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    ___ ROLLING INTO WRIGLEY The Cubs have won six straight and are just a game behind slumping Milwaukee in the NL Central as they begin a home series against St. Louis. Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta (9-7, 4.17) has trimmed half a run off his ERA over his past four starts and can reach double digits in victories for the fourth straight season. All-Star Carlos Martinez (6-8, 3.36) counters for the Cardinals seeking his first victory since June 16, a span of five starts. The Brewers have been alone atop the division since June 6. HERE COME THE BUCS Starling Marte is back from his 80-game steroids suspension and Pittsburgh is making a charge in the NL Central. After completing a four-game sweep of division-leading Milwaukee, the Pirates begin a nine-game road trip out West when they visit Colorado. Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams (3-4) faces fellow rookie Jeff Hoffman (6-1) in the opener. The Pirates have won 11 of 13 and moved within three games of first place. They are .500 (48-48) for the first time since April 16, two days before Marte's suspension began. 'When we play our best baseball, we can compete with anybody,' resurgent slugger Andrew McCutchen said. PANDA'S RETURN Pablo Sandoval is expected to sign a minor league contract to return to the Giants, two days after the Red Sox released the husky third baseman. Sandoval was a two-time All-Star and a World Series MVP during his seven years with San Francisco, and of course, the Kung Fu Panda was a fan favorite at AT&T Park. 'He's always been one of those personalities that kind of fits in with the Giants and the Bay Area,' right fielder Hunter Pence said. ACES UP Among the 2017 All-Stars on the mound are Texas right-hander Yu Darvish, Boston newcomer Chris Sale, Minnesota's Ervin Santana, Washington Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and Dodgers lefty Alex Wood, who tries to improve to 12-0 when he faces Atlanta. Darvish starts at Tampa Bay — he is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA and 40 strikeouts in five career games against the Rays. NEXT TO FALL Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is 15 hits shy of 3,000 heading into a three-game series at Tampa Bay. He is tied with Sam Rice for 31st place on the career list. TEXAS TWO-STEP After finishing a four-game sweep of the Rangers, outfielder Adam Jones and the Orioles welcome Houston to Camden Yards. Mike Fiers (6-4, 3.75 ERA) pitches for the AL-leading Astros against Ubaldo Jimenez (4-5, 7.01). Baltimore's big hitters combined for 10 home runs in the series against Texas and outscored the Rangers 34-11. The Orioles' four-game winning streak is their longest since a six-game run in early May, and it puts them within three games of .500 (46-49) for the first time since July 4. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Something strange happened to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. They lost a game. The Dodgers had their 11-game winning streak snapped with a 6-3 loss to right-hander Mike Foltynewicz and the Atlanta Braves. 'It's a weird feeling,' manager Dave Roberts said. 'It's different.' Winning is almost all the Dodgers have known of late. They had won 31 of their last 35 to build baseball's best record (66-30). 'Even until that last out, I thought we were going to find a way to win the game,' Roberts said. 'I guess we have to start another (streak) tomorrow.' Los Angeles fell behind 6-1 after four innings and never could mount a full comeback against Foltynewicz (8-5). He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five. 'Really good job,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. 'He had good stuff, was on the attack. It looked like he had a lot of confidence in what he was doing.' Rex Brothers, Arodys Vizcaino and Jim Johnson held the Dodgers scoreless over the last 2 2/3 innings. Johnson closed for his 22nd save, helped by a splendid defensive play from Johan Camargo. With two runners on, the second baseman ranged into the outfield and made a difficult, twisting catch of a popup almost directly over his head for the final out. Brandon McCarthy (6-4) gave up six runs and nine hits in four innings. McCarthy has failed to pitch into the fifth in three of his last four starts, and his spot in the rotation is in jeopardy. Atlanta jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on Freddie Freeman's RBI single and Matt Adams' run-scoring double. The Dodgers got one back in the bottom of the inning when Corey Seager doubled off the left-field wall and scored on Cody Bellinger's single. Freeman singled home another run in the third. After a walk to Nick Markakis, Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer in the fourth to give the Braves some breathing room. Ender Inciarte added an RBI single. 'The walk and home run by Suzuki put them in a good spot,' Roberts said. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Los Angeles, which had won 18 of its last 19 at Dodger Stadium. The Braves were an unlikely team to hand the Dodgers their first loss overall since July 2. Atlanta had just been swept in a three-game series by the Cubs and had lost eight of nine at Dodger Stadium. 'Big, definitely,' Freeman said. McCARTHY STRUGGLES Roberts said McCarthy was bothered by a blister that might have affected his command, but McCarthy said he's had it since the spring and it had no particular impact on his outing. 'Weirdly enough, I thought it was the best I've thrown in months,' McCarthy said. Roberts would not commit to McCarthy taking his next regular turn in the rotation. 'I think that's to be determined,' Roberts said. 'Obviously, you look at his last four starts, they were OK, not great. Once we get a little more clarity on the blister, then we can make a more educated decision.' ON A ROLL The hard-throwing Foltynewicz is 5-0 with a 3.33 ERA in his last nine starts. 'I got away with some mistakes here and there tonight, and I made some good pitches, too,' he said. 'So overall a good night.' TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: 2B Brandon Phillips left in the sixth with right hamstring tightness. Camargo slid over from SS to 2B, and Dansby Swanson entered at SS. Snitker said he expects Phillips to play Saturday. ... Freeman was back in the lineup after leaving Thursday's game with an illness. He still was not 100 percent, and Snitker said he was again prepared to remove Freeman if he felt too weak. Dodgers: RHP Sergio Romo was designated for assignment and the team reinstated LHP Grant Dayton from the disabled list. The 34-year-old Romo was 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA and had appeared in only one game since June 30. Dayton missed 11 games with a stiff neck. UP NEXT Braves: LHP Jaime Garcia (3-7, 4.33 ERA) was scheduled to start Friday, but media reports indicated Atlanta was close to completing a trade that would send him to Minnesota. In a move that could be related, the Braves scratched Aaron Blair from his scheduled start Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett. Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (11-0, 1.56) looks to remain unbeaten this season when he faces his former team. Wood has a 0.87 ERA in his last 10 starts, but gave up six runs (three earned) in his only career start against the Braves last season. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • ___ ROLLING INTO WRIGLEY The Cubs have won six straight and are just a game behind slumping Milwaukee in the NL Central as they begin a home series against St. Louis. Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta (9-7, 4.17) has trimmed half a run off his ERA over his past four starts and can reach double digits in victories for the fourth straight season. All-Star Carlos Martinez (6-8, 3.36) counters for the Cardinals seeking his first victory since June 16, a span of five starts. The Brewers have been alone atop the division since June 6. HERE COME THE BUCS Starling Marte is back from his 80-game steroids suspension and Pittsburgh is making a charge in the NL Central. After completing a four-game sweep of division-leading Milwaukee, the Pirates begin a nine-game road trip out West when they visit Colorado. Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams (3-4) faces fellow rookie Jeff Hoffman (6-1) in the opener. The Pirates have won 11 of 13 and moved within three games of first place. They are .500 (48-48) for the first time since April 16, two days before Marte's suspension began. 'When we play our best baseball, we can compete with anybody,' resurgent slugger Andrew McCutchen said. PANDA'S RETURN Pablo Sandoval is expected to sign a minor league contract to return to the Giants, two days after the Red Sox released the husky third baseman. Sandoval was a two-time All-Star and a World Series MVP during his seven years with San Francisco, and of course, the Kung Fu Panda was a fan favorite at AT&T Park. 'He's always been one of those personalities that kind of fits in with the Giants and the Bay Area,' right fielder Hunter Pence said. ACES UP Among the 2017 All-Stars on the mound are Texas right-hander Yu Darvish, Boston newcomer Chris Sale, Minnesota's Ervin Santana, Washington Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and Dodgers lefty Alex Wood, who tries to improve to 12-0 when he faces Atlanta. Darvish starts at Tampa Bay — he is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA and 40 strikeouts in five career games against the Rays. NEXT TO FALL Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is 15 hits shy of 3,000 heading into a three-game series at Tampa Bay. He is tied with Sam Rice for 31st place on the career list. TEXAS TWO-STEP After finishing a four-game sweep of the Rangers, outfielder Adam Jones and the Orioles welcome Houston to Camden Yards. Mike Fiers (6-4, 3.75 ERA) pitches for the AL-leading Astros against Ubaldo Jimenez (4-5, 7.01). Baltimore's big hitters combined for 10 home runs in the series against Texas and outscored the Rangers 34-11. The Orioles' four-game winning streak is their longest since a six-game run in early May, and it puts them within three games of .500 (46-49) for the first time since July 4. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Atlanta Braves fans say it seems heavy downpours keep popping up right over SunTrust Park in Cobb County. There was another rain delay Tuesday night. Severe Weather Team 2's Brian Monahan says it may not be just coincidence that the storms are forming right over the stadium. A viewer just sent us this picture from @SunTrustPark of the storms rolling through. #StormWatchOn2 pic.twitter.com/59Glz7oUo7-- WSB-TV (@wsbtv) July 18, 2017 For the 11th time this season, the grounds crew at the new home of the Braves were busy rolling the tarp on the field at the start of a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay Tuesday night. On their first visit to SunTrust Park, Teresa Balcer and her husband, Robert, told Monahan that they took the pelting rain in stride. 'You come prepared. We have excellent ponchos. Just so it's not lightning. You go with the flow,' Balcer said. TRENDING STORIES: Baby died in hot car while mom got her hair done, police say Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief arrested again Ebenezer's Rev. Raphael Warnock arrested during Capitol protest Just a night earlier, Heidi Hausler said she sat through the 10th rain delay of the season. 'Monday night, there was an hour where they had the tarp out, but we just kind of sat in our seats and waiting for it to roll by,' Hausler said. Nearly a quarter of the games the Braves have played at SunTrust this season have been stalled by rain. While rain has been above average across north Georgia this year, a recent study by the University of Georgia found heavy summertime rainfall is more frequent near SunTrust Park, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. That time I left the ballpark because of rain and the delay ended when I got home. pic.twitter.com/yXIGwc9kZu-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) July 19, 2017 The reason: The urban heat island. As moisture combines with buoyant hot air over the Atlanta metro, storms form near Interstate 285 and can drift slowly right near SunTrust Park. Michael Leverhett, who stopped by the new park for the first time Wednesday, told Monahan he was trying to will the rain away just before the game. 'Not today; we chose today's game because the rain comes toward the end of the day,' Leverhett said. A lot of fans asked why not put a retractable roof on SunTrust? Monahan asked the Braves that question and they told him it's something they never really considered in the design plans.
  • Mike Montgomery hit his first home run and allowed two hits and one run in six innings to lead the streaking Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Javier Baez hit a three-run homer in the eighth for Chicago, which stretched its season-best winning streak to six games since the All-Star break. The Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Braves. Kris Bryant, the Cubs' 2016 NL MVP, left the game with a sprained left little finger in the first inning. The team said X-rays were negative and his status is day to day. Tommy La Stella, who replaced Bryant, also homered and Addison Russell drove in two runs with four hits, including two doubles. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • The Cubs believe Kris Bryant won't miss a prolonged period of time after he suffered a sprained left little finger that forced him to leave the Chicago Cubs' game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. The Cubs say X-rays on Bryant were negative. His status is day to day and he will be monitored. 'I think he's doing fine,' said manager Joe Maddon. '... I don't have any final conclusions but I think we really kind of dodged the bullet right there.' Bryant doubled to center field off R.A. Dickey in the first inning. With two outs, Bryant tried to advance to third base on a pitch in the dirt. He slid head-first into third base but was thrown out by catcher Tyler Flowers. Bryant remained face-down on the field for a few seconds before rising to his feet. He immediately looked at his left hand. Maddon said he doesn't think the injury is 'anything debilitating.' 'From what I understand it kind of bent his finger and might have got cut on the cleat a little bit,' he said. Tommy La Stella replaced Bryant at third base in the bottom of the inning. Bryant, the 2016 NL MVP, is hitting .273 with 19 homers and 40 RBIs. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • As we reach a new social media milestone here at Channel 2 Action News - passing 1 million followers on Twitter! -- we take a look back at some of the biggest stories we've covered since establishing the @wsbtv Twitter account.2009In case you haven't been with us since the beginning, we sent out our very first tweet in 2009.One of the biggest stories that happened that year were the epic floods that hit the metro area. For a full week in mid-September, 2009, tropical moisture led to isolated flash flooding across the metro area.An estimated 300 roads were flooded and closed, including both lanes of Interstate 20 west of Atlanta, Interstate 575 at Highway 92, and the Stone Mountain Freeway. More than a dozen counties were declared disaster areas and eligible for public assistance from FEMA. Ten people lost their lives, most them died while driving at night.2010The next year brought the beginning of a story that not only captivated the metro area, but also gained national attention: the murder of Rusty Sneiderman.Sneiderman was gunned down outside his children's Dunwoody day care. The man behind the gun - Hemy Neuman - was said to be having an affair with Rusty's wife Andrea.2011A year later was one metro Atlantans won't soon forget…2011 began in with a heck of a snow storm, which was dubbed 'Snomageddon 2011.'The storm crippled transportation across the metro, with its affects rippling across the country because no one could leave Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.In March 2011, a man shot and killed an Athens-Clarke County police officer.Jamie Hood went on the run and was eventually found holed-up in a home, with several hostages. After hours of negotiations, Hood surrendered to police on live TV - actually in the middle of the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.In July 2011, Atlanta Public School was thrust into the national spotlight when an 800-page report was released, implicating 178 teachers and administrators in a massive cheating scandal, saying an investigation found cheating on the state CRCT exam throughout the district.In December 2011, the search for a missing 7-year-old girl came to a tragic end.Jorelys Rivera had been missing for several days. Then word came that the girl's body had been found.Police arrested Ryan Brunn, 20, a maintenance worker at the family's apartment complex, charging him with the girl's murder. He pleaded guilty in her death and a couple days later, he hung himself in his prison cell.2012In August 2012, Andrea Sneiderman was indicted in her husband's death on charges of murder, attempted murder, racketeering, insurance fraud, two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements. A jury would later find her guilty of nine of 13 felony counts, including perjury and making false statements to police. The judge would sentence her to 5 years in prison, including time served.In November of that year, as Superstorm Sandy dumped massive amounts of rain across the northern part of the country, the storm brought high winds the metro area, downing trees and power lines.A massive branch fell at a daycare in Winder, hitting then 2-year-old Tripp Halstead in the head, severely injuring him. His journey through recovery caught the internet by storm and still remains a social media superstorm, inspiring other across the world as his family shares their continued journey.Also in November 2012, two Atlanta police officers were tracking some suspects near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Hamilton E. Holmes Drive when the helicopter got tangled in powerlines and crashed, killing both officers onboard.2013The following year, 2013, started with intense storms, leaving the city of Adairsville devastated when a tornado hit the community in January. Channel 2's Ross Cavitt caught video of the funnel cloud that swept through that day.A new era for the Atlanta Falcons came in March, with the announcement that a new home was going to be built for the team next to the Georgia Dome, set to open in time for their 2017 season.In June 2013, after months of investigation, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis was indicted on corruption charges. Ellis' first trial would end in a mistrial in 2014.Then prosecutors would try him again in 2015, with a jury convicting Ellis of perjury for lying to a special purpose grand jury and of attempted extortion for meddling with a vendor's contract after that vendor refused to give him a campaign contribution. In Nov. 2016, the Georgia Supreme Court would overturn that conviction saying a special grand juror should not have been allowed to give his opinion about how relevant Ellis' statements were to their investigation.The next day, on Aug. 20, 2013, a gunman would walk into the office of McNair High School, armed with multiple guns.Michael Brandon Hill opened fire on officers responding the school after police said he went into the main office and fired off shots there. One of the office workers would end up calling the Channel 2 Action News newsroom and speaking to an assignment editor, at the request of the gunman.Police were able to arrest Hill with no one getting hurt.2014January 2014 brought another round of nasty weather to the metro area, again in the form of snow.Snowmageddon 2014 wreaked havoc on metro roadways, leaving people stranded on metro interstates for upwards of 24 hours.Channel 2 Action News stayed on the air for hours on end as transportation crews worked to clear the roads. We sent our army of reporters out to cover every angle of the storm, which brought about the now-infamous '25 box' of reporters. 25-box at @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/Z2p8nsQr7S-- Brett Rosner (@Brosner85) January 29, 2014 Also in January, word would come on a quiet weekend that the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late-Whitney Houston, was found unconscious, face-down in the bathtub of her Roswell home. Bobbi Kristina Brown would be put on life-support for months on end, until July 2015, when she passes away.In April 2015, the end of the APS Cheating Scandal finally arrived. After months of tribunals and plea bargains, a final round of 12 educators would go to trial in the scandal, with a jury convicting 11 of the 12 educators.Fast forward to June of that year, and the world would learn of the tragic death of Cooper Harris. The toddler was left in the back of his father's SUV four hours on a hot June day, and died.His father, Ross Harris, would be charged and convicted in the toddler's death. The trial quickly gained national attention.In July, as the battle against the deadly disease Ebola came to a fever pitch, word came from health officials that two Americans had contracted the disease while overseas on missionary work.The two would be brought to Emory Hospital in DeKalb County where they would recover from the disease.In September, the Atlanta Braves announced they were moving out of downtown and would be building a brand-new stadium on the edge of Cobb County, along with an entertainment district that would lead the way into the ball park.In November 2015, racial tension across the country came to a head after a police officer shot an unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri. Atlanta joined several other cities across the country that had people marching in protest over what would become a series of shootings of unarmed black men.2016In August 2016, the man accused of physically killing Rusty Sneiderman, Hemy Neuman, was found guilty of murder after nearly 6 years.In November 2016, after a trial that lasted several weeks, Ross Harris was found guilty in the death of his son Cooper, more than 2 years after the child's death.2017So far 2017 has brought several big stories to metro Atlanta.We cheered our Atlanta Falcons through the playoffs and all the way to the Super Bowl. It was a fun ride that just didn't end the way we would have liked. There's always next year…On the evening of March 30, a massive plume of black smoke started to emerge from under the Interstate 85 overpass that stretched across Piedmont Road.As the fire raged on, the overpass would eventually collapse, paralyzing Atlanta-area roadways for the 6 weeks it would take crews to build a new overpass bridge.In June, as a prison transport bus was driving through Putnam County, two inmates would manage to make their way through the secured area of the bus, killing two corrections officers. The men would then lead police on a two-day manhunt, eventually being found in Tennessee.And as we make our way through the month of July, just last week a man would hold police on a standoff for hours at a Cobb County bank. The suspect would end up calling the Channel 2 Action News newsroom, telling one of our assignment editors he was a homeless Marine veteran, that he was unhappy with his experiences with the VA and had no money to buy food or water.Police said a member of the tactical team would end up shooting the man, to end the situation. Twitter remains one of the fastest ways Channel 2 Action News distributes the metro-area's news.We thank the 1 million users who have followed us over the last 8 years and look forward to bringing the latest headlines and breaking news to the next 1 million followers!
  • John Lackey didn't consider this a final test to see if he can hold his spot in the Chicago Cubs' rotation. Lackey has given no thought to pitching out the bullpen, not after a 15-year career as a starter. 'No, that ship has sailed,' Lackey said with a smile. 'That ain't going to happen. There's two places for me to be: starting or at home. Except for the playoffs or in big games — we can compromise.' Willson Contreras hit a three-run homer, Lackey earned his first win in a month and the Cubs won their fifth straight game with a 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Rain delayed the start of the game for 2 hours, 30 minutes. The defending World Series champion Cubs moved three games over .500 for the first time since winning at Miami on June 6. Chicago is 2½ games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee. The Cubs went up 4-1 in the third on Javier Baez's 11th homer and Contreras' 13th homer, a three-run shot . Chicago led 5-1 in the sixth on Ben Zobrist's groundout. Lackey (6-9) came off the disabled list to allow one run, five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out one. The 38-year-old showed no ill effects from plantar fasciitis in his right foot and won for the first time since June 18 at Pittsburgh, a stretch of four starts. The Braves have dropped two straight after sweeping three games from Arizona. Atlanta began the night 18-11 since June 2, tied with Houston for the second-best record in the majors. But the Braves' offense mostly sputtered against Lackey, getting only a solo homer from Nick Markakis in the second. It was the 25th homer allowed by Lackey, most in the NL. Lackey has been speculated as possibly moving to the bullpen with the Cubs trading recently for Jose Quintana and getting Kyle Hendricks back from the disabled list in a few days. Lackey began the season with a career 3.88 ERA. It's 5.04 this year, but he hopes that Tuesday's outing — preceded by Jon Lester, Quintana and Jake Arrieta — proves that the rotation is still reliable after a difficult first half of the season. 'We have guys that have done it before, guys who take pride in what they do and want to do better than we did in the first half, for sure,' Lackey said. Sean Newcomb (1-5) lost his third straight start, allowing five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander struck out five. 'Tonight I didn't throw a lot of strikes in spots I need to,' Newcomb said. 'I was trying to do a little too much with my off-speed, kind of trying to not living pitch by pitch, thinking too far ahead. I just have to attack a pitch at a time, not worry about what's about to happen.' SOARING AND SLIDING Contreras has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games and has a .380 average with four homers over that stretch. ... Cubs RF Jason Heyward went 2 for 4 and is hitting .409 over his last seven games. ... Newcomb posted a 1.48 ERA over his first four career starts, but the rookie has a 12.79 ERA over his last three. .. Brian Duensing, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr. and Hector Rondon pitched the last four innings as Chicago's bullpen lowered its ERA four points to 3.30, second-best in the majors. ... Despite his homer, Markakis is hitting .205 since June 22. DARK HORIZONS In their first season at SunTrust Park, the Braves have hosted 11 weather delays in 47 home games. TRAINER'S ROOM Cubs: Hendricks, on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right hand, told reporters that he's ready to return to the rotation after throwing five perfect innings in a rehab start Monday at Double-A Tennessee. Manager Joe Maddon said Hendricks will stay with the team and make his next start early next week, though Maddon has yet to decide what game. Braves: Manager Brian Snitker said RHP Arodys Vizcaino will come off the disabled list Wednesday. Vizcaino, sidelined for two weeks with a strained right index finger, is 3-2 with a 3.28 ERA this year and has 21 saves in 30 career chances. UP NEXT Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-6) will make his eighth start and face Atlanta for the first time in his career. He is 1-3 with a 5.77 ERA as a starter. Braves: RHP R.A. Dickey (6-5) will make his 19th start and face the Cubs for the third time. He is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in two career starts against Chicago. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseballstart.
  • Wade Davis has converted each of his 18 saves with the Cubs this year. The ninth inning against the Braves was proof they haven't all been easy. Jon Lester bounced back from the shortest start of his career by allowing only one run in seven innings and Chicago stopped Atlanta's ninth-inning comeback to give the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Braves on Monday night. The Cubs led 4-1 before Atlanta scored two runs in the ninth off Davis. The game ended with the bases loaded. 'I've probably had two or three this year where I just don't know where anything is going,' Davis said. 'With the outcome that the team wins, I'm not even upset. Davis allowed one-out singles to Brandon Phillips and Freddie Freeman before Phillips scored from third on a wild pitch. Matt Kemp followed with a run-scoring single before pinch-runner Lane Adams stole second and moved to third on Tyler Flowers' fly ball to the warning track in center field. Following an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Matt Adams, pinch-runner Dansby Swanson stole second, leaving runners on second and third. Davis walked Sean Rodriguez, playing in his first game of the season, to load the bases. Johan Camargo's fly ball to shallow left ended the game. Flowers said the ninth 'was fun — and it was almost real fun.' It was a survival test for Davis. 'I was just happy I could make one or two pitches and get out of it,' Davis said. Davis has not blown a save in 24 consecutive chances, going back to September 2016 with Kansas City. Ben Zobrist gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo hit his 23rd homer to center in the seventh, and Addison Russell drove in Javier Baez with a pinch-hit double in the eighth. Lester (6-6) allowed one run in his first win since June 24. He added some offensive highlights to his big night. He hit a third-inning double and stole second — the first of his career — following a sixth-inning walk. Lester returned to his winning form after allowing 10 runs, four earned, in two-thirds of an inning in a 14-3 loss to Pittsburgh on July 9. The Cubs, coming off a sweep of Baltimore, have won four straight and trail first-place Milwaukee by 3½ games in the NL Central. Chicago began the night only one-half game ahead of the Braves in the NL wild-card race. Teheran (7-7) allowed two runs and five hits and four walks in six innings, leaving him 1-7 in 10 home starts. He is 6-0 on the road. Phillips' single up the middle drove in Ender Inciarte, who stole third, in the third. Kyle Schwarber ended the sixth inning by catching Freeman's fly ball in foul territory before tumbling over the short wall on the left field line. TRAINER'S ROOM Braves RHP Arodys Vizcaino (right index finger strain) had one strikeout and allowed no hits in one inning for Triple-A Gwinnett in what may be his only injury rehab appearance. Monday's roster moves left the team with a seven-man bullpen, but manager Brian Snitker indicated he'd go back to having eight relievers when Vizcaino returns in 'a couple days.'... OF Danny Santana (bacterial infection) came off the 10 day DL. RHP Jason Hursh and IF Jace Peterson were optioned to Gwinnett. PACKED HOUSE As always is the case in Atlanta, there was a strong presence by Cubs fans in the sellout crowd of 41,256. Braves manager Brian Snitker said it was 'like a playoff game almost with the energy in the stadium.' WEATHER DELAY The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 3 minutes by weather. BRAVES DEBUT Rodriguez made his Braves debut, starting at third base. He mishandled a grounder hit by Willson Contreras in the fourth for an error. Rodriguez spent the first half of the season recovering from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder after a vehicle he was driving was rammed by a stolen police car in Miami on Jan. 28. 'I'm like a little kid on his birthday,' Rodriguez said before the game. UP NEXT Cubs: RHP John Lackey (5-9, 5.20) is expected to come off the disabled list to make Tuesday night's start. He went on the DL with right foot plantar fasciitis following his previous start on July 5. Braves: Rookie LHP Sean Newcomb (1-4, 426) will make his seventh start, and his first against Chicago. Newcomb has allowed a combined 11 runs in 7 1/3 innings in losing his past two starts. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • The Atlanta Braves have activated utility players Sean Rodriguez and Danny Santana from the disabled list. Right-hander Jason Hursh and infielder Jace Peterson were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Rodriguez will start at third base in his Braves debut against the Cubs on Monday night. Freddie Freeman is starting at first base. Rodriguez needed surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder after a vehicle he was driving was rammed by a stolen police car in Miami on Jan. 28. His wife, Giselle, and two of their children were hospitalized and have recovered from their injuries. There were concerns Rodriguez would miss the season after the surgery. He signed a two-year, $11.5 million deal with Atlanta in November. Rodriguez set career highs by hitting .270 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs for Pittsburgh in 2016. Santana missed the minimum 10 days with a bacterial infection. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

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  • Police are investigating a shooting at a Starbucks in Cobb County. Channel 2's Ross Cavitt learned that a woman was shot outside the Starbucks at Paces Ferry and Cumberland Parkway Thursday afternoon. Witnesses said they heard a pop and then saw the gunman jump over the bushes and run to a waiting truck. Cavitt spoke to a witness who said the woman who was shot asked for help, but then left. The woman has been identified as Sheena Fisse, 31. 'She had come into the door and I heard from other people she asked for help and said she's been shot. She asked for help or announced she'd been shot and turned around and left,' Grant Wyckoff said. TRENDING STORIES: O.J. Simpson granted parole after 9 years in jail Police: Burglar thought he cut security wires, still caught on camera 10-year-old girl hit, killed while walking to store Police said Fisse was shot in the side and drove eight miles down the interstate to Fulton Industrial Boulevard where they found her. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Police said they are questioning one person in connection with the shooting. If you have any information, you're asked to call 770-499-3945. Woman shot outside Cumberland Starbucks, drives miles down the highway before stopping. Suspect at large. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/LNiySLNVz8-- Ross Cavitt | WSB-TV (@RossCavittWSB) July 20, 2017
  • Police said a burglar broke into a local nail salon and got away with cash.Channel 2's Audrey Washington was in Gainesville where police said the man scoped out the shop for one specific reason.Police said the burglar targeted the salon because he knows the nail techs get tipped with cash. They said it's the same reason they want him off the streets before he hits another nail shop.Surveillance video obtained by Washington showed the man walk into the back door of the nail studio and spa inside the Lakeshore Mall before 8 a.m.'Somebody come in through the back door like you see in the video,' the business owner told Washington, 'He just randomly picked it and (was) lucky to get in.' TRENDING STORIES: Woman had $2 million in liquid meth hidden in cleaning jugs during traffic stop, police say 10-year-old girl struck, killed while walking to a store Man shoots AT&T work truck outside parked in front of his home While inside, the shop owner said that the man cut the wires to what he thought was the security system. It turned out the wires he cut were to the audio system, so the camera was rolling as the man made his way inside. 'Not fair for us or anybody or business owners,' the salon owner told Washington.Sgt. Kevin Holbrook, with the Gainesville Police Department, told Washington, 'He did not hit any other businesses in the mall. He went to this nail salon, probably knowing that they do a lot of cash business.'The owner wouldn't say how much the guy got away with and police are hoping someone will recognize the suspect in the video by his distinctive camouflage backpack. Meanwhile police are warning other nail salon owners in the area. 'If you do cash business, if you have employees that receive cash tips, do not keep large amounts of cash in your store,' Holbrook said.The salon owner said he added extra security to his back door and as for the suspect, police believe he lives in the area. Anyone with information is asked to give Gainesville police a call.
  • Sen. John McCain's treatment for brain cancer could keep him out of Washington for weeks, perhaps months, and yet it's unlikely anyone will challenge his extended leave. Congress has a long tradition in which no one questions ailing lawmakers taking time to recover. For starters, it's just poor form. And, frankly, it's up to the stricken member of Congress and their doctors to decide when — or even if — they return to work. Some have recuperated away from the Capitol for a year or more. It's an unwritten courtesy that often doesn't extend to the real working world where employees are forced to file for medical disability or take unpaid leave. Julie Tarallo, McCain's spokeswoman, said Friday that 'further consultations with Sen. McCain's Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.' McCain had taken to Twitter on Thursday promising a quick return. 'Unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!' said the six-term Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP presidential nominee. The 80-year-old McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, who had removed a blood clot above his left eye last Friday. He and his family are weighing his treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy. In the immediate aftermath of McCain's diagnosis, Republicans wouldn't speculate about what the temporary loss of McCain's vote would mean. But McCain's absence complicates Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plans for a Senate vote on a GOP health care bill to erase much of the Affordable Care Act. A vote is possible on Tuesday, but GOP defections plus McCain's likely absence could sink any chance even to get started. McCain wouldn't be the first lawmaker this year to miss votes, hearings and other legislative action. Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson remained in Georgia for several weeks earlier this year as he underwent two back surgeries and recuperated. Isakson missed the vote on confirming Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. In January 2012, then-Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. suffered a major stroke and didn't return for almost a full year, making a dramatic entrance by climbing the steps of the Capitol on the opening day of the following Congress. In a lawmaker's absence, congressional staff keep the office operating, send out news releases — one from McCain on Thursday blasted the Trump administration's Syria policy — and respond to constituents. Absences can leave the margin of control on a razor's edge. The month after Democrats won back the Senate in 2006, South Dakota Democrat Tim Johnson had a near-fatal episode of bleeding in his brain that, at the time, threatened to shift the Senate's margin from 51-49 Democratic to 50-50 GOP control with Republican Vice President Dick Cheney the deciding vote. Johnson recovered but was away from the Senate for almost nine months. McCain is battling the same form of cancer that claimed the life of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in August 2009. Kennedy was away from the Senate for extended stretches but returned on occasion to vote. 'There were times when Senator Reid had to juggle things because he had two senators absent, Senator Kennedy and Senator Byrd,' said longtime former Senate aide Jim Manley, who worked for both Kennedy and then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. 'Having said that, it really never, with a handful of exceptions, proved to be that big of a problem.' Kennedy also delegated some of his responsibilities as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee by farming out responsibility for bills before the panel to colleagues such as then-Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. McCain has had Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., handle his duties as Armed Services Committee chairman. Unclear is whether Inhofe will steer the sweeping defense policy bill if the Senate begins debate in August. And, if legislative necessity should dictate that McCain return for a crucial, dramatic vote, there's precedent for that. Kennedy, who mostly stayed away from the chamber for fear of infection, returned to the Senate in July 2008 for a key vote. During McCain's first term, Sen. Pete Wilson, R-Calif., recovering from an emergency appendectomy, was wheeled in on a stretcher to cast the deciding vote on a GOP budget plan. And in 1964, California Democrat Clair Engle, whose own bout with brain cancer rendered him unable to speak, was wheeled into the Senate to vote for the landmark Civil Rights Act. Engle pointed to his eye and tried to mouth 'aye,' according to newspaper accounts at the time. In an earlier time, some senators were away from the chamber for years. Karl Mundt, R-S.D., suffered a stroke in late 1969 and refused to resign and allow a GOP replacement to be named. He held the seat until January 1973 and was replaced by Democrat Jim Abourezk. Sen. Carter Glass, D-Va., kept his titles of president pro tempore and chairman of the Appropriations Committee despite being absent because of frailty due to old age.
  • Embattled former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has opened a new consulting firm called Resilient Patriot, LLC that is advising private equity firms, according to one of his brothers, who says Flynn is 'moving on with his life.' Joe Flynn said his family also is in the early stages of starting a fund to pay for the legal bills his brother is racking up as he sits at the center of multiple probes into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. 'Mike's not a millionaire, not even close,' Joe Flynn told The Associated Press this week. 'This situation has put him in a tough spot financially. This is going to cost him a lot of money.' 'There's a lot of people that are big fans of his across the country,' he added. Several of Flynn's siblings plan to administer the fund for the retired Army lieutenant general, and are working on setting up a website and consulting with a lawyer about the legal intricacies of such a fund. Joe Flynn said they want to 'be as transparent as possible' and do it properly. After being forced into retirement in 2014 by the Obama administration, Flynn went on to set up a company that accepted speaking fees from Russian entities and later did consulting work for a Turkish-owned business. He joined the Trump campaign and then the administration as an early supporter. But the Trump White House ousted him after saying he mischaracterized conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. A wide range of his actions — including foreign contracts and payments, and whether he lied to officials — are under scrutiny by investigators. Joe Flynn said his brother is not independently wealthy, and depends on his Army pension. While his brother made some money consulting, Joe Flynn said much of that went into his company and to subcontractors. Now, with Resilient Patriot, Michael Flynn is advising private equity firms on deals they are considering, Joe Flynn said. He did not specify the firms. 'They use him to vet opportunities with his network,' he said. 'He's slowly starting to do that as a totally independent consultant.' While he said his older brother is doing well, 'There's still a cloud over him,' he said, adding 'I think he's not worried about going to jail or anything like that.' His son, Mike Flynn Jr., used the name Resilient Patriot on Twitter, but the work does not involve him, Joe Flynn said. Flynn Jr. sent numerous posts on Twitter about the conspiracy theories of Pizzagate, a fake new story suggesting a Washington, D.C., pizza shop plays a key role in a child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton. The conspiracy theory influenced a North Carolina man to fire a rifle in the restaurant in December. Michael Flynn has been spending most of his summer in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he and his wife grew up and where they built a home years ago. Flynn has spent time surfing and golfing there in recent days. The plans for a legal defense fund were first reported by Bloomberg.
  • Lately the Congressional Budget Office just can't get any respect. Republicans from the White House on down have worked to discredit the nonpartisan agency, in an effort to undermine its inconvenient findings that GOP health care bills would cause more than 20 million people to lose their insurance. Now all eight former directors of the agency, some of them Republicans and some Democrats, have signed onto a letter defending CBO and urging lawmakers to give it the respect it deserves. 'We write to express our strong objection to recent attacks on the integrity and professionalism of the agency and on the agency's role in the legislative process,' the former directors say in their letter Friday to the top Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. CBO is a nonpartisan agency and acts as Congress' official scorekeeper, analyzing the costs and impacts of the bills lawmakers write. Most major legislation does not come to a vote without a CBO 'score' and these scores can be consequential in serving as the bottom line analysis of the impact a bill will have. CBO directors are approved by the House and Senate leaders. The current director, Keith Hall, was chosen by Republican Tom Price, who is now secretary of Health and Human Services but previously chaired the budget committee in the House. Price made the selection and it was blessed by the top Capitol Hill GOP leaders at the time. Hall has served since 2015. Nevertheless, in recent months Republicans have not liked what CBO has had to say about the GOP's legislation to repeal and replace 'Obamacare.' The biggest headlines have been the large numbers of consumers who would lose insurance under the GOP plans, plus the higher premiums for older Americans that would result. Many congressional Republicans have pointed out that CBO's predictions sometimes don't prove accurate. In one example Republicans often cite, the agency overestimated the number of Americans who would gain health coverage on the purchasing exchanges created by Obamacare. Two Trump White House officials, legislative director Marc Short and Brian Blase, special assistant to the president for the National Economic Council, went so far as to write an opinion piece in the Washington Post earlier this month pre-butting the agency's findings about Senate health care legislation. The estimates 'will be little more than fake news' the two claimed. The sitting leadership of the CBO does not respond to such attacks. But in an unusual move the past leadership got together to fight back. In their letter the former directors defended the agency's approach and the high quality of its research, while noting that a law's outcome over time can be difficult to predict in a dynamic economy. 'In sum, relying on CBO's estimates in the legislative process has served the Congress?_?and the American people?_?very well during the past four decades,' they conclude. 'As the House and Senate consider potential policy changes this year and in the years ahead, we urge you to maintain and respect the Congress's decades-long reliance on CBO's estimates in developing and scoring bills.' ___ Online: Read the CBO directors' letter at: https://medium.com/@douglas.elmendorf/letter-from-former-cbo-directors-on-the-importance-of-cbos-role-in-the-legislative-process-278863b7e1c6 An occasional look at what Capitol Hill is talking about
  • Meek Mill faced scrutiny during his highly-publicized rap feud with Drake and relationship with former girlfriend Nicki Minaj. Some may think Mill lost in both situations, especially after Drake's Grammy-nominated diss track 'Back to Back.' But the Philadelphia-bred rapper doesn't view it that way, saying there were other pressing issues in his life he considers as losses — from the death of close friends to a probation violation that landed him three months in house arrest last year. While wearing a gold pendant in remembrance of the late rapper and protege Lil Snupe, who was shot dead in 2013, Mill spoke with The Associated Press about his new album 'Wins & Losses,' which comes out Friday. He also touches on empowering young black youth, Minaj's ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels being jumped during the BET Awards weekend and his aspirations of doing film. AP: What compelled you to name your album 'Wins and Losses'? Mill: Everybody saying that I'm losing and I lost. I lost my case. I lost my friends to the streets. Those things really meant something to me. I started off in the basement on a karaoke machine. Now I'm in million-dollar studios, making a lot of money being able to feed my family and take them out a crazy environment, still being able to wake up on my own time and do things how I want to do it. That's my definition of winning. I determine my definition of losing on this album. AP: Your single 'Young Black America' has a politically-charged tone. What do you want people to take away from it? Mill: It's an eye-opener for the young people for my culture. It's to help them open their eyes and see what they are really dealing with in real reality. A lot of rap isn't based off reality most of the time. Sometimes it's ignorant. ... I just wanted to give young people in our culture an understanding of what's going on. In one video, we got young kids with guns with KKK masks on, basically saying we killing our own. AP: What run-ins have you experienced with the law that youngsters can relate to? Mill: I was 18 and got beat up by a cop and almost killed by cops. I was just a statistic coming up. The cops are in a dangerous neighborhood thinking everybody else in the neighborhood is dangerous or everybody in the hood is killers. They caught me and treated me like I was a killer. I don't think that's really right. The cop gave me a 100 charges with trying to kill a cop. I don't want to kill a cop. They basically put me on probation for the rest of my life from that point on when I was 18. I'm 30 now and still on probation. I've been to jail three times from that one stint of probation. Any mistake you make, you'll be put in prison. Your freedom can be took. AP: Your relationship with Minaj and beef with Drake really put a spotlight on you. How did you take to the criticism? Mill: I'll look at the internet and see comments like, 'Meek got Nicki money.' You can't know nothing about Meek Mill if you saying something like that. They be like 'Meek Mill can't rap.'... 'Somebody wrote Meek Mill raps'. ... I came up on YouTube rapping since I was 14 years old. That's my importance to the streets. They seen me come up. My story is not a facade. AP: Did you have anything to do with Safaree being jumped? Mill: I don't know nothing about him getting jumped on. I pulled up and actually seen him getting into an altercation. You can look at my face and see that I was surprised. Me and my friends had a party at that spot that night, so that's somewhere we were supposed to be going. I don't communicate with him. I don't know him. I don't even want to base those guys in this interview. That's not even on my level. Street fights take place all the time. I ain't touch nobody. Didn't put no hand on nobody. I'm on strict probation. I'm just trying to handle my business and feed my family. I don't think those dudes are worthy of being talked about. AP: Does your short film, 'Wins & Losses: The Movie' make you want to get more involved in film? Mill: I want to do something that expresses the things we go through. The things we feel. I have a lot of older white friends who don't understand our culture. They might see ignorant or wild things and don't understand why it's going on. But I might have to break it down like, 'Yo, this guy is on drugs for 15 years.' I believe I can express things through film. ___ Online: http://www.meekmilldreamteam.com ___ Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MrLandrum31 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/jonathan%20landrum