The Rundown for May 29, 2019

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY DIDN’T DUMP STOCK… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Transport Secretary Elaine Chao still owns stock in a road-paving company more than a year after she promised to get rid of it. Chao’s holdings are in Vulcan Materials, which is the largest U.S. supplier of stone, sand, and gravel used in road-paving and building. The stock price has risen nearly 13 percent since Chao promised to dump her shares in April 2018, netting her more $40,000. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

ANOTHER GOP REP BLOCKS DISASTER AID BILL… For the second time since Friday, a single Republican congressman prevented the House from approving a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill yesterday. Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky objected to the bill, which had cleared the Senate last week in an 85-8 vote. The House sought to pass the measure via unanimous consent. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said the House will again try to pass the measure tomorrow. If it is blocked for a third time, the House is expected to wait until after June 4 to approve the bill via a roll call vote.

CLEAN-UP EFFORTS FOLLOW TORNADOES… Crews continue clean-up efforts in Indiana and Ohio after the states were hammered by multiple tornadoes that struck overnight yesterday. Authorities say one person was killed and at least 130 others were injured. Overall, some 55 tornados touched down Monday across eight states, according to forecasters.

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRANSGENDER STUDENT LOCKER-ROOM CASE… The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a lower court’s ruling that said transgender students in an eastern Pennsylvania school district can use locker rooms and restrooms that match their gender identity. The case stemmed from a March 2017 complaint in which a student saw a transgender classmate changing with him in the locker room. The plaintiff argued that allowing a transgender student to use the same locker of his gender violated his rights to privacy.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON FACING OKLAHOMA LAWSUIT… Drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson is targeted in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit filed by the state of Oklahoma. The firm is accused of deceptively marketing painkillers and downplaying addiction risks that fueled an alleged “opioid epidemic.” Johnson & Johnson denies wrongdoing and insists it marketed products responsibly.

NETFLIX THREATENS TO PULL OUT OF GEORGIA… Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos says the streaming company will reconsider its “entire investment” in Georgia if the state implements a recently enacted law that bans abortion after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo. Netflix joins “Handmaid’s Tale” director Reed Morano and actress Kristen Wiig in threatening to withdraw production from the state over the law. Last year, the film industry supported a total of more than 92,000 local jobs in Georgia and spent $2.7 billion there.

AUTHOR TONY HORWITZ DIES… Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historical nonfiction writer Tony Horwitz, who is best known for his bestselling nonfiction Civil War-reenactor book “Confederates in the Attic,” died on Monday, his family confirmed yesterday. He was 60. Horwitz was in the nation’s capital to promote his latest book, “Spying on the South.” Horwitz’s other books include “Midnight Rising,” “John Brown; A Voyage Long and Strange” and “Baghdad Without a Map.”

CINCINNATI 11 – Pittsburgh 6… Derek Dietrich homered three times and knocked in six runs to lead the Reds past the Pirates. Jose Peraza also went deep.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – St. Louis 3… The Phillies rallied past the Cardinals after spotting them a three-run lead. Bryce Harper lined a two-run double and Cesar Hernandez homered with a runner aboard.

MIAMI 11 – San Francisco 3… Jorge Alfaro and Garret Cooper hit three-run homers for the Marlins. Rosell Herrera added a solo shot.

Washington 5 – ATLANTA 4… Howie Kendrick’s solo homer in the top of the seventh inning was the difference in the Nationals’ win over the Braves. Kurt Suzuki had a couple of hits and an RBI.

COLORADO 6 – Arizona 2… Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and Ryan McMahon added a two-run double in the eighth for the Rockies.

N.Y. Mets 7 – L.A. DODGERS 3… Michael Conforto unloaded a tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to power the Mets past the Dodgers. Todd Frazier smacked a solo homer.

CHI. WHITE SOX 2 – Kansas City 1… Yolmer Sanchez singled home James McCann with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the White Sox edged the Royals to complete a game suspended by rain the day before.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Kansas City 3… The White Sox came from three runs down to top the Royals. Charlie Tilson delivered a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Detroit 3 – BALTIMORE 0… Matthew Boyd (5-4) scattered six hits over six innings and four relievers completed the shutout of the Orioles. Niko Goodrum smacked a solo homer.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Toronto 1… Avisail Garcia legged out an inside-the-park homer for the Rays. Austin Meadows also went deep. Five pitchers combined to stifle the Blue Jays.

Cleveland 7 – BOSTON 5… The Indians came up with five runs in the top of the ninth inning to upend the Red Sox. Roberto Perez and Greg Allen homered. Jordan Luplow came through with a tie-breaking two-run double. Francisco Lindor doubled home two runs in the eighth to put Cleveland on the board.

Texas 11 – SEATTLE 4… Ronald Guzman blasted a three-run homer, Nomar Mazara added a two-run shot and the Rangers thrashed the Mariners. Hunter Pence and Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in two runs apiece.

L.A. Angels 6 – OAKLAND 4… Shohei Ohtani lined a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to send the Angels past the Athletics. David Fletcher hit a two-run single and Tommy La Stella doubled home two more runs during a four-run second.

San Diego 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 4… Eric Hosmer belted a three-run homer during a four-run top of the first inning and the Padres held on to top the Yankees.

MINNESOTA 5 – Milwaukee 3… Max Kepler lined a two-run double and Eddie Rosario followed with a two-run homer as the Twins scored all five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

HOUSTON 9 – Chi. Cubs 6… Alex Bregman homered twice and drove in three runs for the Astros. Michael Brantley stroked a two-run double.

Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 1-1) is at Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 2-2)…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-0) hosts St. Louis (Genesis Cabrera, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 3-4) is at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-5)…
Atlanta (Kevin Gausman, 2-3) hosts Washington (TBA)…
Arizona (Robbie Ray, 4-1) is at Colorado (Jeff Hoffman, 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 5-1) host the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 3-4)

the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 2-1) are at Oakland (Daniel Mengden, 1-1)…
Seattle (Wade LeBlanc, 2-2) hosts Texas (Drew Smyly, 1-3)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 3-2) is at Boston (Ryan Weber, 1-0)…
Baltimore (John Means, 5-4) hosts Detroit (Ryan Carpenter, 0-2)…
Toronto (Trent Thornton, 1-4) is at Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 3-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 3-5) host Kansas City (TBA)

San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-2) is at the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 3-2)…
Houston (Wade Miley, 5-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 4-4)

St. Louis is at Boston for Game 2 with the Bruins leading 1-0

Toronto is at Golden State for Game 1 tomorrow

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