The Rundown for May 15, 2019

HOUSE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING TRUMP LAWYERS… The New York Times reported yesterday that the House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether lawyers representing the Trump family obstructed the panel’s inquiry into Russian election interference by shaping false testimony. The investigation stems from the testimony of President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen, who told the panel that the four lawyers targeted in the investigation shaped false claims Cohen made before Congress about a Trump Tower project in Moscow. Cohen also said the lawyers presented a potential pardon to secure his loyalty. Letters from committee chairman Adam Schiff revealed that in recent weeks, the committee sent lengthy document requests to President Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow; Donald Trump Jr. lawyer Alan S. Futerfas; Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten; and Ivanka Trump’s lawyer Abbe D. Lowell.

POMPEO SAYS U.S. DOESN’T WANT WAR… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted yesterday that the U.S. does not seek a war with Iran. Pompeo, who is visiting in Russia, says the U.S. would engage militarily only if the country’s interests were attacked. The U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier strike group, B-52 bombers and other military personnel and equipment to the Persian Gulf to counter unspecified threats they claim Iran poses.

TRUMP JR. TO COMPLY WITH SUBPOENA… Donald Trump Jr. will comply with a subpoena as part of a deal he reached with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump Jr. threatened to defy the subpoena, raising the possibility that he would be held in contempt of Congress. The president’s son has agreed to a two- to four-hour interview some time in mid-June and questions will be limited to five or six topics pertaining to his communications with Russian officials. Terms also dictate this will be the last time Trump Jr. has to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

RUSSIAN HACKERS BREACHED FLORIDA VOTER DATABASES… Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said yesterday that Russian hackers breached voter databases in two of the state’s counties before the 2016 presidential election. DeSantis insisted “there was no manipulation” in the hackers’ “intrusions.” DeSantis made the announcement after a meeting with the FBI. The governor said a non-disclosure agreement he signed prevents him from identifying which counties were hacked.

ALABAMA SENATE PASSES ABORTION BILL… The Alabama Senate last night passed a bill that outlaws almost all abortions in the state. The 25-6 vote came after hours of debate. If signed by Governor Kay Ivey, the bill would criminalize abortion throughout all stages of pregnancy and make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion. The only exception on the ban would be if a mother’s life is in danger. An amendment to include exceptions for victims of rape or incest failed.

TIM CONWAY DIES… Actor and comedian Tim Conway, who won four Emmy awards best for his work on “The Carol Burnett Show,” died in Los Angeles yesterday morning after a long illness. He was 85. Conway was a writer as well as a performer on “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran from 1967 to 1978. He previously starred in the comedy “McHale’s Navy” from 1962 to 1966. Conway also hosted his own variety series and co-starred in the ’70s Disney films “The Apple Dumpling Gang” and “The Shaggy D.A.”

JIMMY KIMMEL SIGNS NEW CONTRACT… ABC announced yesterday that it has signed late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to a new, three-year contract. The deal calls for the 51-year-old Kimmel to host and executive produce “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” through its 20th season. Along with hosting the show since 2003, Kimmell has hosted the Oscars twice and the Primetime Emmys.

Chi. Cubs 3 – CINCINNATI 1… Kyle Hendricks pitched and batted the Cubs past the Reds. At the plate, he went 3-for-4 with a two-run double. On the mound, he allowed a run on three hits over eight innings and improved his record to 3-4.

N.Y. Mets 6 – WASHINGTON 2… Wilson Ramos got the Mets going with a grand slam in the top of the first inning and the cruised past the Nationals. Dominic Smith also went deep for New York. Noah Syndergard (3-3) held Washington to two runs on four hits over eight innings.

Milwaukee 6 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff (6-1) pitched one-hit ball over six scoreless innings. Yasmani Grandal belted a three-run homer and Ryan Braun added a two-run shot.

St. Louis 14 – ATLANTA 3… Marcell Ozuna, Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong slugged three-run homers for the Cardinals. Dexter Fowler smacked a solo blast. Jack Flaherty (3-3) allowed three runs on three hits over six innings.

Pittsburgh 6 – ARIZONA 2… Josh Bell homered twice and drove in four runs for the Pirates. Cole Tucker homered with a runner aboard. Starter Joe Musgrove (2-4) yielded just one hit over seven scoreless innings.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – San Diego 3… Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger hit two-run homers in the bottom of the third inning and the Dodgers went on to double up on the Padres.
Clayton Kershaw (3-0) allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings.

Cleveland 9 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (4-3) scattered six hits over seven innings and got help from three relievers in the shutout. Jordan Luplow homered twice and knocked in three runs. Roberto Perez, Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez also circled the bases.

Houston 11 – DETROIT 4… The Astros crushed the Tigers to win their seventh straight. Carlos Correa blasted a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Houston also got homers from Aledmys Diaz and George Springer.

MINNESOTA 4 – L.A. Angels 3… The Twins jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on to edge the Angels. Mitch Garver homered with a runner aboard.

KANSAS CITY 11 – Texas 5… The Royals built a 9-0 lead after their first two at-bats and never looked back in their drubbing of the Rangers. Hunter Dozier had a couple of hits and knocked in three runs. Jorge Soler went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

SEATTLE 4 – Oakland 3… Mitch Hanigar hit a two-run homer for the Mariners. Daniel Vogelbach and Tim Beckham added solo shots. Mike Leake (3-4) allowed a run on five hits over 6-2/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES – Baltimore (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement yesterday’s Yankees-Orioles game for the second straight day. The game has been rescheduled for August 12.

Tampa Bay 4 – MIAMI 0… Charlie Morton (4-0) limited the Marlins to three hits over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout. Avisail Garcia homered and lined a two-run single for the Rays.

Colorado 5 – BOSTON 4 (11 innings)… Mark Reynolds singled home Trevor Story with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning and the Rockies made it stand in outlasting the Red Sox. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon hit two-run homers for Colorado.

Toronto 7 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first two major-league homers and knocked in four runs to lead the Blue Jays past the Giants. Starting pitcher. Trent Thornton (1-4) gave up two runs on three hits over 5-2/3 innings.

Pittsburgh (Chris Archer, 1-2) is at Arizona (Zack Greinke, 5-1)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 2-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Wilmer Font, 0-0) are at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 3-1)…
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 4-3) hosts Milwaukee (Gio Gonzalez, 1-0)…
St. Louis (Michael Wacha, 3-0) is at Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 3-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 4-2) host San Diego (Matt Strahm, 1-2)

L.A. Angels (Trevor Cahill, 2-3) are at Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 5-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 7-1; TBA) host Baltimore (TBA; Dan Straily, 1-3) for a doubleheader…
Houston (Justin Verlander, 6-1) is at Detroit (TBA)…
Kansas City (Jorge Lopez, 0-4) hosts Texas (Mike Minor, 3-3)…

Toronto (TBA) is at San Francisco (TBA)
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 4-2) hosts Colorado (German Marquez, 4-2)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) is at Miami (Jose Urena, 1-5)

GOLDEN STATE 116 – Portland 94… The Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter to down the Trail Blazers in the opener of the Western Conference final. Stephen Curry pumped in 36 points to lead all scorers. Klay Thompson added 26 points. Game 2 is tomorrow in Oakland.

Toronto is at Milwaukee for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final

Boston 2 – CAROLINA 1… Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period and the Bruins hung on to top the Hurricanes and take a 3-0 lead in the series. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 35 saves. The series remains in Charlotte for tomorrow’s Game 4.

San Jose is at St. Louis for Game 3 of the Western Conference final with the series tied 1-1

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