The Rundown for September 18, 2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES SNOWDEN… The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, claiming his memoir “Permanent Record” violates non-disclosure agreements he signed with both the CIA and NSA. Snowden, a former CIA employee and NSA contractor, signed agreements that require employees to submit any material regarding the agencies for review prior to publication. The lawsuit does not seek to stop the book’s publication but does aim to “recover all proceeds earned by Snowden,” according to the plaintiffs.

DEMOCRATS RESIST ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTIONS ROLLBACK… Democrats yesterday proposed legislation to combat a Trump administration rollback of endangered species protections. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Raul M. Grijalva and New York Democratic Senator Tom Udall introduced legislation to repeal three final Endangered Species Act rule changes the White House implemented earlier this year.

LEWANDOWSKI CONFIRMS TRUMP PRESSURED SESSIONS OVER RUSSIA… Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed yesterday that Trump asked him to pressure former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of the Russia investigation. In testimony before the House judiciary committee, Lewandowski said he did not relay a message to Sessions because he was on vacation with his children. According to the report, the message urged Sessions to announce publicly that the Russia investigation was “very unfair” to Trump. Lewandowski said he didn’t believe he was asked to break the law.

COKIE ROBERTS DIES… Family members confirmed yesterday that former journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died “due to complications from breast cancer.” She was 75. Roberts won three Emmy Awards during her career at ABC News and authored eight books. She was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.

HOUSTON BRACES FOR STORM… Authorities in the Houston area are preparing for heavy rains and high winds as Tropical Storm Imelda approaches off the Gulf of Mexico. The storm made landfall near Freeport, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Forecasters say as much as 18 inches of rain could fall over the next few days in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana.

NICK CARTER OBTAINS RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST BROTHER AARON… Singer Nick Carter says he has obtained a restraining order against his brother, singer Aaron Carter, over alleged threats to his pregnant wife. Nick, who rose to fame in the Backstreet Boys, said on Twitter that he hoped his brother would get the “proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to himself or anyone else.” Aaron Carter revealed last week that he had been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression.

NBC PLANS ‘SAVED BY THE BELL’ SEQUEL… NBC is planning a sequel of the classic ‘90s sitcom “Saved By The Bell” to air on the network’s upcoming streaming platform. Actors Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley have reportedly signed on to reprise their original roles. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Morris in the original show, is also reportedly in talks to join the cast.

Philadelphia 5 – ATLANTA 4… Rhys Hoskins and Jose Pirela hit two-run homers as the Phillies scored all five runs in the top of the fourth inning and held on to edge the Braves.

MILWAUKEE 3 – San Diego 1… Five Brewers pitchers held the Padres at bay. Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas hit solo homers.

Washington 6 – ST. LOUIS 2… Patrick Corbin (13-7) held the Cardinals to two unearned runs on five hits and struck out 11 over six innings. Howie Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

Cincinnati 4 – CHI. CUBS 2… Joey Votto doubled home a run and Aristides Aquino followed with a two-run homer as the Reds scored three runs in the top of the first inning on their way past the Cubs. Sonny Gray (11-7) allowed two runs on four hits over 6-2/3 innings.

N.Y. Mets 6 – COLORADO 1… Marcus Stroman (9-13) pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings and the Mets cruised past the Rockies. Adam Rosario homered with a runner aboard. Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso added solo shots.

Miami 12 – ARIZONA 6… Miguel Rojas went 4-for-6 and knocked in six runs as the Marlins doubled up on the Diamondbacks. Bryan Holaday went 3-for-4 with a homer and an RBI single.

N.Y. YANKEES 8 – L.A. Angels 0… Five pitchers combined on the six-hitter as the Yankees blanked the Angels. Greyber Torres blasted a three-run homer.

TORONTO 8 – Baltimore 5… Cavan Biggio went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and two-run triple as the Blue Jays downed the Orioles. Grandal Grichuk and Justin Smoak also homered for Toronto.

CLEVELAND 7 – Detroit 2… Jordan Luplow legged out a two-run triple and Roberto Perez added a pair of RBIs for the Indians. Oscar Mercado smacked a solo homer. Adam Plutko (7-4) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

MINNESOTA 9 – Chi. White Sox 8 (12 innings)… The Twins rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to outlast the White Sox after blowing a 5-0 lead. Ronald Torreyes was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home Marwin Gonzalez with the winning run. Gonzalez tied the game with a two-run single. Miguel Sano belted a three-run homer. Ryan LaMarre connected for a solo blast.

HOUSTON 4 – Texas 1… The Astros got solo homers from Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez in their defeat of the Rangers. Justin Verlander (19-6) held Texas to four hits over six scoreless innings.

OAKLAND 2 – Kansas City 1… Matt Olson hit a game-tying homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and Seth Brown doubled home Mark Canha with the decisive run later in the inning as the Athletics clipped the Royals.

Seattle 6 – PITTSBURGH 0… Marco Gonzales (16-11) scattered six hits over seven innings and two relievers completed the Mariners’ shutout of the Pirates. Omar Narvaez and Shed Long both homered and singled home a run.

San Francisco 7 – BOSTON 6 (15 innings)… Alex Dickerson’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 15th inning scored Donovan Solano with the tie-breaking run and the Giants made it stand in beating the Red Sox. Brandon Belt and Mike Yastrzemski homered for San Francisco.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Tampa Bay 5… Corey Seager stroked a pair of two-run doubles as the Dodgers slugged their way past the Rays.

Washington (Max Scherzer, 10-6) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 12-9)…
Colorado (Jeff Hoffman, 2-6) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 10-8)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 5-13) is at Arizona (Mike Leake, 2-3)…
Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 10-9) hosts Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 8-12)…
San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 2-5) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 6-6)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 13-10) host Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 2-11)

Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 6-6) is at Oakland (Homer Bailey, 13-8)…
the N.Y. Yankees (CC Sabathia, 5-8) host the L.A. Angels (Dillon Peters, 3-3)…
Toronto (Clay Buchholz, 1-5) is at Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 6-14)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-3) hosts Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 3-15)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Covey, 1-8) are at Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 14-6)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 17-5) hosts Texas (Kolby Allard, 4-0)

Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (Dario Agrazal, 4-4)…
Boston (Jhoulys Chacin, 3-10) hosts San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 10-12)…
Tampa Bay (Brendan McKay, 2-4) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 3-2)

PIRATES CLOSER ARRESTED… Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was arrested in Pittsburgh yesterday on charges of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors. The 28-year-old Vázquez was taken into custody ion a felony warrant out of Lee County, Florida. Vázquez was denied bond at his arraignment. He is facing four additional charges in Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County, according to court records: statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Commissioner’s Office placed Vazquez on administrative leave and the Pirates placed him on the restricted list.

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