The Rundown for Sept. 14, 2018

FLORENCE ARRIVES… Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm yesterday as it continued its approach toward the Carolinas. Surges as high as 10-feet were already recorded along the North Carolina coast and the storm was expected to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at dawn. The National Weather Service said North Carolina will receive the equivalent of up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period.

MANAFORT REPORTEDLY TAKES DEAL… Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reportedly agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller in advance of his upcoming trial. Terms of the deal are expected to be revealed in court today. Details could include whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply trying to avoid a trial by entering the guilty plea.

FEINSTEIN GIVES FBI INFO ON KAVANAUGH… California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has given federal investigators information from a confidential source about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The New York Times reported the information involved “possible sexual misconduct between Judge Kavanaugh and a woman when they were both in high school.” Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote is scheduled for next Thursday.

ANDREW CUOMO WINS PRIMARY… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo breezed past actress and activist Cynthia Nixon in the state’s gubernatorial Democratic primary yesterday. Cuomo, an incumbent in his second term, had 65 percent of the vote to Nixon’s 35 percent with 85 percent of the districts reporting. The governor will face GOP Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in November’s general election.

EXPLOSIONS NEAR BOSTON… At least six people were injured yesterday when an apparent natural gas pipeline rupture caused dozens of explosions in three communities near Boston. Authorities ordered the evacuations of hundreds of residents. Emergency crews fielded at least 70 reports of fires, explosions and investigations of gas odor.

ENTERTAINMENT
JOHN MELLENCAMP TO TOUR… John Mellencamp will hit the road on a new North American tour to support his upcoming 24th studio album, “Other People’s Stuff.” The tour kicks off February 7 in South Bend, Indiana, and wraps up March 30 in Clearwater, Florida. Stops include Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Baltimore, New York, St. Louis, Kansas City and Nashville.

IN THEATERS… “White Boy Rick” tells the story about a teenager who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison. Matthew McConaughey and Richie Merritt star in the R-rated film. The psychological thriller “Lizzie” is based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family. Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny star in the R-rated film.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
COLORADO 10 – Arizona 3… The Rockies used a five-run bottom of the seventh inning to put away the Diamondbacks and remain 1-1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dodgers in the NL West. Arizona fell 4-1/2 games back. Nolan Arenado smacked a solo homer and Trevor Story added a two-run shot. Kyle Freeland (15-7) gave up three runs on four hits over 6-1/3 innings.

L.A. Dodgers 9 – ST. LOUIS 5… Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs in leading the Dodgers past the Cardinals. The victory moved L.A. within a game of St. Louis in the race for the NL’s second wild card

Chi. Cubs 4 – WASHINGTON 3 (10 innings)… Javier Baez’s bunt single in the top of the 10th inning scored Kris Bryant with a go-ahead run and the Cubs made it stand in outlasting the Nationals in a makeup game. Baez also doubled home a run and hit a solo homer.

N.Y. METS 4 – Miami 3… Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier hits back-to-back homers after two were out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Mets over the Marlins in the opener of a doubleheader. New York starter Steven Matz hit a game-tying two-run homer in the second.

N.Y. METS 5 – Miami 2… Michael Conforto lined a two-run double and singled home a run to lead the Mets past the Marlins for a sweep of the twinbill. Tomas Nido homered with the bases empty.

AL SCORES
BOSTON 4 – Toronto 3… The Red Sox edged the Blue Jays and lowered their magic number for clinching the AL East title to six. J.D. Martinez’s 41st homer came with the bases empty. Rafael Devers also hit a solo shot.

BALTIMORE 5 – Oakland 3… Dylan Bundy (8-14) allowed just two runs on six hits over six innings and the Orioles dealt the Athletics their first loss in seven games. Tim Beckham got things going with a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Minnesota 4… Back-to-back homers by Salvador Perez and Jorge Bonifacio highlighted a four-run bottom of the sixth inning that carried the Royals past the Twins.

Seattle 8 – L.A. ANGELS 2… Mike Leake (10-9) held the Angels to a run on four hits over seven innings and the Mariners cruised to the win. Nelson Cruz belted a three-run homer.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Miami (Chen, 6-10) is at Philadelphia (Eflin, 9-7)…
Atlanta (Gausman, 9-10) hosts Washington (Scherzer, 17-6)…
Cincinnati (Harvey, 7-8) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 9-9)…
Milwaukee (Gonzalez, 8-11) hosts Pittsburgh (Archer, 4-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 6-5) are at St. Louis (Flaherty, 8-6)…
San Francisco (Stratton, 9-9) hosts Colorado (Anderson, 6-8)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 6-16 are at Baltimore (Ortiz, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 11-5) host Toronto (Estrada, 7-11)…
Detroit (Boyd, 9-12) is at Cleveland (Tomlin, 1-5)…
Tampa Bay (Castillo, 3-2) hosts Oakland (Jackson, 5-3)…
Minnesota (Berrios, 11-11) is at Kansas City (Lopez, 2-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Shoemaker, 2-0) host Seattle (TBD)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 11-3) are at Boston (Velazquez, 7-2)…
Houston (Keuchel, 11-10) hosts Arizona (Ray, 5-2)…
Texas (Sadzeck, 0-0) is at San Diego (Erlin, 3-6)

NFL SCORE
CINCINNATI 34 – Baltimore 23… The Bengals jumped out to a 21-point first-half lead and held on to beat the Ravens. Andy Dalton found A.J. Green with three of his four first-half touchdown passes.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Carolina (1-0) is at Atlanta (0-1)…
Tennessee (0-1) hosts Houston (0-1)…
Indianapolis (0-1) is at Washington (1-0)…
Pittsburgh (0-0-1) hosts Kansas City (1-0)…
Philadelphia (1-0) is at Tampa Bay (1-0)…
the N.Y. Jets (1-0) host Miami (1-0)…
the L.A. Chargers (0-1) are at Buffalo (0-1)…
Green Bay (1-0) hosts Minnesota (1-0)…
Cleveland (0-0-1) are at New Orleans (0-1)…
San Francisco (0-1) hosts Detroit (0-1)…
Arizona (0-1) is at the L.A. Rams (1-0)…
Denver (1-0) hosts Oakland (0-1)…
New England (1-0) is at Jacksonville (1-0)…
Dallas (0-1) hosts the N.Y. Giants (0-1)…

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Seattle (0-1) is at Chicago (0-1)

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Alabama is at Mississippi…
#2 Clemson hosts Georgia Southern…
#3 Georgia hosts Middle Tennessee…
#4 Ohio State is at TCU…
#5 Oklahoma is at Iowa State…
#6 Wisconsin hosts BYU…
#7 Auburn hosts #12 LSU…
#8 Notre Dame hosts Vanderbilt…
#9 Stanford hosts California-Davis…
#10 Washington is at Utah…
#11 Penn State hosts Kent State…
#13 Virginia Tech hosts East Carolina…
#14 West Virginia at North Carolina State (cancelled)…
#16 Mississippi State hosts Louisiana…
#17 Boise State is at #24 Oklahoma State…
#18 Central Florida is at North Carolina…
#19 Michigan hosts SMU…
#20 Oregon hosts San Jose State…
#21 Miami (Fla.) is at Toledo…
#22 Southern California is at Texas…
#23 Arizona State is at San Diego State

The Rundown for Sept. 13, 2018

FLORENCE SLOWS AS IT NEARS COAST… Florence slowed to a Category 3 hurricane yesterday but continued to grow in size and intensity as it crept closer to the South Atlantic coast. The storm is expected to arrive tonight or tomorrow morning, and disaster preparations are underway from Maryland through from the Carolinas and into Georgia. The National Weather Service warns Florence will bring fierce winds, high seas and flooding. North Carolina is expected to get as much as 40 inches of rainfall, with less in South Carolina and other affected regions.

WATER SENT TO PUERTO RICO WENT UNUSED… Officials in Puerto Rico confirmed yesterday that about 20,000 pallets of water bottles shipped to the island after Hurricane Maria last year went unused and eventually became too contaminated to drink. Photos of water sitting on an airplane runway began circulating on social media earlier this week President Trump boasted that his administration’s response to the hurricane was an “unsung success.” The hurricane killed an estimated 3,000 people when it struck in September 2017.

RUSSIAN HACKER PLEADS GUILTY… Russian hacker Peter Levashov pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a Connecticut court yesterday. The 36-year-old Levashov was accused of operating “a network of devices used to steal computer credentials, distribute spam emails and install malicious software.” He entered his guilty plea to conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges after being extradited from Spain. Prosecutors linked Levashov to a number of botnets that sent out billions of spam emails in an effort to “harvest email address, logins and passwords from infected computers and also distributed malware and other malicious software,” according to an Associated Press report.

JUDGE RULES DeVOS’ DELAY ILLEGAL… A federal judge yesterday ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ delays of Obama-era loan forgiveness policies for defrauded students were illegal. U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss sided with a suit filed by consumer advocates and 19 attorneys general who accused the Trump administration of delaying “borrower defense to repayment,” or relief for students who took out loans to attend schools that are now closed or accused of fraud. DeVos wanted to delay those regulations until July 1, 2019, so that her Education Department could have time to rewrite the policies, but the move “unlawful” and “arbitrary and capricious” in yesterday’s 57-page decision.

SEVEN NEW YORK COPS ARRESTED… Seven New York Police Department officers were among those arrested yesterday after authorities busted a prostitution and gambling ring. Cops who got nabbed included two detectives and three sergeants. They allegedly provided protection as part of the ring. The arrests cap a more than three-year-old investigation launched by NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau in April 2015 in response to a tip. “Dozens” of civilians were also taken into custody, authorities said.

ENTERTAINMENT
FAGER LEAVES CBS NEWS… Former CBS News chairman Jeff Fager is stepping down as ’60 Minutes’ executive producer. A memo released by CBS News explained that his departure is effective immediately. According to the memo, Fager’s violation of company policy led to the split. Fager emphasized that exit had nothing to do with allegations of sexual harassment in a New Yorker magazine article.

NETFLIX EXTENDS ‘INSATIABLE’… Netflix has renewed the dark comedy “Insatiable” for a second season. The series centers on a woman named Patty (Debby Ryan), who is out for revenge against those who bullied her before she lost a lot of weight. The series also stars Dallas Roberts and Alyssa Milano.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES...
Milwaukee 5 – CHI. CUBS 1… The Brewers breezed past the Cubs and pulled within a game of Chicago atop the NL Central. Curtis Granderson went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored.

Pittsburgh 4 – ST. LOUIS 3… Jamison Taillon (13-9) held the Cardinals to two runs on four hits over seven innings and the Pirates held on for the win. Jacob Stallings singled home two runs and lifted a sacrifice fly. Jordan Luplow had three hits, including an RBI single.

COLORADO 5 – Arizona 4… DJ LeMahieu connected for a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Rockies upended the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo homer. The victory kept Colorado 1-1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dodgers and 3-1/2 in front of Arizona in the NL West.

L.A. Dodgers 8 – CINCINNATI 1… The Dodgers rolled past the Reds to avoid a season sweep. Yasmani Grandal went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs. Joc Pederson smacked a solo homer. Yasiel Puig had three hits and scored twice.

Atlanta 2 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… Tyler Flower’s infield single scored Charlie Culberson with a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning and the Braves made it stand in handing the Giants their 11th straight loss. Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 and singled home a run. The game featured a duel between Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez and his counterpart Derek Holland, but neither got a decision.

Washington 5 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Stephen Strasburg (8-7) limited the Phillies to a run on five hits over seven innings as the Nationals cruised to the victory. Bryce Harper homered with a runner aboard. Ryan Zimmerman smacked a solo homer and singled home a run.

N.Y. METS 13 – Miami 0… The Mets crushed the Marlins in a game delayed almost six hours by rain. What was supposed to be the second game of a doubleheader was postponed until today, when it will be played as part of a twinbill. Jay Bruce unloaded a grand slam. Amed Rosario added a three-run blast. Dominic Smith contributed a two-run shot. Jeff McNeil had three hits and two RBIs. Zack Wheeler (11-7) limited Miami to four hits over eight innings.

AL SCORES
BOSTON 1 – Toronto 0… The Red Sox clipped the Blue Jays to claim their 100th win for the first time since 1946. David Price (15-6) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers did the rest. Rafael Devers ran home with the game’s only run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning.

MINNESOTA 3 – N.Y. Yankees 1… Jake Odorizzi (6-10) no-hit the Yankees over 7-1/3 innings as the Twins took the rubber game of the series. Max Kepler went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Houston 5 – DETROIT 4… The Astros fought off the Tigers to complete a series sweep. Alex Bregman singled home a run and added a two-run double. Gerrit Cole (14-5) allowed two runs on three hits and struck out nine in five innings. Houston remains three games ahead of second-place Oakland in the AL West.

Oakland 10 – BALTIMORE 0… The Athletics erupted to score all 10 runs in the top of the third inning and coasted past the Orioles. Matt Olsen blasted a three-run homer. Matt Chapman drove in three runs with a double and a single.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Cleveland 1… Blake Snell (19-5) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Rays held off the Indians. Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay.

Chi. White Sox 4 – KANSAS CITY 2 (12 innings)… Tim Anderson came through with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning as the White Sox outlasted the Royals. Jose Rondon homered with a runner aboard in the fourth.

L.A. ANGELS 8 – Texas 1… Francisco Arcia hit a pair of solo homers and doubled home two runs to lead the Angels past the Rangers. Jose Miguel Fernandez homered with a runner aboard for the Halos. Felix Pena (3-4) scattered six hits over six innings.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
San Diego 5 – SEATTLE 4… The Padres built a 5-0 lead and held on to edge the Mariners. Austin Hedges and Hunter Renfroe hit two-run homers for San Diego.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Arizona (Buchholz, 7-2) is at Colorado (Freeland, 14-7)…
Washington (Ross, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 4-5)…
Miami (TBD; Alcantara, 2-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 5-9; Matz, 5-11)…
St. Louis (Gomber, 5-0) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 7-5)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Oakland (Anderson, 3-4) is at Baltimore (Bundy, 7-14)…
Boston (Rodriguez, 12-4) hosts Toronto (Gaviglio, 3-8)…
Minnesota (Gonsalves, 0-2) is at Kansas City (Fillmyer, 2-1)…
the L.A. Angels (TBD) host Seattle (Leake, 9-9)

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
Baltimore (1-0) is at Cincinnati (1-0)

The Rundown for Sept. 12, 2018

9/11 MEMORIALS… Victims of the 9/11 attacks were remembered yesterday on the 17th anniversary of the tragic day. The biggest events were in Lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Ceremonies are also being held at New York City’s 9/11 Memorial Plaza on the World Trade Center site. 2,996 people died in the deadliest foreign attack ever on U.S. soil.

FLORENCE PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY… About 1.7 million people in three states are heading for high ground in advance of Hurricane Florence. The storm is expected to make landfall late tomorrow or early Friday. Forecasters believe it could dump as much as 2½ feet of rain and cause widespread flooding.

TROPICAL STORM FORMING OFF TEXAS… Forecasters say a tropical storm forming off the Texas Gulf Coast could bring heavy rains to the Lone Star state as early as Friday. According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical wave on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within five days. Areas of Texas in the storms paths already have been soaked by recent rains.

NATIVE AMERICANS SUE OVER PIPELINE… Three Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota are suing the Trump Administration over its granting of a permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Rosebud Sioux, Fort Belknap Indian Community and Gros Ventre tribes say the administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act by granting the permit without a proper impact study. The tribes also claim that President Trump had a personal financial stake in the pipeline because he holds as much as a half-million dollars worth of stock in TransCanada. They cited a 2015 personal public financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission in making that claim.

TRUMP POPULARITY SLIDES IN NINE POLLS… President Trump’s approval rating has dropped by an average of three points in nine recent polls. In the latest average, Trump’s approval rating is about 38% in eight polls from ABC News/Washington Post, CNN, Gallup, IBD/TIPP, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Quinnipiac University, Selzer & Co. and Suffolk University. Analysts note that if Trump’s popularity continues to wane, it could have a major impact on November’s midterms.

ENTERTAINMENT
NICK CARTER WON’T FACE CHARGES… The Los Angeles district attorney won’t pursue charges in an alleged sexual assault case against the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter because the statute of limitations has passed. The alleged incident took place in 2003, and it wasn’t until earlier this year that the accuser filed a police report. Carter has vehemently denied the accusation.

GEOFFREY OWENS LANDS “CSI” ROLE… Former “The Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens has landed an appearance on “NCIS: New Orleans.” Owens will appear in the sixth episode of season 5, sometime in late October. The actor was in the spotlight last week when online photos of him bagging groceries while employed at Trader Joe’s went viral. Owens played Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show” from 1985 to 1992.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
Arizona 6 – COLORADO 3… Ketel Marte legged out a two-run triple in the top of the sixth inning and added a two-run single in the eighth to lead the Diamondbacks past the Rockies. David Peralta connected for a game-tying two-run homer in the first.

CINCINNATI 3 – L.A. Dodgers 1… Luis Castillo (9-12) allowed just a run on four hits over 6-1/3 innings and the Reds remained unbeaten after six games with the Dodgers this season. Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon smacked solo homers. Scooter Gennett went 2-for-3 with a run-scoring single.

CHI. CUBS 3 – Milwaukee 0… Jose Quintana (13-9) held the Brewers to three hits in a dominant 6-2/3-inning effort on the mound and the Cubs moved two games ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central race. Ben Zobrist and Victor Caratini produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the second inning. Caratini added an RBI double in the seventh.

ST. LOUIS 11 – Pittsburgh 5… The Cardinals pounded the Pirates to continue their push for a playoff spot. Pinch-hitter Tyler O’Neill’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run bottom of the eighth inning. Marcell Ozuna lined a two-run double and lifted a sacrifice fly. Miles Mikolas (15-4) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings.

Atlanta 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… Mike Foltynewicz (11-9) took a shutout into the ninth inning and hung on for a complete-game victory over the Giants. Charlie Culberson went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer.

Washington 3 – PHILADEPHIA 1… Erick Fedde (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 scoreless innings and the Phillies held off the Nationals in the opener of a doubleheader. Spencer Kieboom hit a solo homer and Washington got run-scoring singles from Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman.

Washington 7 – PHILADELPHIA 6 (10 innings)… The Nationals overcame a 6-3 ninth-inning deficit to upend the Phillies and complete a sweep of the twinbill. Juan Soto’s second homer of the game was a go-ahead solo shot in the top of the 10th inning.

Miami 5 – N.Y. METS 3… Lewis Brinson doubled home two runs, J.T. Riddle homered ad the Marlins got past the Mets. Jose Ureña (6-12) surrendered a run on four hits over 6-1/3 innings.

AL SCORES
BOSTON 7 – Toronto 2… The Red Sox scored all seven runs in their final two at-bats to down the Blue Jays for their 99th victory and become the first team in the major to clinch a playoff spot. Pinch-hitter Brock Holt delivered a three-run homer.

Houston 5 – DETROIT 4… Homers by Jose Altuve, Tony Kemp and Tyler White staked the Astros to an early 5-0 lead and they held on to edge the Tigers. The victory kept Houston three games ahead of Oakland in the NL West.

Oakland 3 – BALTIMORE 2… Mike Fiers (12-6) held the Orioles to a run on four hits over six innings and the Athletics topped the Orioles. Matt Chapman doubled home a run and scored as Oakland scored all three runs in the top of the third inning.

Cleveland 2 – TAMPA BAY 0… Shane Bieber (10-3) pitched three-hit ball and struck out 11 over 6-2/3 innings as the Indians blanked the Rays. Yan Gomes homer in the top of the fifth inning broke a scoreless tie. Edwin Encarnacion added his 30th homer in the sixth.

MINNESOTA 10 – N.Y. Yankees 5… Joe Mauer unloaded a grand slam to highlight a six-run bottom of the fifth inning and the Twins went on to double up on the Yankees. Jake Cave stroked a two-run single.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Chi. White Sox 3… Brad Keller (8-6) limited the White Sox to a run on four hits over seven innings as the Royals cruised past the White Sox. Hunter Dozer singled home two runs.

L.A. ANGELS 1 – Texas 0… Six Angel pitchers held the Rangers hitless through 7-1/3 innings and two more relievers came on to preserve the shutout victory. Jose Fernandez’ homer in the bottom of the second inning accounted for the game’s only offense.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
San Diego 2 – SEATTLE 1… Wil Myers doubled home Jankowski with a tie-breaking breaking run in the top of the ninth inning and the Padres made it stand in beating the Mariners. The game featured a duel between San Diego starter Bryan Mitchell and his counterpart Marco Gonzalez, but neither got a decision.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
the L.A. Dodgers (Stripling, 8-3) are at Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 7-4)…
St. Louis (Poncedeleon, 0-1) hosts Pittsburgh (Taillon, 12-9)…
Atlanta (Sanchez, 6-5) is at San Francisco (Holland, 7-8)…
the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 10-7; Vargas, 5-9) host Miami (Richards, 3-8; Brigham, 0-1) for a doubleheader…
Washington (Strasburg, 7-7) is at Philadelphia (Nola, 16-4)…
the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 11-10) host Milwaukee (Anderson, 9-7)…
Arizona (Corbin, 11-5) is at Colorado (Gray, 11-7)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Cleveland (Carrasco, 16-8) is at Tampa Bay (Snell, 18-5)…
Detroit (Norris, 0-3) hosts Houston (Cole, 13-5)…
Oakland (TBD) is at Baltimore (Cashner, 4-14)…
Boston (Price, 14-6) hosts Toronto (Sanchez, 4-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 17-7) are at Minnesota (Odorizzi, 5-10)…
Kansas City (Skoglund, 1-5) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 6-5)…
Texas (Gallardo, 8-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Peña, 2-4)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
San Diego (Lucchesi, 7-8) is at Seattle (LeBlanc, 8-3)

The Rundown for Sept. 11, 2018

HURRICANE FLORENCE STRENGTHENS AS STATES PREPARE… More than a million residents of the Carolinas are under mandatory evacuations that were issued yesterday in advance of Hurricane Florence making landfall on Thursday. An additional 245,000 people are expected to evacuate low-lying coastal regions of Virginia. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has called for a state of emergency as officials in his state prepare for storm flooding. Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane on yesterday after its maximum-sustained wind speeds approached 130 miles per hour and the National Hurricane Center warned that the hurricane could grow close to a Category 5 by the time it reaches the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina.

WHITE HOUSE SAYS KIM JONG UN WANTS TO MEET… White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has asked President Trump for a second meeting. Sanders said the administration is “already in the process of coordinating” it. Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s scheduled trip to Pyongyang last month, saying he felt that both countries were “not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” at the time.

ACCUSED RUSSIAN AGENT TO REMAIN JAILED… A federal judge yesterday firmly denied an effort by Lawyers representing accused Russian agent Maria Butina were firmly rejected yesterday in their effort to get their client released from jail pending trial. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan called Butina a “very real” flight risk and granted the prosecution’s request for a gag order in the case. The 29-year-old Butina pleaded not guilty after being charged in July with acting as an agent of the Russian government and conspiracy to take actions on behalf of Russia. She could face years in prison if convicted.

CALIFORNIA SEEKS TO ELIMINATE FOSSIL FUEL… California Governor Jerry Brown aims to eliminate fossil fuel use for electricity by 2045 in a bill he signed into law yesterday. The signing came days before the start of a global climate summit in San Francisco and serves as a rebuke to the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Hawaii has adopted a similar goal.

CONGRESSMAN RON DeSANTIS RESIGNS… Florida Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis has resigned his seat amid his bid to become Florida’s governor. DeSantis is locked in a tight race with Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. DeSantis, who has represented Florida’s 6th Congressional District since 2013, has strongly aligned himself with President Trump.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR DAVID HENRIE ARRESTED… Actor David Henrie was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday after screening agents found him in possession of a handgun. The “Wizards of Waverly Place” star was reportedly detained and taken to a nearby station. Following his release, Henrie explained that he “unintentionally brought a legally owned gun” to the airport and said he was “humiliated and embarrassed” that it even happened.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN BATTLES CANCER AGAIN… Grammy-winning singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has revealed that she is in her third battle with cancer. The 69-year-old Australian told an interviewer that doctors discovered a tumor in her lower back last year. Newton-John was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and again in 2013. As an actress, she is best known for starring in the 1978 film musical “Grease.”

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
N.Y. Jets 48 – DETROIT 17… Rookie Sam Darnold recovered nicely after throwing a pick-six on the very first play of his NFL career and the Jets rolled past the Lions. The 21-year-old Darnold completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in his professional debut. Isaiah Crowell rushed for 102 yards and two scores on 10 carries.

L.A. Rams 33 – OAKLAND 13… The Rams scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to put away the Raiders and spoil the return of Jon Gruden as Oakland’s head coach. Jared Goff threw touchdown passes to Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley. Gurley rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries.

MLB
NL SCORES
CINCINNATI 10 – L.A. Dodgers 6… The Reds pounded the Dodgers to remain unbeaten after five games with them this season. Scooter Gennett went 4-for-5 and knocked in three runs. Eugenio Suarez homered with the bases empty. Joey Votto stroked a two-run double and Tucker Barnhart singled home two runs.

Milwaukee 3 – CHI. CUBS 2… Mike Moustakas raced home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning and the Brewers held off the Cubs to pull within one game of Chicago atop the NL Central standings. Moustakas also scored on Orlando Arcia’s second-inning single. Wade Miley (4-2) gave up two runs on four hits over five innings in outdueling Cub starter Jon Lester (15-6).

ST. LOUIS 8 – Pittsburgh 7… Nick Adams belted a three-run homer and Harrison Bader’s second sacrifice fly of the game scored Marcell Ozuna with the decisive run during a four-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the Reds past the Pirates. Paul DeJong produced a two-run double.

COLORADO 13 – Arizona 2… The Rockies used a 17-hit attack to wallop the Diamondbacks and move 1-1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dodgers in the NL West. Arizona fell 3-1/2 games off the lead. Trevor Story’s three-run homer capped a six-run bottom of the sixth inning. David Dahl unloaded a grand slam to spark a seven-run seventh.

PHILADELPHIA – Washington (ppd)… Rain in Philadelphia forced postponement of last night’s Phillies-Nationals game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Miami – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York washed out yesterday’s Mets_marlins game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

Atlanta 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… Sean Newcomb (12-8) held the Giants to a run on three hits over six innings as the Braves cruised to the win. Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-3 with an RBI single. Oscar Albies tripled home a run and scored on a Dansby Swanson sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning.

AL SCORES
Houston 3 – DETROIT 2… Justin Verlander (15-9) was triumphant in his return to Detroit, as he held the Tigers to two runs on six hits and struck out 10 over seven innings in the Astros’ win. George Springer scored on a wild pitch and the Astros got run-scoring singles from Tyler White and Marwin Gonzalez in scoring all three runs in the top of the third inning.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Cleveland 5… Ji-Man Choi’s two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Rays over the Indians and extended their home winning streak to 12 games. Choi was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Jake Bauers homered with a runner aboard during a four-run second.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – MINNESOTA 2… Gary Sanchez had three hits, including a solo homer that broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning, and the Yankees pushed across six runs in the seventh to put away the Twins. J.A. Happ (16-6) pitched six-hit ball over six shutout innings. New York increased its lead over idle Oakland to three games in the race for the first AL wild-card spot.

KANSAS CITY 4 – Chi. White Sox 3 (10 innings)… Brian Goodwin scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning when White Sox reliever Jeanmar Gomez threw away Alcides Escobar’s bunt attempt. Whit Merrifield and Ryan O’Hearn smacked solo homers for Kansas City.

Texas 5 – L.A. ANGELS 2… Joey Gallo had a couple of hits, including a two-run double and RBI single, as the Rangers cruised past the Angels. Ronald Guzman’s 15th homer was a two-run shot.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Washington (Fedde, 1-3; Pivetta, 7-11) is at Philadelphia (Arrieta, 10-9; Roark, 8-15) for a doubleheader…
Cincinnati (Castillo, 8-12) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 4-2)…
Miami (Ureña, 5-12) is at the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 8-8)…
the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 12-9) host Milwaukee (Chacin, 14-6)…
Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 6-8) is at St. Louis (Mikolas, 14-4)…
Colorado (Senzatela, 4-5) hosts Arizona (Greinke, 13-9)…
Atlanta (Foltynewicz, 10-9) is at San Francisco (Suarez, 6-10)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Houston (Valdez, 3-1) is at Detroit (Zimmermann, 7-6)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 5-15) hosts Oakland (Fiers, 11-6)…
Cleveland (Bieber, 9-3) is at Tampa Bay (Glasnow, 1-5)…
Boston (Sale, 12-4) hosts Toronto (Borucki, 3-4)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gray, 10-8) are at Minnesota (TBD)…
Kansas City (Keller, 7-6) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Covey, 5-12)…
Texas (Sampson, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (TBD)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
San Diego (Mitchell, 1-3) is at Seattle (Gonzales, 12-9)

MLB PENNANT CHASE
NL EAST
Atlanta (79-64, .552) leads Philadelphia (74-68, .521) by 4-1/2 games and
Washington (71-72, .497) by 8 games

NL CENTRAL
Chi. Cubs (83-60, .580) lead Milwaukee (83-62, .572) by 1 game and St. Louis (80-64, .556) by 3-1/2 games

NL WEST
Colorado (79-64, .552) leads the L.A. Dodgers (78-66, .542) by a 1-1/2 games and Arizona (76-68, .528) by 3-1/2 games

NL WILD-CARD RACE
Milwaukee (83-62, .572) leads St. Louis (80-64, .556) by 2-1/2 games, the L.A. Dodgers (78-66, .542) by 4-1/2 games, Arizona (76-68, .528) by 6-1/2 games and Philadelphia (74-68, .521) by 7-1/2 games

AL EAST
Boston (98-46, .681) leads the N.Y. Yankees (90-54, .625) by 8 games with a magic number of 11 for clinching the division title

AL CENTRAL
Cleveland (81-63, .563) leads Minnesota (65-78, .455) by 15-1/2 games with a magic number of 4 for clinching the division title

AL WEST
Houston (90-54, .625) leads Oakland (87-57, .604) by 3 games and Seattle
(79-64, .552) by 10-1/2 games

AL WILD-CARD RACE
N.Y. Yankees (90-54, .625) lead Oakland (87-57, .604) by 3 games and Seattle
(79-64, .552) by 10-1/2 games

The Rundown for September 7, 2018

SENATOR BOOKER RELEASES CONFIDENTIAL KAVANAUGH EMAILS… Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey publicly released several confidential emails yesterday on the third day of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in the Senate. The emails centered on racial inequality and profiling, and included Kavanaugh’s thoughts on how to implement security measures at airports following the 9/11 terror attacks. The documents had been deemed “confidential” by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Booker maintained that while he did willingly violate the chair’s rule on the committee confidential process, he did so because he “sincerely believes the public deserves to know this nominee’s record.”

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVERTURNS IMMIGRANT-DETENTION BAN… The Trump administration announced yesterday that it is overturning a 21-year-old ban on detaining immigrant children and their parents indefinitely. A new rule proposed by the Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services is set to go into effect in 60 days and will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep children with their mothers in detention facilities while their asylum cases play out in court. A DHS official said the average length of stay for adults with pending court cases is currently 39 days.

NEW YORK AG SUBPOENAS STATE DIOCESES… New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood issued civil subpoenas yesterday to all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of a sex abuse investigation. State officials say the subpoenas are part of an ongoing civil investigation into how dioceses responded to allegations of sexual abuse of minors. New York state’s statute of limitations imposes no time limit for so-called Class A felonies such as rape.

4 DEAD IN CINCINNATI SHOOTINGS… Four people including the shooter were killed in Cincinnati yesterday after a gunman opened fire at a bank. The shooter reportedly started shooting outside the Fifth Third Bank building and continued shooting after he entered. Two people were hospitalized with gunshots, authorities said.

INFOWARS, ALEX JONES BANNED FROM TWITTER… Twitter yesterday announced that it has banned the conspiracy-theory group Infowars and its founder Alex Jones amid growing pressure. Twitter ways the ban was a response to numerous complaints of repeated abusive behavior. Twitter vows to “take action” if Jones or Infowars seeks to circumvent the ban.

ENTERTAINMENT
BURT REYNOLDS DIES… Actor Burt Reynolds died yesterday at a Florida hospital. He was 82. The former Florida State football player took up acting after an injury cut short his playing career short and landed steady work in 1962 as the half-Native American blacksmith Quint Asper on the TV series “Gunsmoke.” Reynolds went on to land some of the biggest films of the 1970s, including “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” Reynolds starred in the sitcom “Evening Shade” in the early ’90s and his work in the 1997 film “Boogie Nights” earned him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as well as a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

DOLORES O’RIORDAN DROWNED IN BATHTUB… An inquest in London ruled yesterday that Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan drowned in the bath of a hotel room last January while intoxicated with alcohol. The inquest found that the 47-year-old singer consumed five miniature bottles of spirits from a hotel minibar and a half bottle of Champagne, but there was no indication that she had intended to take her own life. A Coroner ruled that although O’Riordan had been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder, she was being treated successfully for the condition and there was no evidence that she was feeling suicidal.

IN THEATERS… In “Peppermint,” a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose is determined to take from her enemies the very life they stole from her. Jennifer Garner and John Gallagher Jr. star in the R-rated film.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
San Diego 6 – CINCINNATI 2… Francisco homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the Padres past the Reds. Hunter Renfroe added his 20th homer with the bases empty.

Chi. Cubs 6 – WASHINGTON 4 (10 innings)… David Bote singled home Albert Almora with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and scored on Taylor Davis’ pinch-hit single as the Cubs outlasted the Nationals. Ben Zobrist singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Atlanta 7 – ARIZONA 6 (10 innings)… The Braves recovered to beat the Diamondbacks after blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead. Dansby Swanson singled with two outs in the top of the 10th inning and came around to score the decisive run on a wild pitch. Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer and Johan Camargo added a solo shot for Atlanta.

AL SCORES
Cleveland 9 – TORONTO 4… Francisco Lindor hit solo homers in his first two at-bats and added a two-run single in leading the Indians past the Blue Jays. Jason Kipnis capped the scoring with a three-run homer.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
San Diego (Kennedy, 1-2) is at Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 7-4)…
Washington (Ross, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 15-5)…
Miami (Straily, 5-6) is at Pittsburgh (Archer, 4-7)…
the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 5-11) host Philadelphia (Nola, 15-4)…
San Francisco (Holland, 7-8) is at Milwaukee (Anderson, 9-7)…
Colorado (Gray, 11-7) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 6-5)…
Atlanta (Gausman, 9-9) is at Arizona (Corbin, 10-5)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Cleveland (Carrasco, 16-8) is at Toronto (Estrada, 7-11)…
Tampa Bay (Snell, 17-5) hosts Baltimore (Bundy, 7-13)…
Houston (Cole, 13-5) is at Boston (Price, 14-6)…
Minnesota (Gonsalves, 0-2) hosts Kansas City (Fillmyer, 2-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Peña, 1-4) are at the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 6-4)…
Oakland (Bassitt, 2-3) hosts Texas (Gallardo, 8-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 10-5) are at Seattle (Paxton, 11-5)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Gomber, 5-0) is at Detroit (Norris, 0-3)

MLB PENNANT CHASE
NL EAST
Atlanta (77-63, .550) leads Philadelphia (73-66, .525) by 3-1/2 games and Washington (69-72, .489) by 8-1/2 games

NL CENTRAL…
the Chi. Cubs (83-57, .593) lead Milwaukee (79-62, .560) by 4-1/2 games and St. Louis (78-62, .557) by 5 games

NL WEST…
Colorado (77-62, .554) leads the L.A. Dodgers (76-64, .543) by 1-1/2 games and Arizona (75-65, .535) by 2-1/2 games

AL EAST
Boston (97-44, .688) leads N.Y. Yankees (87-53, .621) by 9.5 games with a magic number of 13 for clinching the division title

AL CENTRAL
Cleveland (80-60, .571) leads Minnesota (63-76, .453) by 16-1/2 games with a magic number of 7 for clinching the division title

AL WEST
Houston (87-53, .621) leads Oakland (84-57, .596) by 3-1/2 games and Seattle
(78-62, .557) by 9 games

NL WILD-CARD RACE
Milwaukee (79-62, .560) leads St. Louis (78-62, .557) by a half-game. The Cardinals lead the L.A. Dodgers (76-64, .543) by 2 games, Arizona (75-65, .535) by 3 games and Philadelphia (73-66, .525) by 4-1/2 games in the race for the second spot.

AL WILD-CARD RACE
the N.Y. Yankees (87-53, .621) lead Oakland (84-57, .596) by 3-1/2 games. Seattle
(78-62, .557) is 5-1/2 games back of the Athletics in the race for the second spot.

NFL SCORE
PHILADELPHIA 18 – Atlanta 12… The defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles stopped the Falcons first-and-goal in the final seconds to open the 2018 season with a victory. Jay Ajayi rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. He also ran in a two-point conversion.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Houston is at New England…
Baltimore hosts Buffalo…
Jacksonville is at the N.Y. Giants…
Minnesota hosts San Francisco…
Tampa Bay is at New Orleans…
Cleveland hosts Pittsburgh…
Cincinnati is at Indianapolis…
Miami hosts Tennessee…
Kansas City is at the L.A. Chargers…
Denver hosts Seattle…
Dallas is at Carolina…
Arizona hosts Washington…
Chicago is at Green Bay

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
the N.Y. Jets are at Detroit…
Oakland hosts the L.A. Rams

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#16 TCU (1-0) is at Southern Methodist (0-1)

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Alabama (1-0) hosts Arkansas State (1-0)…
#2 Clemson (1-0) is at Texas A&M (1-0)…
#3 Georgia (1-0) is at #24 South Carolina (1-0)…
#4 Ohio State (1-0) hosts Rutgers (1-0)…
#5 Wisconsin (1-0) hosts New Mexico (1-0)…
#6 Oklahoma (1-0) hosts UCLA (0-1)…
#7 Auburn (1-0) hosts Alabama State (1-0)…
#8 Notre Dame (1-0) hosts Ball State (1-0)…
#9 Washington (0-1) hosts North Dakota (1-0)…
#10 Stanford (1-0) hosts #17 Southern California (1-0)…
#11 LSU (1-0) hosts Southeast Louisiana (0-1)…
#12 Virginia Tech (1-0) hosts William & Mary (1-0)…
#13 Penn State (1-0) is at Pittsburgh (1-0)…
#14 West Virginia (1-0) hosts Youngstown State (0-1)…
#15 Michigan State (1-0) is at Arizona State (1-0)…
#18 Mississippi State (1-0) is at Kansas State (1-0)…
#19 Central Florida (1-0) hosts South Carolina State (0-1)…
#20 Boise State (1-0) hosts Connecticut (0-1)…
#21 Michigan (0-1) hosts Western Michigan (0-1)…
#22 Miami (Fla.) (0-1) hosts Savannah State (0-1)…
#23 Oregon (1-0) hosts Portland State (0-1)…
#25 Florida (1-0) hosts Kentucky (1-0)

The Rundown for September 6, 2018

‘SENIOR OFFICIAL’ WRITES ANTI-TRUMP NY TIMES OP-ED… The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed yesterday written by somebody claiming to be a senior White House official who is resisting the Trump administration from within. The essay warns that administration officials have discussed removing Trump from office by pronouncing him unfit and invoking the 25th Amendment. The essay also claims Trump’s erratic behavior is kept under control by “unsung heroes” in the White House. The Times says it knows who wrote the piece, but is keeping the author’s identity confidential.

MUELLER SUBPOENAES ROGER STONE ASSOCIATE… Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi to testify in front of a grand jury on Friday. Corsi will reportedly testify about discussions with former Trump advisor Roger Stone, whose ties WikiLeaks have been under investigation. Corsi previously worked with Alex Jones’ InfoWars.

SENATE PANEL QUESTIONS FACEBOOK, TWITTER LEADERS.. … Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey told the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday that their platforms are fighting off hundreds of thousands of fake users every day. Both companies admitted that Russia-backed agents manipulated their platforms to influence the 2016 elections and testified about their efforts over the past year to prevent foreign interference. Dorsey said Twitter was “unprepared and ill-equipped” for the “weaponization” of debate.

FLIGHT QUARANTINED WITH ILL PASSENGERS  … An Emirates airline flight that landed in New York yesterday was quarantined at JFK airport after about 100 people including some crew had complained of illness. Ten passengers were taken to hospitals but others refused treatment. Health officers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evaluated passengers during the quarantine.

GORDON DOWNGRADED AS IT HEADS TO MIDWEST… Tropical Storm Gordon has been downgraded after dropping 10 inches of rain in the Florida panhandle and bringing winds as strong as 78 mph that left thousands without power in Baldwin County, Alabama. The death of a 2-year-old child in Florida has been blamed on the storm, which was headed toward the Midwest. Heavy rainfall is expected in several states, including Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kansas.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROY MOORE SUES OVER ‘WHO IS AMERICA?’ APPEARANCE… Former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore has filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen over Moore’s appearance in the Showtime series “Who Is America?” The 71-year-old former chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court claims he was duped into appearing on the show and was falsely portrayed as a sex offender. Moore also named Showtime and its parent CBS Corp in his defamation suit and accused all three defendants of fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

A&E TO AIR MONICA LEWINSKY DOCUMENTARY… A three-part A&E documentary series set to debut this fall will center on a discussion with Monica Lewinsky about her affair with President Bill Clinton. The series “The Impeachment of Bill Clinton” will include interviews with Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Clinton of sexual misconduct. The first show is scheduled to air on November 18.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 3 – Cincinnati 2… Jameson Taillon (12-9) held the Reds to a run on eight hits over five innings and the Pirates held off the Reds to complete a series sweep. Moran stroked a two-run double and Pittsburgh got RBI singles from Francisco Cervelli and Gregory Polanco.

St. Louis 7 – WASHINGTON 6… The Cardinals built a 6-0 sixth-inning lead and held on to edge the Nationals. Matt Adams homered twice and knocked in four runs. Yairo Munos also went deep.

MIAMI 2 – Philadelphia 1… Sandy Alcantara (2-0) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings as the Marlins clipped the Phillies. Austin Dean drove in both Miami runs.

N.Y. Mets 7 – L.A. DODGERS 3… Amed Rosario went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and two runs scored in leading the Mets past the Dodgers. Zack Wheeler (10-7) allowed three runs on three hits over seven innings.

Chi. Cubs 6 – MILWAUKEE 4… Daniel Murphy’s leadoff homer sparked a four-run top of the fourth inning and the Cubs downed the Brewers to extend their NL Central lead over Milwaukee to four games. Kyle Schwarber also homered with the bases empty. Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

COLORADO 5 – San Francisco 3… Trevor Story homered in his first three at-bats to power the Rockies past the Giants. DJ LaMahieu had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single. Colorado increased its lead over the Dodgers to 1-1/2 games in the NL West.

AL SCORES
CLEVELAND 3 – Kansas City 1… Cory Kluber limited the Royals to a run on two hits and struck out 10 in becoming the majors’ first 18-game winner. Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a RBI.

TORONTO 10 – Tampa Bay 3… Aledmys Diaz’ three-run homer highlighted a seven-run bottom of the first inning and the Blue Jays coasted past the Rays. Billy McKinney added a solo blast. Kendry Morales went 3-for-4 and drove in a run.

L.A. Angels 9 – TEXAS 3… On a day he learned he would require Tommy John on his pitching arm, Shohei Ohtani went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBIs to lead the Angels in their rout of the Rangers. Andrelton Simmons added his 10th homer with a runner aboard and singled home a run. Jaime Barria (10-8) held Texas to two hits over five shutout innings.

HOUSTON 9 – Minnesota 1… Alex Bregman knocked in five runs with a two-run homer and bases-clearing double and the Astros breezed past the Twins. Evan Gattis added his 25th homer with a runner on. Framber Valdez (3-1) allowed a run on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Detroit 10 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Ronny Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and the Yankees got solo blasts from Jeimer Candelario, Mikie Mahtook and JaCoby Jones in their pounding of the White Sox. Jordan Zimmermann (7-6) pitched two-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

OAKLAND 8 – N.Y. Yankees 2… The Athletics opened with a four-run bottom of the first inning and never looked back in downing the Yankees. Stephen Piscotty and Matt Chapman drove in two runs apiece. Mike Fiers (11-6) surrendered two runs on three hits over six innings.

SEATTLE 5 – Baltimore 2… Denard Span went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and RBI single as the Mariners downed the Orioles. Mitch Hanigar and Nelson Cruz also homered for Seattle. Mike Leake (9-9) allowed two unearned runs on seven hits over six innings.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
Boston 9 – ATLANTA 8… The Red Sox overcame a 7-1 eighth-inning deficit to upend the Braves. Brandon Phillips celebrated his return to the major leagues by hitting a go-ahead two-out, two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. Blake Swihart’s two-run double sparked a six-run eighth.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
San Diego (Lauer, 5-7) is at Cincinnati (Castillo, 8-11)…
Washington (Strasburg, 7-7) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 11-10)…
Atlanta (Sanchez, 6-5) is at Arizona (Greinke, 13-9)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Cleveland (Bieber, 8-3) is at Toronto (Gaviglio, 3-7)

The Rundown for September 5, 2018

KAVANAUGH HEARING STARTS… Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court pick got off to a wild start yesterday as Senate Democrats and protesters in the public gallery took an aggressive stance against the confirmation. Capitol Police arrested 70 people for protesting Kavanaugh at the hearing and in other parts of Capitol Hill. Democrats accused the White House and Republicans of concealing key details about Kavanaugh’s time as a Bush-era White House lawyer by refusing to publicly release tens of thousands of documents. They also complained about being provided 42,000 documents just hours before the hearing. Hearings will resume this morning.

DOUG DUCEY TO SUCCEED McCAIN IN SENATE… Arizona Governor Doug Ducey yesterday selected former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl to succeed the late Senator John McCain. The 76-year-old Kyl could be sworn in as early as tonight. Kyl, who retired in 2013 after rising to become the second-highest-ranking Republican, has agreed to serve at least through the end of the year.

CAPUANO LOSES IN MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY… Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley pulled off a major upset in defeating 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in a primary for Massachusetts’ 7th District House seat yesterday. Pressley will be heavily favored to win the general election in November and become the first African-American elected to Congress from the state. She worked for former Democratic congressman Joe Kennedy II of Massachusetts and former Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts before being elected to the Boston City Council in 2009.

NORTH CAROLINA TO USE GERRYMANDERED CONGRESSIONAL MAP IN NOVEMBER… A panel of federal judges ruled yesterday that there is “insufficient time” before the November midterm elections to redraw an electoral map that the courts have ruled is unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Last month, the same panel ruled that North Carolina’s congressional map favors Republicans and “constitutes an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the First Amendment, and Article I of the Constitution.” The court ruled North Carolina cannot use the current gerrymandered congressional map after the November 6 general election.

RAHM EMANUEL STEPPING DOWN AS CHICAGO MAYOR… Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced yesterday that he will seek a third term. The mayor said at a press conference that he and his wife decided to “write another chapter together” as their three children have left for college. The 58-year-old Emanuel was a Democratic congressman and White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama before becoming mayor in 2011.

GORDON MAKES LANDFALL… Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall near the Alabama-Mississippi border last night without gathering hurricane strength. The death of a child was reported in Pensacola, Florida, where a tree fell on a mobile home. A hurricane warning was in effect for much of the Gulf Coast, and parts of Alabama and Florida were under a tropical storm warning. The National Hurricane Center also warned of possible tornadoes near the Mississippi and Alabama coasts and the Florida panhandle. The tropical storm is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain along the coast, and some areas could receive 12 inches of rain through tomorrow, causing flash flooding.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPACEY WON’T BE PROSECUTED IN L.A… The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said yesterday that it will not prosecute actor Kevin Spacey on a 1992 sexual assault accusation because it fell outside the California statute of limitations. The case, involving an adult male, had been under review since was presented to Los Angeles prosecutors in April. Last month, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said that it was reviewing a second sexual assault accusation against Spacey.

‘WIZARD OF OZ’ SLIPPERS FOUND… A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” has been found 13 years after they were stolen. The shoes were reported missing from a Minnesota museum in 2005 after someone broke in through a window late at night. The slippers are believed to be worth as much as $2 million.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 7 – Cincinnati 3… Starling Marte homered with a runner aboard and Gregory Polanco doubled home two runs as the Pirates downed the Reds. Joe Musgrove (6-8) took a shutout into the seventh inning.

Philadelphia 9 – MIAMI 4… Carlos Santana smacked a lead-off homer and Cesar Hernandez added a bases-clearing triple during a four-run top of the first inning and the Phillies put away the Marlins. Asdrubal Cabrera lined a two-run double and hit a solo homer.

St. Louis 11 – WASHINGTON 8… Patrick Wisdom, Paul DeJong and Marcell Ozuna all hit solo homers during a three-run top of the sixth inning and Benjie Molina added a grand slam in the ninth as the Cardinals outslugged the Nationals. Ozuna also homered during a four-run second.

MILWAUKEE 11 – Chi. Cubs 1… Jonathan Schoop lifted a sacrifice fly and singled home two runs as the Brewers crushed the Cubs. Christian Yelich contributed a two-run double. Wade Miley (3-2) held Chicago to a run on three hits over six innings.

COLORADO 6 – San Francisco 2… The Rockies came up with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally past the Giants. Ryan McMahon sparked the uprising with a game-tying solo homer. Carlos Gonzalez gapped a three-run triple.

ARIZONA 6 – San Diego 0… Robbie Ray (5-2) pitched two-hit ball and struck out 10 over 6-1/3 innings as the Diamondbacks shut out the Padres. Ketel Marte went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

L.A. DODGERS 11 – N.Y. Mets 4… The Dodgers rolled past the Mets after spotting them a 4-0 lead. They put the game way with a six-run bottom of the seventh inning. Austin Barnes homered with a runner aboard. David Freese hit a solo homer and doubled home a run.

AL SCORES
Tampa Bay 4 – TORONTO 0… Seven pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Rays blanked the Blue Jays. Tommy Pham had a couple of hits, including an RBI triple.

CLEVELAND 9 – Kansas City 3… Yandy Diaz went 3-for-5 with a run-scoring triple and a solo homer and the Indians cruised past the Royals. Francisco Lindor’s leadoff homer sparked a three-run top of the first inning.

TEXAS 4 – L.A. Angels 2… Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus hit solo homers in the bottom of the inning and Nomar Mazara doubled home two runs in the fifth as the Rangers topped the Angels. Mike Minor (11-7) held L.A. to two runs on three hits over five innings.

HOUSTON 5 – Minnesota 2… Yuli Gurriel’s 10th homer was a two-run shot that capped a four-run bottom of the first inning and the Astros never looked back in beating the Twins. Alex Bregman knocked in two runs with a pair of doubles.

Detroit 8 – CHI. WHITE SOX 3… Grayson Greiner and Dawel Lugo hit two-run doubles during a five-run top of the second inning and Mike Mahtook hit a two-run homer in the eighth as the Tigers ripped the White Sox. Francisco Liriano (4-9) allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – OAKLAND 1… Luke Voit and Adeiny Hechevarria hit solo homers and the Yankees handled the Athletics. Brett Gardner had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Baltimore 5 – SEATTLE 3… The Orioles came up with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to get past the Mariners. Renato Nunez homered to lead off the inning.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
Boston 5 – ATLANTA 1… Steve Pearce went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead the Red Sox past the Braves. Rick Porcello (16-7) limited Atlanta to a run on two hits over five innings.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Cincinnati (Bailey 1-13) is at Pittsburgh (Taillon, 11-9)…
Washington (Roark, 8-14) hosts St. Louis (Mikolas, 13-4)…
Philadelphia (Pivetta, 7-10) is at Miami (Alcantara, 1-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 4-1) host the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 9-7)…
the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 11-9) are at Milwaukee (Chacin, 14-5)…
Colorado (Senzatela, 4-5) hosts San Francisco (Suarez, 6-9)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Kansas City (Keller, 7-5) is at Cleveland (Kluber, 17-7)…
Toronto (Sanchez, 3-5) hosts Tampa Bay (Glasnow, 1-4)…
L.A. Angels (Barria, 9-8) are at Texas (Colon, 7-11)…
the Chi. White Sox (Kopech, 1-0) host Detroit (Zimmermann, 6-6)…
Minnesota (Odorizzi, 5-9) is at Houston (Valez, 2-1)…
Oakland (Fiers, 10-6) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 17-6)…
Baltimore (Cashner, 4-13) is at Seattle (Leake, 8-9)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Boston (Velázquez, 7-2) is at Atlanta (Foltynewicz, 10-9)

The Rundown for September 4, 2018

TRUMP BLASTS SESSIONS… President Trump spent part of his Labor Day on Twitter blasting Attorney General Jeff Sessions and blaming him for the indictments of Republican congressmen Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York. The two, who had backed Trump during the 2016 election, were indicted within two weeks of each other last month on unrelated charges. The president appeared especially perturbed that the indictments came in advance of midterm elections. The Justice Department has not responded to Trump’s tweets.

U.S. SERVICE MEMBER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN… Military officials reported that one U.S. service member was killed and another was wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan. The statement said the service member was the sixth American killed in Afghanistan this year. The wounded service member was reported to be in stable condition.

EIGHT PEOPLE SHOT IN SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTOUT… Police in San Bernardino, California, reported yesterday that eight people were wounded during a Sunday night shootout over a dice game at an apartment complex. Three of the wounded were listed in “extremely critical” condition and the other five suffered non-life-threatening injuries. At least one of the people shot was a minor. Police recovered no weapons but believe handguns and rifles were involved.

HURRICANE WARNINGS ON GULF COAST… The National Hurricane Center said last night that it expects Tropical Storm Gordon to strengthen into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast tonight. The storm brought heavy rain and powerful winds to South Florida yesterday as it formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys. The Coast Guard warned that the ports of New Orleans as well as Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may close within 48 hours when gale force winds from Tropical Storm Gordon are expected to arrive.

THREE REMAIN MISSING FOLLOWING BOAT CRASH… Three people remain missing following Saturday night’s head-on crash of two boats on the Colorado River in southeast California near the Arizona border. The body of a 51-year-old woman was recovered yesterday, authorities said. The crash left nine people injured, two of whom were airlifted to a southern Nevada hospital with life-threatening injuries. According to the Mojave County Sheriff’s Department, none of the 16 people aboard both boats was wearing a life jacket.

ENTERTAINMENT
BONO RETURNS TO THE STAGE… U2 frontman Bono plans to be back on stage tonight at the band’s performance in Cologne, Germany. The singer’s health has been a concern since he lost his voice and had to cancel a show in Berlin after just a couple songs on Saturday. Bono says a smoke machine used as part of the special effects at Saturday’s show might have negatively impacted his voice.

BTS TOPS ALBUM CHART AGAIN… The K-pop boy band BTS tops the Billboard 200 albums chart for the second time in six months. Its new release, “Love Yourself: Answer,” sold 185,000 units. Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” remained in second place with 111,000 units sold. Drake’s “Scorpion” rose one spot to No. 3 on sales of 87,000 units. Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” slipped from first to fourth place after selling 75,000 units. Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” sold 64,000 units to cap the top five.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
MILWAUKEE 4 – Chi. Cubs 3… Christian Yelich beat out a fielder’s choice grounder in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing pinch-runner Keon Broxton to score the winning run in the Brewers’ defeat of the Cubs. Lorenzo Cain had a couple of hits and an RBI.

WASHINGTON 4 – St. Louis 3 (10 innings)… Bryce Harper connected for a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and lifted a sacrifice fly in the 10th to score Michael Taylor with the winning run as the Nationals outlasted the Cardinals. Trea Turner also went deep for Washington.

MIAMI 3 – Philadelphia 1… Jose Ureña (5-12) held the Phillies to a run on four hits over seven innings. The Marlins took the lead for good on Rafael Ortega’s two-run single in the bottom of the second inning.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Cincinnati 1… Adam Frazier went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two-run single in leading the Pirates past the Reds. Gregory Polanco homered with a runner aboard. Trevor Williams (12-9) pitched five-hit ball over 6-2/3 shutout innings.

COLORADO 9 – San Francisco 8… The Rockies rallied past the Giants after blowing 4-0 and 7-2 leads and moved a half-game ahead of the Dodgers atop the NL West. Pinch-hitter Noel Cuevas stroked a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Trevor Story and DJ LeMahieu hit two-run homers in the first for Colorado. Story added a three-run blast in the fifth.

N.Y. Mets 4 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Brandon Nimmo came through with a pinch-hit three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to power the Mets past the Dodgers. The game featured a duel between New York starter Jacob deGrom and his counterpart Alex Wood, but neither got a decision.

San Diego 6 – ARIZONA 2… Franmil Reyes homered twice and knocked in four runs to lead the Padres past the Diamondbacks. Austin Hedges added a two-run single. Bryan Mitchell (1-3) limited Arizona to a run on two hits over five innings.

AL SCORES
HOUSTON 4 – Minnesota 1… Alex Bregman homered for the third straight game and Yuli Gurriel added a solo homer as the Astros cruised past the Twins. Dallas Keuchel (11-10) allowed five hits over six shutout innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Detroit 2… Daniel Palka hit a game-tying homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and Matt Davidson added a walkoff two-run shot as the White Sox upended the Tigers. Nicky Delmonico led off the first with a homer.

Kansas City 5 – CLEVELAND 1… Jake Junis (8-12) limited the Indians to two hits over seven shutout innings as the Royals cruised to the win. Ryan O’Hearn went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBIs. Jorge Bonifacio and Hunter Dozier also went deep.

OAKLAND 6 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Matt Chapman doubled home Marcus Semien with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the second inning and the Athletics never looked back in doubling up on the Yankees. Mark Canha smacked a solo homer. Jed Lowrie had two hits and an RBI.

Tampa Bay 7 – TORONTO 1… Matt Duffy had a couple of hits, including a two-run double, as the Rays breezed past the Blue Jays. Ji-Man Choi hit a solo homer. Kevin Kermaier went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

L.A. Angels 3 – TEXAS 1… David Fletcher broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning, Taylor Ward added a two-run homer and the Angels held off the Rangers.

SEATTLE 2 – Baltimore 1… Dee Gordon’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning scored Cameron Maybin with a go-ahead run and the Mariners hung on to edge the Orioles. Erasmo Ramirez (2-3) held Baltimore to a run on two hits over 5-1/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
Boston 8 – ATLANTA 2… The Red Sox rolled past the Braves in a matchup of division leaders. Ian Kinsler opened the scoring with an RBI double in the top of the fifth inning and added a two-run single in the eighth.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Mikolas, 13-4) is at Washington (Fedde, 1-3)…
Miami (Richards, 3-7) hosts Philadelphia (Arrieta, 9-9)…
Cincinnati (Reed, 0-1) is at Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 5-8)…
Milwaukee (Miley, 2-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 4-4)…
San Francisco (Rodriguez, 6-2) is at Colorado (Marquez, 11-9)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 6-5) host the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 5-8)…
San Diego (Lucchesi, 7-7) is at Arizona (Ray, 4-2)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Detroit (Liriano, 3-9) is at the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 10-9)…
Houston (Verlander, 13-9) hosts Minnesota (TBD)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Happ, 15-6) are at Oakland (TBD)…
Cleveland (Clevinger, 10-7) hosts Kansas City (Duffy, 8-11)…
Tampa Bay (TBD) is at Toronto (TBD)…
Texas (Minor, 10-7) hosts the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 8-8)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 4-15) is at Seattle (LeBlanc, 8-3)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Boston (Porcello, 15-7) is at Atlanta (Newcomb, 11-7)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORE
#20 Virginia Tech 24, #19 FLORIDA STATE 3

The Rundown for September 3, 2018

McCAIN BURIED… Senator John McCain was buried yesterday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. A small private ceremony concluded with a Navy jet flypast in “missing man formation.” McCain died on August 25 from the effects of brain cancer. He was 81.

ISIS LEADER IN AFGHANISTAN KILLED… U.S. military officials in Afghanistan have confirmed that a strike on August 25 killed the head of ISIS in the country. The strike was carried out in the eastern area of Nangarhar province and killed Abu Sayed Orakzai and 10 other ISIS fighters. Orakzai’s death marks the third time US forces have killed a self-proclaimed head of ISIS in Afghanistan since July 2016, the military noted.

DEMOCRATS SAY KAVANAUGH DOCUMENTS WITHHELD… Democrats have turned up their criticism of the Trump administration for its refusal to release more than 125,000 pages of documents on Brett Kavanaugh ahead of his nomination hearings which begin in the Senate this week. 27,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh’s work in the White House under former President George W. Bush were protected by executive privilege. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said it was unprecedented for the White House to cite executive privilege in refusing to release the documents.

9 INJURED, 4 MISSING IN BOAT CRASH… Nine people were injured and four remained missing last night following Saturday night’s crash of two boats on the Colorado River in southeast California near the Arizona border. Authorities say two of the people injured were airlifted to a southern Nevada hospital with life-threatening injuries. The missing include three women and a man. According to the Mojave County Sheriff’s Department, nobody aboard either boat was wearing a life jacket.

STORM WATCHES ON GULF COAST… The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast yesterday as a potential tropical cyclone arrives with heavy rains and strong winds. What has been named Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven is expected to drop as much as 8 inches of rain after striking the Florida-Alabama border tomorrow night and traveling southeast. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced he has activated the state’s Crisis Action Team as a precaution.

ENTERTAINMENT
U2 CANCELS SHOW… U2 was forced to cancel a Saturday night concert in Berlin after lead singer Bono lost his voice during the performance. Bono reportedly left the stage after performing the song “Beautiful Day” with the help of the audience. Concert-goers were initially informed that the band was taking a short break before eventually being told that the show was over and that their tickets would be honored at a replacement performance.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Crazy Rich Asians” brought in another $22.2 million to remain atop the weekend box office for the third straight week. “The Meg” took in $10.5 million to remain in second place. “Mission Impossible—Fallout” moved up a spot into third place after bringing in $7 million. “Operation Finale” finished fourth with $6 million. “Searching” capped the top five with $5.7 million.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
L.A. DODGERS 3 – Arizona 2… Matt Kemp’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers over the Diamondbacks and into sole possession of first place in the NL West. Max Muncy opened the scoring with his 31st homer to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. The game featured a duel between L.A. starter Walker Buehler and his counterpart Clay Buchholz, but neither got a decision.

ATLANTA 5 – Pittsburgh 1… The Braves came up with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put away the Pirates. Ronald Acuna homered to lead off the first and scored the tie-breaking run.

Milwaukee 9 – WASHINGTON 4… Christian Yelich unloaded his first career grand slam to highlight a seven-run top of the fifth inning that rallied the Brewers past the Nationals. Keon Braxton added a three-run shot.

Chi. Cubs 8 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Jon Lester (15-5) scattered eight hits over six shutout innings and the Cubs cruised past the Phillies. Javier Baez’ solo blast gave him 30 homers and 100 RBIs on the season. Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rizzo also homered with the bases empty.

Cincinnati 6 – ST. LOUIS 4 (10 innings)… Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer and Brandon Dixon followed with a solo shot in the top of the 10th inning as the Reds powered their way past the Cardinals. Scooter Gennett had a couple of hits and knocked in a run.

N.Y. Mets 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… Noah Syndergaard surrounded just two hits in his first career complete game and the Mets breezed past the Giants. Michael Conforto homered with a runner aboard and Jeff McNeil stroked a two-run double for New York.

Colorado 7 – SAN DIEGO 3… The Rockies handled the Padres to gain a split of the four-game series and pull within a half-game of first place in the NL West. David Dahl lifted a sacrifice fly and homered. Chris Iannetta produced a two-run double.

AL SCORES
Detroit 11 – N.Y. YANKEES 7… Victor Reyes went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in leading the Tigers past the Yankees. Nick Castellanos had three hits, including his 20th homer with a runner aboard. Ronny Rodriguez also had three hits and two RBIs.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Boston 0… James Shields (6-15) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the White Sox shutout of the Red Sox. Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Daniel Palka added his 20th homer with the bases empty. Matt Davidson had two hits, including a two-run double.

KANSAS CITY 9 – Baltimore 1… Jorge Lopez (1-4) held the Orioles to a run on five hits over seven innings as the Royals rolled to the win. Alex Gordon went 3-for-5 with an RBI double.

TEXAS 18 – Minnesota 4… Nomar Mazara homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Rangers in their rout of the Twins. Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar, Robinson Chirinos and Drew Robinson also went deep for Texas. Yohander Mendez (1-1) allowed just three hits over six innings in notching his first big-league victory.

OAKLAND 8 – Seattle 2… Stephen Piscotty homered twice and knocked in five runs as the Athletics pounded the Mariners. Marcus Semien contributed a two-run single. Edwin Jackson (5-3) held the Mariners to a run on three hits over six innings.

Tampa Bay 6 – CLEVELAND 4… Brandon Lowe went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs in leading the Rays past the Indians. C.J. Cron also hit a bases-empty homer. Joey Wendle and Tommy Pham both had two hits and an RBI.

HOUSTON 4 – L.A. Angels 2… Gerrit Cole (13-5) held the Angels to two runs on six hits and fanned nine in six innings and the Astros downed the Angels. George Springer hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. Alex Bregman added a solo shot in the seventh.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
Toronto 6 – MIAMI 1… Rookie Sean Reid-Foley (1-2) limited the Marlins to a run on four hits and struck out 10 over seven innings in earning his first major league win. Teoscar Hernandez blasted a three-run homer for Toronto.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Flaherty, 8-6) is at Washington (Scherzer, 16-6)…
Miami (Ureña, 4-12) hosts Philadelphia (Velasquez, 9-9)…
Cincinnati (Harvey, 6-7) is at Pittsburgh (Williams, 11-9)…
Milwaukee (Davies, 2-5) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 11-9)…
San Francisco (Bumgarner, 5-5) is at Colorado (Anderson, 6-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Wood, 8-6) host the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 8-8)…
San Diego (Mitchell, 0-3) is at Arizona (Godley, 14-7)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Detroit (Fulmer, 3-10) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 5-9)…
Houston (Keuchel, 10-10) hosts Minnesota (Gibson, 7-11)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 7-5) are at Oakland (Cahill, 5-3)…
Cleveland (Plutko, 4-4) hosts Kansas City (Junis, 7-12)…
Tampa Bay (Stroman, 4-8) is at Toronto (TBD)…
Texas (Springs, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Shoemaker, 1-0)…
Baltimore (Rogers, 1-0) is at Seattle (Ramirez, 1-3)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Boston (Eovaldi, 5-7) is at Atlanta (Toussaint, 1-0)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORE
#25 LSU 33, #8 Miami (Fla.) 17 in Arlington, Texas

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#19 Florida State hosts #20 Virginia Tech

The Rundown for August 31, 2018

TRUMP WANTS TO CANCEL RAISES… President Trump announced yesterday that he plans to cancel an automatic pay raise for federal workers because of the “nation’s fiscal situation.” The policy would have brought an automatic pay raise next year to about 1.8 million people. Trump said federal agency budgets could not withstand such increases as they took the nation off a “fiscally sustainable course.”

TRUMP THREATENS TO WITHDRAW U.S. FROM WTO… President Trump threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the World Trade Organization over its treatment of America yesterday during an interview with Bloomberg News. Trump called the 1994 agreement to establish the WTO “the single worst trade deal ever made.” The WTO was established to provide rules for global trade and resolve disputes between countries.

7 DEAD IN NEW MEXICO CRASH… Seven people were killed in New Mexico yesterday when a Greyhound passenger bus crashed head-on with a semi-trailer truck that jumped a median strip on Interstate 40 near the New Mexico border. Witnesses told state police that the semi-truck blew a tire before it swerved into oncoming traffic and into the path of the bus. More than 30 people were transferred to nearby hospitals with injuries.

CALIFORNIA PASSES NET NEUTRALITY BILL… California lawmakers took one more step toward imposing net neutrality laws on internet providers yesterday. The state Assembly voted 58-17 to pass net neutrality bill SB 822, which imposes the nation’s strictest protections on internet providers. The action is a response to the Trump administration’s repeal of net neutrality laws adopted under the Obama administration in 2015.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BOSTON GLOBE THREATS… A 68-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested yesterday for allegedly making repeated threats of violence against the Boston Globe newspaper. His threats included the catchphrase “the enemy of the people,” which President Trump has used to discredit the news media. Robert D. Chain was charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce, which comes with a potential penalty of as many as five years in prison. According to the FBI, Chain made at least 14 threatening phone calls to the Globe beginning August 10.

ENTERTAINMENT
EMMY ROSSUM LEAVING ‘SHAMELESS’… Actress Emmy Rossum has announced that she is leaving the Showtime series “Shameless” after the upcoming ninth season. Rossum has played Fiona Gallagher in the series since 2011. Her co-star is her on-screen patriarch William H. Macy.

IN THEATERS… In “Kin,” an ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with only a weapon of mysterious origin to protect themselves with as they’re chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers. The PG-13 film stars Myles Truitt and Jack Reynor.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES…
Milwaukee 2 – CINCINNATI 1 (11 innings)… Lorenzo Cain hit a tie-breaking homer to lead off the top of the 11th inning and the Brewers made it stand in outlasting the Reds. Christian Yelich drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to force home the game’s first run.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Pittsburgh 0… John Gant (6-5) pitched three-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and helped himself at the plate with a solo homer as the Cardinals blanked the Pirates. Harrison Bader also homered for St. Louis.

Chi. Cubs 5 – ATLANTA 4… Tommy La Stella came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning and the Cubs held on to edge the Braves. Wilson Contreras drove in a pair of runs for Chicago.

Arizona 3 – L.A. DODGERS 1…. David Peralta provided all the offense the Diamondbacks needed with a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning. Robbie Ray (4-2) held the Dodgers to a run on four hits and struck out nine over 5-1/3 innings.

SAN DIEGO 3 – Colorado 2 (13 innings)… Franmil Reyes hit a walkoff two-out homer in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Padres topped the Rockies.

AL SCORES…
CLEVELAND 5 – Minnesota 3… Jason Kipnis belted a three-run homer during a four-run bottom of the sixth inning and the Indians downed the Twins. Mike Clevinger (10-7) allowed a pair of unearned runs on four hits and fanned nine over 6-2/3 innings

Detroit 8 – N.Y. YANKEES 7… Victor Martinez hit his second two-run homer of the night and Niko Goodrum followed with a go-ahead solo shot in the top of the ninth inning as the Tigers rallied past the Yankees. Jeimer Candelario and Ronny Rodriguez also homered for Detroit.

L.A. Angels 5 – HOUSTON 2… Andrew Heaney (8-8) scattered five hits over six scoreless innings and the Angels topped the Astros. Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-4 with a bases-clearing double.

Boston 9 – CHI. WHITE SOX 4… The Red Sox erased a 4-0 seventh-inning deficit on their way past the White Sox. Martinez blasted a three-run homer to cap a five-run top of the ninth inning. Mookie Betts’ two-run shot completed a four-run seventh.

OAKLAND 7 – Seattle 1… Wade LeBlanc (8-3) limited the Athletics to three hits over seven shutout innings and the Mariners breezed to the victory. Mitch Hanigar had a couple of hits, including a solo homer. Robinson Cano and Dee Gordon both had two hits, including run-scoring singles.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE…
the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 11-9) are at Philadelphia (Pivetta, 7-10)…
Washington (Roark, 8-13) hosts Milwaukee (Chacin, 13-5)…
Pittsburgh (Taillon, 10-9) is at Atlanta (Sanchez, 6-5)
St. Louis (Gomber, 4-0) hosts Cincinnati (Bailey, 1-12)…
Arizona (Greinke, 13-8) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 4-1)
San Diego (Kennedy, 0-2) hosts Colorado (Senzatela, 4-4)
the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 9-6) are at San Francisco (Suarez, 5-9)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE…
Detroit (Zimmermann, 6-6) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 17-6)…
Cleveland (Kluber, 16-7) hosts Tampa Bay (Glasnow, 1-3)…
Minnesota (Gonsalves, 0-2) is at Texas (Hutchison, 2-2)…
Chi. White Sox (Kopech, 1-0) hosts Boston (Eovaldi, 5-6)…
the L.A. Angels (Barria, 8-8) are at Houston (Valdez, 2-0)…
Kansas City (Keller, 6-5) hosts Baltimore (Cashner, 4-12)…
Seattle (Leake, 8-8) is at Oakland (Fiers, 10-6)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE…
Toronto (Sanchez, 3-5) is at Miami (Straily, 5-6)

YANKEES ACQUIRE McCUTCHEN… The New York Yankees acquired five-time All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants yesterday in exchange for two minor league prospects. The 31-year-old McCutchen was batting .255 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs in 130 games for San Francisco. The Giants acquired him from Pittsburgh in a trade last December. He was named National League Most Valuable Player in 2013.

MLB STANDINGS…
AL EAST…
Boston, 93-42, .689
N.Y. Yankees, 84-50, .627, 8.5 GB
Tampa Bay, 71-62, .534, 21 GB
Toronto, 60-73, .451, 32 GB
Baltimore, 40-94, .299, 52.5 GB

AL CENTRAL…
Cleveland, 76-57, .571
Minnesota, 62-71, .466, 14 GB
Detroit, 54-80, .403, 22.5 GB
Chi. White Sox, 53-81, .396, 23.5 GB
Kansas City, 42-91, .316, 34 GB

AL WEST…
Houston, 82-52, .612
Oakland, 80-55, .593, 2.5 GB
Seattle, 75-59, .560, 7 GB
L.A. Angels, 65-69, .485, 17 GB
Texas, 58-76, .433, 24 GB

NL EAST…
Atlanta, 74-59, .556,
Philadelphia, 71-62, .534, 3 GB
Washington, 67-67, .500, 7.5 GB
N.Y. Mets, 59-74, .444, 15 GB
Miami, 53-81, .396, 21.5 GB

NL CENTRAL
Chi. Cubs, 79-54, .594
St. Louis, 75-59, .560, 4.5 GB
Milwaukee, 75-60, .556, 5 GB
Pittsburgh, 65-69, .485, 14.5 GB
Cincinnati, 57-77, .425, 22.5 GB

NL WEST
Arizona, 74-60, .552
Colorado, 72-61, .541, 1.5 GB
L.A. Dodgers, 72-62, .537, 2 GB
San Francisco, 67-68, .496, 7.5 GB
San Diego, 53-83, .390, 22 GB

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORE…
#21 Central Florida 56, CONNECTICUT 17

TODAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE…
#4 Wisconsin hosts Western Kentucky…
#11 Michigan State hosts Utah State…
#13 Stanford hosts San Diego State

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE…
#1 Alabama hosts Louisville…
#2 Clemson hosts Furman…
#3 Georgia hosts Austin Peay…
#5 Ohio State hosts Oregon State…
#6 Washington plays #9 Auburn in Atlanta…
#7 Oklahoma hosts Florida Atlantic…
#8 Miami (Fla.) is at #25 LSU…
#10 Penn State hosts Appalachian State…
#12 Notre Dame hosts #14 Michigan…
#15 Southern California hosts UNLV…
#16 TCU hosts Southern…
#17 West Virginia is at Tennessee…
#18 Mississippi State hosts Stephen F. Austin…
#19 Florida Sate hosts #20 Virginia Tech…
#22 Boise State is at Troy…
#23 Texas is at Maryland…
#24 Oregon hosts Bowling Green…

NFL PRESEASON SCORES…
Cleveland 35, DETROIT 17…
Miami 34, ATLANTA 7…
PHILADELPHIA 10, N.Y. Jets 9…
New England 17, N.Y. GIANTS 12…
Indianapolis 27, CINCINNATI 26…
BALTIMORE 30, Washington 20…
Jacksonville 25, TAMPA BAY 10…
PITTSBURGH 39, Carolina 24…
NEW ORLEANS 28, L.A. Rams 0…
Buffalo 28, CHICAGO 27…
Minnesota 13, TENNESSEE 3…
HOUSTON 14, Dallas 6…
KANSAS CITY 33, Green Bay 21…
Denver Broncos 21, ARIZONA 10…
L.A. Chargers 23, SAN FRANCISCO 21…
Oakland 30, SEATTLE 19