The Rundown for May 2, 2019

WILLIAM BARR HAMMERED DURING HEARING… Attorney General William Barr faced questions centered on possible obstruction of justice yesterday during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators led by Democrats Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono and Richard Blumenthal hammered Barr over his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and President Trump’s reaction to it. Barr’s appearance came a day after the Justice Department released a letter Mueller sent Barr expressing concern over Barr’s March 24 letter to Congress summarizing the findings of the special counsel investigation. Barr called Mueller’s letter “a bit snitty” and said it was probably written by a member of Mueller’s staff. After yesterday’s hearing, Barr announced he is backing out of today’s scheduled hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Panel chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, warned that Barr risks a contempt of Congress citation.

FED LEAVES RATE UNCHANGED… The Federal Reserve voted unanimously yesterday to keep its benchmark interest unchanged. Following a two-day policy meeting in Washington, D.C., the Fed announced that the federal funds rate will stay between 2.24 percent and 2.5 percent. The Fed also noted that it received information indicating that the labor market had remained “strong” and economic activity was rising at a “solid” rate.

SEVERE STORMS IN SOUTHWEST… Severe storms left two people dead yesterday after rolling through Oklahoma and neighboring states. The storms arrived Tuesday night when 16 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma. The twisters spread into Texas and Arkansas yesterday. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has declared a state of emergency for 52 Oklahoma counties. The National Weather Service says there is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms through tomorrow across south-central Oklahoma and parts of northern Texas, with heavy rain and a few tornadoes expected.

MIGRANT CHILD DIES IN U.S. CUSTODY… Department of Health and Human Services officials revealed yesterday that an unaccompanied migrant teenager died while in the custody of the U.S. government in Texas on Tuesday. According to the HHS, the 16-year-old boy died in a children’s hospital’s intensive care unit after he received treatment for an unspecified illness beginning April 22. The cause of death is currently under review.

NORTH CAROLINA STUDENT DIED SAVING LIVES… Authorities in North Carolina are praising a 21-year-old student for taking heroic action to save lives during Tuesday night’s shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said Environmental Studies student Riley Howell of Waynesville, North Carolina, tackled the gunman and attempting to disarm him. Howell was one of two campus students who was fatally shot by a former student.

RICK SCHRODER ARRESTED AGAIN… Actor Rick Schroder was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence early yesterday for the second time in a month. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responding to a call from Schroder’s home saw evidence of a fight between Schroder and an unidentified woman. Schroder was released from jail after posting $50,000 bond. He was arrested at his home for a similar incident with the same woman on April 2. After starring as a child in the sitcom “Silver Spoons,” Schroder more recently was a regular on the police drama “NYPD Blue.”

REMY MA ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT… Remy Ma surrendered to authorities in New York City yesterday to face assault charges. The 38-year-old rapper is accused of punching her “Love & Hip Hop New York” co-star Brittney Taylor in the face during an April 16 concert at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. According to police, the victim reported the incident the next day and said it left bruising to her right eye.

ATLANTA 5 – San Diego 2… Danby Swanson lifted a sacrifice fly and belted a two-run homer for the Braves. Starter Max Fried (4-1) gave up a run on four hits over seven innings.

St. Louis 5 – WASHINGTON 1… Miles Mikolas (3-2) held the Nationals to a run on seven hits over six innings. Jose Martinez had a couple of hits, including a two-run single.

Cincinnati 1 – N.Y. METS 0… Jose Iglesias provided the game’s only offense with a two-out homer in the top of the ninth inning. The game featured a duel between Reds Starter Anthony DeSclafani and his counterpart Jacob deGrom, but neither got a decision.

Colorado 11 – MILWAUKEE 4… Nolan Arenado homered twice and drove in four runs in the Rockies’ pounding of the Brewers. Trevor Story added a three-run blast.

SAN FRANCISCO 2 – L.A. Dodgers  1… Buster Posey singled home Duggar with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Giants clipped the Dodgers.

Baltimore 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 4… The Orioles erased a 4-0 deficit to upend the White Sox in the doubleheader opener. Jonathan Villar lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Baltimore 6… Yonder Alonso’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the White Sox a split of the twinbill. Jose Abreu had a solo homer and four RBIs.

KANSAS CITY 3 – Tampa Bay 2… The Royals scored all three runs in the bottom of the first inning and held off the Rays in the opener of a doubleheader. Adalberto Mondesi homered with a runner aboard. Starting pitcher Jakob Junis allowed two runs on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.

KANSAS CITY 8 – Tampa Bay 2… Kelvin Gutierrez had a couple of hits including a homer and drove in three runs as the Royals ripped the Rays to take a sweep of the twinbill. Jorge Soler singled home a run and doubled in another.

BOSTON 7 – Oakland 3… The Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Athletics. Mitch Moreland and Christian Vazquez hit solo homers. Moreland also lifted a sacrifice fly.

MINNESOTA 6 – Houston 2… Jonathan Schoop opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. Nelson Cruz had a couple of hits and knocked in two runs.

L.A. ANGELS 6 –  Toronto 3… Mike Trout struck the big blow with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Angels doubled up on the Blue Jays. Tommy La Stella had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Pittsburgh 7 – TEXAS 5… Rookie Bryan Reynolds gave the Pirates the lead for good with a bases-clearing double. Starling Marte and Melky Cabrera each had a couple of hits and an RBI.

ARIZONA 3 – N.Y. Yankees 2… Ketel Marte raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning and homered to lead off the fourth. Merrill Kelly (3-2) allowed a run on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Chi. Cubs 11 – SEATTLE 0… Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Wilson Contreras smacked solo homers in the Cubs’ romp over the Mariners. Starter Jon Lester (2-1) threw one-hit ball over seven innings.

MIAMI 4 – Cleveland 2… The Marlins handled the Indians to snap their four-game skid. Rosell Herrera knocked in three runs with a single and a double. Caleb Smith surrendered a run on four hits over seven innings.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Detroit 3… Maikel Franco lined a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Phillies get past the Tigers. Rhys Hoskins homered to lead off the eighth.

St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 2-1) is at Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 2-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 1-3) host Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 0-3)…
San Diego (Matt Strahm, 0-2) is at Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 1-0) hosts Colorado (Jon Gray, 2-3)

Boston (David Price, 1-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 2-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Dufy, 0-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 3-0)…
Toronto (Aaron Sanchez) is at the L.A. Angels (Tyler Skaggs, 2-2)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 4-1) hosts Houston (Brad Peacock, 2-1)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORES (second round)…
Portland 97 – DENVER 90… The Trail Blazers held the Nuggets to 35 first-half points on their way to a Game 2 victory that brought the series even at a game apiece. CJ McCollum scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures. The series shifts to Portland for tomorrow’s Game 3.

Toronto is at Philadelphia for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

CAROLINA 5 – N.Y. Islanders 2… The Hurricanes scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Islanders and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Justin Williams netted a go-ahead goal midway through the third period. Teuvo Teravainen opened the scoring in the first period and added an empty-netter. Jacob Slavin had two assists. Game 4 is tomorrow in Charlotte.

DALLAS 4 – St. Louis 2… The Stars put away the Blues with four straight goals after spotting them an early lead and tied the series at two games apiece. Alexander Radulov, Tyler Seguin and Mats Zuccarello each had two assists. The series returns to St. Louis for Game 5 tomorrow.

Boston is at Columbus for Game 4 with the Blue Jackets leading 2-1…
Colorado hosts San Jose for Game 4 with the Sharks leading 2-1

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