The Rundown for August 12, 2019

BARR WANTS EPSTEIN INVESTIGATION… Attorney General William Barr vowed yesterday to consult with the Inspector General in an investigation into the death of financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was found dead on Saturday morning in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where he was being held without bail on federal charges of child sex trafficking. His death has been ruled an apparent suicide but questions remain. Skeptics want to know why Epstein was left alone only 11 days after he had been taken off a suicide watch. Also, the New York Times reported yesterday that two guards in the protective housing unit failed to follow procedure by not checking Epstein every 30 minutes.

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TALKS RAIDS… Acting Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan said yesterday that last week’s detention of 680 people during raids on seven Mississippi businesses were part of an ongoing investigation into the employers. McAleenan announced during an appearance on “Meet the Press” that the raids had been planned for more than a year and involved 14 federal warrants to investigate whether the employers are “exploiting undocumented workers.” 32 people were released onsite and another 270 were released in the first day of operation, according to McAleenan.

TENNESSEE INMATE RECAPTURED… Authorities in Tennessee yesterday announced the capture of an escaped inmate accused in last week’s murder of a prison administrator 44-year-old Curtis Watson was captured in Tennessee after four days on the run. He is suspect in the killing of a 64-year-old corrections administrator in her home on prison grounds last Wednesday. Watson escaped West Tennessee State Penitentiary while on a work detail. His capture reportedly came nearby in Henning, Tennessee.

CLIMATE IS COSTLY… An Associated Press study released yesterday claimed storms and flooding have caused about $1.2 billion of damage throughout 24 states during the first half of 2019. The total includes damage to roads and bridges, utilities, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, and parks. Figures were based on preliminary assessments of public infrastructure categories established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The number is expected to rise as states submit additional damage assessments for recent disasters.

THUNDERSTORMS IN MIDWEST… Weather forecasters are warning that severe thunderstorms bring flooding, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes to portions of the Midwest today. The same storm threatened the Plains states over the weekend. Cities between Omaha, Nebraska, and St. Louis are expected to get hit hard today. Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit are also threatened.

DRAKE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Drake’s new release, “Care Package,” sold 109,000 copies to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Ed Sheeran’s “No. 6 Collaborations Project came in second with 49,000 units sold. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” sold 47,000 copies to finish in third place. Lil Durk’s “Love Songs 4 the Streets 2” opened at No. 4 on sales of 44,000 units. Chris Brown’s “Indigo” caps the top five with 37,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” raked in another $25.4 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” opened in second place after bringing in $20.8 million. “The Lion King” made $20 million to finish third. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” debuted in fourth place with $17 million. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” took in $11.6 million to finish fifth.

Atlanta 5 – MIAMI 4… The Braves erased an early 3-0 deficit on their way past the Marlins. Ender Inciarte blasted a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Ronald Acuña added a decisive solo shot in the fifth.

Chi. Cubs 6 – CINCINNATI 3… The Cubs came from three runs down to double up on the Reds. Kris Bryant belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and Ian Happ homered with the bases empty in the eighth.

Washington 7 – N.Y. METS 4… The Nationals scored three runs in the top of the first inning on a throwing error by Mets first-baseman Pete Alonso and got a two-run blast from Victor Robles in the ninth. Asdrubal Cabrera lined a two-run double.

ST. LOUIS 11 – Pittsburgh 9… The Cardinals rallied from four runs down in the seventh inning to upend the Pirates. Lane Thomas hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dexter Fowler added a two-run blast in the eighth.

L.A. DODGERS 9 – Arizona 3… Justin Turner homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks. Will Smith homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly. Cody Bellinger also went deep for L.A.

Colorado 8 – SAN DIEGO 3… Yonder Alonso’s two-run homer sparked a four-run top of the sixth inning that carried the Rockies past the Padres. Ian Desmond knocked in two runs with a pair of singles.

SAN FRANCISCO 9 – Philadelphia 6… Kevin Pillar singled home a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and tripled home with a tie-breaking run in the eighth. Mike Yastrzemski and Scooter Gennett hit solo homers. Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 with a two-run single. Will Smith also singled home two runs.

BALTIMORE 8 – Houston 7… Rio Ruiz homered with a runner aboard to cap a three-run bottom of the ninth inning that sent the Orioles past the Astros. Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson both had three hits and two RBIs for Baltimore.

N.Y. Yankees 1 – TORONTO 0… Masahiro Tanaka (8-6) pitched three-hit ball over eight innings as the Yankees clipped the Blue Jays. Brett Gardner’s run-scoring double in the top of the fifth inning provided the game’s only offense.

Kansas City 10 – DETROIT 2… Jorge Soler went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and five RBIs to lead the Royals in their romp over the Tigers. Hunter Dozier also had three hits, including a pair of solo homers. Whit Merrifield homered and singled in two runs. Jacob Junis (8-10) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings.

Oakland 2 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0…Chris Bassitt (8-5) held the White Sox to four hits over seven innings and got help from three relievers as the Athletics blanked the White Sox. Matt Olson homered with a runner aboard in the top of the fourth inning.

L.A. Angels 5 – BOSTON 4 (10 innings)… Anthony Bemboom singled home Kole Calhoun with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Angels held on to edge the Red Sox. Calhoun led off the eighth with a game-tying homer.

Cleveland 7 – MINNESOTA 3 (10 innings)… The Indians recovered to outlast the Twins after blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead. Carlos Santana unloaded a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning. Santana also singled home a run. Greg Allen smacked a solo homer in the first.

Tampa Bay 1 – SEATTLE 0… Eric Sogard homered in the top of the fourth inning and the Rays hung on to nip the Mariners. Ryan Yarbrough (11-3) pitched three-hit ball over 8-2/3 innings.

Texas 1 – MILWAUKEE 0… Rangers starter Mike Minor (11-6) limited the Brewers to four hits and struck out 11 over eight innings. Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning scored Willie Calhoun with the game’s only run.

Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 7-6) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 2-2)…
Colorado (Peter Lambert, 2-3) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 7-12)…

Baltimore (Gabriel Ynoa, 1-6/TBA) is at the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 7-6/TBA) for a doubleheader…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 6-3) hosts Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 13-5)…
Texas (Ariel Jurado, 6-7) is at Toronto (Neil Ramirez, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 2-4) host Houston (Zack Greinke, 11-4)…

Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 0-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 2-3)…
San Diego (Joe Lucchesi, 7-6) hosts Tampa Bay (TBA)

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