The Rundown for May 22, 2019

McGAHN DEFIES SUBPOENA… Former White House counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena calling for him to testify yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee. The panel held the hearing without McGahn, but his absence prompted committee chair Jerry Nadler to warn that he will be cited for contempt of Congress. Other Democrats claim McGahn’s defiance is grounds to open an impeachment inquiry.

HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS HICKS, DONALDSON… The House Judiciary Committee yesterday issued subpoenas to former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson for testimony and documents related to the panel’s ongoing investigation into obstruction and public corruption by Trump and his associates. The subpoenas call for materials to be submitted by June 4. Hicks, the former White House communications director, is scheduled to testify on June 19. Donaldson, the former deputy White House counsel, is set to testify on June 24.

ABORTION DEMONSTRATIONS… Recent passage of state laws that restrict access to abortions prompted pro-choice supporters to demonstrate at rallies nationwide yesterday. Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi are states that recently approved anti-abortion legislation. Demonstrators called on politicians to “protect safe, legal abortion.”

CUCCINELLI TO BE NAMED TO DHS POST… The Trump administration is reportedly set to name former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli to an unspecified position within the Department of Homeland Security. His hiring comes as the White House is confronting a migrant surge at the southern border. Cuccinelli is on record as favoring the denial of citizenship to the American-born children of parents living in the U.S. illegally. He also supports limiting in-state tuition at public universities only to those who are citizens or legal residents.

CALIFORNIA SUES OVER RAIL FUNDING… California has filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from canceling nearly $1 billion for the state’s high-speed rail project. The suit filed yesterday comes in response to the administration cutting the funding last week. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has called the administration’s move illegal and says it’s political retribution for California’s resistance to Trump’s immigration policies. The state also plans to file for a temporary restraining order blocking the administration from awarding the money to another project.

JOHNNY DEPP CLAIMS TO BE THE VICTIM IN ABUSE CASE… In newly filed court documents, actor Johnny Depp denies physically abusing ex-wife Amber Heard and argues that it was she who abused him during their relationship. The documents were filed as part of Depp’s $50 million defamation case against her Heard. Depp claims Heard used “painted-on bruises” to support her accusations of his abuse.

ALABAMA WON’T AIR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE EPISODE OF KID’S SHOW… Alabama Public Television announced yesterday that it won’t air an episode of the children’s show “Arthur” in which a same-sex marriage is featured. The show’s 22nd season premiered on May 13 everywhere but in Alabama. Producers insist that the episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” was intended to convey a positive message.

CHI. CUBS 3 – Philadelphia 2… The Cubs scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Phillies. Javier Baez singled home Anthony Rizzo with the winning run.

Colorado 5 – PITTSBURGH 0… German Marquez (5-2) pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring single. Trevor Story smacked a solo homer.

N.Y. METS 6 – Washington 5… Amed Rosario’s infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Adeiny Hechevarria with the winning run. J.D. Davis belted a three-run homer and Pete Alonso added a solo shot.

Cincinnati 3 – MILWAUKEE 0… Sonny Gray (1-4) limited the Brewers to five hits over six innings and got help from four relievers in the shutout. Phil Ervin doubled home a run.

SAN DIEGO 3 – Arizona 2… Eric Hosmer homered with a runner aboard and Manny Machado singled home a run as the Padres scored all three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on to edge the Diamondbacks. Matt Strahm (2-3) surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Atlanta 3… The Giants rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun the Braves. Joe Panik delivered a game-winning two-run single.

Oakland 5 – CLEVELAND 3… Mark Canha came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer and Jurickson Profar added a solo shot for the Athletics. Four relievers held the Indians scoreless over the final 5-1/3 innings.

N.Y. Yankees 11 – BALTIMORE 4… Clint Frazier homered twice and drove in five runs for the Yankees. Gary Sanchez connected for a three-run homer. Domingo German (9-1) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

TORONTO 10 – Boston 3… Rowdy Tellez hit a pair of homers and knocked in five runs to lead the Blue Jays in their pounding of the Red Sox. Randal Grichuk also went deep. Starter Marcus Stroman (2-6) gave up a run on five hits over six innings.

TEXAS 5 – Seattle 3… Joey Gallo’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Rangers’ win over the Mariners. Lance Lynn (6-3) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out 11 in seven innings.

HOUSTON 5 – Chi. White Sox 1… Astros starter Justin Verlander (8-1) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Yuli Gurriel homered with the bases empty. Michael Brantley lined a two-run double.

Minnesota 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Twins rolled past the Angels after spotting them a three-run lead. Marwin Gonzalez homered with a runner aboard and doubled home a run. Luis Arraez also went deep. Jorge Polanco lined an RBI double and produced a run-scoring single.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – TAMPA BAY 3… Clayton Kershaw (4-0) took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Dodgers cruised past the Rays. Joc Pederson had a couple of hits and knocked in a pair of runs.

Miami 5 – DETROIT 4 (11 innings)… Chad Wallach’s second RBI double of the game scored Miguel Rojas with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning and the Marlins made it stand in outlasting the Tigers. Harold Ramirez and Brian Anderson hit solo homers for Miami.

Kansas City – ST. LOUIS (ppd)… Rain in St. Louis forced postponement of last night’s Royals-Cardinals game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 5-1) is at Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 5-0) …
San Diego (Eric Lauer, 2-4) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 4-4)
Colorado (Jon Gray, 3-4) is at Pittsburgh (Montana DuRapau, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 3-5) host Washington (Max Scherzer, 2-5)…
Philadelphia (Cole Irvin, 2-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Cole Hamels, 4-0)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 6-2) is at San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 2-2)…

Oakland (Frankie Montas, 5-2) is at Cleveland (Jefry Rodriguez, 1-3)…
Texas (Adrian Sampson, 1-3) hosts Seattle (Marco Gonzalez, 5-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (CC Sabathia, 2-1) are at Baltimore (Dan Straily, 1-3)…
Toronto (Aaron Sanchez, 3-4) hosts Boston (Rick Porcello, 3-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Ivan Nova, 2-4) are at Houston (Gerrit Cole, 4-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Matt Harvey, 2-3) hosts Minnesota (Martin Perez, 6-1)

Kansas City (Brad Keller, 2-5; Homer Bailey, 4-4) is at St. Louis (Michael Wacha, 3-1; Adam Wainwright, 3-4)
Tampa Bay (Ryne Stanek, 0-1) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Rich Hill, 1-1)…
Miami (Jose Urena, 1-6) is at Detroit (Daniel Norris, 2-2)

TORONTO 120 – Milwaukee 102… The Raptors handled the Bucks to even the Eastern Conference final at two games apiece. Kyle Lowrie scored 25 points to lead six players in double figures. Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds. The series returns to Milwaukee for Game 5 tomorrow.

ST. LOUIS 5 – San Jose 1… The Blues skated past the Sharks to wrap up the Western Conference final in six games. The move on to take on Boston in the Stanley Cup Final. David Perron had a goal and an assist. Ryan O’Reilly set up three goals. Goalie Jordan Binnington made 25 saves.

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