The Rundown for May 28, 2019

LARGE TORNADO STRIKES DAYTON, OHIO… A “mass casualty incident” was declared and extensive damage was reported in Dayton, Ohio, last night after the city was struck by a massive tornado. Multiple tornado watches were in effect throughout western and central Ohio into this morning. Parts of Nebraska, Indiana and Illinois were among areas hit by severe weather and potentially catastrophic flooding that marred Memorial Day events throughout the central U.S. yesterday. Residents in several Arkansas counties were evacuated over the weekend along stretches of the Arkansas River, which was expected to crest more than four feet above the record and threaten the towns of Van Buren and Fort Smith. A state of emergency was still in effect for all 77 counties in Oklahoma.

TRUMP SAYS HE’S NOT READY FOR A CHINA DEAL… President Trump said at a press conference in Tokyo yesterday that he’s not ready to make a trade deal with China although China “would like to make a deal.” Trump said the U.S. is “taking in tens of millions of dollars of tariffs and that number could go up very, very substantially, very easily” but predicted a “very good deal with China sometime into the future.” Trump also reiterated that he agrees with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claim that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is “a low IQ individual.”

FEDERAL PROBE OF TRUMP INAUGURAL DONATION… Federal prosecutors are investigating a $1 million donation made to President Trump’s inaugural committee by real-estate mogul Franklin Haney. Authorities want to know whether donors like Haney received benefits in exchange for their contributions. At the time of his donation, Haney was seeking money and regulatory approval from the government to help acquire Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has allegedly provided prosecutors with information about Haney’s nuclear-plant project.

CONGRESSMAN ADMITS TAKING PHOTO WITH DEAD COMBATANT… Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California has acknowledged taking a photo with a dead combatant during his time as a Marine. He offered the acknowledgment in defense of a Navy SEAL charged with multiple war crimes. Hunter, who is facing corruption charges, made the comments during a town hall Saturday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Hunter is seeking a pardon for Edward Gallagher, who’s charged with stabbing to death a teenage Islamic State fighter under his care in Iraq in 2017 and then holding his reenlistment ceremony with the body. Gallagher is also accused of shooting two civilians in Iraq and opening fire on crowds.

MEASLES SPREADING… Public health officials say the U.S. recorded 60 new measles cases last week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in 2019 to 940. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blames the resurgence of measles to the online spread of misinformation about vaccines. The U.S. outbreak has now reached 26 states, with experts warning that it isn’t over.

A BOY FOR JOHNNY GALECKI… “Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki learned over the weekend that he and girlfriend Alaina Meyer are expecting a boy. The 43-year-old Galecki and the 21-year-old Meyer announced earlier this month that they are expecting their first child, but they did not say if it would be a boy or a girl. The couple celebrated the news at a reveal party on Sunday.

TYLER, THE CREATOR TOPS ALBUM CHART… Tyler, the Creator’s new release “IGOR” sold 165,000 units to top the Billboard 200 album chart. DJ Khaled’s “Father of Asahd” sold 136,000 copies to finish second. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” finished at No. 3 and was joined in the top five by Khalid’s “Free Spirit” and National’s “I Am Easy to Find.”

Miami 3 – WASHINGTON 2… The Marlins eased past the Nationals to salvage the finale of the four-game series. Miguel Rojas lifted a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning to score Starlin Castro with a tie-breaking run.

Pittsburgh 8 – CINCINNATI 5… Bryan Reynolds tripled home two runs and Starling Marte added a two-run homer as the Pirates during a four-run the top of the eighth inning that sent the Pirates past the Reds in the opener of a doubleheader. Josh Bell smacked a solo homer for Pittsburgh.

CINCINNATI 8 – Pittsburgh 1… The Reds cruised past the Pirates to claim a split of the twinbill. Jose Iglesias unloaded a grand slam during a six-run bottom of the first inning. Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig added bases-empty homers.

COLORADO 4 – Arizona 3 (11 innings)… Raimel Tapia singled home Ketel Marte with the winning in the bottom of the 11th inning. Nolan Arenado stroked a game-tying two-run single in the seventh. David Dahl hit a solo homer.

L.A. DODGERS 9 – N.Y. Mets 5… Enrique Hernandez belted a three-run homer and the Dodgers got solo shots from Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor in their defeat of the Mets. Bellinger also threw out a pair of runners trying to advance.

BALTIMORE 5 – Detroit 3… Renato Nunez homered and knocked in three runs to lead the Orioles past the Tigers. Jonathan Villar added a solo homer.

TAMPA BAY 8 – Toronto 3… Daniel Robertson stroked a two-run double and Austin Meadows hit a two-run homer as the Rays scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put away the Blue Jays. Ji-Man Choi lined a two-run single.

BOSTON 12 – Cleveland 5… The Red Sox came from three runs down to thrash the Indians. Sandy Leon hit a three-run homer and J.D. Martinez added a pair of solo blasts. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a couple of hits and drove in two runs.

OAKLAND 8 – L.A. Angels 5… Jurickson Profar homered with a runner aboard and the Athletics got solo blasts from Josh Phegley and Matt Chapman in downing the Angels for their 10th straight win. Stephen Piscotty singled home two runs.

SEATTLE 6 – Texas 2… Daniel Vogelbach ripped a two-run homer for the Mariners. Mallex Smith and Kyle Seager drove in two runs apiece.

Kansas City 1 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1 (susp.)… Rain in Chicago suspended yesterday’s Royals-White Sox game in the fifth inning with the score tied. The game will be resumed today.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – San Diego 2… The Yankees topped the Padres after spotting them a two-run lead. Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner and Gary Sanchez hit solo homers.

HOUSTON 6 – Chi. Cubs 5… The Astros scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning and held on to beat the Cubs. Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Milwaukee 5 – MINNESOTA 4… The Brewers erased a four-run deficit on their way past the Twins. Orlando Arcia connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning.

Pittsburgh (Jordan Lyles, 5-1) is at Cincinnati (Lucas Sims, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Nick Pivetta, 2-1) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 4-4)…
San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 2-3) is at Miami (Trevor Richards, 1-5)
Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-2) hosts Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 4-3)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 4-5) is at Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 3-4)
the L.A. Dodgers (Rich Hill, 1-1) host the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 3-3)

Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 4-4) is at Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 2-5)…
Boston (David Price, 2-2) hosts Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 0-0)…
Toronto (Clayton Richard, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (Ryne Stanek, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 6-1) host Kansas City (Brad Keller, 3-5)…
Texas (Adrian Sampson, 2-3) is at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 5-4)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 6-2) hosts the L.A. Angels (TBA)

San Diego (Eric Lauer, 3-4) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 3-3)…
Houston (Corbin Martin, 1-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 3-3)…
Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 5-0) is at Minnesota (Martin Perez, 7-1)

BILL BUCKNER DIES… Bill Buckner, whose 22-year major-league career included an All-Star appearance and the 1980 batting title, died yesterday after a battle with dementia. He was 69. Bucker played for the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox and Angels, finishing his career with 2,716 hits.

BOSTON 4 – St. Louis 2… The Bruins rallied From two goals down to upend the Blues in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final. Sean Kiraly netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period. Brad Marchand added an empty-netter. The series remains in Boston for Game 2 tomorrow.

Toronto is at Golden State for Game 1 on Thursday

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