The Rundown for August 22, 2019

TRUMP DEFENDS STANCE IN CHINA TRADE WAR… President Trump yesterday referred to himself as “the Chosen One” in defending his decision to continue a trade war with China. The president made the claim while blaming previous presidents for not taking action against the Chinese government over its trade practices. The Trump administration is preparing to announce new tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports on top of the 25 percent tariffs that the administration has placed on roughly $250 billion in Chinese goods. By mid-December, the administration will also apply 10 percent duties to about all remaining Chinese imports.

CBO ANALYSIS WARNS OF TARIFF IMPACT… An analysis released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office warned that the tariffs the Trump administration is imposing on Chinese imports will negatively impact the U.S. economy in the near future. The non-partisan office projected in the 90-page report that the tariffs will shrink gross domestic product by next year and could stifle economic growth. According to the analysis, the federal deficit will rise above expectations.

ADMINISTRATION SEEKS INDEFINITE DETENTION FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN… The Trump administration wants to replace an agreement that sets a 20-day limit for holding children with one that allows the detention of undocumented families together indefinitely. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan unveiled the new rule as part of an ongoing effort to revamp immigration laws. President Trump says the rule would deter migrants from trying to cross the U.S. border.

JAY INSLEE DROPS OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE… Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced last night that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. Inslee, who campaigned largely on his plans to combat climate change, said during an appearance on the “Rachel Maddow Show” that he believes America will “move the ball” on the issue. Inslee reportedly intends to seek a third term as governor.

TWO U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN… The Pentagon has confirmed that two U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan yesterday. Their deaths raise the total number of soldiers killed in the country this year to 14. The New York Times reported that the fallen soldiers were members of an Army Special Forces unit that was carrying out an operation in Faryab Province.

DWAYNE JOHNSON IS HIGHEST-PAID ACTOR… Dwayne Johnson is the world’s highest-paid actor, according to an annual Forbes ranking. Johnson reportedly grossed $89.4 million between June 2018 and June 2019, according to the magazine. The income was generated by his upfront salary for “Jumanji: The Next Level,” his role on HBO’s “Ballers,” royalties from his Under Armour line of clothing and profits from films. “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth finished at No. 2 with $76.4 million and Robert Downey Jr. completed the top 3 with $66 million.

LIAM HEMSWORTH FILES FOR DIVORCE… Liam Hemsworth is seeking a divorce from Miley Cyrus after seven months of marriage. The 29-year-old Australian actor filed papers yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court. He cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The two announced their separation on August 10.

CINCINNATI 4 – San Diego 2… Luis Castillo (12-5) held the Padres to a run on five hits over six innings. Jose Iglesias had a couple of hits, including a solo homer.

Colorado 7 – ARIZONA 2… Tim Melville held the Diamondbacks to a run on two hits over seven innings and helped himself at the plate by driving in a pair of runs. Charlie Blackmon produced a pair of run-scoring singles.

Washington 11 – PITTSBURGH 1… Asdrubal Cabrera blasted three-run homer to cap a six-run top of the third inning and the Nationals coasted past the Pirates. Anthony Rendon lined a two-run single. Yan Gomes ripped a two-run double. Patrick Corbin (10-5) pitched three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings.

ATLANTA 5 – Miami 0… Julio Teheran (8-8) surrendered five hits over seven innings and two relievers did the rest in the Braves’ shutout of the Marlins. Adeiny Hechavarria and Ronald Acuna belted two-run homers.

Milwaukee 5 – ST. LOUIS 3… Mike Moustakas connected for a three-run homer during a four-run top of the first inning and the Brewers held on to down the Cardinals. Keston Kiura knocked in two runs with a single and a double.

CHI. CUBS 12 – San Francisco 11… Kris Bryant came through with a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Cubs hung on to top the Giants. Nicholas Castellanos went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and RBI single. Kyle Schwarber also finished with a two-run homer and three RBIs.

TAMPA BAY 7 – Seattle 6… The Rays came up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Mariners. Willy Adames raced home with the winning run on a wild pitch after Kevin Kiermaier opened the inning with a game-tying homer. Guillermo Heredia went 2-for-3 with a solo shot.

Chi. White Sox 4 – MINNESOTA 0… Lucas Giolito (14-6) tossed a three-hitter and struck out 12 in his second career complete game and the White Sox breezed past the Twins. Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles.

BALTIMORE 8 – Kansas City 1… Jonathan Villar and Hanser Alberto drilled two-run homers as the Orioles ripped the Royals. Anthony Santander and Renato Nunez hit back-to-back round-trippers in the bottom of the fifth inning. Aaron Brooks (3-7) allowed a run on seven hits over five innings.

TEXAS 8 – L.A. Angels 7… The Rangers overcame a three-run seventh-inning deficit to get past the Angels. Hunter Pence singled home Elvis Andrus with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Willie Calhoun homered with the bases empty for Texas.

Detroit 2 – HOUSTON 1… John Hicks blasted a tie-breaking homer to lead off the top of the ninth inning and the Tigers made it stand in edging the Astros. Ronny Rodriguez’s fifth-inning homer broke a scoreless tie.

OAKLAND 6 – N.Y. Yankees 4… Khris Davis and Marcus Semien hit two-run homers in the Athletics’ win over the Yankees. Stephen Piscotty added a solo homer.

N.Y. METS 4 – Cleveland 3 (10 innings)… The Mets scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning to upend the Indians. J.D. Davis singled home Michael Conforto with the winning run.

Philadelphia 5 – BOSTON 2… Bryce Harper homered with a runner aboard and Corey Dickerson drove in two runs as the Phillies handled the Red Sox. Five relievers held Boston scoreless over the final 5-1/3 innings.

L.A. DODGERS 2 – Toronto 1 (10 innings)… Max Muncy homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a walkoff win over the Blue Jays. Will Smith hit a fourth-inning homer.

San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 9-9) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 8-9)…
Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 3-2) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 9-5)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 4-11) is at Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 10-2)…
St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 7-13) hosts Colorado (German Marquez, 12-5)

Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 11-3) is at Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski, 2-6)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 14-5) hosts Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 1-8)…
Texas (Ariel Jurado, 6-9) is at the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 1-3)…
Oakland (Tanner Roark, 1-1) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 9-6)…
Kansas City is at Boston to resume an August 6 game that was suspended by rain on August 6 with the scored tied 4-4 in the 10th inning.

Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 1-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 8-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 8-8) host Toronto (Jacob Waguespack, 4-1)

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