The Rundown for April 29, 2019

BARR THREATENS TO SKIP TESTIMONY… Attorney General William Barr has threatened to skip his scheduled testimony before the House Judiciary Committee this week over concerns about its format. Barr reportedly is opposed to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s proposal that allows for an additional 30-minute round for Democratic and Republican counsels to question Barr after lawmakers complete their allotted time for questioning. Barr also doesn’t want to engage in a closed session if lawmakers want to discuss parts of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that were redacted.

RICHARD LUGAR DIES… Former Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana died yesterday in Falls Church, Virginia, following a long battle with a neurological disorder. He was 87. Lugar was elected to the Senate in 1976 and served six terms. He is perhaps best remembered for Working with former Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia to create the Soviet Threat Reduction Act in 1991.

SUSPECT QUESTIONED IN KILLINGS OF 7… Authorities in Sumner County, Tennessee, say they’ve detained a person of interest following the discovery of seven bodies in two rural homes. Five of the bodies were discovered Saturday night and two more were found early yesterday. 25-year-old Michael Cummins was taken into custody near one of the homes where the killings occurred.

ONE DEAD IN BALTIMORE SHOOTING… One person was killed and at least six others were injured yesterday when a gunman opened fire at a cookout in Baltimore. A preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting appeared to be indiscriminate. The conditions of the wounded were not known.

5 RESCUED IN VIRGINIA CAVE… Crews yesterday rescued five men who became trapped in a southwest Virginia cave after heavy rains. Six men entered Cyclops Cave during an overnight camping excursion on Saturday, but couldn’t get out after the rain arrived. One of the campers found his way out of the cave early yesterday and alerted authorities.

BILLIE EILISH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” sold 88,000 copies and returned to the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Khalid’s “Free Spirit” jumped into second place with 60,000 units sold. BTS’ “Map of the Soul: Persona” dropped into third place after selling 60,000 copies. Beyonce’s “Homecoming: The Live Album” rose into fourth place on sales of 57,000 units. Ariana Grande’s “Thank You, Next” capped the top five with 43,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… It was a record-breaking weekend for “Avengers: Endgame,” which took in $350 million at the domestic box office. “Captain Marvel” finished in a distant second place with $8 million. “The Curse of La Llorona” came in third place with $7.5 million. “Breakthrough” made $6.3 to finish fourth. “Shazam!” slipped into fifth place with $5.5 million.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Miami 1… Zach Eflin scattered seven hits in a complete-game victory over the Marlins. Jean Segura went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

N.Y. METS 5 – Milwaukee 2… J.D. Davis delivered a pinch-hit go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning and Tomas Nido added a two-run double in the eighth as the Mets put away the Brewers. Steven Matz (3-1) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings.

ATLANTA 8 – Colorado 7… Josh Donaldson connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Braves past the Rockies. Ozzie Albies smacked a pair of solo homers for Atlanta.

WASHINGTON 7 – San Diego 6 (11 innings)… The Nationals rallied past the Padres after spotting them a six-run lead and completed a series sweep. Matt Adams led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a walkoff homer. Juan Soto hit a three-run blast. Victor Robles and Spencer Kieboom also went deep.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Cincinnati 2… Jack Flaherty (3-1) limited the Reds to four hits over seven shutout innings. Yadier Molina knocked in three runs with a two-run single and sacrifice fly.

Chi. Cubs 6 – ARIZONA 5 (15 innings)… Ben Zobrist lined a two-run double during a three-run top of the 15th inning and the Cubs held on to outlast the Diamondbacks. Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras homered for Chicago.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Pittsburgh 6… Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs in the Dodgers’ win over the Pirates. Cory Seager and Max Muncy drove in two runs apiece.

Tampa Bay 5 – BOSTON 2… Daniel Robertson homered with a runner aboard in the top of the first inning and Yandy Diaz added a two-run triple in the second as the Rays downed the Red Sox. Tyler Glasnow (5-0) allowed two runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

TORONTO 5 – Oakland 4 (11 innings)… The Blue Jays rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the 11th inning and stun the Athletics. Brandon Drury tied the game with a three-run homer. Justin Smoak followed with a game-winning RBI single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Detroit 1… Reynaldo Lopez (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts. Welington Castillo provided all the offense the White Sox needed with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning.

MINNESOTA 4 – Baltimore 1… Max Kepler and Byron Buxton homered in the Twins’ defeat of the Orioles. Kyle Gibson (2-1) allowed just a run on three hits over seven innings.

L.A. Angels 7 – KANSAS CITY 3… Albert Pujols’ two-run double during a three-run top of the first inning moved him past Barry Bond or third place on the career RBI list. Justin Bour blasted a three-run homer for the Angels.

Texas 14 – SEATTLE 1… Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs as the Rangers thrashed the Mariners. Logan Forsythe homered with two runners aboard. Shin-Soo Choo also went deep.

HOUSTON 4 – Cleveland 1… Wade Miley (2-2) held the Indians to a run on six hits over 5-2/3 innings. Yuli Gurriel doubled home a run and Robinson Chirinos belted a three-run homer as the Astros scored all four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

N.Y. Yankees 11 – SAN FRANCISCO 5… Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez hit two-run homers to help power the Yankees past the Giants. Luke Voit and Tyler Wade added two-run singles.

St. Louis (Michael Wacha, 1-0) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 2-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Zack Wheeler, 2-2) host Cincinnati (Tanner Roark, 1-1)…
San Diego (Nick Margevicius, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 2-0) hosts Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 3-2) are at San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 2-1)

Oakland (Frankie Montas, 4-1) is at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 2-2)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 2-2) hosts Houston (Justin Verlander, 4-0)…
Baltimore (John Means, 3-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Manny Banuelos, 1-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 2-2) hosts Tampa Bay (Yonny Chirinos, 3-0)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORES (second round openers)…
Boston 112 – MILWAUKEE 90… The Celtics pulled away in the second half to down the Bucks. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and dished off 11 assists. Al Horford added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Game 2 is tomorrow in Milwaukee.

GOLDEN STATE 104 – Houston 100… The Warriors held off the Rockets in Game 1 of their much-anticipated matchup. Kevin Durant led the way with 35 points. The series remains in Oakland for Game 2 tomorrow.

Philadelphia is at Toronto for Game 2 with the Raptors leading 1-0…
Denver hosts Portland for Game 1

Carolina 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter scored 48 seconds apart early in the third period and the Hurricanes hung on to edge the Islanders and take a 2-0 lead in the series. Goalie Petr Mrazek stopped nine of 10 shots he faced before leaving with an injury 6 1/2 minutes into the second period. Curtis McElhinney replaced him and finished with 17 saves.

Colorado 4 – SAN JOSE 3… The Avalanche edged the Sharks to tie the series at a game apiece. Tyson Barrie scored a goal and had two assists. Gabriel Landeskog added a goal and an assist.

St. Louis is at Dallas for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

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