The Rundown for July 30, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,745,060 and the nation’s death toll stands at 612,105, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The 500,332 new coronavirus cases recorded in the U.S. over the past week are the most in the world and reflect a 131-percent increase over the previous the week. High numbers were also recorded in Brazil, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and India.

BIDEN SEEKS TO EXTEND EVICTION MORATORIUM… President Joe Biden has called on Congress to extend a federal ban on evictions that expires tomorrow. White House officials say Biden would have liked to extend the moratorium amid ongoing coronavirus outbreaks but his hands are tied following a Supreme Court’s determination that the moratorium would only be extended until the end of July. Democratic leaders in the House were working on extension legislation.

CONGRESS PASSES SECURITY SPENDING PACKAGE… The House and Senate both approved a $2.1 billion supplemental security spending package that directs funding to the U.S. Capitol Police and National Guard and helps relocate Afghans who aided U.S. troops during the war in Afghanistan. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in a 98-0 vote. The House approved the legislation 416 to 11.

SAILOR CHARGED IN NAVY WARSHIP FIRE… The U.S. Navy yesterday charged a sailor in connection with the 2020 fire that destroyed the amphibious warship USS Bonhomme Richard while it was harbored in San Diego. According to a statement released by the Navy, charges stem from evidence found during a criminal investigation into the cause of the fire. The sailor was not publicly identified but was a member of the Bonhomme Richard’s crew at the time of the blaze. Some 40 sailors and 23 civilians were treated for injuries suffered during the fire in July 2020. It took five days for federal firefighters and more than 400 sailors to extinguish the blaze. The ship was commissioned in 1998 with an expected service life for 40 years and was decommissioned in April.

HUGE ALASKA QUAKE… The largest earthquake felt in the U.S since 1965 rattled parts of southern Alaska yesterday but caused no major damage. The magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck just south of the Alaska Peninsula, nearly 500 miles southwest of Anchorage. The quake was about 29 miles below the surface of the North Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning that went into effect on the West Coast was cleared.

ENTERTAINMENT
SCARLETT JOHANSSON SUES DISNEY
… Scarlett Johansson has filed suit against Disney for allegedly breaching her contract by releasing the Marvel movie “Black Widow” in theaters and on its streaming service the same day. Attorneys representing Johansson claim Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment promised her “an exclusive theatrical release.” The actress notes in court filings that her salary was largely based on how well the movie did at the box office, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the decision to stream the film on Disney+ could cost her more than $50 million.

TV PITCHMAN RON POPEIL DIES… Ron Popeil, who pitched products on television for decades and helped pioneer infomercials, died Tuesday at a Southern California hospital following a medical emergency, family members confirmed yesterday. He was 86. Through his company, Ronco, Popeil sold everything from the Pocket Fisherman to food hydrators to spray-on hair coloring to cover up baldness. His first infomercial aired in 1959 and featured the “Chop-o-Matic.” Popeil was also an inventor, and his Showtime “Set it and Forget it” Rotisserie generated more than $1 billion in sales.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 3 – PHILADELPHIA 1
(7 innings)… Yan Gomes’ two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning lifted the Nationals over the Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader. Max Scherzer (8-4) allowed just a run on three hits over six innings.

PHILADELPHIA 11 – Washington 8 (8 innings)… Brad Miller’s grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Phillies a split of the twinbill. J.T. Realmuto’s two-run single capped a three-run seventh. Andrew McCutchen and Alec Bohm hit back-to-back solo homers in the fourth. Rhys Hoskins also went deep.

Atlanta 6 – N.Y. METS 3… Austin Riley hit a two-run homer and singled home a run to lead the Braves past the Mets. Abraham Almonte and Dansby Swanson smacked solo homers.

Cincinnati 7 – CHI. CUBS 4… Kyle Farmer doubled home two runs during a three-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Reds past the Cubs. Joey Votto opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – L.A. Dodgers 0… Johnny Cueto (7-5) pitched four-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and four relievers completed the shutout in the rubber game of the series. Brandon Crawford provided all the offense the Giants needed with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning.

Milwaukee 12 – PITTSBURGH 0… The Brewers pounded out 16 hits in their thrashing of the Pirates. Manny Piña homered twice and knocked in five runs. Rowdy Tellez went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Freddy Peralta (8-3) pitched two-hit ball over six innings. Three relievers preserved the shutout.

SAN DIEGO 3 – Colorado 0… Joe Musgrove (7-7) limited the Rockies to three hits over seven innings and struck out 11. Fernando Tatis, Jr., doubled home a run in the bottom of the first inning and Jake Cronenworth homered with a runner aboard in the eighth.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 14 – N.Y. Yankees 0
… Austin Meadows belted a three-run homer to cap a four-run bottom of the first inning and added a two-run blast during a 10-run sixth in the Rays’ annihilation of the Yankees. Brandon Phillips cracked a grand slam. Ji-Man Choi homered with a runner aboard.

KANSAS CITY 5 – Chi. White Sox 0… Carlos Hernandez (2-1) limited the White Sox to four hits over six innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. Salvador Perez blasted his 25th homer with a runner aboard in the bottom of the first inning. Michael A. Taylor went deep to lead off the second.

DETROIT 6 – Baltimore 2… Casey Mize (6-5) allowed just an unearned run on four hits over seven innings and the Tigers cruised past the Orioles. Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homers. Eric Haase singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Toronto 13 – BOSTON 1… Teoscar Hernandez homered with a runner aboard during a three-run top of the first inning and Vladimir Guerrero blasted a three-run homer in the Blue Jays’ romp over the Red Sox. Hyun Jin Ryu (10-5) surrendered just two hits over six scoreless innings.

Oakland 4 – L.A. ANGELS 0… Frankie Montas (9-8) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers finished off the blanking of the Angels. Ramon Laureano slugged a two-run double.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Trevor Williams, 4-2) are at Washington (TBA)…
Pittsburgh (Will Crowe, 2-5) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 7-6)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 2-6) is at the N.Y. Mets (Carlos Carrasco, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 1-1) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 6-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 2-1) are at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-5)…
San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 4-2) hosts Colorado (Jon Gray, 6-6)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Daniel Lynch, 1-2) is at Toronto (Ross Stripling, 3-6)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 6-9) hosts Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 5-10)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 7-6) is at Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 7-5)…
Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-8) hosts Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 4-2)…
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-6) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 10-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 3-4) host Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 10-3)

INTERLEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 6-4) are at Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-3)…
St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-1) hosts Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-5)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 6-2) is at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-4)

YANKEES, RED SOX MADE TRADE-DEADLINE DEALS… AL East rivals New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox made major acquisitions yesterday ahead of today’s 4 p.m. Eastern trade deadline. The Yankees acquired first-baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcántara. Rizzo, who turns 32 in 10 days, is a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner. The Red Sox acquired outfielder Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals in exchange for pitcher Aldo Ramirez.

OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS… Sunisa Lee won the gold medal in the artistic gymnastics women’s all-around final. She is the fifth consecutive American gymnast to win gold in the event. Lee will compete in next week’s uneven bars event final.

The Rundown for July 29, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,672,690 and the nation’s death toll stands at 611,801, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Yesterday’s 88,377 new cases marked the biggest one-day increase in cases since February. Hospitalizations also have been surging… Medical experts and health agencies are urging people to get vaccinated regardless of whether they have previously been infected because it remains unclear how strong or long-lasting the protection from natural antibodies is. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SENATE ADVANCES INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… The Senate voted yesterday to advance on a bipartisan infrastructure bill after weeks of negotiations. The 67-to-32 vote cleared a key procedural hurdle on a bill that includes $550 billion in new spending for infrastructure projects. 17 Republicans joining Democrats in voting in favor. The bill moves on to the House, where its future is unknown. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declined to comment on the bill until she is able to see the final legislation.

JUDGE KEEPS TRUMP SUIT IN OPEN COURT… A circuit court judge yesterday rejected an attempt by former President Donald Trump and three of his four adult children to force a class-action lawsuit out of open court and into arbitration. The Trumps, who are facing fraud allegations related to an alleged pyramid scheme, sought to keep the proceedings hidden from public view. A lawsuit filed in 2018 alleges that the Trump family conned victims into investing “hundreds or thousands of dollars” they never had a chance of recouping.

BLINKEN TROUBLED BY AFGHANISTAN… Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday expressed regrets for recent developments in Afghanistan. Blinken said during a press conference that the Taliban is “making advances” and called reports that the group has committed atrocities “deeply, deeply troubling.” Blinken made the comments in New Delhi, India, where he has been engaged in talks with senior Indian officials.

FORMER NY STATE SENATE CANDIDATE ARRESTED… A former candidate for the New York state senate who participated in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was taken into custody yesterday. Christmann referred to his participation in postings on social media, according to prosecutors. He allegedly began asking people to delete videos and photos of him inside the building after his friends began getting arrested.

ENTERTAINMENT
ZZ TOP BASSIST DUSTY HILL DIES
… Dusty Hill, who played bass in the rock trio ZZ Top, died yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 72. Surviving members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement on social media expressing their sorrow. Hill joined the trio shortly before they cut their debut LP, “ZZ Top’s First Album,” in 1971. He remained with the band through its most recent albums and tours.

ODENKIRK ON THE MEND… Bob Odenkirk is reported to be in stable condition after experiencing a “heart-related incident” Tuesday on the set of “Better Call Saul.” The 58-year-old actor was rushed to an Albuquerque hospital after collapsing. Odenkirk’s adult son, Nate, yesterday assured fans in a tweet that his dad “is going to be O.K.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 7 – PITTSBURGH 3
… The Brewers got two-run doubles from Lorenzo Cain and Luis Urias in downing the Pirates. Adrian Houser (7-5) pitched two-hit ball over five innings.

N.Y. METS 2 – Atlanta 1… Brandon Drury smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Mets hung on to edge the Braves.

Cincinnati 8 – CHI. CUBS 2… Joey Votto homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Reds past the Cubs. Tyler Stephenson lined a two-run single. Tyler Mahle (8-3) pitched five-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

L.A. Dodgers 8 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Walker Buehler (11-1) limited the Giants to three hits over seven innings and reliever Mitch White completed the shutout. Wil Smith tripled home two runs during a four-run top of the fourth inning and Max Muncy lined a two-run double during a three-run seventh. Cody Bellinger homered for L.A.

Washington – PHILADELPHIA (ppd)… Last night’s Nationals-Phillies game in Philadelphia was postponed due to a Covid-19 issue within the Nationals organization. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 4 – BOSTON 1
(7 innings)… Robbie Ray (9-5) held the Red Sox to a run on five hits over six innings and Blue Jays took the opener of a doubleheader. Randal Grichuk homered with a runner aboard and George Springer added a solo shot.

BOSTON 4 – Toronto 1 (7 innings)… Four pitchers combined on a five-hitter and the Red Sox earned a split of the twinbill. Jarren Duran legged out a two-run triple for Boston.

DETROIT 17 – Minnesota 14… The slugged their way past the Twins in the wildest game of the season so far. They won despite hitting no home runs and giving up seven. Eric Haase and Jeimer Candelario knocked in three runs apiece. Derek Hill had three hits and two RBIs.

Houston 11 – SEATTLE 4… The Astros banged out 15 hits in their pounding of the Mariners. Yuli Gurriel had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs. Aledmys Diaz also had three RBIs. Kyle Tucker homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. Yankees 3 – TAMPA BAY 1 (10 innings)… Aaron Judge singled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and Greg Allen raced home on a wild pitch in the win over the Rays. DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the fifth.

KANSAS CITY 3 – Chi. White Sox 2 (10 innings)… The Royals came from two runs down in the seventh inning to outlast the White Sox. Michael A. Taylor singled home Hunter Dozier with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Salvador Perez tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth.

INTERLEAGUE
CLEVELAND 7 – St. Louis 2
… Franmil Reyes went 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homer as the Indians cruised past the Cardinals. Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly. Zack Plesac (6-3) allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings.

Oakland 10 – SAN DIEGO 4… Matt Chapman belted a three-run homer during a four-run top of the first inning and the Athletics never looked back in their throttling of the Padres. Elvis Andrus went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Sean Manaea (8-6) limited San Diego to one hit over six scoreless innings.

BALTIMORE 8 – Miami 7… The Orioles erased an early five-run deficit and rallied again late to top the Marlins. Ryan McKenna drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home Cedric Mullins with the winning run. Pedro Severino blasted a three-run homer and Trey Mancini added a solo shot.

Arizona 3 – TEXAS 2… Madison Bumgarner (5-6) surrendered just two runs on five hits over seven innings and the Diamondbacks scored a pair of late runs to squeak past the Rangers. Daulton Varsho led off the top of the eighth inning with a tie-breaking homer.

L.A. ANGELS 8 – Colorado 7… The Angels recovered to top the Rockies after blowing a 7-3 seventh-inning lead. Phil Gosselin singled home David Fletcher with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shohei Ohtani belted his 37th homer with two runners aboard. Justin Upton added a two-run shot.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 7-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-4)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 3-5) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 4-10) is at the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 4-3)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-5) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 7-3) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 6-7) hosts Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 1-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 10-5) are at Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 1-2)…
Kansas City (Carlos Hernandez, 1-1) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 8-4)…
Baltimore (Alexander Wells, 1-0) is at Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 7-5) hosts Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 9-5)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 8-8) is at the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 7-3)

INTERLEAGUE
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kin, 6-5) is at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3)…
San Diego (Blake Snell, 4-3) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 7-6)…
Miami (Jordon Holloway, 2-3) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-7) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-6)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 3-6) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 6-7)

MLB TRADES… Deals are in the works ahead of Major League Baseball’s 4 p.m. Eastern trade deadline on Friday. The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins for left-handed pitcher Jesús Luzardo. The Marlins also will cover the majority of the roughly $4.6 million left of Marte’s salary this season. The New York Yankees were reportedly close to acquiring slugger Joey Votto from the Texas Rangers.

OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS… U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel won his first individual gold medal of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in the men’s 100-meter freestyle… Robert Finke mounted a furious comeback to win gold in the first-ever Olympic men’s 800-meter freestyle… U.S. women’s swimmers Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger took home silver and bronze, respectively, in the women’s 200-meter butterfly.

The Rundown for July 27, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,531,694 and the nation’s death toll stands at 610,947, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Government workers in California and New York City will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly tests for the virus. California Governor Gavin Newsom said the new rule will take effect in August, and extends to those in the medical profession. Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City’s rule applies to all municipal workers, including in the Department of Education, NYPD and the FDNY. The mandate is expected to begin September 13… A joint statement issued yesterday by a coalition of nearly 60 medical groups urged that all U.S. health care workers should be required to get vaccinated. The American Medical Association and the American Nursing Association were among groups declaring that all medical workers have an ethical commitment to put their patients first.

COMBAT MISSION IN IRAQ ENDING… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the more than 20-year-old U.S. combat mission in Iraq will be over by the end of this year. Appearing at the White House alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Biden said the U.S. focus in Iraq will shift to an advisory role. Prior to the announcement, Biden and al-Kahdhimi discussed the continued presence of U.S. troops in the country. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein recently for talks centered on “a whole host of issues on the bilateral agenda.”

BARRACK PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Former Trump inaugural committee chairman Tom Barrack pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal charges that he illegally lobbied the White House on behalf of the United Arab Emirates while Trump was president. The 74-year-old Barack, a private equity billionaire, is accused with two others in a seven-count indictment of “acting and conspiring to act as agents of the UAE” in an attempt to influence the policy positions of the Trump administration. Barrack is also facing charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements. Barrack was released from jail last Friday after posting a $250 million bond, which was secured by $5 million in cash, some $21 million in securities, and Barrack’s California home.

FINAL MISSING PERSON RECOVERED FROM COLLAPSE SITE… Search crews have recovered and identified the final missing person in the condominium building collapse in Surfside, Florida. The identification of a 54-year-old woman raises the total death toll to 98 victims. The site of the June 24 collapse had been mostly cleared and the debris has been relocated as of late last week, Miami Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.

SHERIFF, 4 OTHERS KILLED IN STANDOFF… Authorities in Kern County, California, said yesterday that five people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed amid a multi-hour standoff with a gunman who had barricaded himself in a residence with family members. The standoff began Sunday afternoon in Wasco when a 41-year-old man climbed atop the roof of the house and exchanged fire with police using an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun. The suspect was killed by SWAT team members five hours after the standoff began. Inside the residence, police found the bodies of the suspect’s 24- and 17-year-old sons and their 42-year-old mother.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPEARS ATTORNEY PETITIONS FOR NEW CONSERVATOR
… The new attorney representing Britney Spears has petitioned a California court to remove her father as her conservator and replace him with a professional fiduciary. Former prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, was hired to represent Spears after a ruling earlier this month, yesterday asked the Los Angeles County Superior Court to have James “Jamie” Spears replaced by Jason Rubin as conservator of the pop star’s $60 million estate. In his filing, Rosengart wrote that the 39-year-old Spears has “an objectively intelligent preference to nominate a highly qualified, professional fiduciary in this circumstance.” During the July 14 hearing, Spears said she was “extremely scared” of her father, who has overseen her fortune since 2008. She added that the conservatorship “has allowed my dad to ruin my life.”

LAVAR BURTON HOSTS ‘JEOPARDY!’… Longtime “Jeopardy!” fan LaVar Burton began his week-long stint as guest host of the show last night. Burton, who hosted the PBS program “Reading Room,” is also known for his acting roles in “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He joins a number of other guest hosts who have filled in for Alex Trebek, who died of pancreatic cancer in November after hosting the show for 40 years.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 2 – N.Y. METS 0
(7 innings)… Kyle Muller (2-3) pitched four-hit ball over five innings and the Braves blanked the Mets in the doubleheader opener. Joc Pederson doubled home a run in the top of the third inning for Atlanta.

N.Y. METS 1 – Atlanta 0 (7 innings)… Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter and the Mets clipped the Braves to earn a split of the twinbill. Jeff McNeil doubled home the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Washington 5… Andrew McCutchen’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Phillies a walkoff win over the Nationals. Rhys Hoskins put Philadelphia on the board with a three-run homer in the sixth.

CHI. CUBS 6 – Cincinnati 5… Javier Baez singled home Patrick Wisdom with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Wilson Contreras tied the game with an eighth-inning homer.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BOSTON 5 – Toronto 4
… Alex Verdugo singled home a run and smacked a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Red Sox past the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers homered for Boston.

KANSAS CITY 4 – Chi. White Sox 3… Jorge Soler hit a pair of solo homers and the Royals got another from Andrew Benintendi in their win over the White Sox. Mike Minor (8-8) limited Chicago to two runs on three hits over six innings.

MINNESOTA 6 – Detroit 5 (10 innings)… The Twins recovered to outlast the Tigers after blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead. Max Kepler singled home Kenta Maeda with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Josh Donaldson homered with a runner aboard.

SEATTLE 11 – Houston 8… The Mariners erased a 7-0 fourth-inning deficit on their way past the Astros. They took the lead on Dylan Moore’s grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kyle Seager slugged a three-run blast. Cal Raleigh lined a bases-clearing double.

INTERLEAGUE
L.A. ANGELS 6 – Colorado 2
… Angels starter Shohei Ohtani (5-1) held the Rockies to a run on five hits over seven innings and helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring single. Jack Mayfield homered with a runner aboard.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 5-8)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-2) hosts Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-7)…
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 9-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (TBA)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-10) host Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 4-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 12-3) are at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 4-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-5) are at Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 4-3)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 6-5) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 8-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-6) are at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 7-9)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-4) hosts Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 1-1)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 7-2) is at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 9-4)

INTERLEAGUE
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 5-9) is at Baltimore (Spenser Watkins, 2-0)…
Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 2-2) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 7-6)…
Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-0) is at Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-7)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 7-5) host Colorado (Austin Gomber, 7-5)…
Oakland (James Kaprielian, 5-3) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 6-6)

OLYMPICS DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS… American swimmer Caeleb Dressel led the men’s team to a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay… Katie Ledecky captured silver in the 400-meter freestyle… The U.S. softball team defeated Japan 3-1 to finish the group stage with a perfect 5-0 record.

The Rundown for July 26, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,443,527 and the nation’s death toll stands at 610,891, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. has averaged about 43,700 new cases per day over the past week, which was up 65 percent over the previous seven days and nearly three times as high as the level two weeks ago. Highest daily averages were recorded in Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Nevada… White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci says the U.S. is headed in the “wrong direction” on the pandemic, leaving him feeling “very frustrated.” During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci warned of the threat particularly to unvaccinated people as inoculation rates have slowed amid the spread of the contagious Delta variant.

KINZINGER JOINS HOUSE JAN. 6 PANEL… Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s appointment to the Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He joins Wyoming Congesswoman Liz Cheney as the only Republicans on the panel. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled Republicans off the committee last week after Pelosi vetoed his selections of Congressmen Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, due to their response to the attack.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER BOB MOSES DIES… Civil rights leader Bob Moses, who achieved notoriety while organizing voting rights campaigns in Mississippi in the 1960s, died at his nome in Hollywood, Florida, yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 86. In 1964, Moses became the principal organizer of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, which recruited college students to join with Black Mississippians to register Black voters and promote civil rights. Three activists on the campaign were killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan and local police weeks into the effort. In 1991, Moses founded the Algebra Project, a program that uses mathematics as an organizing tool to provide quality education to middle and high school students who previously performed in the lowest quartile on standardized exams.

WESTERN WILDFIRES… Wildfires in the West gained strength over the weekend as crews battled to get the upper hand. California’s largest wildfire, the two-week-old Dixie Fire, merged with the smaller Fly Fire on Saturday and tore through the Northern California community of Indian Falls. Firefighters say they managed to gain ground against the nation’s largest wildfire, the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, which was listed at 46-percent containment. The lightning-caused fire has burned 67 homes and left at least 2,000 others under evacuation orders.

POSSIBLE TORNADO LEAVES MICHIGANDERS IN THE DARK… More than 125,000 homes in Michigan were without power yesterday after a possible tornado touched down near Detroit on Saturday night. Substantial damage was reported in Macomb County. Winds as high as 88 mph were reported by meteorologists.

ENTERTAINMENT
POP SMOKE TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Pop Smoke’s second posthumous album, “Faith,” sold 88,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. John Mayer’s “Sob Rock” opened in second place with 84,000 units sold. Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” slipped to third place on sales of 77,000 copies. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” dropped to No. 4 with 59,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” finished fifth after selling 44,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Old” took in $16.5 million to top the weekend box office. Another newcomer, “Snake Eyes,” debuted in second place with $13.3 million. “Black Widow” fell one spot to third place after bringing in $11.6 million. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” made $9.5 million to finish fourth. “F9: The Fast Saga” capped the top five with $4.7 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 2 – Atlanta 1
… Aaron Nola (7-6) took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Phillies turned away the Braves. Jean Segura and Ronald Torreyes homered for Philadelphia.

St. Louis 10 – CINCINNATI 6… Harrison Bader wet 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the Cardinals’ win over the Reds. Tyler O’Neill homered with a runner aboard. Drew Carlson and Nolan Arenado also went deep.

MIAMI 9 – San Diego 3…Magneuris Sierra doubled home a tie-breaking run and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning and Lewis Brinson belted a three-run homer to cap a five-run sixth. Deven Marrero and Brian Anderson smacked solo homers for the Marlins.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Arizona 1… Trevor Williams (4-2) pitched five-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Cubs breezed past the Diamondbacks. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered during a three-run bottom of the first inning. David Bote added a two-run shot in the fourth.

SAN FRANCISCO 6 – Pittsburgh 1… Alex Wood (9-3) limited the Pirates to a run on five hits over 5-1/3 innings and the Giants handled the Pirates. LaMonte Wade hit two solo homers. Wilmer Flores and Thairo Estrada also went deep.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Colorado 2… Chris Taylor hit two solo homers and Will Smith added a third in the bottom of the eighth inning to power the Dodgers past the Rockies. Five L.A. pitchers combined on a six-hitter.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
CLEVELAND 3 – Tampa Bay 2
… Bobby Bradley’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning scored with the go-ahead run and the Indians made it stand in edging the Rays. Cesar Hernandez homered for Cleveland.

BOSTON 5 – N.Y. Yankees 4… The Red Sox rallied to score all five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and stun the Yankees. Xander Bogaerts lifted a sacrifice fly to score Kiké Hernandez with the tie-breaking run after Hernandez doubled home a run.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Detroit 1… First-inning homers by Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler staked the Royals to a 4-0 first-inning lead and they coasted past the Tigers. Soler added a third-inning homer. Daniel Lynch (1-2) pitched five-hit ball over eight scoreless innings.

HOUSTON 3 – Texas 1… Zack Greinke (10-3) allowed just a run on five hits over six innings and the Astros clipped the Rangers. Abraham Toro connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning.

L.A. Angels 6 – MINNESOTA 2… Jaime Barria (1-0) held the Twins to two runs on four hits over seven innings. Shohei Ohtani belted his 35th homer. Max Stassi also went deep.

SEATTLE 4 – Oakland 3… Kyle Seager’s two-run single sparked a four-run bottom of the third inning that carried the Mariners past the Athletics. Marco Gonzales (3-5) allowed two runs on five hits over 5-2/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE
BALTIMORE 5 – Washington 4
… The Orioles scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Nationals. Pat Valaika’s sacrifice fly scored Maikel Franco with the tie-breaking run. Franco, Trey Mancini and Ryan McKenna hit solo homers for Baltimore.

N.Y. METS 5 – Toronto 4… Pete Alonso homered with a runner aboard and Jeff McNeil doubled home two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Mets held off the Blue Jays. Jonathan Villar had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

Chi. White Sox 3 – MILWAUKEE 1… Starting pitcher Lance Lynn lined a two-run single as the White Sox scored all three runs in the top of the second inning and cruised past the Brewers. On the mound, Lynn (10-3) gave up a run on six hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Kyle Muller, 1-3; Bryse Wilson, 2-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 7-8; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Philadelphia (Spencer Howard, 0-2) hosts Washington (Joe Ross, 5-8)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 8-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 12-4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto (Thomas Hatch, 0-0) is at Boston (Nick Pivetta, 8-4)…
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 7-8) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 7-3)…
Detroit (Matt Manning, 2-3) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 4-5)…
Seattle (Darren McCaughan, 0-0) hosts Houston (Luis Garcia 7-5)

INTERLEAGUE
Colorado (German Marquez, 8-7) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 4-1)

OLYMPICS DAY 2… The U.S. bounced back to win 10 medals yesterday on Day 2. of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Swimmers Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland won gold and silver, respectively, in the men’s 400-meter individual medley. Kieran Smith took bronze in the men’s 400 freestyle. Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger won silver and bronze, respectively, in the women’s 400-meter individual medley. Will Shaner won gold in the men’s 10-meter air rifle event. His schoolmate at the University of Kentucky Wildcat Lee Kiefer took gold in women’s foil while Anastasija Zolotic captured the U.S. first-ever gold in women’s taekwondo. The U.S. finished second to Russia in women’s gymnastics team qualifying. The U.S. men’s basketball team fell to France 83-76 in its opening matchup.

The Rundown for July 23, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,281,864 and the nation’s death toll stands at 610,177, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients warned yesterday that the spread of the Delta variant is overloading hospitals in areas of high infections. Zients said counties with the highest case rates have significantly lower vaccination rates than other areas. Florida, Texas and Missouri accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide last week, he noted.

U.S. SANCTIONS CUBANS OVER HUMAN RIGHTS… The Treasury Department yesterday announced new sanctions on Cuban officials accused of “serious human rights abuse and corruption” amid ongoing protests calling for economic reform and COVID-19 relief. The sanctions target Cuba’s Interior Ministry and Alvaro Lopez Miera, head of Cuba’s Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. The anti-government protests, stemming from an economic crisis and the pandemic, are the largest seen in decades in the island nation.

NEW DOCUMENTS SHED LIGHT ON KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION… The FBI is being accused of failing to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh following his nomination to the court in 2018. Seven Democratic senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Chris Coons of Connecticut, said a letter they received from the FBI last month shows the agency gathered more than 4,500 tips relating to Kavanaugh without any apparent further action by investigators. An FBI spokeswoman acknowledged that the department conducted only 10 additional interviews in its supplemental investigation. She said “relevant tips” from phone calls and messages were forwarded to the White House counsel’s office. It’s unclear what became of the tips after that.

HOUSE PASSES AFGHAN VISA MEASURE… The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed legislation that allows an extra 8,000 special immigration visas for Afghans who helped the U.S. and are at risk of retaliation as U.S. troops complete their pullout from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. The bipartisan bill passed by a 407-to-16 vote. Colorado Congressman Jason Crow, who led the group that sponsored the bill, said the additional visas would cover all potentially eligible applicants in the pipeline. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged last month that there were about 18,000 possible applicants. The Special Immigrant Visa program is available to Afghans who worked with the U.S. government or U.S. military. The U.S. has granted 26,500 such visas since December 2014.

COMPUTER OUTAGES… A computer network outage temporarily took down a number of websites belonging to a variety of major companies yesterday. Delta Air Lines and Amazon were among the victims. Akamai Technologies, a cloud service and web security company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, fixed the problem by and is investigating the cause.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROLLING STONES TO RESUME TOUR
… The Rolling Stones have released rescheduled dates for the U.S. leg of its No Filter tour. U.S. dates were originally to begin in May 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will now kick off September 26 in St. Louis and end November 20 in Austin, Texas. The band has also added three new dates, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Los Angeles on October 17 and Las Vegas on November 6. previously scheduled dates for Vancouver, Louisville, Cleveland and Buffalo could not be rescheduled.

SPRINGSTEEN, OBAMA PUBLISHING BOOK… Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama have unveiled plans to publish a book based on their podcast conversations. “Renegades: Born in the USA” is scheduled for release on October 26. The 320-page book features handwritten Springsteen lyrics, annotated Obama speeches, and other archival material. The book is being published globally by Penguin Random House in partnership with Higher Ground.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 7 – PHILADELPHIA 2
… Dansby Swanson unloaded a grand slam in the top of the third inning and the Braves coasted past the Phillies. Orlando Arcia also went deep. Charlie Morton (9-3) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

San Diego 3 – MIAMI 2… Blake Snell (4-3) gave up just a run on three hits over six innings and the Padres edged the Marlins. Jurickson Profar had a couple of hits and drove in two runs.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Chi. Cubs 2… Dylan Carlson homered to lead off the bottom of the fist inning, Nolan Arenado added a two-run shot in the third and the Cardinals held off the Cubs. Kwang Hyun Kim (5-4) surrendered two runs on two hits over six innings.

San Francisco 5 – L.A. DODGERS 3… The Giants scored four runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to upend the Dodgers. Darin Ruf drew a bases-loaded walk from L.A. closer to force home the tying run. LaMonte Wade followed with a two-run single.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
DETROIT 7 – Texas 5
… Eric Haase gave the Tigers an early lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fist inning and they hung on to top the Rangers. Victor Reyes homered and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Tampa Bay 5 – CLEVELAND 4 (10 innings)… They Rays overcame a pair of three-run deficits to outlast the Indians. Austin Meadows singled home Randy Arozarena with the tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning. Yandy Diaz homered and Brandon Lowe doubled home a run in the ninth.

BOSTON 5 – N.Y. Yankees 4 (10 innings)… Rafael Devers raced home on a wild pitch and Hunter Renfroe lifted a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Red Sox a come-from-behind win over the Yankees. Kiké Hernandez’s two-run double in the ninth forced the extra inning.

L.A. Angels 3 – MINNESOTA 2… Jack Mayfield’s three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning provided all the offense the Angels needed. Andrew Heaney (6-7) limited the Twins to two runs on four hits over seven innings.

Oakland 4 – SEATTLE 1… Sean Manaea (7-6) held the Mariners to a run on three hits and struck out 13 in a dominating seven-inning performance on the mound. Ramon Laureano stroked a pair of run-scoring singles for the Athletics.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 5-6)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 7-5) hosts Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-5)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 5-7) is at Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-1)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0) host Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 3-6)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 10-4) are at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 7-5)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 6-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 7-3) are at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 5-5)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 2-4) hosts Detroit (Wily Peralta, 3-1)…
Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-7) is at Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-5)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-5) hosts Oakland (Frankie Montas, 8-8)

INTERLEAGUE
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-8) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 0-0) host Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 9-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 8-6) are at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 7-3)

The Rundown for July 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,226,820 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,862, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 yesterday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6. Health officials blame the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. Just 56.2 percent of Americans have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

REPUBLICANS OFF JAN. 6 ATTACK INVESTIGATION… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recommendations for the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, prompting McCarthy to pull all of his Republican nominees. The two rejected recommendations, Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana and Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, both voted to overturn the election results. Pelosi said their appointments could impact “the integrity of the investigation.”

SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a procedural vote that would have advanced the nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, claiming negotiators are still ironing out the details. GOP leaders had warned that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s effort to open debate on the measure was too soon. 49 Republicans voted against the bill but it has the support of others.

POLICY KEEPS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHITE HOUSE SEPARATE… A new Justice Department policy was enacted to ensure to emphasize that it operates independently from the White House. According to a memo released yesterday, the police creates stricter guidelines to keep the White House from being apprised of the DOJ’s criminal investigations or civil legal actions, with only a few exceptions. The guidelines cover any communication between the White House and Justice Department, outlining which officials in the White House are to communicate with each other for instances including requests for formal legal opinions, Supreme Court appeals, legislation, budgets, political appointments and pardons.

JUDGES SIDE AGINST RESTRICTIVE TRANS LAWS… Federal judges yesterday blocked two recently passed laws restricting trans teens’ access to healthcare and sports. Arkansas’ HB 1570 would have banned transition care for trans minors, prohibited doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, and stopped doctors referring young people to other providers for the treatment. Another federal court temporarily blocked West Virginia’s HB 3293, which would ban all transgender athletes in middle school, high school and college from women’s sports across the state.

ENTERTAINMENT
MICHAELA COEL JOINS ‘WAKANDA’
… Michaela Coel has joined the cast of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The sequel to the 2018 hit Marvel superhero movie began production last month in Atlanta. The film is set to be released July 8, 2022. Coel wrote, produced, directed, and starred in last year’s HBO Max series “I May Destroy You.”

KENNEDY CENTER AWARDS NOMINEES NAMED… Entertainer Bette Midler, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, Motown titan Berry Gordy and “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels were named 44th Kennedy Center Honor recipients yesterday. Also slated to be recognized for their career achievements are opera great Justino Diaz. The honorees will be the focus of a celebration in December that will be filmed and will air as a 2-hour special on CBS and Paramount+.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 3 – ATLANTA 2
(7 innings)… Chris Paddack (6-6) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Padres edged the Braves in the doubleheader opener. Fernando Tatis, Jr., homered with a runner aboard in the top of the fifth inning.

San Diego – ATLANTA (susp.)… Rain in Atlanta forced suspension of the second game of a doubleheader between the Padres and Braves. The game will resume on an undetermined date with San Diego holding a 5-4 lead after five innings.

N.Y. Mets 7 – CINCINNATI 0… Marcus Stroman (7-8) limited the Reds to one hit over eight innings and reliever Jeurys Familia completed the shutout. Domonic Smith unloaded a grand slam. Jonathan Villa and Luis Guillorme also went deep.

ARIZONA 6 – Pittsburgh 4… Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho smacked back-to-back solo homers in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a tie and the Diamondbacks held off the Pirates. Nick Ahmed went 3-for-4 with an RBI double.

Miami 3 – WASHINGTON 1 (10 innings)… Jorge Alfaro doubled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and Miguel Rojas followed with a sacrifice fly as the Marlins outlasted the Nationals.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Chi. Cubs 2 (10 innings)… Yadier Molina singled home Paul Goldschmidt with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Harrison Bader doubled home a run and scored on Dylan Carlson’s double in the seventh.

San Francisco 4 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer and Curt Casali drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth inning to rally the Giants past the Dodgers. Mike Yastrzemski homered in the first for San Francisco, which increased its lead over L.A. to two games atop the NL West.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 5 – Baltimore 4
… Austin Meadows’ connected for a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Rays past the Orioles. Randy Arozarena hit a pair of solo homers.

Boston 7 – TORONTO 4… Kiké Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Red Sox got solo shots from Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez and Hunter Renfroe in the win over the Blue Jays.

DETROIT 4 – Texas 2… Tigers starter Matt Manning (2-3) held the Rangers to one earned run on four hits over six innings. Zack Short hit a two-run homer. Robbie Grossman and Akil Baddoo added solo blasts.

Cleveland 5 – HOUSTON 4… Cesar Hernandez hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the seventh inning and the Indians hung on to top the Astros. Hernandez opened the scoring with an RBI double in the third. Ernie Clement doubled home two runs in the sixth.

Minnesota 7 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Josh Donaldson’s two-run single in the top of the fifth inning broke a tie and Jorge Polanco belted a three-run homer in the sixth as the Twins put away the White Sox. Max Kepler opened the scoring with a third-inning homer.

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City 6 – MILWAUKEE 3
… Hunter Dozier produced a pair of run-scoring singles and Nicky Lopez lined a two-run double as the Royals doubled up on the Brewers. Jorge Soler homered with the bases empty.

COLORADO 6 – Seattle 3… Dom Nunez stroked a bases-clearing double during a five-run bottom of the first inning and the Rockies cruised past the Mariners. Austin Gomber (7-5) allowed three runs on three hits over six innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 5… Ryan LaMarre singled home Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Yankees over the Phillies. Rouged Odor homered with a runner aboard and Gleyber Torres added a solo shot for New York.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 6-3) is at Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1)…
Miami (TBA) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 3-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-9) are at St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 5-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 10-1) host San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 10-4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 2-9) is at Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 1-1)…
Boston (Tanner Houck, 0-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-5)…
Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 1-2) is at Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 2-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 5-7)…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-6) is at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 9-3)

The Rundown for July 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,172,290 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,508, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said yesterday that the Delta variant is now responsible for 83 percent of new cases. The CDC warns that America remains highly vulnerable because only about half of the nation is vaccinated.

TRUMP ALLY ARRESTED… The chairman of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund has been arrested on federal charges for illegally lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. 74-year-old billionaire real-estate investor Thomas Barrack is accused with two others of “acting and conspiring to act as agents of the UAE in an attempt to influence the policy positions of the Trump administration,” according to the Justice Department. Barrack, a longtime Trump ally, was also charged with obstructing justice and making false statements.

SENATE PANEL TO PROVE CRYTOCURRENCY ROLE IN CYBERCRIMES… Michigan Democratic Senator Gary Peters, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is launching an investigation into the role cryptocurrencies play in encouraging cybercrime. Peters noted in a statement that ransomware attacks increased 150 percent from the previous year in 2020, with more than $412 million in cryptocurrencies paid to cybercriminals. Peters said the investigation will examine the rise in ransomware attacks, how cryptocurrency emboldens cybercriminals and what steps lawmakers and federal regulators can take to disrupt hackers from committing crimes to obtain cryptocurrencies. It will also examine current oversight and regulations into virtual currencies and how to ensure that Americans can safely access and benefit from cryptocurrencies.

DEA AGENT ARRESTED FOR CAPITOL ATTACK ROLE… An off-duty special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency was arrested yesterday on multiple charges related to his participation in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, California, allegedly carried his government-issued firearm during the insurrection and repeatedly flashed his DEA badge. Court documents said Ibrahim entered restricted grounds outside the Capitol shortly after they’d been breached by the mob and sent photos of himself there to a group chat on WhatsApp that included at least five other law enforcement officers.

WESTERN WILDFIRES… The National Interagency Fire Center said yesterday that fires are burning across 13 states and have charred 1.29 million acres of land. South-central Idaho, Northern California, the northern Rockies and south-central Oregon are among the hardest-hit places. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon grew by more than 20,000 acres overnight into yesterday and is nearing the 400,000-acre mark, the U.S Forest Service said. The fire is only 30-percent contained and is already large enough to create its own weather.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘THE GOOD FIGHT’ GETS 6TH SEASON
… Paramount+ announced yesterday that it has renewed “The Good Fight” for a sixth season. Christine Baranski stars in the spinoff and sequel to CBS’ “The Good Wife.” Season 5 closed with Baranski’s Diane Lockhart questioning her role as partner at the Black law firm she runs with star Audra McDonald’s Liz Lawrence. Co-stars include Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi, Zach Grenier, Charmaine Bingwa and Mandy Patinkin.

WEINSTEIN EXTRADITED… Disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been extradited to California to face 11 charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles County involving five women. Weinstein has been serving a 23-year prison sentence at a maximum-security prison near Buffalo since his conviction last year on first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape charges. In Los Angeles, Weinstein faces four counts of forcible rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force.

SPORTS
BUCKS CAPTURE NBA TITLE
… The Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the second half to down the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and claim the franchise’s second-ever league title, and first in 50 years. They made it four straight wins after dropping the first two games on the road. Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 50 points and brought down 14 rebounds on his way to being named the Finals MVP. Khris Middleton continued his clutch shooting and finished with 17 points. Jrue Holiday had 12 points and 11 assists.

MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 6 – Miami 3
… Trea Turner singled home a tie-breaking run during a three-run bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Nationals the lead for good in their win over the Marlins. Josh Bell homered to lead off the eighth.

CINCINNATI 4 – N.Y. Mets 3… The Reds got solo homers from Jonathan India, Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino before holding off the Mets. Wade Miley (8-4) allowed two runs on seven hits over 6-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned.

ATLANTA 2 – San Diego 1… Freddie Freeman’s solo homer broke a tie in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Braves hung on to edge the Padres. Touki Toussaint (1-0) came off the disabled list and limited San Diego to a run on three hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Chi Cubs 7 – ST. LOUIS 6… The Cubs erupted to score six runs in the top of the ninth inning and upend the Cardinals. Javier Baez singled home two runs and Ian Happ doubled in two more to cap the uprising.

ARIZONA 11 – Pittsburgh 6… The Diamondbacks erased a 5-1 fifth-inning deficit on their way past the Pirates. Josh VanMeter tripled home a run and doubled home two more during an eight-run bottom of the seventh inning. Nick Ahmed and Josh Reddick drove in two runs apiece.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – San Francisco 6… Will Smith cracked a three-run a pinch-hit, walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Dodgers over the Giants after they trailed 6-1. Chris Taylor homered twice and drove in thee runs for L.A., which pulled within one game of San Francisco atop the NL West standings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
OAKLAND 6 – L.A. Angels 0
… James Kaprielian (5-3) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the blanking of the Angels. Matt Olson smacked his 25th homer and singled home a run.

TAMPA BAY 9 – Baltimore 3… Francisco Mejia homered with a runner aboard and legged out a bases-clearing triple in leading the Rays past the Orioles. Randy Arozarena also went deep. Shane McClanahan (4-3) surrendered a run on four hits over five innings.

DETROIT 4 – Texas 1… Tigers starter Tarik Skubal (6-8) held the Rangers to a run on four hits over six innings. Eric Haase hit a game-tying leadoff homer and Jonathan Schoop singled home a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Robbie Grossman homered in the first.

HOUSTON 9 – Cleveland 3… The Astros used a six-run bottom of the fifth inning to put away the Indians. Kyle Tucker blasted a two-run homer between two-run singles by Yordan Alvarez and Michael Brantley. Luis Garcia (7-5) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Minnesota 5… Jose Abreu’s three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the White Sox past the Twins. Abreu also opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the first. Yoan Moncada homered with a runner aboard.

Boston – TORONTO (ppd)… Rain in Buffalo forced postponement of last night’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game. It has been rescheduled for August 7.

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City 5 – MILWAUKEE 2
… Ryan O’Hearn connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning as the Royals got past the Brewers. Jorge Soler also went deep. Mike Minor (7-8) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. One of the runs was unearned.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 4… Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Estevan Florial all hit solo homers as the Yankees powered their way past the Phillies.

Seattle 6 – COLORADO 4… Dylan Moore homered with a runner aboard for the Marines. Cal Raleigh and Ty France lined two-run doubles. Marco Gonzales (2-5) gave up two runs on six hits over five innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 5-6; Reiss Knehr, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Kyle Muller, 1-2; Charlie Morton, 8-3) for a doubleheader…
Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 3-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-8)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-6)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-7) hosts Miami (Sandy Alcantara 5-9)…
the Chi Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 12-4) are at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 7-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 12-3) host San Francisco (Logan Webb, 4-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-5) is at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2)…
Toronto (Robbie Ray, 8-4) hosts Boston (Tanner Houck, 0-2) in Buffalo…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-6) is at Detroit (Matt Manning, 1-3)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 7-2) hosts Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 1-3)…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-5) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-5)

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-9) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4)…
Colorado (Austin Gomber, 6-5) hosts Seattle (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)

The Rundown for July 20, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,132,071 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,231, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Canada has announced plans to ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated, discretionary travelers from the U.S. on August 9 before loosening the Covid-19 measures for those from other countries on September 7. The Biden administration has yet to announce when it plans to roll back restrictions on the U.S. side of the shared border… The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all students, teachers and staff older than age 2 should wear masks in schools regardless of vaccination status, the recommended Monday. In newly updated guidance for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. The organization also said it is “strongly encouraging” COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone eligible.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BACKS OFF JOURNALISTS… New Justice Department policy announced yesterday by Attorney General Merrick Garland formally prohibits federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions. The new policy tries to weigh the media’s First Amendment rights against government’s desire to protect classified information. The policy allows federal prosecutors to seize journalists’ records if the reporters are suspected of working for agents of a foreign power or terrorist organizations. There is also an exception for situations with imminent risks, like kidnappings or crimes against children.

4 CHINESE NATIONALS INDICTED FOR CYBERATTACKS… A federal grand jury has indicted four Chinese nationals for their involvement in a widespread cyberattack campaign that attacked dozens of companies, colleges and government agencies from 2011 to 2018. The Justice Department indictments accuse the at-large suspects of targeting numerous industries with cyberattacks, including aerospace/aviation, biomedical, defense, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, research institutes and transportation. Prosecutors say the four men were acting on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.

CAPITOL INSURRECTIONIST SENTENCED… A 38-year-old Florida man who pleaded guilty to breaching the Senate chamber during the January 6 Capitol insurrection was sentenced yesterday to eight months in prison. Paul Hodgkins became the first Capitol rioter convicted of a felony to be sentenced following his guilty plea last month to obstructing congressional proceedings. The Justice Department had requested a 1.5-year sentence, saying it would deter future political violence and send a strong warning.

GOP MEMBERS NAMED TO JAN. 6 COMMITTEE… House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly selected the five House Republicans who will serve on a special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. McCarthy has settled on Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved to create the committee last month after Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed bill creating an independent commission. The committee has its first hearing scheduled for July 27.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT TOP MONEY MAKER
… Taylor Swift took in $23.8 million in 2020 to top Billboard’s 2020 Money Makers list during a year in which a pandemic shut down tours. Like other top-earning artists, Swift relied on streaming and physical sales for income. Post Malone was close behind in second place after making $23.2 million. Céline Dion was third with $17.5 million. The Eagles made $16.3 million to finish fourth. Billie Eilish was fifth with $14.7 million.

LADY GAGA, TONY BENNETT TO PERFORM… Lady Gaga confirmed yesterday that she and Tony Bennett will reunite “one last time” at a pair of shows next month at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The events on August 3 and 5 will honor Bennett on his 95th birthday. The legendary crooner has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 18 – Miami 1
… Juan Soto went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs as the Nationals destroyed the Marlins. Trea Turner tripled home a run and blasted a three-run homer. Josh Bell, Berrera and starting pitcher Jon Lester also went deep. On the mound, Lester (3-4) pitched six-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

N.Y. Mets 15 – CINCINNATI 11 (11 innings)… Jeff McNeill homered in the top of the first inning and singled home a run to spark a five-run top of the 11th inning that carried the Mets past the Reds. Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and James McCann hit two-run homers.

ST. LOUIS 8 – Chi Cubs 3… Dylan Carlson had a couple of hits, including a two-run homer, and knocked in four runs to lead the Cardinals past the Cubs. Paul Goldschmidt homered and singled home a run. Jake Woodford (2-1) allowed a run on six hits over 5-2/3 innings.

ARIZONA 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Pavin Smith and Josh VanMeter hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the second inning, Eduardo Escobar added a two-run shot in the fifth and the Diamondbacks held off the Pirates. Caleb Smith (3-6) gave up two runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

San Francisco 7 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Thairo Estrada doubled home two runs during a four-run top of the seventh inning and the Giants put away the Dodgers. Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores homered during a three-run first.

San Diego – ATLANTA (ppd)… Inclement weather in Atlanta forced postponement of last night’s Padres-Braves game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 3 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2
(8 innings)… Nelson Cruz homered in the top of the sixth inning and lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth as the Twins outlast the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader. Jorge Polanco had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Minnesota 3 (7 innings)… Gavin Sheets’ walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the White Sox a split of the twinbill. Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada also went deep for Chicago.

Boston 13 – TORONTO 4… The Red Sox opened with an eight-run top of the fist inning and never looked back in their thrashing of the Blue Jays. Hunter Renfroe unloaded a grand slam to highlight the uprising. Kiké Hernandez homered twice and knocked in three runs. Jarren Duran and Rafael Devers hit solo homers.

Baltimore 6 – TAMPA BAY 1… Spenser Watkins (2-0) held the Rays to a run on four hits over six innings and the Orioles cruised to the win. Pat Valaika lined a two-run single to spark a four-run top of the sixth inning.

DETROIT 14 – Texas 0… The Tigers pummeled the Rangers with a 19-hit attack. Akil Baddoo opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and singled home two more runs. Miguel Cabrera lined a bases-clearing double and added a two-run single. Five Detroit pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

HOUSTON 4 – Cleveland 3… Yordan Alvarez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Astros hung on to edge the Indians. Zack Greinke (9-3) surrendered two runs on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

OAKLAND 4 – L.A. Angels 1… Cole Irvin (7-8) scattered seven hits over seven shutout innings and the Athletics topped the Angels. Ramon Laureano’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie. Matt Olson added an eighth-inning homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-6) is at Washington (Paolo Espino, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 7-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (TBA)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) is at Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
St. Louis (TBA) hosts the Chi Cubs (Trevor Williams, 3-2)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 5-8) is at Arizona (TBA)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBA) host San Francisco (Alex Wood, 8-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 4-2) are at Oakland (James Kaprielian, 4-3)
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-1) hosts Boston (Garrett Richards, 5-5) in Buffalo…
Baltimore (John Means, 4-2) is at Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 3-3)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 5-8) hosts Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-6)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-3) is at Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 7-3) host Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-8) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) host Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 6-5)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-5) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 8-6)

NBA FINALS RESUMES TONIGHT… The Milwaukee Bucks will try to claim the franchise’s second NBA title, and first since 1971, when they host the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA finals holding a 3-2 lead. Game 7 would be Thursday in Phoenix.

The Rundown for July 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,078,832 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,018, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy shared his concern for what lies ahead in the coronavirus fight. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Murthy noted that the highly-contagious Delta variant has sparked an increasing number of cases in every state. Cases in the U.S. increased last week by 17,000 nationwide over a 14-day period for the first time since late fall. Meanwhile, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and warned Americans who are unvaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, that the virus will be the “most serious” they get in their lifetime. On Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said “this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” as nearly all people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 have not been inoculated.

SENATORS PRESS ON WITH INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said yesterday that senators have removed beefed-up IRS enforcement from proposed ways to pay for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The proposal had faced stiff opposition among GOP lawmakers. Portman said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that lawmakers are “still negotiating” several “final details with the White House” and that he and other lawmakers from both parties would be holding additional talks later in the day. Senate Democrats hope to complete the bill before their monthlong August recess.

FIRES SPREAD IN THE WEST… Dry conditions and heavy winds continue to fan wildfires in the West. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon grew to more than 476 square miles and prompted expanded evacuations in rural areas. The blaze, which was 22-percent contained, has burned at least 67 homes and 100 outbuildings while threatening thousands more. The Tamarack Fire in Northern California spread across more than 18,000 acres yesterday and spawned a terrifying-sounding pyrocumulus cloud. Thunderstorms were on the forecast, but they are unlikely to bring enough rain to help firefighting efforts.

28 PATIENTS RELEASED AFTER CHEMICAL EXPOSURE TREATMENT… Authorities in Spring, Texas, said 28 people were released yesterday after being exposed to toxic chemicals at a water park. First responders decontaminated 86 people following the exposure in a children’s pool area at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown on Saturday afternoon. Officials said 31 people were transported to local hospitals. Experts say it appears people were sickened by poorly-mixed hypochlorite solution and sulfuric acid, which are used to keep water clean at commercial facilities.

BEAR-SPRAY INCIDENT LEAVES DOZENS INJURED… Authorities in Florida are on lookout for the man who discharged bear spray in a Bath and Body Works store in Doral, Florida, on Saturday night. The incident left as many as 35 people injured, including the store’s manager, who was sprayed in the face. Police say the suspect also robbed the store of two bags of candles before getting in a yellow cab and fleeing.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
… “Space Jam: A New Legacy” took in $31.6 million to open atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Black Widow,” slipped to second place with $26.2 million. “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” brought in $8.8 million to open in third place. “F9: The Fast Saga” dropped to fourth place with $7.6 million. “The Boss Baby: Family Business” capped the top five with $4.7 million.

OLIVIA RODRIGO TOPS ALBUM CHART… Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” sold 83,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart for the fourth time. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” finished second for the third straight week with 61,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” rose into third place on sales of 44,000 copies. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” dropped to fourth place after selling 42,000 units. Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” finished fifth with 37,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 7 – PITTSBURGH 6
… The Mets powered their way past the Pirates after spotting them a six-run first-inning lead. Michael Conforto drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. Travis Blankenhorn came through with a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fourth.

San Diego 10 – WASHINGTON 4… The Padres pounded the Nationals in the continuation of a game suspended by gunfire outside Nationals Park on Saturday night. Fernando Tatis went 4-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles.

WASHINGTON 8 – San Diego 7… Alcides Escobar singled home Tres Barrera with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nationals a hard-fought win over the Padres. Escobar and Juan Soto hit solo homers in the eighth.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Miami 2 (10 innings)… J.T. Realmuto homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Phillies a walkoff win over the Marlins in the doubleheader opener. Andrew McCutchen lifted a sacrifice fly and Rhys Hoskins doubled home a run in the first.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Miami 4… The Phillies came from two runs down to get past the Marlins and complete a sweep of the twinbill. Andrew McCutchen homered and knocked in a second run. J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-5 with two RBI singles.

Milwaukee 8 – Cincinnati 0… Brewers starter Corbin Burnes (5-4) held the Reds to five hits and struck out 12 over 8-1/3 innings. Willy Adames hit a two-run homer. Christian Yelich added a solo shot. Tyrone Taylor and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits and two RBIs.

ST. LOUIS 2 – San Francisco 1… Harrison Bader’s single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jose Rondon with what proved to be the decisive run as the Cardinals clipped the Giants. Paul DeJong homered to lead off the third for St. Louis.

COLORADO 6 – L.A. Dodgers 5 (10 innings)… The Rockies came from behind twice in their final two at-bats to upend the Dodgers. Chris Owings’ run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning forced an extra inning. Trevor Story lifted a sacrifice fly and Charlie Blackman smacked a game-winning solo homer in the 10th.

ARIZONA 6 – Chi. Cubs 4… Eduardo Escobar’s two-run homer win the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Diamondbacks past the Cubs. Merrill Kelly (6-7) gave up four runs on six hits over eight innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TORONTO 5 – Texas 0
(7 innings)… Hyun Jin Ryu (9-5) tossed a complete-game three-hitter in shutting out the Rangers in the doubleheader opener. Danny Jansen homered with the bases empty for Toronto. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a couple of hits and drove in a run.

TORONTO 10 – Texas 0… The Blue Jays scored all 10 runs in their first two at-bats and never looked back in walloping the Rangers for back-to-back shutouts in the twinbill. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., unloaded a grand slam to highlight a six-run bottom of the first inning. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., George Springer and Randal Grichuk went deep in the second. Steven Matz (8-4) pitched three-hit ball over five innings.

DETROIT 7 – Minnesota 0… Wily Peralta (3-1) limited the Twins to four hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. Jonathan Schoop and Jeimer Candelario hit two-run homers for Detroit. Candelario also doubled home a run.

Baltimore 5 – KANSAS CITY 0… Matt Harvey pitched three-hit ball over six innings and got help from four relievers in the blanking of the Royals. Ramon Urias had a couple of hits, including a two-run single, for the Orioles.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Houston 0… Carlos Rodon allowed just one hit and fanned 10 over seven innings before two relievers preserved the shutout of the Astros. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson hit solo homers for Chicago.

Cleveland 4 – OAKLAND 2… Daniel Johnson connected for a tie-breaking solo homer with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and Bradley Zimmer singled home a run in the ninth as the Indians put away the Athletics. Zach Plesac (5-3) surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings.

Seattle 7 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Ty France went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in leading the Mariners past the Angels. Luis Torrens also went deep. Logan Gilbert (4-2) allowed two runs on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 9 – Boston 1… The Yankees got two-run homers from Rougned Odor and Ryan LaMarre in cruising past the Red Sox. Gleyber Torres also went deep. Jameson Taillon (5-4) held Boston to four hits over 5-1/3 scoreless innings.

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay 7 – ATLANTA 5
… The Rays came from behind twice on their way past the Braves. Yandy Diaz slugged a two-run homer. Wander Franco added a solo shot. Austin Meadows lifted two scoring fly balls.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (TBA) is at Washington (TBA)…
Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 4-3) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jerad Eickhoff, 0-1)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) is at Atlanta (TBA)…
St. Louis (Jake Woodford, 1-1) hosts the Chi Cubs (Alec Mills, 4-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 1-3) is at Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 1-0) host San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota (Griffin Jax, 1-1; Jose Berrios, 7-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 9-3; TBA) or a doubleheader…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 3-5) hosts Boston (Nick Pivetta 7-4) in Buffalo…
Baltimore (Spenser Watkins, 1-0) is at Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 6-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5) hosts Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-1)…
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-4) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 8-3)…
Oakland (Cole Irvin, 6-8) hosts the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 4-1)

COLLIN MORIKAWA WINS THE OPEN… Collin Morikawa closed The Open with 31 consecutive bogey-free holes at Royal St. George’s to become the first player to capture two different majors on the first attempt. He captured the PGA Championship just 11 months earlier. The 24-year-old Morikawa’s 15-under 265 was a 72-hole record in 15 Opens at Royal St. George’s. Jordan Spieth finished two strokes back. Jon Rahm and Louis Oooshthuizen finished in a third-place tie at 11-under.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT
LINDA RONSTADT HONORED ON 75TH BIRTHDAY
… 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.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD…
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.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
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)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
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)

INTERLEAGUE
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.