The Rundown for September 22, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,833,722 and the nation’s death toll stands at 199,818, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A public affairs aide at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has announced retirement plans after he was caught making derogatory comments he made towards the agency and its director, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Bill Crews, who served as an editor at the right-wing news site RedState, was accused of spreading disinformation about efforts to combat the coronavirus, referring to it as an anti-Trump conspiracy.

GINSBURG TO LIE IN STATE… Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday when her casket is placed in National Statuary Hall. She will lie in repose at the Supreme Court tomorrow and Thursday. Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 from pancreatic cancer.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIES ‘ANARCHIST JURISDICTIONS’… The Justice Department has identified New York City, Seattle and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” as part of a plan to cut off federal funding from the three cities. The move comes in response to protests against systemic racism and police brutality. Attorney General William Barr hasn’t said what federal funding is likely to be cut from the cities.

MUELLER WAS INTIMIDATED, ACCORDING TO MEMOIR… A forthcoming memoir by federal prosecutor Andrew Weissman claims President Trump successfully bullied ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller during the investigations into Trump’s collusion with Russia. Weissmann claims Mueller was intimidated away from subpoenaing the president or his son Donald Trump Jr. over the June 2016 Trump Tower “dirt” meeting with a Russian official. Mueller also allegedly decided not to pursue Trump’s financial dealings despite conclusive evidence that Trump has been laundering Russian mafia and intelligence money since the early 1980s. Weissmann also says Mueller also made the mistake of trusting his old friend, Attorney General William Barr, who publicly distorted Mueller’s 2019 findings to portray them falsely as “exonerating” Trump.

MANAFORT TIED TO DIRTY TRANSACTIONS… Documents leaked with other evidence of major banks turning an eye to dirty money transactions indicated President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort managed to shuttle tens of millions of dollars around the world for years despite his transactions being flagged as early as 2012. Manafort, who was convicted last year of fraud and tax evasion, allegedly processed more than $50 million in payments over a decade through JPMorgan. The Guardian reported that in 2017, the bank filed a report on wire transfers of more than $300 million involving shell companies in Cyprus that had done business with Manafort.

JUDGE ORDERS POSTAL SERVICE TO SPEED IT UP… A federal judge yesterday ruled that the U.S. Postal Service must give election mail first-class preference and make other changes to compensate for “managerial failures” that risk the security of mail-in voting. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in the Southern District of New York follows the move by a federal judge on Thursday to impose a temporary block on operational changes that caused a slowdown in mail delivery. The rulings stem from a lawsuit brought by attorneys general in 13 states.

DuVOS UNDER INVESTIGATION… The Office of the Special Counsel is investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act. The probe centers on DeVos’ comments about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a Fox News interview that was promoted through official channels. The OSC says at least 12 Trump senior officials have violated the Hatch Act but only a case involving former senior counselor Kellyanne Conway was sent to President Trump for action. He took none. The Hatch Act prohibits most political activity by federal employees.

HOUSE DEMS UNVEIL FUNDING BILL… House Democrats yesterday unveiled a stopgap bill to extend federal funding past the September 30 deadline and avoid a government shutdown weeks before the November 3 presidential election. Republicans immediately opposed the bill because it didn’t include a $30 billion commitment supported by President Trump and Republican lawmakers to refill a bailout for farmers through the Commodity Credit Corp. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell vowed GOP senators would fight the bill.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ AIRINGS
… “Schitt’s Creek” is riding the momentum generated by its nine Emmy wins on Sunday night. Netflix has announced that it will stream the sixth and final season of the series beginning October 7. The streaming service already carries the first five seasons. Additionally, Comedy Central has announced that it will air all six seasons beginning October 2. The sixth season ended in April.

PEACOCK ACQUIRES ‘MR. MERCEDES’… NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service has acquired the Stephen King crime drama series “Mr. Mercedes.” The first two seasons will start streaming on October 15. The Season 3 premiere will be announced later. The series aired on AT&T’s Audience Network before the station ceased operations. The story is based on King’s bestselling “Bill Hodges” trilogy of novels and stars Brendan Gleeson as a retired detective who is tormented by a serial killer, portrayed by Harry Treadaway.

SPORTS
NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL SCORE

Tampa Bay 3 – DALLAS 2
… They Lightning scored all three goals in the first period and hung on to edge the Stars and even the series at 1-1. Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov each had two assists. Game 3 is tomorrow.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
LAS VEGAS 34 – New Orleans 24
… The Raiders (2-0) celebrated their debut in Las Vegas by pulling away in the second half to top the Saints (1-1). Derek Carr passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Darren Waller had 12 receptions for 103 yards and a score.

MLB SCORES
L.A. ANGELS 8 – Texas 5
… Jared Walsh unloaded a grand slam to highlight a seven-run bottom of the fourth inning that carried the Angels past the Rangers. Max Stassi sparked the uprising with a two-run single.

WASHINGTON 5 – Philadelphia 1… Anibal Sanchez (3-5) limited the Phillies to a run on four hits over five innings. Asdrubal Cabrera and Brock Holt both had two hits and an RBI.

CLEVELAND 7 – Chi. White Sox 4… The Indians put away the White Sox after letting a 4-0 fifth-inning lead slip away. Carlos Santana blasted a tie-breaking two-run homer. Jose Ramirez also went deep.

CINCINNATI 6 – Milwaukee 3… Curt Casali homered to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and Mike Moustakas added a three-run shot as the Reds downed the Brewers. Eugenio Suarez homered with a runner aboard. Luis Castillo (4-5) allowed a run on four hits and struck out nine in 6-2/3 innings.

Chi. Cubs 5 – PITTSBURGH 0… Jon Lester (3-2) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers in the blanking of the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber stroked a two-run double.

TORONTO 11 – N.Y. Yankees 5… Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and the Blue Jays got solo homers from Randal Grichuk and Alejandro Kirk in their pounding of the Yankees. Kirk was 4-for-4 on the night.

ATLANTA 5 – Miami 4… The Braves eased past the Marlins after spotting them an early 3-0 lead. Riley stroked a two-run double to cap a four-run bottom of the first and Ronald Acuna’s second-inning double scored Dansby Swanson with the decisive run.

Tampa Bay 2 – N.Y. METS 1… Brandon Lowe scored on Manuel Margot’s sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning and homered in the fourth as the Rays held off the Mets and lowered their magic number for clinching the AL East to one. Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

KANSAS CITY 4 – St. Louis 1… Maikel Franco delivered a tie-breaking two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Royals got past the Cardinals. Six pitchers held St. Louis to six hits.

SEATTLE 6 – Houston 1… Marco Gonzales (7-2) scattered seven hits over eight scoreless innings and the Mariners cruised past the Astros. Evan White blasted a three-run homer.

Colorado 7 – SAN FRANCISCO 2… Elias Dias lined a two-run single, Kevin Pillar homered with the bases empty and the Rockies breezed past the Giants. German Marquez (3-6) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-3; TBD) is at Washington (Austin Voth, 0-5; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 8-1) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 1-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 6-3) are at Toronto (Tanner Roark, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 5-3) hosts Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 3-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jose Quintana, 0-0) are at Pittsburgh (Steen Brault, 1-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Seth Lugo, 2-3) host Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 4-1)…
Miami (Jose Ureña, 0-2) is at Atlanta (Bryse Wilson, 0-0)…
Boston (Nick Pivetta, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 1-1)…
Detroit (Tarik Skrubal, 1-3) is at Minnesota (TBD)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Austin Gomber, 0-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 1-3) are at San Diego (Zach Davies, 7-3)…
Seattle (Ijay Newsome, 0-1) hosts Houston (Framber Valdez, 4-3)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-5) is at Arizona (Caleb Smith, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-1) host Oakland (Frankie Montas, 3-4)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Drew Smyly, 0-0)

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

L.A. Lakers vs. Denver in Game 3 with the Lakers leading 2-0

The Rundown for September 7, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,275,386 and the nation’s death toll stands at 188,910, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A Reuters analysis has found that cases were rising in 22 of the 50 states heading into the Labor Day weekend. Most of the states are in the Midwest and South. The U.S. averages 44,000 new cases a day, which is twice the number recorded ahead of Memorial Day weekend in late May.

KAMALA HARRIS WARNS OF RUSSIA INTERFERENCE… Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris warned believes Russian election interference could pose a legitimate threat to Joe Biden’s attempt to defeat President Trump in November’s election. Harris, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee that found Russia interfered to help Trump in the 2016 election, issued the warning during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Last week, it was reported that the Department of Homeland Security withheld a report warning of a Russian scheme to target Biden with “allegations about poor mental health.”

DeJOY ACCUSED IN FUNDRAISING SCHEME… The Washington Post reported yesterday that five ex-employees of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former company claim they were pressured to make political donations and then were reimbursed with bigger bonuses. Such an arrangement is illegal under state and federal law. DeJoy “believes that he has always followed campaign fundraising laws and regulations” while CEO of New Breed Logistics in North Carolina, according to a spokesman. DeJoy was a national GOP fundraiser at the time.

JUDGE ORDERS CENSUS COUNTING TO CONTINUE… A federal judge yesterday ordered the Census Bureau to continue in-person counting for the 2020 Census a month ahead of schedule. U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California Lucy Koh issued a temporary restraining order barring the Census Bureau from shutting down operations until a September 17 hearing in a lawsuit challenging the practice. The Census Bureau has been trying to end its in-person counting by September 30 although its deadline isn’t until October 31.

WILDFIRE RESCUE… More than 200 people trapped at a popular reservoir in California have been rescued after being trapped by a wildfire that has consumed 45,000 acres in the Sierra National Forest. Authorities say about 20 people airlifted from Mammoth Pool Reservoir near Fresno were injured. The fast-moving Creek Fire started in steep and rugged terrain on Friday.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS TOP ALBUM CHART
… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 90,000 more copies to maintain the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 77,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” stayed at No. 3 with 64,000 copies sold. Metallica’s “S&M2” debuted in fourth place on sales of 53,000 units. Katy Perry’s “Smile” capped the top five with 50,000 copies sold.

BOX OFFICE WEEKEND… “Tenet” took in $20.2 million to blow away the weekend box office. “The New Mutants” slipped into a distant second place with $2.8 million. “Unhinged” finished in third place with $1.6 million. “The Personal History of David Copperfield” brought in $361,000 to finish fourth. “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run” finished fifth with $345,000.

SPORTS
MLB NEWS
… Baseball Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock, who spent 16 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, has died following a battle with blood cancer and diabetes. He was 81. Brock was the leadoff hitter for Cardinal teams that reached three World Series and won two during the 1960s. Brock stole 938 bases in his career, including 118 in 1974; both were major-league records that were later broken by Rickey Henderson. He was a lifetime .293 hitter who led the league in steals eight times, scored 100 or more runs seven times and finished with 3,023 hits.

MLB SCORES
BALTIMORE 5 – N.Y. Yankees 1
… Orioles starter Dean Kremer (1-0) limited the Yankees to one run on one hit over six innings. D.J. Stewart provided all the offense Baltimore needed with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

ATLANTA 10 – Washington 3… Freddie Freeman unloaded a grand slam for the Braves. Marcell Ozuna homered with the bases empty and stroked a bases-clearing double.

N.Y. METS 14 – Philadelphia 1… Pete Alonso homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Mets walloped the Phillies. Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Wilson Ramos also went deep. Jacob deGrom (3-1) breezed through seven innings, allowing just a run on three hits and striking out 12.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Miami 4 (10 innings)… The Rays came up with two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to upend the Marlins. Brandon Lowe’s sacrifice fly scored Brett Phillips with the winning run following Ji-Man Choi’s pinch-hit RBI double. Randy Arozarena smacked a first-inning homer.

CLEVELAND 4 – Milwaukee 1… Shane Bieber (7-0) limited the Brewers to a run on five hits over five innings and struck out 10 as the Indians cruised past the Brewers. Carlos Santana doubled home a run and singled in another.

PITTSBURGH 3 – Cincinnati 2… Erik Gonzalez lifted a sacrifice fly to score Cole Tucker with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a come-from-behind victory. Tucker’s infield single scored Josh Bell with the tying run.

Toronto 10 – BOSTON 8… The Blue Jays pounded out 15 hits in slugging their way past the Red Sox. Cavan Biggio capped a six-run top of the fifth inning with a two-run double. Caleb Joseph and Rowdy Tellez homered.

Chi. White Sox 8 – KANSAS CITY 2… Edwin Encarnacion belted a three-run homer and singled home a run as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Royals. Dallas Keuchel (6-2) pitched two-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

Detroit 10 – MINNESOTA 6… The Tigers overcame a 6-2 sixth-inning deficit to top the Twins. They took the lead for good in the top of the eighth inning when Grayson Greiner homered off left-fielder Eddie Rosario’s glove. Detroit also got homers from Sergio Alcantara and Will Castro.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Arizona 2… Donovan Solano connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning and the Giants held off the Diamondbacks. Chadwick Tromp and Brandon Belt also went deep for San Francisco.

L.A. ANGELS 9 – Houston 5… The Angels rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and put away the Astros. Justin Upton’s two-run single capped the uprising. Anthony Rendon homered with a runner aboard for L.A.

San Diego 5 – OAKLAND 3… Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 15th homer of the season came with a runner aboard in the top of the seventh inning and proved to be the difference in the Padres’ win over the Athletics. Eric Hosmer and Jake Cronenworth both had two hits and an RBI.

SEATTLE 4 – Texas 3… Kyle Seager blasted a two-run homer and Kyle Lewis added a solo shot as the Mariners edged the Rangers. Justin Dunn (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

St. Louis 7 – CHI. CUBS 3… Paul Goldschmidt blasted a three-run homer during a four-run top of the third inning that carried the Cardinals past the Cubs. Tommy Edman staked St. Louis to an early lead with a solo shot in the first.

Colorado 7 – L.A. DODGERS 6… Matt Kemp’s two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning powered the Rockies past the Dodgers. Kemp was aboard when Josh Fuentes homered in the second.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Jose Urena, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 3-1) host Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 0-0)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 4-2) hosts Texas (Kolby Allard, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 4-4)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 3-2) hosts Tampa Bay (Trevor Richards, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 3-1) is at Cleveland (Zac Plesac, 2-1)…
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 3-1) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Chad Green, 3-2)…
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 2-2)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-3) hosts Houston (Cristian Javier, 4-1)…
Colorado (Jose Mujica, 0-0) is at San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 2-1)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Milwaukee 118 – Miami 115 (OT)… The Bucks outlasted the Heat and avoided a series sweep despite losing Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second quarter with an ankle sprain. Kris Middleton stepped it up and scored a game-high 36 points. Game 5 is tomorrow. Antetokounmpo’s availability is uncertain.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
L.A. Lakers 117 – Houston 109
… The Lakers came on strong in the fourth quarter after blowing a 16-point halftime lead in the third and tied the series at a game apiece. Anthony Davis pumped in 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. LeBron James added 28 points, 11 boards and nine assists. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
Toronto vs. Boston in Game 5 with the series tied 2-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Edmonton)
Dallas 1 – Vegas 0… John Klingberg found the net 2:36 into the first period and the Stars hung on to clip the Golden Knights in the Western Conference finals opener. Goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped all 25 shots. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders in Game 1

The Rundown for September 3, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,113,160 and the nation’s death toll stands at 185,704, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified states to be ready to possibly distribute a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as late October. Critics say development has become politicized by President Trump and they fear he may push for the release of a vaccine that is not fully tested.

BUDGET TO REACH $3.3T… The Congressional Budget Office expects the federal budget deficit to reach $3.3 trillion for the fiscal year and for debt to surpass the economy in fiscal year 2021. In its budget outlook for 2020-2030, the CBO said the 2020 federal budget deficit is more than triple the shortfall recorded in 2019 and at 16 percent of the gross domestic product would be the largest since 1945. The economic disruption caused by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and the enactment of legislation in response is the greatest cause of the increase.

DHS WITHHELD WARNING… ABC News reported yesterday that the Department of Homeland Security withheld publication of an intelligence bulletin warning law enforcement agencies of a Russian scheme to promote “allegations about the poor mental health” of former Vice President Joe Biden. Internal emails and a draft of the document confirmed the warning in early July. A DHS spokesperson conceded that the product was “delayed,” and said it failed to meet the agency’s standards.

HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS DeJOY… The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after DeJoy missed an August 26 deadline to respond to the committee. Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, says DeJoy has until September 16 to comply with the subpoena. The USPS says it fully intends “to comply with our obligations under the law” but it also criticized the move.

U.S. SANCTIONS TOP ICC OFFICIALS… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday announced sanctions on two top officials of the International Criminal Court, which has been investigating possible war crimes by U.S. military and intelligence officials. ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the ICC’s jurisdiction, complementary and cooperation division, were listed as members of the agency’s “specially designated nationals” list. Speaking at a press conference, Pompeo called the ICC as a “thoroughly broken and corrupted institution.”

BIDEN BREAKS FUNDRAISING EFFORT… Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised a record $364.5 million in August. The contributions generated through small-dollar online fundraising was more than any presidential candidate ever has previously in a single month. Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate is credited with helping spur the fundraising effort. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, today and meet with residents and officials about healing.

ENTERTAINMENT
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MAKLE SIGN NETFLIX DEAL
… Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have have signed a multi-year deal to develop scripted series, docuseries, documentaries, features and children’s programming at Netflix. Several projects already in development include a nature docu-series and an animated series that celebrates inspiring women. Through the production company they have formed, the former Royal seeks to highlight diverse voices in front of and behind the camera.

DWAYNE JOHNSON’S FAMILY BATTLED CORONAVIRUS… Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reveals that he, his wife and their two young daughters are recovered after battling the coronavirus. The actor called the ordeal “one of the most challenging and difficult things we’ve ever had to endure.” Johnson said he and his family caught the virus from close family friends.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
COLORADO 9 – San Francisco 6
… The Rockies overcame a 6-1 sixth-inning deficit to upend the Giants. Sam Hilliard homered with a runner aboard and singled home a run. Garrett Hampson smacked a solo homer.

N.Y. Mets 9 – BALTIMORE 4… Michael Conforto went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBIs in leading the Mets past the Orioles. Pete Alonso also went deep.

Toronto 2 – MIAMI 1… Blue Jays starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1) held the Marlins to a run on five hits over six innings. Lourdes Gurriel provided all the offense Toronto needed with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning.

CINCINNATI 4 – St. Louis 3… Joey Votto singled home Shoto Akiyama with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati.

Tampa Bay 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Mike Brosseau and Randy Arozarena hit two-run homers in the top of the first inning and Brosseau added a solo blast in the fourth as the Rays cruised past the Yankees.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Washington 0… Zack Wheeler (4-0) pitched three-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout of the Nationals. Jay Bruce homered and Neil Walker stroked a two-run single for Philadelphia.

Atlanta 7 – BOSTON 5… The Braves rallied past the Red Sox to complete a three-game sweep. Adam Duvall hit three home runs a night after teammate Marcell Ozuna did it, making them the first teammates in major league history to perform the feat in consecutive games.

MILWAUKEE 8 – Detroit 5… The Brewers overcame an early four-run deficit to top the Tigers. Keston Hiura belted a three-run homer. Jace Peterson added a two-run blast.

Cleveland 5 – KANSAS CITY 0… Tyler McKenzie (2-0) limited the Royals to three hits over six innings and three relievers completed the blanking of the Royals. Tyler Naquin went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and drove in all five Cleveland runs.

HOUSTON 2 – Texas 1… Michael Brantley connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Astros held off the Rangers. Cristian Javier (4-1) gave up a run on two hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Chi. Cubs 8 – PITTSBURGH 2… Javier Baez blasted a three-run homer, Antony Rizzo drove in a pair of runs and the Cubs handled the Pirates. Kyle Hendricks (4-4) surrendered a run on six hits over six innings.

MINNESOTA 8 – Chi. White Sox 1… Jose Berrios (3-3) allowed just a run on three hits over six innings as the Twins breezed past the White Sox. Jake Cave homered and singled home a run. Miguel Sano also went deep.

San Diego 11 – L.A. ANGELS 4… The Padres erupted to score eight runs in the top of the eighth inning and put away the Angels. Eric Hosmer’s three-run homer capped the uprising. Jurickson Profar homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Arizona 2 (10 innings)… The Dodgers came up with two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to outlast the Diamondbacks. Chris Taylor laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt and came around to score the winning run on Smith’s single. Mookie Betts homered in the ninth for L.A.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) are at Pittsburgh (Drew Holland, 1-2)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 4-1)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 1-4) is at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 2-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Robert Gsellman, 0-0) host the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 1-1)…
San Diego (Mike Clevinger, 1-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 2-2)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 2-4) hosts Toronto (Taijuan Walker, 2-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 4-2) are at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBD) host Arizona (TBD)…

TOM SEAVER DIES… Three-time Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver died on Monday of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, his family confirmed yesterday. He was 75. Seaver pitched for the Mets, Reds, White Sox and Red Sox over 20 seasons, winning 311 games and leading the National League in strikeouts five times between 1970 and 76. He and Christy Mathewson are the only pitchers to record 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts and an ERA below 3.00.

YANKEES-RAY DUST-UP DRAWS SUSPENSIONS… Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman three games and also handed down one-game suspensions to Rays manager Kevin Cash and Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The discipline stems from their actions during and after Tuesday night’s game when the teams got in a scuffle following the final out. Both Cash and Boone served their suspensions last night.

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE (semifinal)
Miami 116 – Milwaukee 114… Jimmy Butler made two free throws at the end of regulation to lift the Heat over the Bucks and give them a 2-0 lead in the series. Goran Dragic’s 23 points led seven players in double figures. Game 3 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
Houston 104 – Oklahoma City 102… The Rockets held on at the end to down the Thunder in Game 7 of their first-round series and advance to take on the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals beginning tomorrow. Eric Gordon and Robert Covington scored 21 points apiece. Covington also had 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook tossed in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
Toronto vs. Boston in Game 3 with the Celtics leading 2-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL (in Edmonton)
Colorado 4 – Dallas 0… Goalie Michael Hutchison stopped all 27 shots and the Avalanche skated past the Stars to set up tomorrow’s Game 7. Cale Maker netted the go-ahead goal in the second period. Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Philadelphia vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 6 with the Islanders leading 3-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Vegas vs. Vancouver in Game 6 with the Golden Knights leading 3-2

The Rundown for August 19, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,482,370 and the nation’s death toll stands at 171,808 according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The University of Notre Dame announced yesterday that the positive tests of 80 students on Monday is forcing the school to move its undergraduate classes online for two weeks. Students won’t be sent home in the meantime. The school had re-opened classes earlier this month.

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION DAY 2… Democrats officially nominated Joe Biden for president in a virtual roll call vote last night on Day 2 of their convention. Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, spoke from the Delaware high school where she used to teach. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell contributed his endorsement of Biden. Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Republican senator John McCain, narrated a video celebrating the “unlikely friendship” between Biden and her husband. Former president Bill Clinton went on the offensive with his claim that in the Trump administration, “there is only chaos.”

SENATE PANEL RELEASES RUSSIA REPORT… The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed troubling findings yesterday by releasing the final installment of its years-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The report concluded that Russia used Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, the WikiLeaks website and other sources to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump. Manafort allegedly collaborated with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Russian intelligence operative Konstantin Kilimnik and others before during and after the election. The bipartisan report found that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed the Russian efforts to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak information damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

POSTAL SERVICE SUSPENDS CHANGES… Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced yesterday that the U.S. Postal Service is suspending several of its recent changes until after the November election “to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail.” DeJoy, who will be questioned about the moves by a House panel on Friday, says the postal service will cease removing mailboxes, closing processing facilities and reducing retail hours. Additionally, he said, a leadership task force will be expanded and standby resources activated to ensure the postal service can handle the predicted surge of mail ahead of the election.

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CALIFORNIA… California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday declared a state of emergency amid an extreme heat wave that has brought dozens of wildfires. The declaration is statewide and intended to quicken access to resources in battling blazes. A complex of about 20 lightning-sparked wildfires in Northern California has prompted evacuations in five counties. The complex grew to 25,000 acres yesterday and was 0 percent contained.

ENTERTAINMENT
PROSECUTORS SEEK TWO-MONTH SENTENCE FOR LORI LOUGHLIN
… Federal prosecutors are seeking a two-month sentence for actress Lori Loughlin and a five-month sentence for her fashion-designer husband Mossimo Giannulli for their roles in the 2019 college admissions scandal. At yesterday’s sentencing hearing, prosecutors also called for Loughlin to pay a $150,000 fine and complete 100 community service hours, and for Giannulli to pay a $250,000 fine and complete 250 community service hours. The couple agreed pleaded guilty in May to charges related to a scheme to secure their daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California.

NBC EXECUTIVE RESIGNS… NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer announced he has resigned in response to an extortion attempt related to an extramarital affair. The 75-year-old Meyer revealed that he reached a settlement “under threat, with a woman outside the company who had made false accusations against me.” Meyer headed the Universal film studio from 1995 to 2012 and has remained at the company in a lesser role since.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
HOUSTON 2 – Colorado
1 (11 innings)… Myles Straw singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Astros over the Rockies. Houston starter Zack Greinke and his counterpart Anthony Senzatela both pitched eight scoreless innings.

San Diego 6 – TEXAS 4… Wil Myers unloaded a grand slam in the top of the first inning, Jurickson Profar added a two-run shot in the fourth and the Padres coasted past the Rangers.

San Francisco 8 – L.A. ANGELS 2… The Giants cruised past the Angels to end their five-game skid. Pablo Sandoval homered with a runner aboard and doubled home a run. Mike Yastrzemski smacked a solo homer.

Cleveland 6 – PITTSBURGH 3 (10 innings)… Carlos Santana’s three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning sent the Indians past the Pirates.

Washington 8 – ATLANTA 5… Eric Thames had a couple of hits and drove in three runs to lead the Nationals past the Braves.

CHI. WHITE SOX 10 – Detroit 4… Tim Anderson went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the White Sox pounded the Tigers. Jose Abreu had three hits and knocked in three runs.

ARIZONA 10 – Oakland 1… The Diamondbacks opened with a five-run bottom of the first inning and never looked back in their thrashing of the Athletics. Nick Ahmed went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs. Kole Calhoun also went deep. Luke Weaver (1-3) allowed a run on three hits over rive innings.

Tampa Bay 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 3… Brandon Lowe homered with two runners aboard to cap a four-run top of the third inning and the Rays doubled up on the Yankees. Austin Meadows also homered for Tampa Bay.

L.A. DODGERS 2 – Seattle 1… Austin Barnes stole second and scored on Corey Seager’s tie-breaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Dodgers hung on to edge the Mariners. L.A. starter Tony Gonsolin pitched two-hit ball over six shutout innings.

N.Y. Mets 8 – MIAMI 3… Amed Rosario homered with the bases empty and stroked a two-run single as the Mets ripped the Marlins. Brandon Nimmo had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove one two runs.

Toronto 8 – BALTIMORE 7 (10 innings)… The Blue Jays recovered to outlast the Orioles after blowing a four-run lead. Yuli Gurriel’s grounder in the top of the 10th inning brought home Travis Shaw with the decisive run.

Philadelphia 13 – BOSTON 6… The Phillies erupted to score seven runs in the top of the sixth inning on their way past the Red Sox. Bryce Harper blasted a three-run homer. Jay Bruce added a two-run shot. Rhys Hoskins and Phil Gosselin hit solo homers.

MINNESOTA 4 – Milwaukee 3 (12 innings)… The Twins outlasted the Brewers after blowing a 3-0 ninth-inning lead. Starter Kenta Maeda took a ho-hitter into the final frame and departed after giving up an Eric Sogard leadoff single. Byron Buxton raced home with the tie-breaking run in the top of the 12th on Jorge Polanco’s grounder against a five-man infield.

CHI. CUBS 6 – St. Louis 3… Ian Happ drilled a solo homer and Kyle Schwarber added a two-run shot as the Cubs cruised past he Cardinals. Yu Darvish (4-1) surrendered a run on eight hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0; Austin Gomber, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 2-1; Colin Rea, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 2-1) hosts Toronto (Tanner Roark, 1-1)…
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 1-2) is at Boston (Kyle Hart, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0) is at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0) host Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 2-2) is at Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0) hosts Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0) are at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 2-1)…
Kansas City (Matt Harvey, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 0-0)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dane Dunning, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill, 0-0) hosts Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 0-0)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 1-2) is at Colorado (Ryan Castellani, 0-0)..
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 2-2) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 3-1) is at Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 1-2) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-0) are at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENERS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Orlando 122 – Milwaukee 110
… The Magic jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and remained in control of the Bucks. Nikola Vucevic piled up 35 points and 14 rebounds. Five other players scored in double figures for Orlando. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Miami 113 – Indiana 101… The Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to down the Pacers. Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 28 points. Goran Dragic tossed in 24 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Houston 123 – Oklahoma City 108
… James Harden scored 37 points and brought down 11 rebounds in leading the Rockets past the Thunder. Jeff Green came off the bench to deliver 22 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Portland 100 – L.A. Lakers 93… The Trail Blazers came up big in the second half to stun the Lakers. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 34 points. CJ McCollum tossed in 21 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Toronto vs. Brooklyn in Game 2 with the Raptors leading 1-0…
Boston vs. Philadelphia in Game 2 with the Celtics leading 1-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Denver vs. Utah in Game 2 with the Nuggets leading 1-0…
the L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas in Game 2 with the Clippers leading 1-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Philadelphia 2 – Montreal 0… Carter Hart stopped all 29 shots in his second straight shutout and the Flyers took a 3-1 lead in the series. Michael Raffl and Phil Myers found the net. Game 5 is today.

Washington 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Alex Ovechkin’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and the Capitals held off the Islanders to avoid a series sweep. Eugeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist. Game 5 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Dallas 2 – Calgary 1… John Klingberg scored a tying goal early in the third period and the Stars made it stand to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Goalie Anton Khudobin made 28 saves. Game 6 is tomorrow.

Vegas 4 – Chicago 3… Alex Tuch scored early in the third period to break a tie and the Golden Knights hung on to eliminate the Blackhawks with a Game 5 victory. Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. Columbus for Game 5 with the Lightning leading 3-1…
Boston vs. Carolina for Game 5 with the Bruins leading 3-1…
Philadelphia vs. Montreal for Game 5 with the Flyers leading 3-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado vs. Arizona for Game 5 with the Avalanche leading 3-1…
St. Louis vs. Vancouver for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2