The Rundown for July 29, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,349,313 and the nation’s death toll stands at 149,235, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of early signs that indicate a possible outbreak in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Higher positivity rates are at the center of his concern, Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”… The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million school employees, has authorized its members to strike if schools decide to reopen without proper safety plans in place.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN ACCUSED OF SIPHONING $170M… A non-partisan nonprofit ethics watchdog group has accused President Trump’s reelection campaign of illegally concealing nearly $170 million worth of campaign spending. In yesterday’s 81-page filing with the Federal Elections Commission, the Campaign Legal Center claims Trump’s reelection campaign and campaign committee hid the money by running it through “pass-through” vendors linked to campaign leadership. According to the complaint, firms run by former campaign manager Brad Parscale and associates have essentially served as “clearing houses” that paid subcontractors and vendors without revealing where donor money actually went. Payments have not been reported in disclosure records as being paid by the campaign.

CONGRESS PANEL QUESTIONS WILLIAM BARR… Attorney General faced more than five hours of questioning from members of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. Subjects included the Justice Department’s handling of cases involving Trump associates, the federal response to protests and election integrity. In his opening remarks, committee chairman Jerrold Nadler accused Barr of enabling the failings of President Trump and said his tenure “has been marked by a persistent war” against the Justice Department’s “professional core in an apparent attempt to secure favors for the president.” Attorney General William Barr hesitated when asked on Tuesday whether it was proper for an American president to accept foreign interference in an election, claiming at first that it depended on the type of assistance given. In one of the more heated exchanges, Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline struggled to get Barr to admit that it would be “not appropriate” for the president to solicit or accept foreign assistance in an election. Barr also refused to answer Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond’s question about whether a sitting president can move a U.S. election.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DENY DACA REQUESTS… The Trump administration announced yesterday that it will deny all new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals requests and limit renewal periods for current recipients. The decision follows a June 18 Supreme Court ruling the Trump administration couldn’t rescind DACA because in doing so it did not consider the effect on the people presently in the U.S. as part of the program. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a memorandum urging Congress to react.

BIDEN RELEASES RACIAL-EQUITY PLAN… Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden yesterday unveiled a plan to advance racial equity in the rebuilding of the economy. The plan, “Build Back Better by Advancing Racial Equality Across the American Economy,” would help families buy their first homes and build wealth by creating a new tax credit of up to $15,000, Biden said. The former vice president also said that he would invest in affordable housing, and call for more accurate, non-discriminatory credit scoring. The plan also calls for creating a new Small Business Opportunity Fund and legislation that requires the Federal Reserve to report data and trends on racial economic gaps and commit to a “real-time” payment system.

… HBO’s “Watchmen” received 26 nominations to lead the field for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. The show’s nods included Limited Series, Outstanding Cast for a Limited Series, Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Regina King and Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Jeremy Irons. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” picked up 20 nominations. Netflix’s “Ozark” and HBO’s “Succession” each had 18 nods. The Emmy Awards show is set to air September 20 live on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony for the third time.

CHAINSMOKERS CONCERT ORGANIZERS FACE PENALTIES… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed yesterday that local officials could face “civil fines and potential criminal liability” over a packed weekend concert featuring The Chainsmokers in the Hamptons on Saturday night. The “drive-in” charity gig drew a crowd of 2,000 people and they disrespected fellow New Yorkers by defying social distancing restrictions, Cuomo said. Organizers insist they followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the show, despite footage that indicated otherwise.

… Major League Baseball has suspended Miami Marlins games through Sunday and Philadelphia Phillies games until Friday amid a coronavirus outbreak that infected half the Marlins’ team. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.

Chi. Cubs 8 – CINCINNATI 5
… Javier Baez homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Cubs past the Reds.

PITTSBURGH 8 – Milwaukee 6… The Pirates erased a 6-2 deficit after 6-1/2 innings to top the Brewers. Adam Frazier blasted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.

San Diego 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a three-run homer and Wil Meyers added a two-run shot to send the Padres past the Giants.

CLEVELAND 4 – Chi. White Sox 3
… Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer each homered and knocked in two runs as the Indians held on to edge the White Sox in the doubleheader opener.

CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 3… Carlos Santana belted a three run homer and Oscar Mercado singled in two runs to give the Tribe a sweep of the twinbill.

DETROIT 4 – Kansas City 3… The Tigers powered their way past the Royals after spotting them a three-run lead. Jonathan Schoop and Christin Smart connected for two-run homers in the bottom of the third inning.

L.A. Angels 10 – SEATTLE 2… The Angels got home runs from Anthony Rendon, Max Stassi and Albert Pujols in their pounding of the Mariners.

Toronto 5 – WASHINGTON 1
… The Blue Jays scored three unearned runs on their way to handing the Nationals their fourth loss in five games. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered with the base empty.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Atlanta 2… Yoshi Tsutsugo stroked a two-run single as the Rays scored all five runs in the bottom of the third inning in downing the Braves.

N.Y. Mets 8 – BOSTON 3… J.D. Davis homered with a runner aboard as the Mets dealt the Red Sox their fourth straight loss.

MINNESOTA 6 – St. Louis 3… Jorge Polanco drilled a two-run homer to cap a five-run bottom of the second inning and Josh Donaldson added a solo shot in the third as the Twins doubled up on the Cardinals.

Arizona 4 – TEXAS 1… Righthander Merrill Kelly took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Diamondbacks cruised past the Rangers. Arizona opened with a three-run top of the first.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – HOUSTON 2… The Dodgers got past the Astros in a feisty contest that featured a bench-clearing incident after L.A. reliever Joe Kelly was accused of throwing at Houston batters Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Dodgers scored all five runs in the fifth.

Colorado 8 – OAKLAND 3… The Rockies made it three straight wins with their defeat of the Athletics. Sam Hilliard homered with a runner aboard.


the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-0) are at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-0)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 0-1) hosts Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-1)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto)

the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 1-0) are at Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-1) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 0-1) are at Cleveland (Zach Plesac)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney)

Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-1) is at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu)…
Atlanta (Mike Soroka) hosts Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 0-1)…
N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom) are at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-0)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 1-0) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May) are at Houston (TBA)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill) hosts St. Louis (TBA)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 0-1) is at Oakland (Frankie Montas)

NFL… Former All-Pro defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield was found guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment yesterday by a jury in Santa Clara County, California. The 49-year-old Stubblefield, who played for the San Francisco 49ers in seven of his 11 years in the NFL, is facing 15 years to life in prison. Prosecutors accused Stubblefield of committing the crimes at gunpoint against a 31-year-old woman with developmental disabilities in 2015.



The Roundup for July 21, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 140,905 and the death toll stands at 3,829,920, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Florida’s largest teacher’s union yesterday filed a lawsuit against Governor Ron DeSantis and several others in his administration over their efforts to fully reopen schools. The suit filed by the Florida Education Association claims the administration is violating the state constitution in failing to make public schools “safe and secure”… A study published yesterday in the medical journal The Lancet found that a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University, its partner AstraZeneca and two other groups has produced a strong immune response in an early-stage human trial… President Trump appeared to reverse course yesterday by tweeting a photo of himself wearing a face mask and referring to mask-wearing as “patriotic.” The president had steadfastly remained mask-free for the nearly three months since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended wearing masks in public.

TRUMP TO SEND FEDERAL AGENTS TO MORE CITIES… President Trump announced yesterday that will send federal law enforcement agents to more U.S. cities this week to quell ongoing protests targeting racism and police brutality. A federal crackdown has begun in Portland, Oregon, where unidentified agents have clashed with protesters and rounded them up in unmarked vehicles. State and local leaders in Oregon, as well as members of Congress, have called for Trump to remove the secret police forces.

SUPREME COURT DENIES DEMS IN SEARCH FOR TRUMP TAXES… The Supreme Court yesterday denied a request from congressional Democrats to issue a ruling that would expedite their efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax records. Democrats asked the High Court to finalize its ruling earlier this month that sent the case back to a lower court. The denial means the case won’t reach the lower court any sooner than August 3. Democratic lawmakers have been seeking the records since last year, when Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, testified that he’d manipulated the value of the president’s assets for personal gain.

DEM CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS WARN FBI ABOUT RUSSIAN INFLUENCE… Politico reported yesterday that Democratic congressional leaders are demanding a briefing on foreign efforts to target members of Congress as part of an influence campaign. In a letter they sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray, the Democrats express concerns that an investigation led by Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson “has become a vehicle for ‘laundering’ a foreign influence campaign to damage Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to two people familiar with the demand.” The letter was signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark Warner.

SUSPECTED SHOOTER AT JUDGE’S HOUSE FOUND DEAD… Authorities confirmed yesterday that the man suspected in the fatal shooting of a federal judge’s 20-year-old son and the wounding of her husband at their North Brunswick Township, New Jersey, home on Sunday afternoon has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect, Roy Den Hollander, represented himself as an “anti-feminist” and “men’s rights” attorney. Investigators say he had posted taunts and insults about U.S. District Judge Esther Salas on his website. Judge Salas was in the basement at the time of the shootings and was not injured. Her husband, 63-year-old Mark Anderl, was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

… Two women are alleging they were sexually harassed by men they worked with on the set of Fox News. Anchors Ed Henry, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Howard Kurtz, along with contributor Gianno Caldwell, were named in a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court. Former Fox News staffer Jennifer Eckhart and one frequent on-air guest Cathy Areu claim they were harassed individually by Henry, who was fired at Fox earlier this month following a complaint about “willful sexual misconduct in the workplace.” Eckhart, who claims Henry violently raped her, is suing him and the network for violating sex trafficking laws and human rights laws and gender-motivated violence. Areu says she was harassed by the other defendants and cites violations of human rights laws and gender-motivated violence in her suit.

DENZEL WASHINGTON, JULIA ROBERTS REUNITE… Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts have signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix family drama “Leave the World Behind.” Roberts plays the mother of a family that rents a house over a long weekend gone terribly wrong. Washington portrays the home owner. The story is based on the upcoming Rumaan Alam novel. Washington and Roberts previously worked together in the 1993 legal thriller “The Pelican Brief.”

… The Washington Nationals announced yesterday that Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw the first pitch when major league baseball opens its 2020 regular season on Thursday night. The Nationals host the New York Yankees in the season opener. Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is a hard-rooting Nationals fan who has been wearing a face mask with the team’s logo throughout the pandemic. The team says it is honoring him as “a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career.”

The Rundown for July 20, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 3,763,395 and the death toll stands at 140,477, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Florida yesterday recorded its fifth straight day of more than 10,000 new cases and reported a record number of 2,700 hospitalizations within a week. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said yesterday that the Navy has sent teams of medical and support professionals to support hospitals in Harlingen, Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Rio Grande City. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is pushing back against bipartisan efforts to ramp up funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for coronavirus contact tracing and testing. White House officials argue that there is sufficient funding still remaining from the March stimulus law. Specifics of the bill are expected to be unveiled next week.

TRUMP WON’T COMMIT TO ELECTION RESULTS… President Trump yesterday declined to commit to accepting the results of the 2020 election. During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump told show host Chris Wallace that he will “have to see” about the results and made the baseless claim that mail-in voting will “rig the election.” During the interview, Trump also defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, belittled political rival Joe Biden and discredited National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

HOUSE DEMS WANT PORTLAND INVESTIGATION… House Democrats are calling for the Inspectors General of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to open investigations into reports that federal law enforcement agents have been unlawfully arrested protesters in Portland, Oregon. Reports claim that federal law enforcement agents began using unmarked vehicles to nab protesters last Tuesday. A joint letter signed by several congress members warns that “The Attorney General of the United States does not have unfettered authority to direct thousands of federal law enforcement personnel to arrest and detain American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.” Co-signers of the letter include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney. Yesterday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the presence of federal troops and enforcement officers is actually leading to “more violence and more vandalism.”

WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGES POMPEO COVER-UP… A whistleblower who has complained about alleged misconduct by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was blocked from pursuing the issue by top department officials who were covering for Pompeo, according to a copy of the complaint released yesterday. The whistleblower, a State Department employee, also promised new evidence to support allegations against Pompeo. The State Department admitted that it redacted large sections of the four-page report it released following a lawsuit filed by the watchdog group American Oversight. The State Department said its redactions were necessary due to an “ongoing investigation.”

GUNMAN OPENS FIRE AT FEDERAL JUDGE’S HOME… The 20-year-old son of a federal judge was fatally shot and the judge’s husband was critically wounded after a gunman opened fire at the family’s home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the gunman approached the house dressed as a delivery driver and began shooting after the husband opened the door. Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in Newark was reportedly in the basement at the time and was not injured. Salas most recently has been presiding over an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the company made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failed to monitor “high-risk” customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

GUNMAN OPENS FIRE AT FEDERAL JUDGE’S HOME…  The 20-year-old son of a federal judge was fatally shot and the judge’s husband was critically wounded after a gunman opened fire at the family’s home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the gunman approached the house dressed as a delivery driver and began shooting after the husband opened the door. Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in Newark was reportedly in the basement at the time and was not injured. Salas most recently has been presiding over an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who accuse the company about making false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failing to monitor “high-risk” customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

SHOOTINGS IN PEORIA… Authorities in Peoria, Illinois, say 13 people were shot at a gathering of almost 200 people early yesterday. Police say that there were multiple shooters involved in what appeared to be the “result of a dispute between groups of people,” but the suspects have not been identified. The victims’ injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

… Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” sold 497,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Last week’s champ, Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon,” dropped into second place with 110,000 units sold. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” dropped to No. 3 with 95,000 copies sold. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” finished fourth after selling 58,000 units. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” remained at No. 5 on sales of 34,000 copies.

LINKIN PARK DOESN’T WANT SONG IN TRUMP VIDEO… Linkin Park announced yesterday that it has issued a cease and desist letter over the use of one of the band’s songs in a video promoted by President Trump and White House due to a copyright violation. The version of the song “In The End” used in the video was a cover that featured Jung Youth, complained separately over the weekend. Twitter removed the video due to a copyright violation. Earlier this month, Neil Young objected to Trump playing several of his songs during a July 4 event at Mount Rushmore.

… The NFL is meeting some resistance as it plans to open training camp this week. Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and other high-profile players went on social media yesterday to question the league’s plans for the 2020 season. Players are demanding that owners listen to medical experts as they finalize safety protocols. The players’ union and owners continue to negotiate proposals.

The Rundown for June 11, 2018

162nd day of the year… 203 days remaining

TRUMP IN SINGAPORE… North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump arrived in Singapore yesterday ahead of their scheduled summit tomorrow. The two leaders are reportedly planning a brief one-on-one meeting before the summit. Trump has expressed optimism about the meeting, but veteran U.S. diplomats have expressed concern that Trump’s lack of diplomatic skills and preparation won’t produce positive results for the U.S.

FOX APOLOGIZES FOR ‘DICTATORS’ REFERENCE… Fox News apologized yesterday after one of its hosts referred to the Trump-Kim summit as a meeting of “two dictators.” “Fox & Friends” co-host Abby Huntsman said she made the comment in error. The daughter of U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman issued an apology on air.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TAKES ON CANADA… Tensions between the Trump administration and Canada mounted yesterday before Trump left for Singapore. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said there is a “special place in hell” for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following an exchange between the two leaders. Kudlow said Trudeau “really kind of stabbed us in the back” when the Canadian leader told reporters Saturday that Canada would impose retaliatory tariffs on certain U.S. exports beginning next month. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in response to Kudlow’s rhetoric: “Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks.”

NET NEUTRALITY ENDS TODAY… Americans are set to lose Obama-era net neutrality protections today. A repeal of the protections is due to take effect despite opposition from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules. FCC chairman Ajit Pai says the repeal will bring the removal of burdensome regulations but opponents warn it is the latest development in eroding privacy rights in America.

COLORADO WILDFIRE… A wildfire in southwest Colorado nearly doubled in size overnight yesterday and is expected to continue growing. Authorities say the 416 Fire is being fueled by bone-dry conditions and gusting winds. It has burned nearly 20,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of some 2,000 homes.

TONY AWARDS… “The Band’s Visit” captured 11 awards, including Best Musical, at last night’s 72nd Tony Awards. The musical’s wins included Best Leading Actress for Katrina Lenk and Best Leading Actor for Tony Shalhoub. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won for Best Play. The AIDS drama “Angels in America” was honored with three major awards, including best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane respectively. Bruce Springsteen, who is starring in his one-man show on Broadway, performed at the event after being introduced by Robert De Niro, whose directed an expletive toward Donald Trump that got bleeped out on American television.

VINCE VAUGHN ARRESTED… Police in Manhattan Beach, California, arrested actor Vince Vaughn on driving under the influence and resisting arrest charges early yesterday. A passenger in Vaughn’s vehicle was hit with an additional public intoxication charge. The 48-year-old Vaughn was reportedly taken into custody at a routine checkpoint.

JACKSON ODELL DIES… Actor Jackson Odell, who was best known for playing Ari Caldwell on the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs” was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Friday, authorities revealed yesterday. He was 20. The cause of his death has not been determined pending an autopsy, authorities said.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Ocean’s 8” took in $41.5 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” slipped to second place with $15.1 million. “Deadpool 2” made $13.6 million to finish third. “Hereditary” opened in fourth place with $13 million. “Avengers: Infinity War” capped the top five with $6.8 million.

CINCINNATI 6 – St. Louis 3… Scooter Gennett stroked a two-run single during a four-run bottom of the fourth inning and the Reds went on to beat the Cardinals for the first time in 14 tries. Center-fielder threw out a pair of runners trying to advance and came down with a couple sparkling catches against the wall.

San Diego 3 – MIAMI 1… Clayton Richard (5-6) pitched 6-2/3 hitless innings as the Padres eased past the Marlins. Eric Hosmer homered with a runner aboard for San Diego.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Milwaukee 3... The Phillies held off the Brewers to snap their four-game skid. They scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning on a walk, a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice. Zack Eflin (3-2) held Milwaukee to two runs on three hits over six innings.

Pittsburgh 7 – CHI. CUBS 1… Josh Harrison homered to lead off the game and Gregory Polanco’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a five-run top of the sixth inning in the Pirates’ win over the Cubs. Ivan Nova (3-5) allowed a run on four hits over 5-2/3 innings.

Arizona 8 – COLORADO 3… Ketel Marte went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Diamondbacks downed the Rockies. Paul Goldschmidt lined a two-run triple.

San Francisco 2 – Washington 0... Derek Holland combined with four relievers to blank the Nationals. Holland pitched three-hit ball over five innings. Brendon Crawford provided all the offense the Giants needed with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and finished 4-for-4 on the day.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Atlanta 2… Max Muncy homered for the third time in three games to help power the Dodgers past the Braves. Kíke Hernandez and Logan Forsythe also went deep. Ross Stripling (5-1) gave up two runs on four hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Chi. White Sox 5 – BOSTON 2… Reynaldo Lopez (2-4) limited the Red Sox to a run on six hits over 6-1/3 innings. Daniel Palka had a couple of hits, including a two-run double for the White Sox.

TORONTO 13 – Baltimore 3… Curtis Granderson went 4-for-5 with a homer and six RBIs in leading the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Kendry Morales, Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez also circled the bases for Toronto. Marco Estrada (3-6) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

Cleveland 9 – DETROIT 2… Melky Cabrera and Erik Gonzalez both had two hits and three RBIs as the Indians ripped the Tigers. Yan Gomes homered with a runner aboard. Corey Kluber (10-2) surrendered two runs on five hits over eight innings.

Seattle 5 – TAMPA BAY 4… The Mariners got two-run homers from Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager on their way past the Rays. Right-fielder Mitch Hanigar threw out Tampa Bay center-fielder Johnny Field at the plate to end the game.

MINNESOTA 7 – L.A. Angels 5… Jake Cave went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Twins handled the Angels. Logan Morrison put Minnesota on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

Houston 8 – TEXAS 7… The Astros recovered to beat the Rangers after blowing an early 6-0 lead. George Springer trotted home with the tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning when a balk was called on Texas reliever Keone Kela. Springer homered to lead off the game. Yuli Gurriel also went deep.

OAKLAND 3 – Kansas City 2… Matt Chapman led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a tie-breaking homer and the Athletics made it stand in edging the Royals. The blast was Chapman’s 10th of the year.

N.Y. METS 2 – N.Y. Yankees 0… Seth Lugo (2-1) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and got help from two relievers in the Mets’ blanking of the Yankees. Frazier provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning off tough-luck loser Luis Severino (9-2).

San Francisco (Bumgarner, 0-1) is at Miami (Chen, 1-3)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 3-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 6-4)…
San Diego (Lyles, 2-2) is at St. Louis (Flaherty, 2-2)…
Arizona (Corbin, 6-2) hosts Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 2-1)…

Boston (Wright, 2-0) is at Baltimore (Bundy, 4-7)…
Tampa Bay (Yarbrough, 4-2) hosts Toronto (Gaviglio, 2-1)…
Cleveland (Carrasco, 7-4) is at the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 4-6)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 1-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Haney, 3-4)…

TENNIS… Rafael Nadal cruised past No. 7-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros yesterday to capture the French Open for the 11th time. Nadal’s 17 Grand Slam titles leave him just three short of Roger Federer’s atop the all-time list. The 32-year-old Spaniard will retain his current No. 1 ranking.

GOLF… Dustin Johnson closed with a 4-under 66 to finish at 19 under to claim a six-stroke victory over Andrew Putnam bat the 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic. The win was Johnson’s second event of the season and the 18th of his career.