The Rundown for July 16, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,974,299 and the nation’s death toll stands at 608,387, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned yesterday that the impact misinformation about the COVID vaccine is dangerous. Murthy said the false information shared on social media is driving vaccine hesitancy, especially among young people. During her press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted that there are about 12 people who are producing 65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms… A rise in cases and hospitalizations has prompted Los Angeles County to reimpose its mask mandate this weekend. The new order will require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status. The county has seen more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases each day for the past seven days.

BIDEN HOSTS MERKEL AT WHITE HOUSE… President Joe Biden hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House yesterday in her final visit as head of state. The two leaders said they were united against Russian aggression related to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline while remaining at odds on some details of the project. “Good friends can disagree,” Biden said afterward. The president praised Merkel for her “strong, principled leadership” and for “never failing to defend human dignity.” Merkel’s tenure lasted through four American presidents.

TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST PROTECTIONS RESTORED… The Biden administration yesterday announced plans to reverse a Trump-era move to open up Alaska’s Tongass National Forest for logging and other business operations. The USDA will restore protections to the nation’s largest old-growth forest as part of a $25 million strategy to conserve natural resources in Alaska, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Former President Donald Trump’s 2020 order opened the land to potential logging, mining and timber harvesting.

PAPERS HIGHLIGHT RUSSIAN SPY OPERATION TO SUPPORT TRUMP… The Guardian cited leaked Kremlin documents in reporting yesterday that Vladimir Putin personally authorized a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council. The session occurred on January 22, 2016, the papers suggest, with Putin, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present. According to the report, those at the session agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the U.S. and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.

CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY ARRESTED AT PROTEST… Democratic Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, was one of nine people arrested yesterday during a voting rights protest at the U.S. Capitol. The protest called for the Senate to pass a sweeping election reform bill that passed the House in March but is being held up in the Senate because of a Republican filibuster. The 71-year-old Beatty was charged with demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol grounds.

… Retired singer Linda Ronstadt was honored on her 75th birthday yesterday in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Mayor Regina Romero officially proclaimed the day as Linda Ronstadt Day earlier in the week. Ronstadt moved to Los Angeles in the mid-’60s to launch a singing career that spanned multiple genres, including rock, folk and country. She retired after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

MOVIE PRODUCER ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION RING… A California movie producer whose credits include the 2018 Maggie Gyllenhal film “The Kindergarten Teacher,” was arrested yesterday for allegedly running a “long-running” prostitution ring across the U.S. and abroad. Manhattan federal prosecutors also accused Dillon Jordan of money laundering for allegedly funneling ill-gotten gains through two “front companies.” Prosecutors claim that the 49-year-old Jordan ran the prostitution ring from about 2010 to May 2017, maintaining a “roster of women who resided around the U.S. and who, in exchange for payment, performed sexual acts for Jordan’s clients…” The indictment charges him with one count of conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, one count of enticement, one count of use of interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity and one count of money laundering. If found guilty on all counts, Jordan faces up to 50 years in federal prison. Jordan’s other production credits include 2018’s “Skin,” starring Jamie Bell, and 2019’s “The Kid,” starring Ethan Hawke.

Boston – N.Y. YANKEES
(ppd)… Last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game was postponed after multiple positive COVID-19 tests within New York organization. No makeup date has been announced. Yankees pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta have been confirmed as COVID-19 positive and placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Three other players have received multiple positive diagnoses from rapid testing and are being quarantined while awaiting lab results.

Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 5-8; TBA) is at Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1; Zach Eflin, 4-6) for a doubleheader…
Pittsburgh (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-7)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-6) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-6)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) hosts Milwaukee (TBA)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-3) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 7-5)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-8) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 11-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 11-4) are at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-5)

Minnesota (TBA; TBA) is at Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-8; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) host Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-5)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-5) is at Toronto (Robbie Ray, 7-4)…
Kansas City (TBA) hosts Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 6-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 5-6) host Seattle (Chris Flexen, 8-3)…
Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 1-3) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 10-2)

Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 8-3)

BRAVES ACQUIRE JOC PEDERSON… The injury-plagued Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs yesterday. In exchange, Atlanta sends Chicago minor league first-baseman Bryce Ball. The 29-year-old Pederson signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February after winning a World Series with the Dodgers. He hit 11 homers and knocked in 39 runs during his half-season in Chicago. He’ll join an Atlanta team that has just lost Ronald Acuña for the season due to a torn ACL.

NBA FINALS RESUMES SUNDAY… Milwaukee visits Phoenix on Sunday for Game 5 of the NBA finals with the series tied 2-2.

The Rundown for July 15, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,946,343 and the nation’s death toll stands at 608,108, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for about 58 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to figures released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The proportion was estimated at just 31.1 percent for the previous two-week period. In late May, the Delta variant was estimated to account for just 3 percent of new cases.

DEMS SEEK ARIZONA AUDIT DOCUMENTS… Two Democrats in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform are seeking documents from the company performing Arizona’s presidential election as part of an investigation into an unusual months-long ballot audit. In requesting the documents, Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jamie Raskin detail how conspiracy theories might have played into the audit procedures and want to know about any communication the company has had with former President Trump.

CAPITOL ATTACK COMMITTEE SCHEDULES HEARING… The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has scheduled its first hearing for July 27. The House created the select committee last month after Senate Republicans blocked an effort to impanel an independent, bipartisan commission. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has chosen seven Democrats and Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney to serve on the committee. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy can choose the remaining five members, but has yet to do so.

WATCHDOG RELEASES NASSAR INVESTIGATION REPORT… A report released yesterday by the Justice Department’s inspector general found that FBI officials failed to properly document sexual assault accusations made against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and made false statements regarding the case. According to the report, at least 70 athletes were sexually abused by Nassar between when USA Gymnastics first reported the allegations to the FBI and August 2016, when a separate complaint was filed with the police department at Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked. The report found that officials with the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office failed to respond to the allegations “with the utmost seriousness an urgency that they deserved and required” and made “numerous and fundamental errors” when they did respond. Additionally, W. Jay Abbott, the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, lied to the inspector general’s office on multiple occasions in order “to minimize errors made by the Indianapolis Field Office in connection with the handling of the Nassar allegations.”

OVERDOSE DEATHS SOAR DURING PANDEMIC… Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a government report released yesterday. That estimate reflects an increase of about 29 percent over the previous year. Fentanyl was involved in more than 60 percent of the overdose deaths last year, according to CDC data. New Hampshire and South Dakota were the only states that didn’t record 2020 drug overdoses.

… Britney Spears has been granted a request to hire her own attorney in her effort to end to her 13-year conservatorship. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears’ petition to replace her court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, with former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart. Spears testified at the hearing that she was “extremely scared” of her father, Jamie Spears, who has overseen his daughter’s $60 million fortune since 2008. “I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she said.

OLIVIA RODRIGO AT WHITE HOUSE… Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House yesterday to promote the COVID-19 vaccine for young Americans. The 18-year-old singer appeared at a press conference and toured the West Wing before meeting with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser. Rodrigo will be recording videos that urge young people to get vaccinated.


MILWAUKEE 109 – Phoenix 103… Khris Middleton scored 10 of his 40 points in the final 2:07 as the Bucks pulled past the Suns to even the series at two games apiece. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 points and 14 rebounds. Devin Booker’s 42 points weren’t enough for Phoenix, which hosts Game 5 on Saturday.

Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-5) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)

National League
New York Mets, 47-0
Philadelphia Phillies, 44-44, 3-1/2 GB
Atlanta Braves, 44-45, 4 GB
Washington Nationals, 42-47, 6 GB
Miami Marlins, 39-50, 9 GB

Milwaukee Brewers, 53-39
Cincinnati Reds, 48-42, 4 GB
Chicago Cubs, 44-46, 8 GB
St. Louis Cardinals, 44-46, 8 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates, 34-56, 18 GB

San Francisco Giants, 57-32
Los Angeles Dodgers, 56-35, 2 GB
San Diego Padres, 53-40, 6 GB
Colorado Rockies,40-51, 18 GB
Arizona Diamondbacks, 26-66, 32-1/2 GB

American League
Boston Red Sox, 55-36
Tampa Bay Rays, 53-37, 1.5 GB
Toronto Blue Jays, 45-42, 8 GB
New York Yankees, 46-43, 8 GB
Baltimore Orioles, 28-61, 26 GB

Chicago White Sox, 54-35
Cleveland Indians, 45-42, 8 GB
Detroit Tigers, 40-51, 15 GB
Minnesota Twins, 39-50, 15 GB
Kansas City Royals, 36-53, 18 GB

Houston Astros, 55-36
Oakland Athletics, 52-40, 3-1/2 GB
Seattle Mariners, 48-43, 7 GB
Los Angeles Angels, 45-44, 9 GB
Texas Rangers, 35-55, 19-1/2 GB

The Rundown for July 14, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,914,880 and the nation’s death toll stands at 607,771, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of new daily infections has risen nearly 50 percent in the U.S. amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. The average of 19,455 new cases per day over seven days entering yesterday was a 47.5 percent increase over the previous week. A total of 43 states have seen an increase in infections from the previous week.

BIDEN ATTACKS VOTER-SUPPESSION LAWS… President Joe Biden attacked racist voting laws sweeping America yesterday, warning that “the 21st-century Jim Crow assault is real.” Biden asked of Republicans who support voting restrictions: “Have you no shame?” The president noted that 17 states states had enacted 28 laws that make it harder to vote, with 400 bills pending.

DEMS AGREE ON BUDGET PLAN… Senate Democrats last night agreed on a $3.5 trillion budget plan that would expand Medicare, fund climate-change initiatives. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that when including $600 billion in new spending Biden has proposed in a separate bipartisan infrastructure proposal, the amount of new spending comes in around $4.1 trillion. Biden is set to meet today with Senate Democrats at the Capitol to discuss the agreement.

BANKER GUILTY OF BRIBING PAUL MANAFORT… A jury in Manhattan yesterday found a Chicago banker guilty of helping former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort improperly receive $16 million in loans in order to interview for a job within the Trump administration. Stephen Calk, the former chairman and CEO of The Federal Savings Bank, was found guilty of one count of financial institution bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit financial institution bribery. The charges carry 30 and 5-year maximum prison sentences, respectively. Prosecutors say he helped secure two different loans totaling $16 million for Manafort shortly after the 2016 election in exchange for interviews for different Trump administration positions, including Secretary of the Army. Manafort late defaulted on the loans.

OREGON FIRE IS NATION’S BIGGEST… A wildfire raging in Oregon is currently the largest fire in the nation, officials said yesterday. The Bootleg Fire, which started in Klamath County on July 6, has burned more than 201,000 acres. The fire has destroyed 54 structures and 21 homes and its cause remains unknown.

… Netflix’s “The Crown” and the Disney+ Star Wars action drama “The Mandalorian” each picked up 24 nominations to lead the field at this year’s 73rd Emmy Awards. The Disney+ Marvel series “WandaVision” received 23 nominations. Nominees in the best drama category include “The Crown,” “The Mandalorian,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Bridgerton,” “The Boys,” “Pose,” “Lovecraft Country” and “This Is Us.” The Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso,” starring Jason Sudeikis, is the favorite to win in the comedy category.

NICOLAS CAGE PULLS OUT OF JOE EXOTIC FILM… Nicolas Cage revealed yesterday that he has pulled out of Amazon’s planned fictionalized adaptation of the Netflix documentary “Tiger King.” Cage was set to portray Joe Exotic but said his departure came after Amazon cooled to the project. According to Cage, Amazon thought interest in the show had a shelf life that already has expired.


American League 5 – NATIONAL LEAGUE 2… The American League made it eight straight wins over the National League by winning last night’s 91st All-Star Game in Denver. 22-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and drove in a second run on his way to become the youngest player to be honored as the game’s MVP. Mike Zunino also homered for the American Leaguers. MLB’s regular season resumes tomorrow.

NBA FINALS RESUMES TONIGHT… The NBA finals resumes tonight with Phoenix visiting Milwaukee for Game 4. The Suns won the first two games of the series at home before the Bucks got in the win column by winning Sunday’s Game 3.

The Rundown for July 13, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,886,713 and the nation’s death toll stands at 607,392, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Health officials said yesterday that Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine may pose a “small possible risk” of a rare but potentially dangerous Guillain–Barré syndrome. Regulators have said that chances for developing the rare neurological condition appear to be three to five times higher among those receiving doses of J&J’s vaccine compared with the general population in the U.S.

BIDEN DISCUSSES GUN VIOLENCE STRATEGY… President Joe Biden met with U.S. police chiefs and elected officials at the White House yesterday as part of his effort to address a continuing nationwide surge in gun violence. Biden discussed strategy with Attorney General Merrick Garland and New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams, along with mayors and police chiefs from major cities. Adams advocated for a “joint gang and guns” task forces.

HAITI PRESIDENT KILLERS HAD BEEN U.S. INFORMANTS… CNN reported yesterday that several men accused in last week’s assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse had previously served as informants for U.S. law enforcement agencies. One of the men was an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the report. Christian Emmanuel Sanon and two other Florida residents of Haitian descent are accused of being ringleaders of a plot to install Sanon as president of Haiti. Authorities say 26 people pulled off the attack, with 19 now in custody and the others killed during a police raid.

TEXAS DEMS BLOCK VOTER-RESTRICTION EFFORT… More than 50 Democrats in the Texas state legislature bolted to Washington, D.C., yesterday in a bid to block Republican-led voting restrictions. The Texas House of Representatives was expected to approve the sweeping new restrictions in a special legislative session later this week but now lacks enough members for a quorum. Last month, Texas Democrats already successfully derailed voter-suppression legislation by walking out of the Texas Capitol.

CONDO COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL AT 94… The death toll from last month’s partial collapse of a condominium building in Surfside, Florida, rose to 94. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced on Day 19 of the search effort that 83 of the 94 victims have been identified and 80 next of kin have been notified. Twenty-two people remain “potentially unaccounted” for, and 222 have been accounted for, she said.

… Actor Drake Bell was sentenced yesterday to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service, weeks after pleading guilty to child endangerment. The 35-year-old former “Josh and Drake” star actor must also register as a sex offender in the state of Ohio. Bell’s victim had accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex on him after a December 2017 concert in Cleveland. Prosecutors presented evidence that Bell sent the young girl “inappropriate social media messages” and had established a “relationship” with her before they met at the concert.

ACTOR CHARLIE ROBINSON DIES… Actor Charlie Robinson, who was best known for playing Mac the court clerk in the 1980s sitcom “Night Court,” died Sunday after a battle with cancer, family members announced yesterday. He was 75. Robinson also appeared in “Home Improvement,” “NCIS,” and other television shows during his 50-year career.

… National League manager Dave Roberts and his American League counterpart Kevin Cash have announced starting pitchers and lineups for tonight’s 91st All Star Game in Denver. Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani has emerged as a major attraction as he becomes the first player in the history of an event dating back to 1933 to serve as both a position player (he was voted in by the fans as the AL’s starting designated hitter) and a pitcher (he was voted in by his peers as one of the seven starters on the AL roster). Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals will start on the mound for the National League. It will be his fourth All Star Game start.

Fernando Tatis Jr., SS (San Diego)
Max Muncy, DH (L.A. Dodgers)
Nolan Arenado, 3B (St. Louis)
Freddie Freeman, 1B (Atlanta)
Nick Castellanos, RF (Cincinnati)
Jesse Winker, LF (Cincinnati)
J.T. Realmuto, C (Philadelphia)
Bryan Reynolds, CF (Pittsburgh)
Adam Frazier, 2B (Pittsburgh)

Shohei Ohtani, DH (L.A. Angels)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B (Toronto)
Xander Bogaerts, SS (Boston)
Aaron Judge, RF (N.Y. Yankees)
Rafael Devers, 3B (Boston)
Marcus Semien, 2B (Toronto)
Salvador Perez, C (Kansas City)
Teoscar Hernández, LF (Toronto)
Cedric Mullins, CF (Baltimore)

ALONSO WINS HOME RUN DERBY… New York Mets slugger outlasted Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles to defend his Home Run Derby crown last night at Coors Field in Denver. The event’s headliner, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, was eliminated in a power-packed first-round duel with the Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto.

The Rundown for July 12, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,853,614 and the nation’s death toll stands at 607,155, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said yesterday that it’s “almost inexplicable” that some Americans continue to resist getting vaccinated against COVID-19 despite information showing those who have not received their shots are at a higher risk of becoming infected. During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation, Fauci continued to emphasize the seriousness of the Delta variant spread, which has raised infections and hospitalizations as it became the dominant strain of the coronavirus.

SURFSIDE DEATH TOLL AT 90… The death toll from the Surfside, Florida, condominium building collapse rose to 90 yesterday following the recovery of four more bodies. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says at least 71 of the victims have been properly identified with next-of-kin notifications provided to their families. An estimated 31 people remain unaccounted for.

HEAT WAVE IN SPARKS FIRE FEARS… A heat wave across the West is keeping firefighters throughout the region engaged if not on high alert. Heat advisories were issued across seven western states, with record-setting temperatures expected in California, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Dozens of large wildfires are currently burning in the West. Firefighters struggled in their effort to contain a Northern California wildfire that continued to grow yesterday and forced the temporary closure of a major highway. Two firefighters died Saturday in Arizona after a plane they were in crashed during a survey of a small wildfire in rural Mohave County.

WEAPONS STASH FOUND IN DENVER… Authorities in Denver say a tip from a hotel housekeeper led police to uncover a large arsenal of weapons that prompted police to believe initially that they had thwarted a large-scale attack. The discovery of the weapons occurred about a block from Coors Field, where Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is scheduled for tomorrow. However, FBI officials in Denver said yesterday morning that a preliminary investigation has not turned up any evidence that the episode is tied to terrorism. Three men and a woman were arrested and 16 long guns, body armor and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were seized from two rooms at the Maven Hotel.

SOUTH FLORIDA DOCTOR IMPLICATED IN ASSASSINATION… The Miami Herald reported yesterday that a Haitian doctor who has lived off-and-on in South Florida for 20 years, has been implicated in last week’s assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Christian Emmanuel Sanon is suspected of being one of the ring leaders of the hit squad that killed Moise, according to the report. Two other Florida residents of Haitian descent arrested for the killing told investigators that the assassination was part of a plot to install Sanon as president of Haiti. Authorities say 26 people pulled off the attack, with 19 now in custody and the others killed during a police raid.

… Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” sold 88,000 copies to reclaim the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” remains in second place after selling 68,000 units. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” jumped one spot into third place with 47,000 copies sold. “Dangerous: The Double Album” jumped to No. 4 on sales of 46,000 units. G Herbo’s “25” sold 46,000 copies to debut at No. 5.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Black Widow” took in $80 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “F9: The Fast Saga,” slipped to second place with $10.8 million. “The Boss Baby: Family Business” made $8.7 million to finish third. “The Forever Purge” finished fourth with $6.7 million. “A Quiet Place Part II” capped the top five with $3 million.


MILWAUKEE 120 – Phoenix 100… The Bucks took control with a big second quarter and rolled past the Suns to pull within 2-1 in the NBA finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 41 points and 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 21 points and nine assists. The series remains in Milwaukee for Game 4 on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh 6 – N.Y. METS 5
… The Pirates clawed their way past the Mets after spotting them a five-run lead after the first inning. Rodolfo Castro and Michael Perez launched the comeback with back-to-back homers in the top of the fifth inning. Castro added a two-run shot in the sixth. Pittsburgh took the lead in the ninth on run-scoring singles by John Nogowski and Wilmer Difo.

MIAMI 7 – Atlanta 4… Jesus Aguilar slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and singled home a run in the fourth to lead the Marlins past the Braves. Starter Pablo López (5-5) set a Modern Era record by striking out the first nine batters he faced. He tied the all-time record set by Mickey Welch of the New York Gothams in 1884.

Cincinnati 3 – MILWAUKEE 1… Nick Castellanos came through with a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to send the Reds past the Brewers. Joey Votto opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first.

SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Washington 1… Curt Casali connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning and the Giants hung on to own the Nationals. Kevin Gausman (9-3) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings and struck out nine.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Arizona 4… Max Muncy’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning powered the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks. Chris Taylor’s RBI single capped a three-run eighth that erased a 4-1 deficit for L.A. Mookie Betts homered to lead off the first.

Colorado 3 – SAN DIEGO 1… Sonny Gray (6-6) held the Padres to a run on three hits over six innings and two Rockies relievers shut the door. C.J. Cron and Chris Owings smacked solo homers for Colorado.

St. Louis – CHI. CUBS (ppd)… Rain in Chicago forced postponement of yesterday’s Cardinals-Cubs game. It has been rescheduled for September 24.

Chi. White Sox 7 – BALTIMORE 5
… Adam Engel’s three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning sent the White Sox past the Orioles after Baltimore’s Trey Mancini homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Andrew Vaughn homered twice and knocked in Chicago’s other four runs.

Toronto 3 – TAMPA BAY 1… Robbie Ray (7-4) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out 11 in dominating the Rays. Danny Jansen homered for the Blue Jays. Santiago Espinal went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

MINNESOTA 12 – Detroit 9 (10 innings)… Jorge Polanco stroked a pair of run-scoring singles and belted a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Twins outslugged the Tigers. Ben Rortvedt drilled a game-tying solo homer with one out in the ninth. Max Kepler also went deep for Minnesota.

HOUSTON 8 – N.Y. Yankees 7… The Astros erupted to score six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Yankees. Jose Altuve belted a walkoff three-run homer. Chas McCormick’s two-run double sparked the uprising. Martin Maldonado and Kyle Tucker hit bases-empty homers.

Oakland 4 – TEXAS 1… Chris Bassitt (10-2) limited the Rangers to a run on four hits over seven innings. Matt Olson hit two of Oakland’s four solo homers. Jed Lowrie and Sean Murphy connected back-to-back in the third.

L.A. Angels 7 – SEATTLE 1… Jose Suarez held the Mariners to an unearned run on three hits over five innings and the Angels cruised past the Mariners. David Fletcher went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and four RBIs.

Kansas City – CLEVELAND (ppd)… Rain in Cleveland forced postponement of yesterday’s Royals-Indians game. It has been rescheduled for September 20.

Philadelphia 5 – BOSTON 4
… Ronald Torreyes’ three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning proved to be the difference as the Phillies edged the Red Sox. Torreyes and Travis Jankowski scored on J.T. Realmuto’s third-inning single.

Baseball’s second half resumes Thursday following tomorrow’s All-Star Game in Denver.

The Rundown for July 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,790,468 and the nation’s death toll stands at 606,475, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced yesterday that it plans to seek federal approval for a third shot that would ideally be administered between six and 12 months after the second vaccine. The company said initial tests have shown that a booster shot could dramatically improve protection against the virus and even the Delta variant. Additionally, Pfizer and BioNTech are also reportedly developing an updated vaccine that would specifically target the Delta variant, which is now the dominant strain in the U.S. and many other countries. The companies said real-world evidence from the Israel Ministry of Health showed vaccine efficacy has declined in the six months following vaccination.

BIDEN PUSHES UP AFGHANISTAN PULLOUT… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the U.S. will end its military mission in Afghanistan on August 31. “The United States did what we went to do in Afghanistan. To get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and deliver justice to Osama Bin laden, and to degrade the terrorist threat to keep Afghanistan from becoming a base from which attacks could be continued against the United States,” Biden said in announcing the pullout. The president previously set an exit date of September 11 but the process went more quickly than expected. Biden added that the U.S. will keep providing civilian humanitarian aid to the country after ending military operations.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AVOIDS HATE-CRIME CASES… A Justice Department report released yesterday found that the Justice Department declined to prosecute 82 percent of suspects accused of committing hate crimes. According to the report, of the 1,864 suspects accused of committing a hate crime between 2005 and 2019, state lawyers only prosecuted 17 percent of them with 1 percent having been disposed of by U.S. magistrates. “Insufficient evidence” was the most common reason for deciding against prosecution. Of the 310 defendants who were adjudicated, more than 90 percent were convicted. More than 85 percent of those convicted of a hate crime received an average prison sentence of 7-1/2 years with about 14 percent sentenced to probation and 1 percent given suspended sentences.

FLORIDA TOWER-COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL AT 64… The death toll from the condo tower collapse in Surfside, Florida, two weeks ago rose to 64 yesterday after searchers found the remains of another 10 people. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 40 of the 64 victims have been identified and 39 families have been notified. A total of 76 people remain “potentially unaccounted for” and 200 people have been accounted for, she added.

2 AMERICANS ARRESTED FOR HAITIAN PRESIDENT ASSASSINATION… Two U.S. citizens from Florida are among more than a dozen suspects arrested so far in the investigation of Wednesday’s assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse. At least seven other suspects have been killed during the ongoing manhunt. Investigators are trying to determine why a hit squad of roughly two dozen men turned up at Moïse’s home and gunned him down.

… The death of rapper DMX’s death was due to a cocaine-induced heart attack that caused a lack of blood circulation to his brain, Vulture reported yesterday, citing a source from the Westchester County, New York, medical examiner’s office. The source said cocaine was found in the rapper’s urine. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was rushed to the hospital on April 2 but efforts to revive him failed. He was officially pronounced dead a week later. His eighth album, “Exodus,” was released one month after his death.

LIL BABY DETAINED BY PARIS POLICE… Lil Baby was taken into police custody in Paris, France, yesterday on suspicion of transporting illicit drugs. The rapper, whose real name is Dominique Jones, has been in Paris for Fashion Week. His companion, NBA star James Harden, was frisked by police but not detained. Police were alerted to the two by the smell of cannabis.


PHOENIX 118 – Milwaukee 108… The Suns took control with a big second quarter and held off the Bucks to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Devin Booker’s 31 points. Myles Bridges added 27 points and Chris Paul tossed in 23. The series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Sunday.

L.A. Dodgers 6 – MIAMI 1
… Julio Urías (11-3) held the Marlins to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Dodgers salvaged the finale of the four-game series. Chris Taylor knocked in two runs with a single and a double.

Colorado 9 – ARIZONA 3… Dom Nuñez went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning as the Rockies ripped the Diamondbacks. Yonathan Daza doubled home two runs.

Philadelphia 8 – CHI. CUBS 0… Zach Eflin (4-6) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers in shutting out the Cubs. Brad Miller homered three times and knocked in five runs. Didi Gregorius added a two-run shot.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Cincinnati 3… Avisail Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth to lead the Brewers past the Reds. Keston Hiura doubled home a tying run in the sixth.

SAN DIEGO 9 – Washington 8… The Padres erased an 8-0 fourth-inning deficit to stun the Nationals. Trent Grisham singled home Tommy Pham with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Relief pitcher Daniel Camarena unloaded a grand slam to highlight a seven-run fourth. Fernando Tatis Jr. homered to lead off the big inning and capped it with a run-scoring single.

Pittsburgh – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Pirates-Mets game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

Oakland 2 – HOUSTON 1
… Frankie Montas (8-7) held the Astros to a run on five hits and struck out 10 over 6-2/3 innings and three Athletics relievers shut them down the rest of the way. Matt Olson doubled home a run in the top of the first inning and scored on Jed Lowrie’s single.

SEATTLE 4 – N.Y. Yankees 0.. Logan Gilbert (3-2) limited the Yankees to one hit over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the blanking of the Yankees. Dylan Moore homered with a runner aboard for the Mariners. Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger smacked solo shots.

CLEVELAND 7 – Kansas City 5… The Indians used a late power surge to upend the Royals and snap a nine-game losing streak. Roberto Perez blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and Franmil Reyes added a walkoff three-run blast in the ninth. Bobby Bradley also went deep.

MINNESOTA 5 – Detroit 3… Miguel Sanó hit a game-tying homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and the Twins scored twice more to get past the Tigers. Ryan Jeffers also went deep.

Toronto – BALTIMORE (ppd)… Rain in Baltimore forced postponement of last night’s Blue Jays-Orioles game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on September 11.

St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 10-4)…
Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-2) hosts Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 7-3)…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-6)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-3) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 6-4)…
Washington (Paolo Espino, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 4-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0) host Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 1-2) is at San Diego (Blake Snell, 3-3)

the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 6-3) are at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-11)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-3) hosts Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-9)…
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-0) is at Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 3-3)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 4-5) hosts Oakland (Cole Irvin, 6-7)…
Detroit (Matt Manning, 1-2) is at Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-3)…
Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Nestor Cortes, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 6-3) are at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-5)

Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 3-3) is at Boston (Garrett Richards, 4-5)

The Rundown for July 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,770,444 and the nation’s death toll stands at 606,218, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million yesterday amid mounting concerns over the highly contagious Delta variant. Vaccines have been credited for lowering average daily deaths to about 7,900 after peaking at more than 18,000 in January.

CONDO TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 54… Officials have called off the search for survivors in the rubble of the condo tower that collapsed June 24 in Surfside, Florida. No one has been found alive since the first hours after the collapse and authorities say they don’t believe there are any more survivors. The death toll rose to 54 yesterday after crews recovered 18 more victims from the rubble. Another 86 people remain unaccounted for.

RUDY GIULIANI LOSES D.C. LAW LICENSE… A local appeals court in Washington, D.C., has suspended Rudy Giuliani’s authority to practice law in the city Wednesday. The suspension comes in response to a New York appellate court suspending Giuliani’s law license last month, saying he made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about last year’s election while serving as former President Donald Trump’s attorney. The action from the D.C. appellate court is required under the city’s bar rules whenever a lawyer faces disciplinary action in another jurisdiction.

ELSA ARRIVES… Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall along the Gulf Coast in northwestern Florida yesterday morning and continued on a path through Georgia. The storm, which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane the night before, had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 33 counties and the Florida National Guard activated dozens of guardsmen to serve at the State Emergency Operations Center and Logistics Readiness Center. A tropical storm warning was in effect for parts of New Jersey and South Carolina.

$1B MARIJUANA BUST… Authorities in Los Angeles County yesterday announced they made the largest marijuana confiscation in the county’s history. Agents seized some 372,000 plants and 33,480 pounds of harvested marijuana during a 10-day operation that launched June 8 in the Antelope Valley. The marijuana has a street value of more than $1 billion. At least 131 people were arrested in connection with the operation. Agents also seized 65 vehicles, $28,000 in cash and 33 firearms, he said, adding, 180 animals were rescued and 30 locations were demolished.

… Actor and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. died yesterday following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 85. Downey’s filmmaking credits include “Putney Swope” and “Greaser’s Palace.” He also directed his son, Robert Downey Jr., in the films “Pound” and “Too Much Sun.” As an actor, Downey’s film appearances included “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “To Live and Die in L.A.”

ACTRESS SUZANNE DOUGLAS DIES… Actress Suzzanne Douglas, who was best known for work on the long-running Warner Bros. sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood,” has died of undisclosed causes. She was 64. Douglas played matriarch Jerri Peterson on the “The Parent ‘Hood,” which ran from 1995-99. Her other television credits included “Bones,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “NYPD Blue.” She most recently starred as Grace Cuffee on Ava DuVernay’s limited Netflix series, “When They See Us.”

N.Y. METS 4 – Milwaukee 3
(8 innings)… Jeff McNeil’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Mets over the Brewers in the opener of a doubleheader. Jose Peraza homered for New York.

Milwaukee 5 – N.Y. METS 0 (7 innings)… Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Mets to claim a split of the twinbill. Manny Piña and Luis Urias hit two-run homers. Willy Adames also went deep.

Atlanta 14 – PITTSBURGH 3… Abraham Almonte singled home two runs and homered with a runner aboard to lead the Braves in their pounding of the Pirates. Ronald Acuña also went deep. Dansby Swanson had three hits and an RBI.

MIAMI 9 – L.A. Dodgers 6… Jesus Aguilar blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Marlins past the Dodgers. Garrett Cooper homered twice. Jesus Sánchez also went deep.

CHI. CUBS 8 – Philadelphia 3… Seven different players drove in runs as the Cubs downed the Phillies. Patrick Wisdom capped the scoring with a two-run double.

ARIZONA 6 – Colorado 4… Eduardo Escobar’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Rockies. Nick Ahmed’s RBI single sparked a three-run second.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – St. Louis 2… Alex Wood (8-1) held the Cardinals to a run on three hits over seven innings. Darin Ruf belted a two-run homer for the Giants.

Washington 15 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Nationals throttled the Padres with a 17-hit attack. Juan Castro connected for a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Josh Harrison knocked in three runs with a single and a double.

TAMPA BAY 8 – Cleveland 1
(7 innings)… Kevin Kiermaier lined a two-run double and blasted a three-run homer to lead the Rays past the Indians in the opener of a doubleheader. Brandon Lowe and Brett Phillips also homered.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Cleveland 0 (7 innings)… Five pitchers combined on a seven-inning no-hitter and the Rays completed a sweep of the twinbill. Taylor Walls produced a pair of run-scoring singles for Tampa Bay and Yandy Diaz singled home two more.

Chi. White Sox 6 – MINNESOTA 1… Lance Lynn (9-3) held the Twins to a run on four hits over six innings. Leury Garcia homered with a runner aboard and tripled home a run. Tim Anderson went 4-for-4 with an RBI double.

Detroit 5 – TEXAS 3… Miguel Cabrera singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and Tigers topped the Rangers. Jeimer Candelario homered for Detroit.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Boston 4… Jared Walsh homered twice and drove in three runs to help power the Angels past the Red Sox. Shohei Ohtani’s 32nd homer was a solo shot.

Toronto 10 – BALTIMORE 2… Bo Bichette singled home a run and hit a two-run homer in the Blue Jays’ trashing of the Orioles. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles.

HOUSTON 4 – Oakland 3… Kyle Tucker smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Astros hung on to edge the Athletics. Jose Altuve cracked a three-run homer in the third.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – SEATTLE 4… The Yankees did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Mariners. Aaron Judge slugged a two-run homer. Gleyber Torres lined a two-run single.

Cincinnati 5 – KANSAS CITY 2
… Reds starter Sonny Gray (2-4) allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings. Jonathan India went 3-for-4 with a two-run double.

the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 10-3) are at Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 8-7)…
Arizona (Jake Faria, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 2-5)…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-8) host Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 3-6)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 5-5)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4)

Oakland (Frankie Montas, 7-5) is at Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 6-1)…
Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 2-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-3)..
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-0) is at Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 4-3) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-3)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 5-7) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 4-4)

TAMPA BAY 1 – Montreal 0… The Lightning blanked the Canadiens in Game 5 to claim their second straight Stanley Cup. Rookie Ross Colton netted the game’s only goal at 13:27 of the second period. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots and finished the postseason with shutouts in all four of Tampa Bay’s series-clinching wins. Afterward, he was presented the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Milwaukee is at Phoenix for Game 2 with the Suns leading 1-0

The Rundown for July 7, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,723,122 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,567, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden yesterday called for a renewed urgency to get more Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 amid case surges in parts of the country. The delta variant now makes up more than half of all new Covid-19 infections in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 36… Another eight victims were pulled from the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, yesterday, raising the death toll to 36. Authorities say 109 people remain missing. The search for more victims is carrying on despite the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa. Concerns over the storm’s impact prompted officials to demolish a still-standing section of the building on Sunday night.

RNC CONTRACTOR HACKED… Hackers working on behalf of the Russian government breached the computer systems of a contractor for the Republican National Committee. The Russian government-affiliated group known as Cozy Bear allegedly targeted the IT service company Synnex late last week. It is unclear what data may have stolen and the RNC itself has denied that any of its systems were breached. Cozy Bear is the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and released reams of internal emails

ELSA STRIKES FLORIDA… Tropical storm Elsa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it struck Florida’s southwestern coast yesterday. The storm brought heavy rain and 75-mph wind to Tampa and other cities on the Gulf of Mexico, prompting authorities to issue flood warnings as well as tornado and hurricane watches. The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida’s panhandle region in the coming days and continue into the southeastern U.S., though it will weaken as it moves inland.

ERIC ADAMS WINS NY MAYOR DEM PRIMARY… Former police captain Eric Adams has been declared the winner of the race to pick a Democratic candidate to be New York City’s mayor. Adams, currently borough president of Brooklyn, promised in his campaign to be tough on crime. Police figures last month showed crime in the city rose by 22 percent in the past 12 months and shootings were up 73 percent. Adams will be a heavy favorite over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in November’s general election.

… The court-appointed attorney who has represented Britney Spears throughout the duration of her almost 13-year conservatorship has submitted a petition to resign. Samuel D. Ingham said in a court filing that the resignation would be effective upon the designation of new court-appointed counsel for Spears. On Tuesday, Spears’ manager of 25 years, Larry Rudolph, also submitted a letter of resignation, citing the singer’s desire to retire.

CAST ADDITIONS TO ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL… HBO announced yesterday that actresses Milly Alcock and Emily Carey have joined the cast of the “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon.” Alcock will play a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, with Emma D’Arcy to portray an older version of the character. Carey will portray a young Alicent Hightower, played by Olivia Cooke. Other cast members include Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen and Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon. The series is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”

PITTSBURGH 2 – Atlanta 1
… Bryan Reynolds drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Rodolfo Castro with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Reynolds’ sacrifice fly in the third scored Adam Frazier with the game’s first run.

MIAMI 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1 (10 innings)… Starling Marte raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Marlins outlasted the Dodgers. Jesus Aguilar singled home a tying run in the sixth.

Philadelphia 15 – CHI. CUBS 10… Andrew McCutchen unloaded a grand slam in the top of the first inning and Bryce Harper added a three-run blast to cap a six-run seventh as the Phillies outslugged the Cubs. Rhys Hoskins had three hits, including a homer, and four RBIs.

ARIZONA 4 – Colorado 3… David Peralta was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home Stuart Fairchild with the winning run. David Peralta, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker produced run-scoring doubles during a three-run first.

St. Louis 6 – SAN FRANCISCO 5… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer gave the Cardinals an early lead and they held off the Giants. Edmundo Sosa added a solo shot. Yadier Molina stroked a run-scoring single among his three hits.

SAN DIEGO 7 – Washington 4… Wil Myers homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Padres past the Nationals. Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

Milwaukee – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Brewers-Mets game. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader today.

BALTIMORE 7 – Toronto 5
… Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander hit two-run homers during a five-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the Orioles past the Blue Jays. Pedro Severino also homered with a runner aboard. Spenser Watkins (1-0) limited Toronto to a run on three hits over five innings in his major-league debut.

TEXAS 10 – Detroit 5… John Hicks hit a two-run homer and singled home a run in leading the Rangers past the Tigers. Brock Holt and Adolis Garcia also connected. David Dahl went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles.

HOUSTON 9 – Oakland 6… The Astros erased a 6-2 fourth-inning deficit on their way past the Athletics. Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs. homered twice and knocked in five runs. Jose Altuve singled home two runs.

Chi. White Sox 4 – MINNESOTA 1… Carlos Rodon (7-3) held the Twins to a run on seven hits over six innings. Zack Collins provided all the offense the White Sox needed with a two-run single in the top of the second inning.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Boston 3… Shohei Ohtani (4-1) gave up just two runs on five hits over seven innings on the mound sparked a three-run bottom of the first inning with an RBI double in the Angels’ win over the Red Sox. Max Stassi hit a two-run homer. David Fletcher went 4-for-4 with an RBI.

N.Y. Yankees 12 – SEATTLE 1… The Yankees used an 18-hit attack to throttle the Mariners. Giancarlo Stanton and Rougned Odor belted three-run homers. Luke Volt went 5-for-6 and drove in three runs.

Cleveland – TAMPA BAY (ppd)… The threat posed by tropical storm Elsa forced postponement of last night’s Indians-Rays game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

KANSAS CITY 7 – Cincinnati 6
… The Royals came from five runs down in their final two at-bats to upend the Reds. Nicky Lopez tied the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Salvador Perez’ single. Andrew Benintendi homered with a runner aboard in the eighth.

Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 6-3) is at Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 1-5)…
Miami (TBA) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (TBA)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 4-4; Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) host Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 6-4)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-7) is at Arizona (TBA)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-4)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-7) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-5)

Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-3; Sam Hentges, 1-3) is at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-4) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 8-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5) is at Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-6) host Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-4)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 7-5) is at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-9)…
Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-5) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) are at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-3)

Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-4) is at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-6)

PHOENIX 118 – Milwaukee 105… Chris Paul pumped in 32 points to lead six players in double figures and the Suns cruised past the Bucks in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. Devin Booker added 22 points. Deandre Ayton finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds. The series remains in Phoenix for Game 2 tomorrow.

NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS RESUME TONIGHT… The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to win their second straight Stanley Cup on home ice tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens for Game 5. Tampa Bay had won the first three games of the series before falling Monday night in overtime. Puck drops at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The Rundown for July 6, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,723,122 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,567, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Pandemic restrictions on travel between Canada and the U.S. began to loosen for some Canadians yesterday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said plans to totally reopen the border would be announced over the next few weeks. Restrictions barring all non-essential trips between Canada and the United States, including tourism, will remain in place until at least July 21.

TOWER DEATH TOLL RISES… Another victim was pulled from the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building yesterday, raising the death toll to 28. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine said 117 people remain unaccounted for. What remained standing of the structure was demolished Sunday night ahead of of approaching Tropical Storm Elsa.

IRAQ MILITIA LEADER VOWS RETALIATION… The leader of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia is vowing retaliation against the U.S. over the deaths of four of his men in a U.S. airstrike along the Iraq-Syria border last month. Abu Alaa al-Walae, commander of Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, told The Associated Press in Baghdad that the electoral victory of Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as president will strengthen Iran-backed militant groups throughout the Middle East for the next four years. U.S. Air Force planes carried out airstrikes near the Iraq-Syria border on June 17 against what the Pentagon said were facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups to support drone strikes inside Iraq.

ELSA HEADS FOR FLORIDA… Tropical storm Elsa produced heavy rain as it moved across central and western Cuba later last night and is expected to pass near the Florida Keys early this morning. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Tropical storm warnings and watches were extended along the west coast of Florida.

ARREST FOLLOWING FIREWORKS EXPLOSION… Police in California have arrested a 27-year-old man on federal charges of illegally transporting tons of illegal fireworks following an explosion that rocked a Los Angeles neighborhood last week. Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested the suspect Saturday on charges of transporting explosives without a license, which carries a statuary maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. Last Wednesday, police attempted to seize about 10 pounds of the fireworks inside a bomb disposal trailer but they blew up, destroying the truck and injuring 17 people, including 10 law enforcement officers.

… Hollywood producer and director Richard Donner, who was best known for his work on the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and “The Goonies,” died yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 91. Donner’s career in film and television spanned six decades. His directing credits include 1978’s “Superman,” 1985’s “Ladyhawke” and 1988’s “Scrooged.”

‘THE VOICE’ COACHES MARRY… “The Voice” coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton married in Oklahoma over the Fourth of July holiday during a weekend wedding in Oklahoma. The two singers announced their engagement in October after meeting as judges on the singing competition show. Shelton was previously married to Miranda Lambert. Stefani divorced her former husband Gavin Rossdale in 2015.

St. Louis 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3
… Matt Carpenter opened the scoring with a two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning and the Cardinals went on to top the Giants. Kwang Hun Kim (3-5) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in outdueling Kevin Gausman (8-3).

MIAMI 5 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Jorge Alfaro cracked a two-out, tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Marlins past the Dodgers. Jazz Chisholm, Jr., had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

PITTSBURGH 11 – Atlanta 1… Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and six RBIs to lead the Pirates in their romp over the Braves. Ke’Bryan Hayes homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. METS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Pete Alonso doubled home two runs and scored on Michael Conforto’s single in the bottom of the seventh inning to push the Mets past the Brewers. Five New York pitchers racked up 13 strikeouts.

Philadelphia 13 – CHI. CUBS 3… Odubel Herrera’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run top of the seventh inning that put away the Cubs. Rhys Hoskins homered with a runner aboard. Andrew Knapp and Eric Bohm added solo shots.

Washington 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Nationals jumped out to an early five-run lead and held of the Padres. Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit solo homers. Starting pitcher Jon Lester’s RBI single sparked a four-run top of the second inning.

TAMPA BAY 9 – Cleveland 8
… The Rays came from three runs down to upend the Indians after blowing a 5-1 fifth-inning lead. Wander Franco tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Yandy Diaz’s infield grounder scored Randy Arozarena with the wining run. Brandon Lowe unloaded a grand slam for Tampa Bay.

MINNESOTA 8 – Chi. White Sox 5… Max Kepler homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Twins downed the White Sox. Nick Gordon legged out a two-run triple. Bailey Ober (1-1) limited Chicago to two hits over five scoreless innings.

Detroit 7 – TEXAS 3… Wily Peralta (2-1) blanked the Rangers on three hits over seven innings and the Tigers cruised to the win. Zack Short hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Boston 5 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Rafael Devers singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard in leading the Red Sox past the Angels. Christian Arroyo also went deep. Martin Pérez (7-4) surrendered two runs on eight hits over 5-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned.

Cincinnati 6 – KANSAS CITY 2
… Nick Castellanos smacked a game-tying leadoff homer and Eugenio Suarez added a three-run shot during a four-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Reds past the Royals. Victor Gutierrez (4-3) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 2-5) hosts Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 5-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 1-0) are at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 4-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-8) host Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-5)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 5-6) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 5-7)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-4) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 6-5)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-7) is at San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 3-2)

Toronto (Steven Matz, 7-3) is at Baltimore (TBA)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-6) hosts Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-8)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-3) are at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 5-1) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 9-2)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 9-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 3-1)…
Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-7) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 3-4)

Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 3-10) is at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 2-4)

MONTREAL 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)… The Canadiens killed off most of a four-minute penalty before Josh Anderson’s second goal of the night gave them a Game 4 victory after they dropped the first three games. Alexander Romanov’s third-period goal gave Montreal a lead that it held for five minutes. Goalie Carey Price made 32 saves. The series returns to Tampa for Game 5 tomorrow.

NBA FINALS UNDERWAY TONIGHT… The Phoenix Suns visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. The Suns never have won an NBA championship and are their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993 and their third overall (they also made it in 1976). The Bucks won their only NBA championship 50 years ago (1971), in the franchise’s third season. This is their first NBA Finals appearance in 47 years (1974) and their third overall. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who suffered a knee injury in the conference finals, is listed as doubtful for tonight.

The Rundown for July 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,717,574 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,526, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… As the Delta variant continues to spread across the country, health officials say Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and Utah are particularly vulnerable… Just 18 of 50 states reached President Joe Biden’s goal of 70 percent adults vaccinated with at least one dose by the Fourth of July. A total of 173,194,895 Americans, or 67.1 percent, had received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AMERICANS CELEBRATE THE FOURTH… Americans celebrated the nation’s 245th birthday yesterday after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year. Two of the largest fireworks displays were on the National Mall in Washington and over New York City’s East River. Reigning champion Joey Chestnut shattered his own world record by downing 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Brooklyn’s Coney Island. It was expected to be the busiest July Fourth road travel holiday on record, with an estimated 43.6 million Americans traveling by car.

REST OF FLORIDA CONDO BUILDING BROUGHT DOWN… The part of the condominium building in Surfside, Florida, that was still standing following the building’s collapse 10 days ago was brought down last night ahead of Tropical Storm Elisa’s arrival. Crews immediately began clearing debris in efforts to reach parts of the underground garage and find survivors. The bodies of 24 people, including three children, have been recovered from the building, but 121 people are still missing.

TALIBAN ADVANCES CONCERN U.S. MILITARY LEADER… The top U.S. military official overseeing the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Army General Austin Scott Miller, warned yesterday that there should be concern about the Taliban advances on the ground there. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Miller expressed concern that Afghanistan could go the way of Iraq, where terrorist extremists were able to gain power in the country once U.S. troops left, then forcing the U.S. to send troops back. President Joe Biden remains committed to drawing down troops by September 11 but administration officials are worried about the pace of troop withdrawal, the deteriorating security in Afghanistan and long-term U.S. strategy.

ARRESTS AFTER MILITIA STANDOFF… Authorities in Massachusetts have arrested 11 men following Saturday’s armed, nine-hour standoff. Those arrested are members of a militia called “The Rise of the Moors – The Moorish American Arms,” according to the Massachusetts State Police. Members of the group were seen wearing military fatigues and carrying guns as they refueled their vehicles along Interstate 95. When approached by police, some of the men ran into the woods with their guns., prompting a six-hour shutdown of the highway. The men said they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine to participate in training exercises. Each man arrested this weekend was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, eight counts; unlawful possession of ammunition; use of body armor in the commission of a crime; possession of a high capacity magazine; improper storage of firearms in a vehicle; and conspiracy to commit a crime.

… Tyler, the Creator’s new release, “Call Me If You Get Lost,” sold 169,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her,” opened in second place with 109,000 units sold. Last week’s champ, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour,” slipped to third place after selling 93,000 copies. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” finished fourth on sales of 52,000 units. Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” sold 49,000 copies to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “F9: The Fast Saga” brought in $24 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “The Boss Baby: Family Business” opened at No. 2 after taking in $17.3 million. “The Forever Purge” made $12.7 to finish third. “A Quiet Place Part II” finished fourth with $4.2 million. “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” capped the top five with $3 million.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – WASHINGTON 1
… Seven pitchers combined to stifle the Nationals and the Dodgers won their ninth straight. Max Muncy knocked in three runs. Matt Beaty homered.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Milwaukee 0… Tyler Anderson (4-8) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Brewers. Kevin Newman homered for the Pirates.

CINCINNATI 3 – Chi. Cubs 2… The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to get past the Cubs. Jonathan Indian got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the tying run and Jesse Winker added an RBI grounder. Tucker Barnhart doubled home a run.

San Diego 11 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Manny Machado homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Padres in their thrashing of the Phillies. Eric Hosmer and Webster Rivas added three RBIs apiece.

ATLANTA 8 – Miami 7 (10 innings)… The Braves rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Marlins. Pinch-hitter Max Fried singled home Starling Marte with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Ronald Acuña blasted a two-run homer.

COLORADO 3 – St. Louis 2… Elias Dias singled home Joshua Fuentes in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rockies a come-from-behind win over the Cardinals. Trevor Story homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for Colorado.

San Francisco 5 – ARIZONA 2… Darin Ruff singled home a run and hit a two-run homer as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks. Austin Slater also went deep. Anthony DeSclafani (9-3) allowed two runs on six hits over 8-2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay 5 – TORONTO 1
… Ryan Yarbrough (5-3) held the Blue Jays to a run on four hits over five innings. Wander Franco homered. Austin Meadows went 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Houston 4 – CLEVELAND 3 (10 innings)… Jason Castro’s ground out in the top of the 10th inning scored Yuli Gurriel with a tie-breaking run and the Astros hung on to outlast the Indians. Chas McCormick singled home a run and hit a two-run homer.

DETROIT 6 – Chi. White Sox 5… The Tigers withstood a ninth-inning rally to edge the White Sox. Akil Baddoo had a couple of hits, including a two-run double.

Minnesota 6 – KANSAS CITY 2… Kenta Maeda (4-3) pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Twins cruised past the Royals. Jorge Polanco homered with a runner aboard. Max Kepler and Alex Kirilloff added solo shots.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Baltimore 5… The Angels recovered to down the Orioles after blowing a 4-0 sixth-inning lead. Juan Lagares came through with a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Shohei Ohtani connected for his 31st homer. Anthony Rendon also went deep.

Boston 1 – OAKLAND 0… Alex Verdugo scored the game’s only run when Rafael Devers grounded into a double play in the top of the sixth inning. Nick Pivetta (7-3) allowed just two hits over seven innings and struck out 10.

SEATTLE 4 – Texas 1… Chris Flexen (7-3) limited the Rangers to a run on four his over six innings. Luis Torrens blasted a three-run homer for the Mariners. Shed Long, Jr. added a solo shot.

N.Y. Mets 10 – N.Y. YANKEES 5
(7 innings)… Pete Alonso’s leadoff homer sparked a six-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Mets past the Yankees in the opener of a doubleheader. Domonic Smith also homered. Brandon Nimmo drove in three runs.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – N.Y. Mets 2 (7 innings)… Gio Urshela belted a three-run homer and the Yankees salvaged a split of the twinbill. Reliever Chad Green (3-4) was perfect over the final three innings and struck out six in earning the victory.

St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 2-5) is at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 8-2)…
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-5) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 8-1)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 5-4) is at Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 0-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 0-0) host Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff 7-3)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 5-5)

the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-3) are at Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 6-3) hosts Cleveland (Logan Allen, 1-5)…
Detroit (Wily Peralta, 1-1) is at Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 3-1) host Boston (Martin Perez, 6-4)

Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 3-3) is at Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-6)

ALL-STAR ROSTERS SET… Pitchers and reserves have been selected for Major League Baseball’s annual All Star Game July 13 in Denver. Shohei Ohtani of the L.A. Angels achieved a first in the near century history of baseball’s All-Star Game: selection as both a hitter and a pitcher. Ohtani, who leads the majors in home runs, had already been elected by fans to start as the AL’s designated hitter before being chosen yesterday as a pitcher. Boston has the most All-Stars with five.

Elected starters
C: Salvador Perez (Kansas City)
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto)
2B: Marcus Semien (Toronto)
3B: Rafael Devers (Boston)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (Boston)
OF: Mike Trout (L.A. Angels)*
OF: Aaron Judge (N.Y. Yankees)
OF: Teoscar Hernández (Toronto)
DH: Shohei Ohtani (L.A. Angels)

C: Mike Zunino (Tampa Bay)
2B: Jose Altuve (Houston)
SS: Bo Bichette (Toronto)
SS: Carlos Correa (Houston)
1B: Matt Olson (Oakland)
3B: José Ramírez (Cleveland)
1B: Jared Walsh (L.A. Angels)
OF: Michael Brantley (Houston)
OF: Joey Gallo (Texas)
OF: Adolis García (Texas)
OF: Cedric Mullins (Baltimore)
DH: J.D. Martinez (Boston)
DH: Nelson Cruz (Minnesota)

Starting Pitchers
RHP: Shane Bieber (Cleveland)*
RHP: Gerrit Cole (N.Y. Yankees)
RHP: Nathan Eovaldi (Boston)
RHP: Kyle Gibson (Texas)
LHP: Yusei Kikuchi (Seattle)
RHP: Lance Lynn (Chi. White Sox)
LHP: Carlos Rodón (Chi. White Sox)

RHP: Matt Barnes (Boston)
LHP: Aroldis Chapman (N.Y. Yankees)
RHP: Liam Hendriks (Chi. White Sox)
RHP: Ryan Pressly (Houston)
LHP: Gregory Soto (Detroit)

Elected starters
C: Buster Posey (San Francisco)
1B: Freddie Freeman (Atlanta)
2B: Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh)
3B: Nolan Arenado (St. Louis)
SS: Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego)
OF: Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta)
OF: Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati)
OF: Jesse Winker (Cincinnati)

C: J.T. Realmuto (Philadelphia)
2B: Ozzie Albies (Atlanta)
3B: Kris Bryant (Chi. Cubs)
SS: Brandon Crawford (San Francisco)
2B: Jake Cronenworth (San Diego)
3B: Eduardo Escobar (Arizona)
1B: Max Muncy (L.A. Dodgers)
SS: Trea Turner (Washington)
OF: Mookie Betts (L.A. Dodgers)
OF: Bryan Reynolds (Pittsburgh)
OF: Kyle Schwarber (Washington)*
OF: Juan Soto (Washington)
OF: Chris Taylor (L.A. Dodgers)

Starting pitchers
RHP: Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee)
RHP: Yu Darvish (San Diego)
RHP: Jacob deGrom (N.Y. Mets)
RHP: Kevin Gausman (San Francisco)
RHP: Germán Márquez (Colorado)
LHP: Trevor Rogers (Miami)
RHP: Zack Wheeler (Philadelphia)
RHP: Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee)

LHP: Josh Hader (Milwaukee)
RHP: Craig Kimbrel (Chi. Cubs)
RHP: Mark Melancon (San Diego)
RHP: Alex Reyes (St. Louis)

(*denotes a player who is inactive due to injury)

Tampa Bay is at Montreal for Game 4 with the Lightning leading 3-0