The Rundown for May 27, 2019

AT LEAST 2 DEAD IN OKLAHOMA TORNADO… Authorities in Oklahoma say at least two people are dead and at least 29 others were injured after a deadly tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno overnight on Saturday. Search-and-rescue operations continued into yesterday. The tornado struck a mobile home park, a motel and several businesses, officials said.

MONTANA SENATOR TESTER BLASTS TRUMP… Senator Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat who is the only working farmer in the Senate, criticized President Trump’s handling of the escalating trade dispute with China during an appearance on “Face the Nation” yesterday. Tester called Trump’s proposed $16-billion bailout for U.S. farmers a temporary “Band-Aid.” Tester accused Trump of writing a check financed by U.S. taxpayers to solve a problem of his own doing.

IRAQ OFFERS TO MEDIATE U.S.-IRAN TENSIONS… Iraqi foreign minister Mohammed al-Hakim yesterday offered to mediate tensions between the U.S. and Iran. al-Hakim said his country stands with Iran against “ineffective” sanctions the U.S. has imposed on the country. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have escalated in recent weeks after the Trump administration beefed up its military presence in the Persian Gulf in response to a yet-unidentified threat from Iran.

MAN KILLED IN HAWAII SHARK ATTACK… A shark attack killed a 65-year-old California man as he was swimming off the coast of Maui Saturday morning, authorities confirmed yesterday. Officials say the attack occurred about 60 yards off of Kaanapali Beach. The beach has posted shark warnings along a half-mile stretch of the beach.

FBI INVESTIGATING FAKE EXPLOSIVES… FBI investigators are looking into the discovery of “several fake, inert explosive devices” placed around the city of Newburgh, New York, yesterday. The devices were put in public areas throughout the city, which is about 60 miles north of New York City. The fake devices pose no threat to public safety, officials say, but people are warned not to touch a device if they find one.

STAN LEE’S FORMER BUSINESS MANAGER ARRESTED… Los Angeles police yesterday announced the arrest of former business manager for the late Marvel comic-book publisher Stan Lee on elder abuse allegations. 43-year-old Keya Morgan was arrested Saturday morning and charged with false imprisonment, theft and embezzlement connected to his dealings with Lee, who died at age 95 in November. Among other accusations he is facing, Morgan allegedly stole $262,000 that Lee earned at autograph signing sessions in 2018.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Aladdin” raked in $86.1 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum” slipped into second place with $24.3 million. “Avengers: Endgame” finished third with $16.8 million. “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” brought in $13.3 for a fourth-place finish. “Brightburn” capped the top five with $7.5 million.

WASHINGTON 9 – Miami 6… Howie Kendrick had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs to lead the Nationals past the Marlins. Brian Dozier ripped a two-run double and Anthony Rendon added a two-run triple.

L.A. Dodgers 11 – PITTSBURGH 7… Matt Beaty drove in four runs with a pair of singles and the Dodgers got solo homers from Corey Seager and Joc Pederson in completing a sweep of the Pirates. Justin Turner went 5-for-5 and scored three runs.

MILWAUKEE 9 – Philadelphia 1… Brandon Woodruff (7-1) allowed only a solo homer over eight innings as the Brewers cruised past the Phillies. Ben Gamel homered twice. Yasmani Grandal, Christian Yelich and Hernán Pérez also went deep.

Cincinnati 10 – CHI. CUBS 2… Reds starter Tanner Roark (4-3) scattered six hits over five scoreless innings and got plenty of support. Curt Casali hit a two-run homer. Eugenio Suarez has a couple of hits and knocked in three runs. Nick Senzel had three hits and scored four runs.

Arizona 6 – SAN FRANCISC0 2… Ketel Marte belted his third homer in three games and the Diamondbacks finished off a sweep of the Giants. Eduardo Escobar had three hits and an RBI. Luke Weaver (4-3) allowed a run on six hits over five innings.

Atlanta 4 – ST. LOUIS 3 (10 innings)… The Braves came from three runs down in the final inning to top the Braves. Ozzie Albies singled home the tying run in the top of the ninth inning and Brian McCann drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 10th to force home Freddie Freeman with the decisive run.

Tampa Bay 6 – CLEVELAND 3… Austin Meadows homered to lead off the game and went 4-for-4 with three RBIs for the Rays.

Boston 4 – HOUSTON 1… The Red Sox eased past the Astros to salvage the series finale. Rafael Devers homered. Eduardo Rodriguez (5-3) gave up a run on four hits over six innings.

MINNESOTA 7 – Chi. White Sox 0… Jake Odorizzi (7-2) pitched one-hit ball over 5-1/3 innings and four relievers completed the Twins’ shutout of the White Sox. Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler each hit three-run homers.

KANSAS CITY 8 – N.Y. Yankees 7 (10 innings)… The Royals recovered to outlast the Yankees after blowing a six-run lead. Whit Merrifield singled home Billy Hamilton with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Martin Maldonado hit a three-run homer. Hunter Dozier added a two-run shot. Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler connected with the bases empty.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Texas 6… The Angels scored six times in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a 5-1 deficit on their way past the Rangers. Mike Trout homered and stroked a run-scoring double.

OAKLAND 7 – Seattle 1… The Athletics breezed past the Mariners to finish off a series sweep and win their ninth in a row. Matt Chapman provided all the offense Oakland needed with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Josh Phegley homered with the bases empty and doubled home two runs. Brett Anderson (6-3) gave up a run on five hits over 6-1/3 innings.

TORONTO 10 – San Diego 1… The Blue Jays crushed the Padres to avoid a series sweep. Cavan Biggio went 3-for-4 with his first career homer. Lourdes Gurriel went 4-for-4 and homered for the third straight game. Marcus Stroman (3-6) allowed a run on five hits over five innings.

N.Y. METS 4 – Detroit 3… The Mets scored all four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit and held on to edge the Tigers. Adeiny Hechevarria blasted a three-run homer.

COLORADO 8 – Baltimore 7… Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight day and the Rockies fought off the Orioles. German Marquez drove in three runs with a triple and a sacrifice.

Miami (Jose Urena, 2-6) is at Washington (Max Scherzer, 2-5)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 5-1) hosts Pittsburgh (Nick Kingham, 1-1)…
Arizona (Zack Greinke, 6-2) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-4)
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-4) hosts Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 3-5) are at the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 4-0)

Detroit (Daniel Norris, 2-2) is at Baltimore (Gabriel Ynoa, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (Yonny Chirinos, 5-1) hosts Toronto (Aaron Sanchez, 3-4)…
Kansas City (Homer Bailey, 4-5) is at the Chi. White Sox (Ivan Nova, 3-4)
Boston (Rick Porcello, 3-4) hosts Cleveland (Jefry Rodriguez, 1-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Felix Pena, 2-1) are at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-1)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 6-3) is at Seattle (Tommy Milone, 0-1)

San Diego (Matt Strahm, 2-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 4-5) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Cole Hamels, 4-0)…
Milwaukee (Gio Gonzalez, 2-1) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 4-3)

St. Louis is at Boston for Game 1

Toronto is at Golden State for Game 1 on Thursday

NFL NEWS… Bart Starr, who won five NFL championships as the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, died yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 85 and had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. Starr played for the Packers from 1956 to 1971. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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