The Rundown for September 11, 2019

BOLTON OUT AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER… There was another major shakeup at the White House yesterday as John Bolton is out as national security adviser. President Trump said he asked for Bolton’s resignation, claiming that he “strongly disagreed with many of his suggestions as did others in the administration.” Bolton quickly contradicted the president’s characterization, saying he offered to resign Monday night but Trump urged that they sleep on it. Trump was reportedly angered by reports that Bolton took exception to his decision to host leaders of the Taliban at Camp David.

TOP FEMA OFFICIALS ARRESTED… A federal corruption investigation resulted in yesterday’s arrests of former top FEMA officials who worked in Puerto Rico during the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. Former FEMA deputy regional administrator Ahsha Tribble, former energy company president Donald Keith Ellison and Tribble’s chief of staff Jovanda Patterson are facing 15 counts of corruption. They are accused of taking bribes that helped secure a $1.8 billion contract to repair Puerto Rico’s damaged electrical grid.

BISHOP WINS NORTH CAROLINA SPECIAL ELECTION… Republican state Senator Dan Bishop defeated Democratic opponent Dan McCready by fewer than 4,000 votes to win yesterday’s special election for North Carolina’s 9th House district. Bishop is best-known for authoring North Carolina’s law that dictated which public bathrooms transgender people can use. The special election was called after last November’s election invalidated due to voter fraud.

OSSOFF ANNOUNCES GEORGIA SENATE RUN… Jon Ossoff has announced plans to challenge Republican Senator David Perdue for a Georgia seat in 2020. Ossoff, a former congressional candidate, is the fourth Democrat to join the race. He says he intends to take on corruption, citing gun control legislation and political influence at scientific institutions.

MORE AMERICANS LACK HEALTH INSURANCE… A report released yesterday by the Census Bureau found that the number of Americans without health insurance has risen even though fewer people are living in poverty. About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, lacked health insurance in 2018, which was up from 7.9 percent the year before. The data marked the first increase in uninsured Americans since 2014 when the Affordable Care Act took full effect. Experts say the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine that health-insurance law is partly to blame.

JOHN C. REILLY LANDS ROLE IN HBO LAKERS PILOT… John C. Reilly has replaced Michael Shannon in the HBO pilot about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. Reilly will play former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who built the franchise into a dynasty. The recasting came after Shannon reportedly left due to creative differences.

GREEN DAY, WEEZER, FALL OUT BOY TO TOUR… Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy are planning to join on a world tour next summer. The Hella Mega stadium tour kicks off June 13 in Paris and arrives in North America a month later. The three bands were scheduled to appear last night for a special preview show at a Los Angeles nightclub.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Atlanta 5… The Phillies recovered to down the Braves after blowing an early lead. J.T. Realmuto, Bryce Harper and Corey Dickerson homered during a four-run bottom of the first inning. Dickerson added a solo blast in the sixth that proved to be the difference. Scott Kingery legged out an inside-the-park homer.

Milwaukee 4 – MIAMI 3… Tyler Austin’s sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning brought home Yasmani Grandal with a tie-breaking run and the Brewers hung on to edge the Marlins. Hernan Perez drilled a two-run homer. It turned out to be a painful victory for Milwaukee. Reigning NL Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich left the game in the top of the first inning after fouling a ball off his right kneecap. X-rays revealed a fracture that will keep Yelich out for the rest of the season.

N.Y. METS 3 – Arizona 2… Todd Frazier drove in all three runs with a pair of doubles and the Mets held off the Diamondbacks. Zack Wheeler (11-7) allowed a run on seven hits over seven innings.

COLORADO 2 – St. Louis 1… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning provided all the offense the Rockies needed in their win over the Cardinals. Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-6) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – Pittsburgh 4… Johnny Cueto (1-0) surrendered just one hit over five innings in his season debut and the Giants withstood a late rally to edge the Pirates. Stephen Vogt lined a two-run single and homered with a runner aboard.

SAN DIEGO 9 – Chi. Cubs 8 (10 innings)… Manuel Margot drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to force home Luis Urias with the winning run. Margot and Nick Martini knocked in two runs apiece.

DETROIT 12 – N.Y. Yankees 11… The Tigers erased an early 6-0 deficit in slugging their way past the Yankees. Jeimer Candelario went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs. Greiner also had three hits, including a two-run single. Christin Stewart smacked a solo homer.

TORONTO 4 – Boston 3… Rowdy Tellez blasted a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Blue Jays made it stand in their win over the Red Sox. Cavan Biggio and Reese McGuire also went deep.

Tampa Bay 5 – TEXAS 3 (11 innings)… The Rays came up with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the 11th inning to put away the Rangers. Austin Meadows connected for a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth.

Oakland 21 – HOUSTON 7… The Athletics opened with a seven-run top of the first inning and added a six-run fourth in their pounding of the Astros. Matt Olson and Sean Murphy each homered twice and knocked in four runs. Khris Davis and Marcus Semien hit two-run homers.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Kansas City 3… Eloy Jimenez unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning to give the White Sox the lead for good in their defeat of the Royals. Adam Engel homered to lead off the second. Yoan Moncada added a two-run blast in the eighth.

Cleveland 8 – L.A. ANGELS 0… Indians starter Zack Plesac (8-6) tossed a four-hit shutout. Jordan Luplow hit a two-run homer for Cleveland. Francisco Lindor’s 30th homer came with the bases empty.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – BALTIMORE 3… The Dodgers handled the Orioles to clinch their seventh-straight NL Western Division title. Corey Seager homered twice and knocked in five runs. Gavin Lux went 3-for-4 with his first career homer. Walker Buehler (13-3) pitched four-hit ball and struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings.

MINNESOTA 5 – Washington 0… Jose Berrios (12-8) limited the Nationals to two hits over seven innings and two relievers preserved the shutout. Mitch Garver hit his 30th homer with a runner aboard.

SEATTLE 4 – Cincinnati 3… Kyle Seager’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Mariners over the Reds. Kyle Lewis and Dylan Moore also went deep for Seattle.

Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 7-5) is at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 8-11)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 9-8) host Arizona (Robbie Ray, 12-7)…
Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 9-7) is at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 5-8)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 8-10) hosts St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 15-6)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 9-12) is at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-1)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 8-7) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Cole Hamels, 7-6)

the N.Y. Yankees (CC Sabathia, 5-8) are at Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 8-10)…
Toronto (Trent Thornton, 4-9) hosts Boston (TBA)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) is at Texas (Ariel Jurado, 7-10)…
the L.A. Angels (Dillon Peters, 3-2) host Cleveland (Adam Plutko, 6-4)…
Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 3-11) is at the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 9-12)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 4-7) hosts Oakland (Brett Anderson, 11-9)

the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 4-4) are at Baltimore (John Means, 10-10)…
Minnesota (Martin Perez, 10-6) hosts Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 16-6)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 10-6) is at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 14-11)

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