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Iowa Democrats file lawsuit over absentee ballot rulings

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn court rulings last week that invalidated thousands of absentee ballot requests.
The Democratic Party, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee filed the lawsuit after judges in Linn and Woodbury counties sided with President Donald Trump’s campaign and other Republican groups. They argued that elections officials in both counties erred when they sent absentee ballot request forms out with personal information filled in.
The rulings mean about 57,000 ballot requests returned in Linn County and 14,000 in Woodbury County are not valid, and voters will have to resubmit requests on standard, blank forms as directed by Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate. A similar case is pending in Johnson County.
Democrats contend Pate overstepped his authority when he issued a directive requiring the blank absentee ballot request forms, two weeks after auditors announced plans to send out the pre-filled forms.
In a statement Monday, Pate accused Democrats of only wanting absentee requests sent out in “Democrat-heavy counties” and said the lawsuit could prevent him from sending out ballot requests statewide.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.

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Police: Homeowner fatally shoots man accused of break-in

PALO (AP) — A homeowner shot and killed another man suspected of breaking into his home before dawn Monday, sheriff’s officials in eastern Iowa reported.
The incident happened shortly after 3 a.m. Monday, when several people called 911 to report that a man was trying to break into homes in Palo, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Deputies had responded to the area when another caller reported that a man had broken into a home and threatened the people living there before the homeowner shot him, the release said.
Deputies and medics performed CPR on the suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither his name nor the name of the homeowner had been released by midmorning Monday.
Palo is a town of about 1,000 that lies 9 miles northwest of Cedar Rapids.

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Iowa continues to post high confirmed virus case numbers

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa continued Monday to record a high number of new positive coronavirus cases as the state continues to struggle with spreading virus in several counties, including those with university campuses.
Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health showed 611 new positive cases, sending the total to 64,713. Two additional deaths were reported raising the total to 1,112 deaths.
With many K-12 schools back in class, some districts also are struggling with high levels of county virus activity. Twelve counties had a positivity rate of 15% or higher, the threshold Gov. Kim Reynolds has set for schools to request to go to online teaching. The rate is three times the 5% rate recommended by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Five counties have positive rates above 20%, the data shows.
On Saturday, the state’s 14-day rolling total of positive cases reached an all-time high of 11,091. The 14-day average positivity rate, which is the percentage of those tested getting positive tests, is 11%.

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Across South, a push to change Confederate school names

By KIM CHANDLER
Associated Press
MONTGOMERY (AP) — Trude Lamb is a standout cross country runner at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, but the name on her jersey is a sharp reminder of a man “who didn’t believe people like me were 100% human.”
The sophomore, originally from Ghana, told the school board this summer that she had seen the horrific conditions of slave dungeons on the African coast and can’t support a name that celebrates a Confederate general who fought on the side of slavery. Along with many other students and alumni, she pushed to change the name this year in a campaign organized under the hashtag #wewontwearthename.
The school board approved the change in July after years of resistance.
“That name was not a black supporter. He owned slaves. He did anything he could to get rid of Black people. I’m like, ‘No, not wearing this name on my jersey,'” Lamb told The Associated Press.
More than 100 public schools in the U.S. are named for Confederate figures — roughly 90 of those for Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis or Gen. Stonewall Jackson — according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many were founded during the days of segregation as all-white schools but now also serve African American students. At least a dozen have majority Black student bodies.
A renewed push has emerged to rename many of the schools as ongoing nationwide protests over police misconduct and racial injustice have spurred the removal of Confederate monuments. Multiple school systems in Alabama, Texas and Virginia have voted to change school names in recent months, but local resistance and state laws make that no simple task.
Lamb, who gained national attention for her letter to the Tyler school board, has become a target of social media posts with racist language and even threats of violence, her mother said.
In Montgomery, Alabama, three high schools are named after Lee, Davis and Sidney Lanier, a writer and poet who was a Confederate soldier. The schools have student populations ranging from 82% to 99% Black.
“It’s a basic insult to all the African American children who would have to walk past a statue or go to a school that is named after a white supremacist,” said Amerika Blair, a 2009 Lee graduate who was among those pushing for change.
The Montgomery County School Board voted in July to change the names of the three schools, but a 2017 state law protects Confederate monuments and other long-standing memorials and names. The school system will have to get a waiver from a committee, which could act in October at the soonest, or pay a $25,000 fine for breaking the law by changing the name without permission.
Like many other Confederate-named schools, Lee in Montgomery opened as an all-white school in 1955— a year after the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional — as the South was actively fighting integration. But white flight after integration orders and shifting demographics meant many of the schools became heavily African American.
A statue of Lee stood outside the school for decades— facing north to keep an eye on his enemies, according to school legend— but was toppled from in pedestal in June. Four people were arrested for knocking over the statue but the charges were later dropped.
Similar pushes to rename schools are taking place across the country. The Southern Poverty Law Center said about 40 schools have been renamed, or closed, in the past few years.
In Virginia, the removal of Confederate names began in the state’s northern region in 2018, when J.E.B. Stuart High in Falls Church changed to Justice High. Washington-Lee High School in Arlington changed its name to Washington-Liberty at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.
The trend accelerated and expanded beyond the liberal northern Virginia suburbs as the Black Lives Matter protests took hold after the police killing of George Floyd died in Minneapolis in May.
Fairfax County voted for a new name for Robert E. Lee High. Stonewall Jackson High was renamed in Manassas, the place where the Confederate general earned his nickname in the first Battle of Bull Run. Rural Shenandoah County also changed the name of its high school named for Jackson. In Hanover County, a conservative jurisdiction outside Richmond, the school board narrowly voted to change the name of Lee-Davis High.
“Changing names is part of the transition from one era or epoch to another,” said historian Wayne Flynt, who has authored multiple books on Southern history.
Flynt said the same views that gave root to the Confederate school names has also gave rise to education funding systems that often leave minority children in underperforming and underfunded schools, problems that will remain after the name changes,
“What does bother me is when you get to the end of all the name changes, nothing has changed in terms the quality of the education or the property tax base in Alabama, which is pathetic,” Flynt said.
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Matthew Barakat contributed to this report from Virginia.

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Some coronavirus restrictions ease up in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Some coronavirus restrictions started easing up Monday in parts of South Florida.
In Miami-Dade County, restaurants were allowed to welcome back diners to indoor seating for the first time in almost two months, provided masks were worn and the establishments operated at 50% capacity.
In Palm Beach County, officials issued an order allowing tattoo and body piercing parlors, as well as tanning salons, to reopen starting Monday.
In Miami-Dade County, most indoor dining has been banned in the county since early July to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“This does not mean this is over by a long shot,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in an online news conference. “While we’re heading in the right direction, we’re not out of the woods.”
Under the order allowing indoor dining, restaurants will be required to run their ventilation and air conditioning systems with fans “on,” keep doors and windows open and limit no more than six people to a table.
Miami-Dade County also is allowing casinos to reopen, provided food and drink are consumed in eating-only designated areas, and drinking and eating is prohibited at gaming tables and slot machines.
In Palm Beach County, the tattoo shops, piercing parlors and tanning salons will have to adapt appropriate safety protocols to stop the spread of the virus, according to an order issued Sunday evening.
The loosening up of restrictions in South Florida comes after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he was considering allowing South Florida to move into Phase 2 , which would allow more businesses to resume operations.
DeSantis reiterated that idea Monday at a news conference in The Villages retirement community, saying he’s looking at reopening bars and nightclubs and wants the three South Florida counties – Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade – to join the rest of the state in reopening businesses.
“Everything’s open except the nightclubs and the pubs, and that’s something we’re going to address,” DeSantis said. “We’re going to work on our three southern Florida counties, getting them where we are. And that’s really the last piece of the puzzle.”
DeSantis vowed never to have another lockdown in Florida. “I hear people say they’ll shut down the country, and, honestly, I cringe,” he said.
Before his visit to The Villages, DeSantis held a panel discussion in Tallahassee with President Donald Trump’s new pandemic adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, who noted that infections and deaths are declining in the hardest-hit states.
“The American public should feel cautiously optimistic here about what’s going on,” Atlas said. “There is no need for fear at this point.”
Atlas downplayed the risk of infections in young people, saying activities like college football needed to be reopened because communities depended on them economically.
“This shouldn’t really be a point of controversy. College football should be open. It can be done safely,” Atlas said. “College sports is a big part of America and it’s a big part of the economic engine.”
Atlas also questioned the need to test people for coronavirus who do not have symptoms.
“When you start a program of testing simply to detect positive cases among asymptomatic low-risk groups, the outcome from that is to close the schools,” Atlas said. “And the goal of testing is not to close things. The goal of testing is to protect the vulnerable while we open the schools and open the economy.”
Meanwhile, Florida’s largest school district resumed classes Monday, though they were online rather than in person. Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ classes will remain online for at least a few weeks until the number of coronavirus cases in the county trends downward enough to resume in-person instruction.
But the online learning got off to a rocky start. The school district posted on Twitter that its website was having connectivity problems. “The problem has been identified and staff is working diligently to resolve it,” the district said Monday morning.
Florida reported around 1,900 new coronavirus cases Monday, raising the state’s total to 623,471 cases. Florida also reported 68 new deaths Monday, raising the state’s total to 11,331 deaths.
A fourth Florida lawmaker reported having COVID-19. State Rep. Chris Latvala of Clearwater said on Facebook that he was being treated at the Largo Medical Center but expected his stay to be short. The Republican lawmaker said he had been self-isolating since last Wednesday.
“My symptoms vary,” he said. “This pandemic is not over but we will get through it. Keep wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently.”

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May 24 trial set for Steve Bannon in fundraising fraud scam

By LARRY NEUMEISTER
Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — A May 2021 trial date was set Monday for Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, on charges that he cheated donors to a group seeking to fund a southern border wall.
Bannon, 66, of Washington, D.C., was audible but not visible on a video screen as he appeared for the first time before U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres, who set a May 24 trial date.
The hearing was notable, too, as a prosecutor said one of Bannon’s codefendants had made inflammatory claims on social media asserting the prosecution was politically motivated and an assault on the freedom of donors.
In an indictment along with three others, Bannon was charged two weeks ago with unlawfully raising over $25 million for the “We Build The Wall” campaign.
Prosecutors said thousands of investors were duped into thinking all of their donations would go toward the project, even though Bannon diverted over a million dollars, paying salary to one campaign official and personal expenses for himself.
Bannon pleaded not guilty after his Aug. 20 arrest aboard a luxury yacht off the coast of Connecticut. He was freed on $5 million bail by a Manhattan magistrate judge.
As he left the courthouse, he shouted: “This entire fiasco is to stop people who want to build the wall.”
Also appearing Monday only by audio on a video screen were Bannon’s codefendants, including Brian Kolfage, the project founder and an Air Force veteran who lost both legs and a hand in a mortar attack in Iraq.
Kolfage, 38, of Miramar Beach, Florida, spent some of the over $350,000 he received on home renovations, payments toward a boat, a luxury SUV, a golf cart, jewelry, cosmetic surgery, personal tax payments and credit card debt, the indictment said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe complained Monday that Kolfage has made comments on social media that violated local rules governing the behavior of parties to legal cases in New York federal court and threatened to taint the potential jury pool.
In a letter to the judge, prosecutors cited “a steady stream” of “highly inflammatory” public statements Kolfage has made, including claims that the prosecution was an assault on the freedom of donors for “political reasons.”
“I gave 3 limbs defending this freedom, and I’d proudly give another to fight back at this injustice to preserve the future of this nation,” Kolfage wrote in one Facebook post.
“The witch hunt is on!” he protested in another.
Kolfage’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said prosecutors were the real violators of local rules because of statements law enforcement authorities made the day of the arrests. He said prosecutors were acting like a schoolyard bully who hits somebody and then “runs to the teacher” when struck back.
The judge warned all parties to obey local rules banning statements that could interfere with a fair trial or prejudice the case.
Also charged were Andrew Badolato, 56, of Sarasota, Florida, and Timothy Shea, 49, of Castle Rock, Colorado. Kolfage, Badolato and Shea entered not guilty pleas Monday. They will be tried alongside Bannon in May.
All four are free on bail after being charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Each charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.

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Florida’s economic opportunity chief resigns amid jobs woes

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN
Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, (AP) — Florida’s director of economic opportunity resigned Monday, months after being stripped of his oversight of the state’s glitch-ridden unemployment system, which left hundreds of thousands of people waiting weeks — and sometimes months — for benefits after losing their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak.
Ken Lawson said in his resignation letter that he was leaving his post “in the spirit of turning the page and moving forward.”
Florida’s balky unemployment system was among the slowest in the country to respond to the surge in unemployment as the pandemic sidelined key sectors of the state’s economy, including bars, restaurants and huge swaths of the tourist industry.
The number of unemployed overwhelmed the state’s benefits system, preventing many applicants from filing claims online because of glitch-ridden servers and phone lines. The debacle prompted widespread complaints and put Gov. Ron DeSantis under political duress.
With public anger welling, Gov. Ron DeSantis yanked Lawson from his oversight role in April. Lawson remained as director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, but management of the unemployment system was given to Department of Management Services Secretary Jonathan Satter.
Shortly before the leadership shakeup, Lawson had publicly apologized for the distress the problems caused the newly unemployed. “From my heart, I apologize for what you’re going through,” he said then.
Florida’s unemployment system became fodder for state and national Democrats, who pushed for investigations into the failures, including an explanation of why the state could not deliver timely benefits.
DeSantis has acknowledged that his state’s unemployment system is broken and ordered his own investigators to look into the system’s failures. At one point, DeSantis likened the state’s unemployment system, known as CONNECT, to a “jalopy in the Daytona 500” being “left in the dust.”
A spokesperson for DeSantis said the governor did not have an immediate comment on Lawson’s resignation.
Democrats and Republicans alike have acknowledged that the problems with the CONNECT system predated the pandemic. The outbreak had caused the state’s unemployment rate to spike to 13.8% in April, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up from 4.4% the month before.
In fact, state audits found repeated failures in the system, which the governor has acknowledged was not designed to be able to handle the surge in claims.
In December 2018, a month before DeSantis was sworn in, Lawson, then president of Visit Florida, warned the governor’s transition team about grave deficiencies in the state’s unemployment compensation portal. The memo noted that the state’s reemployment system “may struggle in the event claims volume increases in the future.”
“To his credit, he submitted a memo to the governor even before the governor got sworn in,” said state Sen. Annette Taddeo. “This was not a priority of the DeSantis administration.”
The governor’s office has said that it was not aware of the “extraordinary deficiencies” and could not have foreseen the coming meltdown.
Tonya Olson, a physical therapist in St. Petersburg who waited three months for her first unemployment check, said Lawson was made to be a scapegoat and was one of the few who actually seemed to care.
“He’s the only person that I’ve seen who’s gone on record to apologize, take responsibility, and pledge to fix CONNECT and get people paid,” she said.
DeSantis has begun reopening much of Florida’s economy, allowing some Floridians to return to work even as the state continues to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
Since March 15, the department said it has processed nearly 3.7 million claims — paying out $14.6 billion in benefits to more than 1.9 million claimants. Much of that money — $11.5 billion — came from the federal government.
Under pressure, the governor ordered the department to install additional servers and to hire hundreds of temporary staffers to accommodate the deluge of calls.
With the state’s unemployment rate in July at 11.3%, more than 1.1 million Floridians remain out of work and the system continues straining to keep up.
“To this day we see new unemployment claims come our way, including from Floridians who haven’t seen a dime and others who are missing weeks of back pay. We need to completely dismantle and rebuild DEO with new people and policies,” said state Rep. Anna V. Eskamani.
Florida Democrats, who have been releasing a daily tally of those waiting for benefits, say the DeSantis has not fully resolved problems. According to state Senate Democrats, 1.7 million Floridians are waiting for benefits.
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Associated Press writer Kelli Kennedy contributed to this report from Miami.

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‘Antifa hunter’ gets 3 years for online racist threats

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
Associated Press
A Florida man who called himself “the Antifa hunter” as he waged an online campaign to terrorize and harass those who opposed his white supremacist ideology was sentenced on Monday to more than three years in prison.
Daniel McMahon, 32, of Brandon, Florida, pleaded guilty in April to using social media to threaten a Black activist to deter the man from running for office in Charlottesville, Virginia. McMahon also admitted that he threatened to sexually assault the young autistic daughter of a North Carolina woman who protested against white nationalists.
A federal judge in Virginia sentenced McMahon to three years and five months in prison. McMahon declined an opportunity to make a public statement beforehand, but he heard from his victims during the hearing, which was conducted remotely by video conference.
In a written statement read aloud by a court employee, the North Carolina woman said McMahon methodically “cultivated a culture of fear and chaos” in her community of anti-racist activists.
“There is seemingly nothing that Daniel McMahon will not do in the name of white supremacy,” she wrote.
Most of McMahon’s cyberstalking victims knew him as “Jack Corbin.” Under that pseudonym, he posted social media messages intended to deter a Black activist, Don Gathers, from running for a seat on Charlottesville’s city council. He called himself “the Antifa hunter,” a reference to anti-fascist, leftist militant activists who confront or resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations.
McMahon accused Gathers of “attacking” a white supremacist group member who later pleaded guilty to attacking counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. McMahon called for using a “diversity of tactics” against Gathers, which authorities interpreted as a euphemism for violence.
The FBI notified Gathers of McMahon’s threats. Instead of kicking off his campaign at a January 2019 event, Gathers announced he wouldn’t run for office. “Hail Victory!” McMahon wrote in response.
On Monday, Gathers told McMahon that he prays he may find a way to forgive him some day.
“But today is not that day,” Gathers added. “I despise all that you and others like you represent.”
After McMahon’s arrest, the North Carolina woman called federal prosecutors to report that he had threatened her and her daughter, a severely autistic minor, over Facebook and tried to extort personal information from her about another counterprotester.
The woman said McMahon sent her hundreds of threatening messages, including some detailing how he would sexually assault her daughter. He posted the girl’s photo on a racist social media platform, she added. He also did a Google search for the term “sex with autistic girls” a day before his arrest, according to a court filing.
“Only a deeply disturbed individual would do this, a monster,” the woman wrote. “I will never feel completely safe about my child again.”
Prosecutors say the contents of McMahon’s computer revealed his obsession with racially motivated violence and hatred of Black people, including images of white supremacist James Fields plowing his car into a crowd of Charlottesville counterprotesters, killing a woman.
A folder with a racist slur for a title contained photos of dead Black men, including a lynching victim. McMahon also saved graphic images of Trayvon Martin after the Black teenager was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member in Florida in 2012, according to prosecutors.
Other folders on McMahon’s computer contained personal information about his targets, including photos of their children. One target was a woman whose child had died, a tragedy that McMahon tried to exploit to extort information from her about antifascists, prosecutors said.
The FBI found 278 files with the word “owned” in the title, signaling that he had harassed that victim to his satisfaction. All told, prosecutors said, McMahon compiled 35 gigabytes of data that he could “weaponize” against his targets.
McMahon pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon wasn’t bound by sentencing guidelines that called for a prison term ranging from two years and nine months to three years and five months.
Moon accepted prosecutors’ recommendation to impose the maximum under the guidelines, saying McMahon’s conduct was “as egregious as it could be.”
“It may not have been physically violent, but it couldn’t have been more violent to one’s mental health or feeling of well-being,” the judge said.
Defense attorney Jessica Phillips asked the judge to sentence McMahon to a year and a half in prison and give him credit for time served since his Sept. 18, 2019, arrest.
Phillips said her client made “bad choices” but is remorseful and took full responsibility for his crimes. She attributed McMahon’s behavior to an untreated mental health disorder, alcohol abuse and a “lack of social stability.”
“While he did not realize the impact of his words at the time, he certainly does now,” Phillips wrote in a court filing.
Gathers told McMahon that “a new day, a different day, is coming” for those who share his “pitiful views.”
“Like it or not, Black lives matter,” he said.

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3 Hawaii inmates, 1 employee test positive for virus

OCCC now tallies nearly 300 — 256 inmates and three staff — with the coronavirus

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Public Safety announced Friday that three inmates and one staff member at the Oahu Community Correction Center tested positive for COVID-19.

There are now nearly 300 people who have tested positive at the Honolulu facility, including 256 inmates and 53 employees, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Department officials said 181 inmates and two employees were tested. Only four results came back positive.

The Oahu Community Correction Center is designed to hold 628 inmates; its operational capacity is 954.

Early in the pandemic, several advocacy groups raised concerns about the safety of others crowded in jails and prisons statewide and mentioned the risk of an outbreak.

Since then, the Hawaii Supreme Court has had ongoing orders to release defendants incarcerated for misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor crimes to relieve space in the facilities.

The state Department of Health has reported more than 8,300 confirmed coronavirus cases and 63 deaths, including 200 newly confirmed cases and two deaths, as of Sunday.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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Adames hits grand slam, surging Rays beat Marlins for sweep

MIAMI (AP) — Willy Adames hit a grand slam and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 12-7 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep.
Joey Wendle, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Kiermaier also went deep for the Rays, who have won 12 of their last 14 and have beaten Miami eight straight times since 2018. Tampa Bay improved to an American League-best 13 games over .500.
Blake Snell (3-0) allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. The 2018 Cy Young Award winner struck out five and walked two.
“We are so excited to play every day and that’s just refreshing because to do this with no fans and all of that,” Snell said. “We still show up. It’s a fun team to be a part of. Winning definitely helps.”
Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (1-1) was lifted after loading the bases with no outs in the fifth. Adames greeted reliever Robert Dugger with his grand slam, and Kiermaier later hit a two-run blast off Dugger.
After being held scoreless through seven innings Friday and the first five Saturday, the Rays provided Snell with a 12-2 lead.
“The run that we’ve had the last two days has been pretty special with the pitching, and then today to give those guys some breathing room it sure is appreciated with all the quality at-bats we had offensively,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.
Alcantara struggled in his first appearance since opening day. The right-hander, one of 18 Marlins players who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, allowed eight runs on six hits, walked two and struck out two.
“I think I was too quick in the first inning,” Alcantara said. “I always want to do my best job, but today was my first start since opening day and it was a little different. In the fourth inning I just calmed down and tried to make a pitch.”
Miami dropped under .500 (14-15) for the first time this season and is 1-8 at home.
“I can’t explain home, why we haven’t played as well, I really can’t,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “I can guess at stuff and I would just be guessing. On the road you have nothing else but going to the ballpark.”
The Rays homered twice off Alcantara in the first. Wendle led off with a blast to right and Yoshi Tsutsugo followed with a two-run shot.
Miami snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak on Corey Dickerson’s homer in the fourth. It was the Marlins’ first run scored against Tampa Bay in their last four home games.
Lewis Brinson also hit a solo shot and Garrett Cooper had a homer and a bases-clearing double for the Marlins.
Before the game, the Rays traded designated hitter Jose Martinez to the Chicago Cubs for two players to be named or cash. Martinez, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason, hit .239 with two homers and 10 RBIs with the Rays.
SWEATING OUT THE REVIEW
Adames nearly passed lead runner Tsutsugo on his home run trot. The Marlins unsuccessfully appealed the play. Overturning the call would have negated Adames’ grand slam.
“I was just praying that they didn’t take it back,” Adames said. “In that situation I was a little surprised that I almost passed Yoshi. It’s already hard to get a base hit. But to hit a homer and then have it changed back it would have been frustrating for me. I’m just happy it went good in my way.”
LONG WAIT
Although he enjoyed teammates giving him a 10-run lead in the fifth, Snell said the 42-minute half inning affected him when he returned to the mound.
“I have to get deeper into these ballgames,” said Snell, who threw 30 pitches in the fifth. “It’s just not worth it with a 12-2 lead of going back out again. But at the end of the day I’ve got to do a better job of managing my pitches.”
TRAINER’S ROOM
Rays: RHP Charlie Morton (right shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen Sunday and Cash said he could rejoin the roster in the upcoming series against the New York Yankees. Morton was placed on the injured list on Aug. 10.
Marlins: 1B/DH Jesus Aguilar (back stiffness) missed his third consecutive game. Aguilar is hitting .280 with a team-leading 20 RBIs.
UP NEXT
Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-1, 5.14 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series against the Yankees on Monday night.
Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (0-0, 0.00) will make his second major league start in a make-up game against the New York Mets on Monday. Rogers threw four scoreless innings in his major league debut August 25. The teams sat out the finale of a four-game series Thursday to protest racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Wisconsin.
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