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Gavin Newsom takes unexpected stance on Trump trial as 2024 election looms

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s worried about the “overindulgence” of former President Trump’s hush money trial and suggests that focusing on the former president could give him an electoral advantage. 

MSNBC host Jen Psaki asked the Democrat governor about a “chorus” of people who think the hush money trial is only helping Trump politically, which she said was driving her “crazy.” She questioned what Newsom might tell an undecided voter about why the case should matter to them.

Newsom argued it should matter, but also said that Trump “doesn’t care if he’s the hero or the heel, he just wants to be the star.”

“When we are focusing on him, I do worry electorally that he has a slight advantage. And so, I am a little concerned about the overindulgence around the day-to-day. I get it, I totally get it. The consequential nature of a criminal trial is profound and outsized, in some respect, but not more outsized than democracy, more outsized than Dobbs,” he said, referring to the Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade.

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Newsom said the focus on Trump was also not more important than RFK Jr. gaining ballot access in Michigan, an important swing state. 

“So, I tend to be in that camp, a little less is more, as it relates to our obsession and focus on putting any more bright lights on someone who seeks them, no matter how ill-conceived or ill-willed or ill-fated his current standing might be,” Newsom said of Trump.

Psaki opened the discussion by noting Trump would be forced to “sit quietly through his criminal proceedings” this week as jury selection was completed, and opening arguments are set to begin on Monday.

Twelve jurors were seated on Thursday at the end of the third day of jury selection, and all alternate jurors had been selected and sworn in by Friday, Fox News Digital previously reported.

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Psaki also asked Newsom about RFK Jr.’s candidacy and if he was worried about him hurting Biden’s chances.

“He is a Kennedy. We revere Kennedys. At least I do,” he said. “At the end of the day, common sense would dictate it’s real. Jill Stein is real. Cornel West is real. We know that, those were determinative, those third parties, in these last elections.”

Newsom warned that if RFK Jr. gets on the ballot in other states, especially swing states, Democrats need to take it “very, very seriously.”

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Newsom told Psaki during the interview that he would be focusing a lot of his time on helping Biden win Arizona and Nevada, where he said abortion is going to play a big role.

Trump attorney lays out battle plan as legal teams gear up for opening statements

Former President Trump’s defense team insists facts are on their side as they lay out their battle plan for opening arguments in the “highly irregular” hush money trial slated to begin Monday.

Trump attorney Will Scharf, appearing Sunday on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” said a part of that battle plan means casting doubt on the credibility of the prosecution’s key witnesses.

“With respect to Michael Cohen, as we’ve said in court pleadings, this is a man who’s been found liable for perjury by a number of courts previously. I think this is going to be a key theme here is the fact, that the prosecution’s witnesses are simply not credible people, whereas the actual facts here fully support President Trump because he did nothing wrong,” he said.

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Scharf said the defense team aims to “focus on the facts” to prove Trump “did nothing wrong.”

“This is a business records case. Those business records accurately reflected payments to one of President Trump’s lawyers as legal retainer fees. Additionally, those records weren’t actually entered by President Trump. He was busy running the country from the White House while all this was happening in Trump Tower in New York,” he said.

“We believe the facts are absolutely on our side, that they’re absolutely exonerative of the president and, as long as the jury focuses on the facts, as long as the jury can see through all the media coverage and all the sensationalism and focus on the actual facts at issue… we believe we have a winning case.”

Scharf also insisted the case shouldn’t be tried in New York during the height of election season, as the case is stealing the presidential candidate away from the campaign trail. 

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“We’ve moved to recuse the judge. We’ve moved for a change of venue,” he added.

This comes as the unusual jury makeup has created a buzz among legal experts, something Scharf noted himself.

“There are a lot of aspects of this case that are highly, highly irregular, and we saw that play out with jury selection last week,” he said.

“You saw a huge number of jurors being excused because because they admitted that they couldn’t be fair and impartial and unbiased, as we expect of jurors,” he continued.

Among the irregularities, two lawyers will sit on the panel of 12 jurors.

The move is considered “unusual” for both legal teams to allow and particularly “very risky” for the defense, according to Elliot Felig, former Manhattan district prosecutor, who also appeared on the show early Sunday.

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Felig speculated the defense hopes the two lawyers will swing the remaining jurors after Trump’s team sets up a technical defense that, even if the jurors accept all the facts presented by the prosecution as true, it still fails to constitute a crime.

“It’s an unusual case on so many levels but, for the defense, they’re going to argue at the end that even if every single fact that the prosecution presented is accepted as truthful… they’re going to say it still doesn’t make out a crime. That’s why they have two lawyers on the jury defense,” he said.

“Both lawyers usually don’t want lawyers on the jury. In this case, both sides consented to having two lawyers on the jury.”

Scharf said he believes the presence of lawyers is among the least unusual aspects of the case.

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Former Colorado player has message for Deion Sanders’ program on way out

Cormani McClain, a five-star recruit to Colorado last year, is leaving Deion Sanders’ program and throwing some shots on his way out. 

McClain, the top-ranked cornerback in this past year’s high school class, per 247 Sports, who entered the transfer portal to find a new collegiate home, posted a video on YouTube Saturday where he discussed the Buffaloes’ program under Sanders. 

“I feel like I just don’t want to play for clicks. I actually want to be involved with a great leading program that’s going to develop players,” McClain said in the video, which was titled “Next Step.”

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McClain added that he wants to “change the narrative surrounding my name and be a part of a real and great program that’s going to impact me to the best of my ability.”

Sanders recently commented on McClain’s departure from his program, where he had a subtle shot himself at the corner. 

“I’m always in prayer for our young men, and I want the best for them,” he said in an interview with DNVR. “I pray to God that he goes to a program that challenges him, as well as hold him accountable and develop him as a young man.

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“Unfortunately, we weren’t the program that could accomplish that, so preferably he understands that this is the second go-round and get it – go get it, man, because he has a tremendous amount of talent. But he has to want it.”

Sanders’ comment infers that McClain didn’t give the best effort last season, where he had 13 total tackles and two passes defended in nine games. 

As for McClain’s comment about not wanting to play for clicks, the Buffaloes were certainly a massive headline at the beginning of the college football season after defeating then-ranked TCU, a team that made the national title game the year before, and going 3-0 to start the new campaign. 

But the headlines only got worse, as Colorado struggled, going 1-8 after their hot start and finishing last in the Pac-12. 

Sanders knows how much the transfer portal can take away from a program, as 12 players entered before the spring window opened. The total for the Buffaloes reached 26 after 14 more entered the portal since that window came around. 

However, Sanders has benefited from the portal, too, adding 86 new players, 53 of whom were transfers, in his first season. 

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Losing a player like McClain, though, with his high ranking, is a tough one to swallow. 

With the Pac-12 dissolving entering the 2024-25 collegiate season, the Buffaloes will be joining the Big 12 Conference.  

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Actress disguises her ‘battle wounds’ from double mastectomy

Olivia Munn was diagnosed with breast cancer one year ago and underwent a double mastectomy. 

Following three surgeries and reconstruction, the 43-year-old actress told People magazine that she’s learning to accept the “battle wounds” she sees every time she looks in the mirror.

When Munn stepped onto the red carpet for the Vanity Fair Oscars party in March, she had not yet revealed her diagnosis or recovery process.

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“I have some divots and dents on one side of my body near where the lymph nodes were, and they had to really dig out,” Munn said. “And I’ve been wearing some dresses on the red carpet that made me a little stressed out at times.”

Munn admitted that her makeup artist, Diane Buzzetta, “learned how to do tattoo-type makeup” prior to the Oscars party which she attended with John Mulaney. The couple have a two-year-old son named Malcolm.

Another technique that helped Munn conceal her scars? Growing out her hair. 

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“Sometimes I look in the mirror and I think, ‘Oh, my hair is so long now, and it’s because of this,’” she said. “And sometimes it makes me a little sad that I still want to hide certain aspects. But then I remind myself that those are battle wounds and I can show them what I want, and I can hide them when I want.”

“The Newsroom” star added, “I don’t beat myself up for anything I’m feeling on any given day, I just let myself feel it. There’s a really nice peace that comes with that.”

Despite facing new challenges when it comes to embracing a changing body, she’s still grateful she “got the opportunity to fight” and is “really happy with whatever it is I look like now.”

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“It’s different once you actually do the reconstruction, and it’s much better, but it’s not the same,” she said. “And that’s okay because I’m here, and I’m extremely happy that I had the option to have a double mastectomy. 

“I’m extremely happy that I got the opportunity to fight. I was given that chance, and I know a lot of people in my situation don’t have that opportunity and don’t have that as an option.”

She’ll soon begin filming the AppleTV+ show “Your Friends and Neighbors” with Jon Hamm, and said she’s returning to work as a “different version” of herself following her cancer battle.

“I’m much more forgiving of myself,” she said. “And it’s really fun to go back to work without all of the doubt in your head … when you’re acting, you really need to be able to really be in the moment.”

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Munn added, “I think I was always able to do it, but it was harder to do because you really have to quiet all the outside noise. But I’m just a lot kinder to myself, which means every day is a lot easier to take on and manage.”

The “X-Men” actress revealed her diagnosis earlier this year, and explained in an Instagram post that she received an MRI after her doctor found her Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Score to be 37%. The MRI found Luminal B cancer, “an aggressive, fast moving cancer,” in both breasts.

“In February of 2023, in an effort to be proactive about my health, I took a genetic test that checks you for 90 different cancer genes,” Munn wrote. “I tested negative for all, including BRCA (the most well-known breast cancer gene). My sister Sara had just tested negative as well. We called each other and high-fived over the phone. That same winter I also had a normal mammogram.

“Two months later I was diagnosed with breast cancer.”

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Kevin McCarthy says GOP lawmaker has ‘broken the Republican majority’

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy blamed the House of Representatives’ “disarray” in an appearance on “MediaBuzz,” on Sunday, after they passed a foreign aid bill with Democrats’ unique support.

While referring to the current GOP infighting taking the form of attempting to oust Speaker Mike Johnson mere months following McCarthy’s own ousting, the former speaker warned that what Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., started has broken the Republican majority.

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KEVIN MCCARTHY: I think they’re in disarray, but it stems from those eight [Republicans] working with all the Democrats. If there’s no consequence. … The Gaetz Eight. But they work with all the Democrats to decide who could be speaker; and since then, what has transpired? So, the conference is broken because they never dealt with those eight, and until they do, it would stay broken. But to Marjorie [Taylor Greene’s] point is, Marjorie didn’t do what Matt Gaetz did. She didn’t make this privilege. She’s making it an issue for a debate. Now, I think they should keep it internal. They should have their discussion. Look, being speaker is not easy. Otherwise, maybe I’d still be there.

What Matt Gaetz did has broken the Republican majority. He’s now created “Lord of the Flies.” Ask anybody inside our conference; they actually know it.

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Tensions flared in the House of Representatives on Thursday when a group of conservatives confronted Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., over his foreign aid plan, leading to another Republican trading barbs with the group of rebels.

A group of House lawmakers that included Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., and others could be seen huddled with Johnson on the House floor after morning votes. 

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The discussion appeared to be interrupted a short while later when Rep. Derrick Van Orden, R-Wis., confronted the group, and wound up in a particularly heated back-and-forth with Gaetz. Van Orden later told Fox News Digital that he called Gaetz “tubby” and dared the GOP rebels to trigger a vote for Johnson’s ouster — a threat he’s facing from Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who were not in the group.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report. 

Patriots reportedly want ‘unprecedented deal’ to move out of No. 3 in NFL Draft

The New England Patriots are “open for business” with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, but they want an “unprecedented deal” to move out of that slot, per ESPN. 

With director of scouting Eliot Wolf saying this past week that the Patriots’ phone is being watched to hear about potential offers at No. 3, the only way they’re going to move is if another team blows them away with a deal. 

The Patriots understand that a top-three selection in the NFL Draft is a franchise-altering pick – for better or for worse – and a “blockbuster” deal is the only way they would want to leave it. And considering the Patriots need a new franchise quarterback after Mac Jones was traded away to the Jacksonville Jaguars, it only makes sense for them to stay put. 

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Many evaluators have had the Patriots taking one of three quarterbacks: LSU Heisman winner Jayden Daniels, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, and national championship winner J.J. McCarthy from Michigan. 

Wolf and Jerod Mayo, who is taking over as head coach for Bill Belichick, both understand the importance of the pick, and everyone in the NFL knows that a team is usually as good as their quarterback play. 

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ESPN added that Mayo and “some top decision-makers” acknowledged that this No. 3 pick will be tied with their legacy in New England.

Where the Patriots decide to go with the pick, granted they stay put, will be determined by what the Washington Commanders do at No. 2 overall. The Chicago Bears, owners of the top pick, are expected to go with USC’s Caleb Williams.

The Commanders are expected to also take a quarterback despite going with Sam Howell last season. 

But what if a team like the Minnesota Vikings, desperate for a quarterback but own the No. 11 and No. 23 picks, wants to jump other potential competition like the New York Giants at No. 6 to get the signal-caller they want? Could they come calling the Patriots to give them those first-round picks and more? 

This is what makes the NFL Draft so much fun, especially the week of the draft when general managers and owners take calls left and right to hear what other teams have to offer. 

Teams like the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020 didn’t bother to entertain a trade when they went with Joe Burrow out of LSU at No. 1 overall, but the Patriots are taking a different approach. 

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It doesn’t hurt to pick up the phone. We’ll see if Wolf and the Patriots hear an offer they can’t refuse when it’s their time on the clock Thursday night in Detroit.

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Reporter sounds alarm on ‘troubling numbers’ for President Biden in latest poll

NBC News’ Steve Kornacki sounded the alarm on the outlet’s latest polling, noting some “troubling numbers” for President Biden, as he trails former President Trump in several key categories, such as mental and physical health. 

According to the NBC News poll, Trump leads Biden among voters in handling a crisis, being competent and effective, dealing with inflation, having the necessary physical and mental health, and having a strong record as president. 

“Competent and effective, that was President Biden’s, the crux of his campaign pitch in 2020,” host of “Meet the Press” Kristen Welker said. Kornacki noted that back in 2020, the numbers were flipped, and voters viewed Biden as being more competent and effective.

The poll found 47% of voters view Trump as competent and effective, compared to just 36% who view the president the same way. 

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“Who has the strong record as president? And again, Trump outpacing Biden on that front. And again, you’ve got to mention this one, too. Necessary mental and physical health. We asked this four years ago. It was a wash. It’s now a clear liability for Joe Biden. So these are all troubling numbers for Biden,” Kornacki said.

Biden leads Trump in just two categories; his ability to bring the country together and in dealing with abortion. However, Kornacki noted a lot of voters believed neither candidate was better than the other in their ability to bring the country together. 

Welker and Kornacki noted the poll’s findings on RFK Jr.’s standing in the election, as many believe Kennedy would spoil the election for Biden and lead to a Trump victory. 

However, the poll found with RFK Jr.’s name on the ballot, the hypothetical match-up would fall to Biden. 

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“We show a 46-44 race for Donald Trump,” Kornacki said, noting the results of the head-to-head match-up with just Biden and Trump. “But, look what happens when we add RFK’s name to the mix. Suddenly, we have a new leader. Joe Biden, 39%, Donald Trump 37%, there’s Kennedy getting 13%. We see by a better than two to one margin, it’s Trump voters are flipping to Kennedy in this scenario, not Biden voters.” 

Welker said the results “defied conventional wisdom.”

Kornacki compared Biden’s job approval, which currently sits at 42%, to past presidents at the same point in their presidency. Biden’s 42% approval rating was the lowest among recent presidencies, including Trump’s. 

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Kornacki also noted that voter interest in the 2024 election was the lowest it has been since NBC News started polling the question in 2008.

Polling in key battleground states shows the race will prove to be very close, as Biden and Trump are currently tied at 48% in Pennsylvania, a Fox News Poll released on Thursday found.

In North Carolina, Trump leads Biden by just two percentage points, according to a poll released in early April. 

TikTok star deserted by Tesla reveals ‘root of the problem’ with electric cars

Long before his viral TikTok career revved up, Daniel Macdonald — better known as @itsdanielmac across social platforms — had his finger on the car world’s pulse.

Over the past three years, Macdonald has been driving a “slightly used” 2019 Tesla around the Los Angeles area and recently told Fox News Digital the electric vehicle (EV) market has some growing pains to work out.

“There’s still some issues with the [mileage] range. I think that’s probably the primary issue that a lot of people have. I feel like Americans in particular, we like to go on trips, we like to travel far,” the TikToker pointed out.

“America needs a car that can allow them to go to Yosemite if they want to go. And essentially, the root of the problem is the charging networks,” he added. “And Tesla is far ahead of everyone else.”

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That’s part of the reason why Macdonald felt persuaded to buy a Tesla in the first place: just a few years ago, they were a “status symbol,” he said. When Tesla debuted its first full EV, it was priced at more than $100,000. However, you could get behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3 today for around $50,000, according to CARFAX.

But now, Macdonald is airing out his “gripe” with the EV brand, telling stories of charging, towing and jump-starting nightmares.

“If you don’t have an at-home charger, or your apartment doesn’t have one, then you have to every couple of days literally physically get in your car, drive to a station and then wait for it to charge,” the TikTok star explained. “I liked it a lot more when I had accessible charging. Now it’s kind of a pain.”

“I got lucky because I have a supercharger that’s pretty close to me, it’s about half a mile away, but all people don’t have that luxury,” he continued.

Macdonald admitted he once had to pay nearly $1,000 to get his Tesla towed after the battery died. On another occasion, he attempted a haphazard jump start of his own.

“I often travel for various shoots and whatnot, and sometimes I’ll be gone for several weeks at a time, and sometimes my Tesla will just sit there and lose battery while I’m gone… So that happened one time where I was in my garage, I’m next to my charger, this was when I used to live in my old building that had a charger… but when it dies, it won’t even allow you to charge it,” Macdonald started to explain.

“I call Tesla, I go, ‘Hey, is there no other option? I have it right next to the charger. Is there no override for me to be able to plug this in?’ … and they say, ‘No, there’s nothing we can do,’” he further detailed, before saying he turned to the internet for solutions.

“I don’t know why they were kind of hiding this information, but I look up online through various sources a way to potentially jump start the Tesla, and I jump it, and then it actually does turn on after I leave it going for a little bit. But then I had to go bring it in for service because something messed up with the battery. So it’s either you have to tow it, or you have to bring it in for service.”

Not getting a clear answer from Tesla and being stranded with his car has been the “scariest” part of the EV experience, according to Macdonald.

“I was very concerned and confused that whoever I was talking to at Tesla didn’t even give me that as an option,” he said. “They go, ‘No, we don’t know anything about that.’ And I’m like, okay, are you just trying to make money off of a tow?”

Tesla did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Despite his negative customer experiences, the TikToker leveled that many Americans — him included — fall into the middle ground of the EV debate.

“Right now, [EVs are] kind of like in this weird middle spot. And I think in 10 years from now, it’s going to be a lot more accessible,” Macdonald said. “They’re super easy to navigate, my Tesla drives like butter. It’s very convenient, I don’t have to go get oil changes… I think it’s a good move for the average American. Honestly, depending on which model you buy, I think Tesla is a solid choice as long as you have a lot of range.”

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“I would not get an EV unless it’s a Tesla at this point,” he clarified. “And I know I keep saying Tesla, Tesla, Tesla, but they’re so advanced that they do really have that monopoly right now.”

If you’re not in a Tesla, Macdonald did warn that “connectability isn’t that good. And if you’re not on the Tesla network, you really can’t travel. So I think that is the biggest thing holding back the industry.”

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Nationals’ presidents race turns into complete mayhem as local mascots charge the field

The Washington Nationals’ presidents race is always a fun spectacle for fans, but Sunday afternoon’s running was more out of WWE than MLB. 

As the race commenced during the Nationals’ game against the Houston Astros, it was Teddy Roosevelt leading the pack as he ran toward the right field foul pole. It looked like he was going to win it, but when the right field gates opened, mayhem ensued. 

A bunch of Washington, D.C., and Virginia-based sports team mascots came sprinting out toward the presidents racing in a hilarious scene.

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First, it was the Washington Wizards’ “G-Wiz” jumping into Roosevelt, who went crashing down on the warning track.

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He was followed by James Madison University’s “Duke Dog,” with his crown and cape, as well as George Washington University’s “George,” who could’ve passed as his namesake. 

Others included Georgetown University’s bulldog, Maryland University’s “Testudo” the terrapin, the Washington Capitals’ “Slapshot” and the new Washington Commanders mascot “Major Tuddy,” who went flying into Roosevelt with an elbow.

The public address announcer at Nationals Park said it was “Screech,” the baseball team’s mascot, who invited his “friends” to ruin the presidents race. There were also family members of Screech, who all helped him win the race.

Screech was seen waving the flag near first base as the presidents tried their hardest just to get away from their attackers.

When baseball finally started up again, the Nationals also gave the fans in the stands something to cheer about, defeating the Astros, 6-0, to win the weekend series.

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Nationals starter Mitchell Parker went seven innings, giving up just three hits and striking out eight. Meanwhile, the Nats’ offense saw multiple contributors, with Luis Garcia Jr. and Joey Meneses having multihit games with two RBI apiece. Nick Senzel also hit a solo homer in the victory.

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