The Rundown for May 13, 2019

KUDLOW CONTRADICTS TRUMP OVER CHINA TARIFFS… White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow yesterday contradicted President Trump’s claim that China is paying tariffs on $250 billion worth of imported goods. Kudlow made the claim on Fox News Sunday after show host Chris Wallace noted that American companies actually pay the tax and often pass it on to consumers. Kudlow said the trade war with China could last for a while and that both sides will suffer.

SCHIFF VOWS MUELLER WILL TESTIFY… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff vowed that special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Schiff said, “The American people have a right to hear what the man who did the investigation has to say and we now know we certainly can’t rely on the attorney general who misrepresented his conclusions.” Schiff also defended potential contempt charges against members of the administration.

WASHINGTON TO ENTER PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET… Washington Governor Jay Inslee is set to sign into law today legislation that makes his state the first to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. The legislation calls for a set of tiered public plans that will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10 percent cheaper than comparable private insurance. The public plans are set to be available to all residents regardless of income by 2021.

FLOODING IN NEW ORLEANS… Heavy rains led to widespread flooding in New Orleans yesterday. As much as four inches of rain fell across the city, according to the National Weather Service. About 11,500 New Orleans residents were without power at the height of a storm that arrived Saturday night. Recovery crews were busy after the storm moved into the Florida Panhandle yesterday afternoon. Flood watches were in effect and the governors of Louisiana and Mississippi declared states of emergency.

HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL REOPENS… The Houston Ship Channel reopened yesterday following Friday’s collision between a tanker and two barges containing gasoline. The collision caused about 9,000 gallons of gasoline to spill into the channel near Bayport, Texas. The Coast Guard said salvage efforts were underway to right a capsized barge and remove a second barge that was severely damaged. There were no injuries reported.

NBC EXTENDS ‘THIS IS US’… NBC announced yesterday that it is renewing the family drama “This Is Us’ for three more seasons. The series, which stars Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, completed its third season last month. The renewal calls for 18 episodes per season.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Avengers: Endgame” took in $63 million to remain atop the weekend box office for a third week. “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” opened in second place with $58 million. Another newcomer, “The Hustle,” finished in third place with $13.5 million. “The Intruder” slipped into fourth place with $6.6 million. “Long Shot” capped the top five with $6.1 million.

Pittsburgh 10 – ST. LOUIS 6… Josh Bell stroked a two-run double and blasted a three-run homer for the Pirates. Adam Frazier delivered a tie-breaking pinch-hit two-run double.

COLORADO 10 – San Diego 7… Charlie Blackmon homered twice and drove in three runs for the Rockies. Raimel Tapia added a two-run shot. Daniel Murphy cleared the bases with a double.

SAN FRANCISCO 6 – Cincinnati 5… Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and scored the decisive run on Jonathan Pillar’s single in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Atlanta 5 – ARIZONA 3… Johan Camargo lined a two-run single for the Braves. Tyler Flowers drove in a pair of runs with a single and a triple.

L.A. D0DGERS 6 – Washington 0… Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-1) took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth to preserve the Dodgers’ shutout of the Nationals. Corey Seager unloaded a grand slam.

CHI. CUBS 4 – Milwaukee 1… The Cubs took the rubber game in the matchup of NL Central Division leaders. Jon Lester (3-1) allowed an unearned run on nine hits over 6-2/3 innings. Kris Bryant blasted a two-run homer.

N.Y. METS – Miami (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of yesterday’s Mets-Marlins game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 5.

BOSTON 11 – Seattle 2… Rookie Michael Chavis singled three times and drove in five runs to lead the Red Sox in their rout of the Mariners. J.D. Martinez smacked a pair of solo homers.

Chi. White Sox 5 – TORONTO 1… Lucas Giolito (4-1) held the Blue Jays to a run on four hits over seven innings. Yonder Alonso and Tim Anderson homered for the White Sox.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – TAMPA BAY 1… Masahiro Tanaka (3-3) limited the Rays to a run on five hits over five innings. Thairo Estrada homered for the Yankees.

HOUSTON 15 – Texas 5… George Springer went 5-for-5 with a pair of homers and four RBIs. Alex Bregman also homered twice and knocked in five runs for the Astros.

Detroit 5 – MINNESOTA 3… Nicholas Castellanos had three hits, including a two-run homer, as the Tigers topped the Twins. Brandon Dixon also homered for Detroit.

BALTIMORE 5 – L.A. Angels 1… John Means (5-3) held the Angels to a run on four hits over six innings. Dwight Smith Jr. homered with a runner aboard and the Orioles got solo blasts from Chris Davis, Stevie Wilkerson and Pedro Severino.

Cleveland 5 – OAKLAND 3… Roberto Perez connected for a three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to power the Indians past the Athletics.

Philadelphia 6 – KANSAS CITY 1… The Phillies erupted to score all six runs in the top of the sixth inning on their way past the Royals. J.T. Realmuto doubled home two runs and Herrera added a two-run single. Cole Irvin (1-0) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings in his major league debut.

Milwaukee (TBA) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 3-0)…
Arizona (Nick Kingham, 1-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Robbie Ray, 2-1)…

Baltimore (David Hess, 1-4) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jonathan Loaisiga, 1-1)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 4-2) hosts Houston (Brad Peacock, 3-2)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 6-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Tyler Skaggs, 3-3)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 2-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 2-4)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 2-1) hosts Oakland (Mike Fiers, 3-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORES (second round)…
Portland 100 – DENVER 96… The Trail Blazers erased a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the Nuggets in Game 7. CJ McCollum pumped in 37 points to lead all scorers. Enes Kanter had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Portland visits Golden State tomorrow to open the Western Conference final.

TORONTO 92 – Philadelphia 90… Kawhi Leonard made a jumper from the corner at the buzzer and finished with 41 points in leading the Raptors to a Game 7 victory over the 76ers. Leonard also made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 remaining. Toronto travels to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks in the Eastern Conference final opener on Wednesday.

Golden State is at Houston for Game 6 with the Warriors leading 3-2. Game 7 is Sunday in Oakland if necessary.

BOSTON 6 – Carolina 2… The Bruins skated past the Hurricanes to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Matt Grzelcyk scored a pair of goals. Charlie Coyle and Torey Krug each had three assists. The series moves to Charlotte for tomorrow’s Game 3.

St. Louis is at San Jose for Game 2 of the Western Conference final with the Sharks leading 2-0

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