The Rundown for July 27, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,233,927 and the nation’s death toll stands at 146,934, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Florida surpassed New York in total cases after reporting more than 9,000 new cases yesterday. More than one-third of the cases reported in the state have been among people between the ages of 15 and 34, with outbreaks in jails, farms and nursing homes, the Florida Department of Health department reported.

KUDLOW TALKS CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE… White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said yesterday that the next federal coronavirus relief package will include direct stimulus payments and an extension on the federal eviction moratorium. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kudlow said $1 trillion package that Republicans are scheduled to introduce today will include a $1,200 stimulus check, temporary and reduced unemployment benefits, funds to help schools reopen, $16 billion in funding for testing and tax incentives for companies to rehire employees. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows later confirmed that the White House and Senate Republicans have reached “an agreement in principle” on the bill.

PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT… Ongoing demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality turned violent in several cities over the weekend. Protesters continue to square off against federal agents outside a courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and police in Seattle reported the arrest of at least 45 people on Saturday night for assaults on officers, obstruction and failure to disperse. Twenty-one Seattle officers were injured in clashes with protesters. A march against police violence turned deadly in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night when a 28-year-old man was fatally shot by a person who had driven aggressively through a crowd.

THE LATE JOHN LEWIS HONORED… The late civil rights leader and U.S. congressman from Georgia John Lewis was honored at services that included a vigil at the Alabama state Capitol in Montgomery last night. Yesterday morning, Lewis’ body was carried by horse-driven carriage across the rose petal-covered Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, 55 years after he was clubbed there by police officers trying to halt a 1965 peace march. Lewis died on July 17 at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

HANNA STRIKES TEXAS… Hanna, the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, brought high winds and more than a foot of rain to part of the Texas Gulf Coast yesterday. She made landfall on Padre Island and near Port Mansfield as a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday but was downgraded to a tropical storm. Officials report flooded streets, widespread power outages and destroyed boats.

ENTERTAINMENT
OLIVIA de HAVILAND DIES
… Legendary actress Olivia de Havilland died Saturday, her representatives confirmed yesterday. She was 104. De Havilland was nominated for five Oscars and won best actress honors for 1947’s “To Each His Own” and 1950’s “The Heiress.” She earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her portrayal of Melanie “Mellie” Hamilton in the 1939 classic “Gone with the Wind.”

JUICE WRLD REMAINS TOP ALBUM CHART… Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” sold 162,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” stayed in second place after selling 138,000 units. The Chicks’ (formerly the Dixie Chicks) first album since 2006, “Gaslighter,” debuted at No. 3 after selling 84,000 copies. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” slipped into fourth place on sales of 78,000 units. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” capped the top five with 57,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB
NL
San Francisco 3 – L.A. DODGERS 1
… The Giants held off the Dodgers to claim a split of the four-game series.

Miami 11 – PHILADELPHIA 6… Brian Anderson and Miguel Rojas connected for three-run homers to help power the Marlins past the Phillies.

Pittsburgh 5 – ST. LOUIS 1… Colin Moran and Jose Osuna homered for the Pirates. Starter Mitch Keller limited the Cardinals to a run on two hits over five innings.

CHI. CUBS 9 – Milwaukee 1… Tyler Chatwood allowed just a run on three hits over six innings. Willson Contreras doubled home a run and homered.

Arizona 4 – SAN DIEGO 3… The Diamondbacks did all their scoring in their final two at-bats to edge the Padres. Ketel Marte lifted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning.

Atlanta 14 – N.Y. METS 1… Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies both had three hits with a homer and three RBIs as the Braves blasted the Mets.

AL
TAMPA BAY 6 – Toronto 5
(10 innings)… Kevin Kiermaier lined a two-run triple in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Rays over the Blue Jays.

CLEVELAND 9 – Kansas City 2… Jose Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs to lead the Indians in their romp over the Royals.

Baltimore 7 – BOSTON 4… Rio Ruiz and Anthony Santander blasted two-run homers for the Orioles.

Seattle 7 – HOUSTON 6… Kyle Lewis’ tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Mariners’ win over the Astros.

Minnesota 14 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Jake Cave unloaded a grand slam for the Twins. Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two homers and seven RBIs.

OAKLAND 6 – L.A. Angels 4… The Athletics put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning and coasted past the Angels.

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3 – WASHINGTON 2
… Gleyber Torres homered with a runner aboard in the top of the seventh inning and singled home a tie-breaking run in the eighth for the Yankees.

Detroit 3 – CINCINNATI 2… C.J. Cron connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Tigers held on to edge the Reds.

Colorado 5 – TEXAS 2… Trevor Story homered twice and knocked in three runs for the Rockies.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NL
Arizona (Luke Weaver) is at San Diego (Joey Lucchesi)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser) is at Pittsburgh (Steven Brault)

AL
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning) are at Oakland (Chris Bassitt)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease)…
Kansas City (Mike Montgomery) is at Detroit (Michael Fulmer)…
Houston (Josh James) hosts Seattle (Kendall Graveman)

INTERLEAGUE
Toronto (Trent Thornton) is at Washington (Anibal Sanchez)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow) hosts Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz)…
the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ) are at Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez) hosts Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski)…
the N.Y. Mets (Michael Wacha) are at Boston (Josh Osich)

The Rundown for July 24, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,034,102 and the death toll stands at 144,242, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Trump announced yesterday that the Jacksonville, Florida, component of the Republican National Convention is being cancelled due to surging coronavirus cases in the state. Trump said he’ll appear in telerallies and online events rather than at a large gathering. The event was scheduled for August 25 to August 27… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released guidelines for school re-openings. Students should wear masks, wash their hands frequently and socially distance, the CDC urged.

JOHN LEWIS TO LIE IN STATE… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced yesterday that civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman from Georgia John Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda next week. The public will be invited to pay their respects 6 p.m to 10 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Lewis died Friday after a battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

FEDERAL USE OF FORCE INVESTIGATED… Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced yesterday that he’s opening an investigation into the use of force by federal law enforcement agents on protesters in Portland and Washington, D.C. A referral from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon prompted the probe, Horowitz said. Federal law enforcement officials arrived in Portland earlier this month to quell Black Lives Matter protests in the city. More than 40 protesters reportedly have been grabbed off the street by unidentified officers in unmarked vehicles.

MICHAEL COHEN TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON…. President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is expected to be released from prison today after a judge yesterday ordered him freed. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein found that the Justice Department had ordered him back to prison earlier this month as retaliation against him for planning to release a book critical of Trump before November’s election. In ordering Cohen’s release, the judge found his First Amendment rights had been violated. The 53-year-old Cohen sued federal prison officials and Attorney General William Barr on Monday, claiming he was imprisoned for writing the book: “Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump.” Cohen pleaded guilty on August 21, 2018, to eight counts including campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison on December 12, 2018, and was furloughed in May.

JUDGE RULES FEDS CAN’T ARREST PROTEST OBSERVERS… A federal judge yesterday issued a temporary restraining order that prevents federal officers from arresting legal observers and journalists at the Black Lives Matter protests in Portland unless a crime has been committed. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon’s order will remain in place for 14 days. It also allows journalists to ignore dispersal orders from authorities.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASES ALBUM
… Taylor Swift made a surprise announcement yesterday when she revealed that she would be releasing a new album at midnight. “Folklore” contains 16 tracks and features Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner of The National and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff. Swift also said she would release the music video for the song “Cardigan.”

LUKE COMBS RESCHEDULES TOUR… Luke Combs has rescheduled the remaining dates of his “What You See is What You Get” tour. He announced yesterday that the tour will resume June 22, 2021, in Albuquerque. Combs launched the tour in February and it was supposed to run into December. The coronavirus pandemic prompted the tour’s postponement.

SPORTS
MLB
INTERLEAGUE

WASHINGTON 4 – N.Y. Yankees 1… The World Series-champion Nationals opened major league baseball’s abbreviated 60-game season by downing the Yankees in a game called in the sixth inning due to rain. Starter Gerrit Cole allowed a run on one hit over five innings. Giovanni Stanton homered with a runner aboard in the top of the first inning and single home a run in the fifth.

NL
L.A. DODGERS 8 – San Francisco 1
… Enrique Hernandez lined a two-run single during a five-run bottom of the seventh inning and added a two-run homer in the eighth as the Dodgers pulled away from the Giants. Dustin May got the start for the Dodgers after scheduled starter Clayton Kershaw complained of stiffness in his back and will begin the season on the 10-day injured list.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
NL

Atlanta (Mike Soroka) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) host Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty) hosts Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove)…
Arizona (Madison Bumgarner) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack)…
the L.A Dodgers (Ross Stripling) hosts San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija)

AL
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy)…
Baltimore (Tommy Milone) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito) host Minnesota (Jose Barrios)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzalez) is at Houston (Justin Verlander)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney)

INTERLEAGUE
Detroit (Matthew Boyd) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray)…
Texas (Lance Lynn) hosts Colorado (German Marquez)

MLB EXPANDS PLAYOFFS FOR 2020 SEASON… Major League Baseball owners and players agreed yesterday to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 teams for the 2020 season. As reported by ESPN, all second-place teams in the six divisions will now qualify for the playoffs. The seventh and eighth playoff teams in each league will be determined by best record. The first round of the playoffs, scheduled for September 29-October 2, will be four three-game series in each league with all games played at the higher seed’s home stadium. The rest of the rounds will be their customary length: The two division series in each league will be five-game series, while the American League and National League Championship Series and World Series will be seven-game series.