minor (10-6) scattered seven hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers as the Rangers blanked the Indians. Nomar Mazara’s sacrifice fly scored Elvis Andrus with the game’s only run in the top of the fourth inning.

CINCINNATI 7 – L.A. Angels 4… Nick Senzel lined a two-run single and came around to score during a five-run bottom of the first inning as the Reds handled the Angels. Luis Castillo (11-4) allowed two runs on three hits and struck out 13 over seven innings.

CHI. CUBS 6 – Oakland 5… Javier Baez homered twice and drove in three runs as the Cubs held off the Athletics. Ian Happ delivered a leadoff pinch-hit homer to spark a four-run bottom of the seventh inning. Nicholas Castellanos homered and doubled home a run.

MINNESOTA 5 – Atlanta 3… Miguel Sanó’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Twins over the Braves. Max Kepler also went deep for Minnesota. Luis Arraez opened the scoring with a two-run double in the fourth.

Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 5-2) is at Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 3-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Zack Wheeler, 8-6) host Miami (Jordan Yamamoto) is at …
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 8-8) is at Arizona (Mike Leake, 9-8)…
San Francisco (TBA) hosts Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 6-6)…
St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 7-11) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 10-2)

the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 1-4) are at Detroit (Daniel Norries, 3-8)…
Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski, 2-4) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 6-10) is at Boston (Andrew Cashner, 10-6)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 6-3) hosts Texas (Ariel Jurado, 6-6)…
Toronto (Trent Thornton, 4-7) is at Tampa Bay (TBA)…

the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 2-2) are at Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 6-6)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 9-7) host Oakland (Brett Anderson, 9-7)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 10-5) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 10-4)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 10-5) hosts Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 2-5)…
San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-2) is at Seattle (Wade LeBlanc, 6-4)

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