The Rundown for May 16, 2019

WHITE HOUSE DENIES REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS… The White House is denying the House Judiciary Committee’s request for documents pertaining to the investigation into possible obstruction of justice and abuses of power. Trump administration officials called the request illegitimate and part of an effort to harass President Trump. The president has declared that his administration will fight all of the House subpoenas.

ABORTION-RIGHTS GROUPS TARGET ALABAMA BILL… Alabama governor Kay Ivey has signed into law the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bill. The law outlaws abortions in her state throughout all stages of pregnancy. The law makes performing the procedure a felony and does not allow exceptions for cases of rape and incest. In signing the legislation, Ivey said she personally disagreed with the 1973 Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT RENEWS BOUNDARY WATERS MINERAL LEASES… The Interior Department yesterday renewed two mineral leases near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness area. The move to open the popular wilderness and recreation area up to copper mining has faced heavy opposition from local and national conservation and sportsmen groups. Opponents of the leases accuse the Trump administration of conducting an insufficient environmental review process leading up to its approval.

DALLAS POLICE SEARCH DALLAS DIOCESE HEADQUARTERS… Dallas police yesterday conducted a search of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas headquarters and other properties as part of the church’s widening sex abuse scandal. Investigators said the raids came in response to five new allegations of sexual abuse that emerged after a priest named Edmundo Paredes was issued an arrest warrant. Paredes is considered a fugitive.

BIRTH RATE DROPS AGAIN… A federal report issued yesterday found that the birthrate in the U.S. fell 2 percent last year from 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the 3,788,235 births in 2018 was the lowest number of births recorded in 32 years. 2018 was the fourth consecutive year of birth declines, the CDC noted.

MANAGER SAYS SPEARS MIGHT BE DONE AS A PERFORMER… Britney Spears’ manager said yesterday that the singer might never perform again. Larry Randolph didn’t cite specifics in his revelation but acknowledged that Spears has been going through tough times. The singer cited her father’s poor health in canceling her second Las Vegas residency in February and has been reportedly dealing with mental-health issues and legal battles surrounding the conservatorship she has been under since 2008.

WOODSTOCK 50 BACK ON, ORGANIZERS SAY… Organizers say the Woodstock 50 festival is back on following a court decision yesterday. The Supreme Court of the State of New York judge ordered that financier Dentsu Aegis Network had no right to cancel the event. The festival is scheduled for August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York.

ARIZONA 11 – Pittsburgh 1… Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer and doubled home a run to lead the Diamondbacks in their pounding of the Pirates. Blake Swihart also homered with a runner aboard. Adam Jones added a solo shot. Zack Greinke (6-1) pitched four-hit ball over 7-2/3 innings before leaving with abdominal tightness.

WASHINGTON 5 – N.Y. Mets 1… Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (4-1) held the Mets to a run on four hits and struck out 11 over eight innings. Victor Robles smacked a solo homer. Howie Kendrick singled home a run and doubled in another.

CINCINNATI 6 – Chi. Cubs 5 (10 innings)… Yasiel Puig singled home Michael Lorenzen in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Reds over the Cubs. Eugenio Suarez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning and added a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth. Jose Iglesias also went deep for Cincinnati.

Milwaukee 5 – PHILADELPHIA 2… Gio Gonzalez (2-0) held the Phillies to a run on seven hits over 5-1/3 innings. Jesus Aguilar drove in a pair of runs for the Brewers.

ATLANTA 4 – St. Louis 0… Mike Soroka (4-1) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the blanking of the Cardinals. Austin Riley hit a solo homer in his major-league debut and Charlie Culberson added a two-run shot for the Braves.

L.A. DODGERS 2 – San Diego 0… Kenta Maeda (5-2) limited the Padres to three hits over 6-2/3 scoreless innings and struck out 12. He also provided the game’s only offense with a two-run single in the bottom of the second inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – Baltimore 3… Gleyber Torres hit two of the Yankees’ four solo homers in the doubleheader opener. Cameron Maybin and Gary Sanchez also connected.

N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Baltimore 1… Gleyber Torres smacked his third homer of the day as the Yankees topped the Orioles to complete a doubleheader sweep. Luke Voit drove in New York’s other two runs with a double and a single. Domingo German (8-1) allowed a run on six hits over seven innings.

MINNESOTA 8 – L.A. Angels 7… Byron Buxton and Jason Castro hit two-run homers for the Twins. Ehire Adrianza lined a two-run double.

Houston 5 – DETROIT 1… Justin Verlander (7-1) held his former team to a run on two hits over seven innings and the Astros won their eighth in a row. Alex Bregman homered with the bases empty. Jake Marisnick singled, tripled and knocked in two runs.

Texas 6 – KANSAS CITY 1… Ronald Guzmán lined a run-scoring single and hit a two-run homer for the Rangers. Willie Calhoun also homered with a runner aboard. Shin-Soo Choo added a solo blast.

Tampa Bay 1 – MIAMI 0… Seven pitchers combined on the shutout as the Rays clipped the Marlins. Anthony Bemboom doubled home Willy Adames with the game’s only run in the top of the second inning.

BOSTON 6 – Colorado 5 (10 innings)… Michael Chavis singled home Xander Bogaerts with the winning run in the top of the 10th inning to send the Red Sox past the Rockies. J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer and stroked a run-scoring single for Boston.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Toronto 3… Brandon Crawford drilled a tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Giants hung on to edge the Blue Jays. Aramis Garcia hit a two-run homer.

the N.Y Mets (Zack Wheeler, 3-2) are at Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 0-6)…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 5-3) hosts Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 4-6)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jose Quintana, 4-2) are at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 4-1)…
Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 2-4) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 3-3)…
Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams 2-1) is at San Diego (Eric Lauer, 2-4)

Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 1-1) is at Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 2-2)…
Kansas City (Homer Bailey, 4-3) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 4-3)…
Baltimore (Dan Straily, 1-3) is at Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 4-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Covey, 0-2) host Toronto (Marcus Stroman, 1-6)…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 2-3) is at Seattle (Erik Swanson, 1-4)

MILWAUKEE 108 – Toronto 100… The Bucks rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Raptors in the Eastern Conference opener. Brook Lopez scored 29 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 24 points and 14 boards. The series remains in Milwaukee for tomorrow’s Game 2.

Portland is at Golden State for Game 2 of the Western Conference final with the Warriors leading 2-1

San Jose 5 – ST. LOUIS 4 (OT)… The Sharks recovered after blowing a pair of two-goal leads to outlast the Blues and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Erik Karlsson scored the winning goal at 5:23 of overtime and also netted a first-period goal. Logan Couture found the net with 1:01 left in regulation to force the extra period. The series remains in St. Louis for Game 4 tomorrow.

Boston is at Carolina for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final with the Bruins leading 2-0

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