The Rundown for August 29, 2019

POLICY TOUGHENS CITIZENSHIP FOR SOME MILITARY CHILDREN… Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a policy change that makes it tougher for some military children and federal government employees living abroad to automatically become U.S. citizens. Trump administration officials say the new rule targets the children of naturalized U.S. citizens serving in the armed forces who have not lived in the U.S. for a required period of time. A Defense Department official added the rule would affect roughly 100 children annually.

DORIAN STRENGHENTING… Forecasters say Dorian could strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes U.S. landfall somewhere between South Florida and South Carolina on Sunday or Monday. It became a Category 1 yesterday as it struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after Dorian hit St. Thomas as a Category 1 storm. President Trump has signed an emergency declaration to provide federal assistance to the territory and local government officials say they are prepared.

GILLIBRAND DROPS PRESIDENTIAL BID… U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York announced yesterday that she is dropping her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The 52-year-old Gillibrand had been falling behind in the polls and in fundraising. The senator’s departure leaves 20 candidates in the crowded Democratic field.

SENATOR ISAKSON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT… Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia cited health concerns in announcing his retirement effective December 31, 2019. The 74-year-old Republican has been battling Parkinson’s and says the disease has been progressing. Earlier this week, Isakson underwent surgery to remove a growth on his kidney. His term officially ends in 2022.

FBI CONDUCTS RAIDS IN AUTO INDUSTRY INVESTIGATION… The FBI searched the Detroit home of United Auto Workers President Gary Jones and the California home of former President Dennis Williams yesterday as part of its investigation into corruption within the U.S. auto industry. The Detroit News reported that raids were executed in at least three states as investigators closed in on alleged “bribes, kickbacks, and attempts by auto executives to influence labor negotiations with the UAW.” Federal prosecutors have so far filed charges against nine people with links to the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HIRES MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY AS PROFESSOR… Matthew McConaughey is joining the faculty at the University of Texas in Austin, where he has been a visiting instructor since 2015. In announcing the hiring yesterday, the university lauded McConaughey for his “outstanding work as a teacher and mentor.” The Oscar-winning actor will teach a Script to Screen film production class this fall in the university’s Department of Radio-Television-Film. McConaughey earned a film degree from the school in 1993.

SENATORS WANT PROBE OF TICKETING INDUSTRY..,  Senators Richard Blumenthal of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have asked the Justice Department to investigate competition in the ticketing industry. The two lawmakers sent a letter asking the DOJ antitrust division to look at the overall business. The request is a delayed response to the 2010 Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger that resulted in an online live-event ticket marketplace that, the senators say, does not work for consumers.

MILWAUKEE 4 – St. Louis 1… Jordan Lyles (9-8) held the Cardinals to a run on six hits over 5-1/3 innings as the Brewers cruised to the win. Keston Hiura homered and drove in three runs.

PHILADELPHIA 12 – Pittsburgh 3… Cesar Hernandez went 3-for-5 and knocked in three runs to lead the Phillies in their thrashing of the Pirates. Corey Dickerson and J.T. Realmuto hit solo homers.

Cincinnati 5 – MIAMI 0… Anthony DeSclafani (9-7) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and reliever Kevin Gausman completed the Reds’ blanking of the Marlins. Aristidas Aquino provided all the offense Cincinnati needed with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Eugenio Suarez added a solo blast.

Chi. Cubs 10 – N.Y. METS 7… The Cubs did all their scoring in their first three at-bats and held off the Mets. Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Nicholas Castellanos hit two-run homers.

L.A. Dodgers 6 – SAN DIEGO 4 (10 innings)… The Dodgers scored twice with two outs in the top of the 10th inning and hung on to outlast the Padres. Kiké Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by San Diego shortstop Luis Urias. L.A. starting pitcher Kenta Maeda delivered a two-run single.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – SEATTLE 3… Mike Ford and Aaron Judge homered during a four-run top of the fifth inning that gave the Yankees the lead for good in their defeat of the Mariners. Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer in the first. James Paxton (11-6) allowed two runs on one hit over five innings.

Cleveland 4 – DETROIT 2… Aaron Civale (2-3) held the Tigers to two runs on six hits over seven innings. Jason Kipnis smacked a pair of solo homers for the Indians. Francisco Lindor also homered with the bases empty.

HOUSTON 8 – Tampa Bay 6… The Astros erased a 3-0 deficit on their way past the Rays. Yuli Gurriel blasted a two-run homer. Alex Bregman went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single. George Springer knocked in a pair of runs.

Minnesota 8 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Jonathan Schoop homered twice and drove home four runs in leading the Twins past the White Sox. Mitch Garver homered with a runner aboard.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Oakland 4… Hunter Dozier drove in three runs with a single and a homer as the Royals topped the Athletics. Ryan O’Hearn also went deep for Kansas City.

Texas 3 – L.A. ANGELS 0… Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Rangers blanked the Angels. Isiah Kiner-Falefa stroked a two-run double for Texas. Nick Solak went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.

WASHINGTON 8 – Baltimore 4… Kurt Suzuki’s two-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the first inning and the Nationals coasted past the Orioles. Suzuki also lined a two-run double.

Atlanta 9 – TORONTO 4… Matt Joyce’s homer to lead off the top of the second inning sparked a five-run rally and the Braves coasted past the Blue Jays. Joyce also singled home a run. Freddie Freeman doubled in a run and homered.

Boston 7 – COLORADO 4… Xander Bogaerts homered twice and knocked in three runs to help power the Red Sox past the Rockies. J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers also went deep for Boston.

the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 10-9) are at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 8-7)…
Miami (Robert Dugger, 0-1) hosts Cincinnati (Alex Wood, 1-3)…
Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 6-6) is at Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 0-5)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 9-13) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 12-4)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 7-7) is at San Francisco (Dereck Rodriguez, 5-6)

Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 9-2) is at Detroit (Daniel Norris, 3-10)…
Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 3-9) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 9-5)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 10-7) is at the Chi White Sox (Dylan Cease, 3-6)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 4-0) hosts Tampa Bay (TBA)…
Seattle (Felix Hernandez, 1-4) is at Texas (Lance Lynn, 14-9)

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