The Rundown for August 29, 2019

DEUTSCHE BANK HAS TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS… Deutsche Bank affirmed yesterday that it possesses Donald Trump’s tax returns. The bank filed a letter in court declaring that it found tax returns “responsive to” subpoenas from Congress. Congressional investigators have been scrutinizing Trump’s finances over loan irregularities. Trump, along with three of his children, sued to block the banks from complying with the subpoenas.

TRUMP USING SECURITY FUNDS TO HOLD MIGRANTS… The Trump administration has announced that it is withdrawing more than $200 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and will use the funds to pay for temporary detention space and hearing locations for asylum applicants waiting in Mexico. NBC News reported that the administration is pulling $271 million from DHS, including $155 million from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Approximately $116 million meant for Coast Guard operations, aviation security, and other security needs will be used to pay for almost 6,800 beds for migrants.

WILLIAM BARR BOOKS TRUMP BALLROOM FOR PARTY… The Washington Post reported yesterday that Attorney General William Barr has booked President Trump’s D.C. hotel ballroom for his annual holiday party. Trump will profit about $30,000 from the booking. The disclosure sparked criticism and charges of corruption.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES BALTIMORE POLICE OVER RACIAL DISCRIMINATION… The Justice Department filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing the Baltimore County police department of engaging in a pattern of “discrimination against African American applicants” for entry-level positions. According to the Baltimore Sun, the lawsuit focuses on the police department’s written exam for applicants, which the DOJ says has seen white applicants pass at a higher rate than African Americans. The lawsuit asks the department to cease using the exam and asks police to provide relief to those injured by the discrimination and to “correct the present effects of its discriminatory policies and practices” with other policies.

PURDUE PHARMA CONSIDERS SETTLING SUITS… NBC News reported yesterday that OxyContin developer Purdue Pharma has offered to pay $10 billion to $12 billion to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits accusing the pharmaceutical company of fueling America’s opioid crisis. The deal was among proposals offered during a meeting between at least 10 state attorneys general and plaintiffs’ lawyers. As part of the deal, Purdue Pharma would declare bankruptcy and form a for-profit “public benefit trust” that would exist for at least 10 years. Purdue Pharma is owned by the Sackler family, which would give up ownership of Purdue Pharma and pay at least $3 billion. The crisis has caused the deaths of more than 400,000 people between 1999 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

LESLIE JONES LEAVING ‘SNL’… Leslie Jones announced yesterday that she is leaving the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” She joined the show in 2014 as a writer and was publicly promoted to the cast. The comic actress is set to appear in an upcoming sequel to the film “Coming to America” and will host her own Netflix stand-up special next year.

MEEK MILL ENDS LEGAL BATTLE… Meek Mill ended his long legal battle yesterday when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. The rapper’s legal problems began in 2007 when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a Philadelphia police officer and illegally possessing a firearm. He was imprisoned for drug dealing and gun possession before his early release on parole. He has since been sent back to prison multiple times for violating his parole, but the credibility of Mill’s original arresting officer was questioned after he engaged in criminal actions. The Pennsylvania Superior Court last month overturned the felony conviction and removed the city judge who sent him back to prison over minor probation violations.

Pittsburgh 5 – PHILADELPHIA 4… Adam Frazier scored a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning on Kevin Newman’s infield grounder and the Pirates made it stand in topping the Phillies. Bryan Reynolds and Colin Moran hit two-run homers for Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati 8 – MIAMI 5… Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel hit two-run homers for the Reds. Senzel also lined an RBI single. Curt Casali added a solo homer and two-run single.

Chi. Cubs 5 – N.Y. METS 2… Yu Darvish (5-6) held the Mets to a run on five hits over eight innings and the Cubs cruised to the win. Addison Russell and Javier Baez both homered with a runner aboard. Baez also doubled home a run. Mets’ rookie Pete Alonso became the franchise’s all-time single-season home run leader with his 42nd of the season.

St. Louis 6 – MILWAUKEE 3… Yadier Molina went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and three RBIs in leading the Cardinals past the Brewers. Harrison Bader went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring double. Miles Mikolas (8-13) allowed a run on four hits and struck out 10 over six innings.

Arizona 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 2… Mike Leake (10-10) gave up two runs on four hits over 7-1/3 innings as the Diamondbacks held off the Giants. Ketel Marte connected for a solo homer. Adam Jones and Christian Walker both went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.

L.A. Dodgers 9 – SAN DIEGO 0… Corey Seager, Kiké Hernandez and Will Smith knocked in two runs apiece as the Dodgers bombed the Padres. Joc Pederson and A.J. Pollock hit solo homers. Walker Buehler (11-3) gave up four hits and struck out 11 over six innings. Three relievers completed the shutout.

Cleveland 10 – DETROIT 1… Adam Plutko (6-3) limited the Tigers to a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings and got plenty of support in the Indians’ victory. Franmil Reyes belted a three-run homer. Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez added two-run shots.

HOUSTON 15 – Tampa Bay 1… Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and four RBIs to lead the Astros in their romp over the Rays. Robinson Chirinos homered with a runner aboard. Justin Verlander (16-5) held Tampa Bay scoreless on four hits before being ejected in the top of the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Minnesota 3 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… Michael Pineda (10-5) surrendered a run on four hits over eight innings as the Twins clipped the White Sox. Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop hit second-inning homers.

Oakland 2 – KANSAS CITY 1… Max Fiers (13-3) gave up just a run on eight hits over 5-1/3 innings and the Athletics held off the Royals. Marcus Semien trotted home in the top of the first inning when Chad Pinder drew a bases-loaded walk and singled home a run in the second.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Texas 2… Kole Calhoun got the Angels going with a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning and Brian Goodwin followed with a two-run single. Mike Trout homered in the eighth.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – SEATTLE 0… Masahiro Tanaka (10-7) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and reliever Luis Cessa did the rest in the Yankees’ blanking of the Mariners. Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and became the third-fastest player in MLB history to reach 100 career home runs. Brett Gardner drilled a three-run blast.

Baltimore 2 – WASHINGTON 0… Aaron Brooks (4-7) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and four relievers preserved the Orioles’ shutout of the Nationals. Anthony Santander doubled home the only run Baltimore needed in the top of the first inning. Jonathan Villar added a sacrifice fly.

TORONTO 3 – Atlanta 1… Seven Blue Jays pitchers held the Braves at bay. Justin Smoak knocked in two runs with a pair of singles. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.

Boston 10 – COLORADO 6… The Red Sox used a four-run top of the seventh inning to put away the Rockies. Brock Holt went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Christian Vazquez hit a two-run homer. Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot. J.D. Martinez produced a pair of run-scoring singles.

St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 8-6) is at Milwaukee (Jordan Lyles, 8-8)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 5-7) hosts Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-2)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 9-9) are at the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 9-6)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 4-11) hosts Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 8-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 8-8) are at San Diego (TBA)

the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 10-6) are at Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-0)…
Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 1-9) hosts Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 1-3)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 13-6) is at the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 2-3)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 15-5) hosts Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 11-3)…
Oakland (Tanner Roark, 2-1) is at Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 8-12)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-1) host Texas (Ariel Jurado, 6-10)
Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski, 2-6) is at Washington (Max Scherzer, 9-5)…
Toronto (Jacob Waguespack, 4-1) hosts Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 4-5)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 15-5) is at Colorado (Peter Lambert, 2-4)

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