The Rundown for July 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,290,263 and the nation’s death toll stands at 148,011, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Health officials say outbreaks in Arizona, Florida and Texas appear to be slowing down as more people practice social distancing and states mandate face masks… Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German partner BioNTech announced yesterday that they are ready to start a combined Phase 2/3 global trial of a coronavirus vaccine candidate. The trial will enroll up to 30,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 85 at about 120 clinical sites around the world, including in 39 states in the U.S.

SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL RELIEF PLAN… Senate Republicans yesterday unveiled their $1 trillion pandemic relief plan. The proposal includes $100 billion for schools and stimulus payments of up to $1,200 to most Americans. The faces stiff opposition as it heads to the floor for debate. Democrats have called it “totally inadequate” and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it was “too little, too late.”

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEKS SOCIAL MEDIA REGULATION… The Trump administration is urging the Federal Communications Commission to develop plans to regulate social media platforms. Yesterday, the Commerce Department sent the FCC a petition for rulemaking and asks the agency for clarification on a rule that provides online companies immunity from legal liability for the actions of their users. The petition also asks whether the rule protects social media’s content moderation decisions, the conditions under which content moderation and editorial decisions shape content to a degree that the law no longer protects them and what obligations social media companies have to disclose their moderation practices.

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MOVED… The first 2020 U.S. presidential debate has been moved to Cleveland after the University of Notre Dame announced yesterday that it was withdrawing as host due to the health precautions it might entail. The September 29 event will be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. The debate between Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden will be held in the university’s Samson Pavilion.

6 MAYORS WANT FEDS OUT OF THEIR CITIES… Mayors of six major cities joined yesterday in asking Congress to halt the deployment of federal forces to their cities. The mayors of Portland, Chicago, Seattle, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Kansas City, Missouri; and Washington, D.C., say in a letter they sent to leaders of both parties in the House and Senate that the move has escalated tensions. Federal agents in Portland, Oregon, have drawn national attention for nabbing demonstrators in unmarked cars, beating military veterans, and tear-gassing activist mothers.

… “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems. Variety reported that executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo to staffers last week saying they have engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm, who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set. Former employees of DeGeneres’s series have reportedly accused its producers of fostering an environment filled with “racism, fear and intimidation.”

ROBERT PLANT TO RELEASE ANTHOLOGY… Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is planning to release an anthology set featuring 30 songs from his 11-album career as a solo artist. “Digging Deep: Subterranea” is scheduled for release on October 2. The anthology includes collaborations with Patty Griffin, Jimmy Page, Phil Collins, Buddy Miller, Nigel Kennedy and Richard Thompson, among others.


Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred informed owners yesterday that there are currently no plans to cancel or pause the just-underway 2020 regular season. Instead, teams will “redouble health directives” and “reinforce on-field behavior prohibitions.” Concern was raised yesterday after at least 14 players and coaches for the Miami Marlins tested positive following a weekend series with the Phillies. The outbreak forced postponement of last night’s Miami-Baltimore and Philadelphia-N.Y. Yankees games.

SAN DIEGO 6 – Arizona 2
… Fernando Tatis Jr.’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a five-run bottom of the fourth inning for the Padres.

Chi. Cubs 8 – CINCINNATI 7… The Cubs built a 7-0 lead after 5-1/2 innings and hung on to edge the Reds. Anthony Rizzo belted his third homer.

Milwaukee 6 – PITTSBURGH 5 (11 innings)… Eric Sogard doubled home Brock Holt with the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and the Brewers made it stand in a rain-delayed win. Ryan Braun’s two-run game-tying double capped a four-run ninth.

OAKLAND 3 – L.A. Angels 0
… Chris Bassitt and five relievers combined on the shutout. Mark Canha homered for the Athletics.

Kansas City 14 – DETROIT 6… Maikel Franco belted two of the Royals’ six home runs in their pounding of the Tigers. Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler, Salvador Perez and Brett Phillips also went deep.

HOUSTON 8 – Seattle 5… Alex Bregman’s 100th career homer was a three-run shot that helped power the Astros past the Mariners. Jose Altuve added a solo shot.

CLEVELAND – Chi. White Sox (ppd)… Rain in Cleveland forced postponement of last night’s Indians-White Sox game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Toronto 4 – WASHINGTON 1
… Teoscar Hernandez drilled two of the Blue Jays’ four solo homers in the win over the Nationals.

TAMPA BAY 14 – Atlanta 5… Hunter Renfroe homered twice and knocked in four runs as the Rays romped over the Braves. Jose Martinez, Joey Wendle and Mike Zunino also circled the bases.

N.Y. Mets 7 – BOSTON 4… The Mets got home runs from Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith in downing the Red Sox. Michael Wacha allowed just a run on five hits over five innings.

N.Y. Yankees – PHILADELPHIA (ppd)… Last night’s Yankees-Phillies game was postponed due to COVID-19 fears.

MIAMI – Baltimore (ppd)… Last night’s Marlins-Orioles game was postponed due to COVID-19 fears.


the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills) are at Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle)…
Pittsburgh (Derek Holland) hosts Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom)…
San Diego (Zach Davies) is at San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija)

the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease; Carlos Rodon) are at Cleveland (Aaron Civale; Adam Plutko) for a doubleheader…
Detroit (TBD) hosts Kansas City (TBD)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval) are at Seattle (Justus Sheffield)…

Toronto (Tanner Roark) is at Washington (Austin Voth)…
Tampa Bay (Yonny Chorinos) hosts Atlanta (Kyle Wright)…
the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ) are at Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly)…
N.Y. Mets (TBD) are at Boston (Matt Hall)…
Minnesota (Homer Bailey) hosts St. Louis (Carlos Martinez)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler) are at Houston (Framber Valdez)…
Oakland (Daniel Mengden) hosts Colorado (Antonio Senzatela)….



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