The Rundown for August 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,867,785 and the nation’s death toll stands at 180,824, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey and New York announced yesterday that they won’t heed new federal health officials’ calls to reduce COVID-19 testing of some exposed to the virus. The states plan to continue to test asymptomatic people who have been exposed… North Carolina State University has asked all students living on campus to vacate by September 6 due to the “rapid spread” of the coronavirus. The school documented 325 cases out of 3,105 tests administered from August 20 to August 26.

TRUMP ACCEPTS NOMINATION… President Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for a second term last night to cap the fourth and final day of the Republican National Convention. Trump delivered a speech from the White House South Lawn despite accusations he was illegally using the executive residence as a political prop. Trump attacked Democratic rival Joe Biden, warning that a Biden victory in November would only worsen the nation’s civil unrest and coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and daughter Ivanka Trump were among the evening’s speakers.

KAMALA HARRIS RIPS TRUMP IN SPEECH… Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris delivered a blistering speech blasting President Trump for failing to protect Americans from the coronavirus pandemic. Harris charged that Trump “caved” when he needed “to be tough” with the Chinese government over its refusal to share information about the virus. “Donald Trump stood idly by and, folks, it was a deadly decision,” Harris said.

NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED IN KENOSHA… About 150 National Guard troops were deployed to Kenosha, Wisconsin, yesterday to help calm demonstrations that have erupted over Sunday’s police shooting of a Black man and the fatal shootings of two protesters on Tuesday night. Yesterday, federal prosecutors charged the suspect in the protester shootings, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, with two counts of homicide as well as attempted homicide and recklessly endangering the lives of others.

LAURA ARRIVES… At least six deaths are being blamed on Laura, which made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early yesterday as a Category 4 hurricane. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were without electricity in Louisiana and Texas. Laura weakened to a Category 2 storm almost immediately after moving over land, and was later downgraded to a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center had warned the storm could bring catastrophic impact and “unsurvivable” storm surge.

… R. Kelly was reportedly attacked by another inmate at a federal jail in Chicago on Tuesday night, the R&B singer’s lawyers said yesterday. The 53-year-old Kelly was allegedly on his bed at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center when another inmate approached him and began to punch him, according to attorney Doug Anton. Guards quickly stopped the attack and Kelly was not injured.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, BLAKE LIVELY PAIRED IN COMEDY FILM… “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively are pairing up as stars of a new romantic comedy film. “The Making Of” co-stars Richard Gere and Diane Keaton in the story about a pair of married filmmakers who cast actors to play younger versions of themselves in a movie about their romance as their marriage is falling apart. Gere and Keaton play the filmmakers. Miranda and Lively were cast as actors.

… Seven MLB games scheduled for yesterday were postponed as players throughout the league chose not to play in response to Sunday’s police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Marlins and Mets took the field and observed a 42-second moment of silence in a nod to today’s observance of Jackie Robinson Day. The teams then walked back off the field as Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson draped a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over home plate. Other games postponed were: Rockies-D-backs, A’s-Rangers, Twins-Tigers, Red Sox-Blue Jays, Rays-Orioles and Phillies-Nationals. Yesterday’s action consisted of four doubleheaders.

SAN DIEGO 10 – Seattle 7
… Wil Myers’ walkoff three-run homer capped a seven-run uprising in the seventh (and final) inning and the Padres upended the Mariners in the opener of a doubleheader. Manny Machado hit two solo homers and stroked a two-run single.

Seattle 8 – SAN DIEGO 3… The Mariners opened with a six-run top of the first inning and never looked back in downing the Padres to claim a split of the twinbill. Jose Marmolejos unloaded a grand slam. Shed Long added a solo shot.

Pittsburgh 4 – ST. LOUIS 3… Cole Tucker stroked a go-ahead RBI single to spark a three-run top of the eighth inning that carried the Pirates past the Cardinals in the doubleheader opener. Jacob Stallings had a couple of hits and knocked in a run.

Pittsburgh 2 – ST. LOUIS 0… Cody Ponce (1-1) scattered five hits over 5-2/3 innings and two relievers did the rest as the Pirates blanked the Cardinals to finish a sweep of the twinbill. Erik Gonzalez and Adam Frazier produced run-scoring singles in the top of the third inning.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Clayton Kershaw (4-1) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and reliever Josh Sborz worked the seventh and final inning as the Dodgers blanked the Giants in the doubleheader opener. A.J. Pollock blasted a two-run homer.

L.A. Dodgers 2 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Seven pitchers combined to hold the Giants scoreless and the Dodgers made it back-to-back shutouts in sweeping the twinbill. Joc Pederson’s solo homer in the top of the second inning provided all the offense L.A. needed.

Cincinnati 6 – MILWAUKEE 1… Jesse Winkler went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and three RBIs in leading the Reds past the Brewers in the doubleheader opener. Nick Castellanos also had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.

Cincinnati 6 – MILWAUKEE 0… Three pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Reds blanked the Brewers and completed a sweep of the twinbill. Eugenio Suarez homered with a runner aboard.

Minnesota (Matt Wisler, 0-0; TBA) is at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-0; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 2-1; Chad Green, 2-1) host the N.Y. Mets (Robert Gsellman, 0-0; Steven Matz, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 3-3) are at Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 0-0)…
Miami (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Humberto Mejia, 0-0)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 2-1) is at Boston (Martin Perez, 2-3)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-3) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Drew Holland, 1-1)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-1) host San Diego (Zach Davies, 4-2)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-1) is at Houston (Lance McCullers, 2-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-2) host Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 1-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

NBA PLAYERS VOTE TO RESUME SEASON… NBA players yesterday voted in favor of resuming the playoffs, according to ESPN. The league has yet to announce a rescheduling but it’s expected that games postponed on Wednesday will be played Saturday and yesterday’s games will be played on Sunday.

NHL GAMES RESCHEDULED… NHL players opted to sit out yesterday’s and today’s scheduled games in calling attention to systemic racism and police brutality. The games impacted are Game 3 between the Philadelphia and the N.Y. Islanders, Game 3 between Vegas and Vancouver, Game 4 between Tampa Bay and Boston and Game 4 between Colorado and Dallas. The NHL plans to reschedule the games beginning tomorrow.

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