POMPEO SAYS U.S. READY TO TALK TO IRAN… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday that the U.S. is prepared to enter talks with Iran with “no preconditions.” Pompeo, who has been traveling in Europe, also told reporters that the U.S. would not back down in pressuring Iran to “change its behavior in the Middle East.” Pompeo made the comments during a tour to convince European allies that the U.S. is “not eager for war.”
PENTAGON TO WHITE HOUSE: ‘ DON’T POLITICIZE THE MILITARY’… The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Defense Department has told the White House to stop politicizing the military after staff decided to order the U.S.S. John McCain “out of sight” during President Trump’s visit to Japan. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said that he wasn’t planning to launch an internal probe into the matter “because there was nothing carried out” by the Navy. Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on “Meet the Press” yesterday that the request to hide the U.S.S. John McCain was “not an unreasonable thing to ask” based on how the president feel about the late senator. Mulvaney admitted that it was a member of the White House advance team that asked for the ship to be moved.
LONDON PREPARES FOR TRUMP… London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned President Trump yesterday in advance of the president’s three-day visit to London this week. Khan listed a string of alleged offenses Trump has committed and called Trump “one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat” in an op-ed for the Observer. Trump’s visit is expected to draw widespread protests throughout Britain. British anger intensified after Trump denied calling Duchess Meghan “nasty” despite the release of an audio recording that captured the exchange.
TARIFF TALKS… Mexico’s Economy Minister Graciela Marquez announced yesterday that she will meet today with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington. She scheduled the meeting prior to Wednesday’s talks about possible U.S. tariffs on Mexican goods. President Trump has threatened to impose on Mexican imports punitive 5-percent tariffs that would gradually increase to 25%, if Mexico did not do more to prevent migrants from reaching the U.S. border.
LEAH CHASE DIES… Chef and civil rights activist Leah Chase died Saturday night in New Orleans, her family confirmed yesterday. She was 96. Chase’ earned the title “Queen of Creole Cuisine” as executive chef and co-owner of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter. For decades, Chase served a wide range of political figures and activists including presidents and Freedom Riders while also hosting NAACP meetings and black voter registration drives.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” took in $49 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Aladdin,” dropped into second place with $42.3 million. “Rocketman” opened in third place with $25 million. Another newcomer, “Ma,” finished fourth with $18.2 million. “John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum” made $11.1 million to finish fifth.
Milwaukee 4 – PITTSBURGH 2… Eric Thames drilled a two-run homer and tripled home a run. Zack Davies (6-0) gave up two runs on eight hits over eight innings.
Washington 4 – CINCINNATI 1… Kurt Suzuki and Derek Dietrich produced run-scoring doubles for the Nationals. Max Scherzer (3-5) limited the Reds to a run on three hits over eight innings and struck out 15.
ST. LOUIS 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Adam Wainwright (5-5) pitched two-hit ball over eight scoreless innings in outdueling counterpart Cole Hamels. Kolten Wong lifted a sacrifice fly and Matt Carpenter singled home a run for the Cardinals.
ARIZONA 7 – N.Y. Mets 1… Ketel Marte belted a lead-off homer and Eduardo Escobar added a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning. Marte added a two-run single. Merrill Kelly (5-6) gave up a run on six hits over 7-2/3 innings and fanned 10.
L.A. DODGERS 8 – Philadelphia 0… Rich Hill (2-1) held the Phillies to three hits over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout. David Freese homered and singled home a run. Joc Pederson homered with a runner aboard.
Miami 9 – SAN DIEGO 3… Jorge Alfaro connected for a two-run homer and stroked a two-run double for the Marlins. Garrett Cooper also circled the bases. Trevor Richards (3-5) allowed just one hit over five innings.
Minnesota 9 – TAMPA BAY 7… The Twins built a 7-0 lead through 6-1/2 innings and held on to top the Rays. Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference. C.J. Cron lined a bases-clearing double.
TEXAS 5 – Kansas City 1… Adrian Sampson (4-3) limited the Royals to a run on eight hits over seven innings and struck out 11. Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman each had a couple of hits and an RBI.
CHI. WHITE SOX 2 – Cleveland 0… Lucas Giolito (8-1) pitched five-hit ball over 7-1/3 innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout of the Indians. Tim Anderson homered and lined an RBI double for the White Sox.
Houston 6 – OAKLAND 4 (12 innings)… Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel came through with run-scoring singles in the top of the 12th inning as the Astros outlasted the Athletics. Gurriel opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first.
L.A. Angels 13 – SEATTLE 3… The Angels erupted to score seven runs in the top of the second inning and added five more in the fifth to blow away the Mariners. Albert Pujols blasted a three-run homer and added a two-run double. Luis Rengifo also went deep. Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a two-run single.
Boston 8 – N.Y. YANKEES 5… J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts hit solo homers for the Red Sox. Andrew Benintendi, Michael Chavis and Eduardo Nuñez each had two hits and an RBI.
San Francisco 8 – BALTIMORE 1… Brandon Crawford smacked a pair of solo homers for the Giants. Evan Longoria also homered with the bases empty and added a two-run double. Jeff Samardzija (3-4) allowed a run on three hits over six innings.
ATLANTA 7 – Detroit 4… The Braves came up with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a tie on their way past the Tigers. Dansby Swanson homered and doubled home a run.
COLORADO 5 – Toronto 1… Chris Iannetta homered and lined a run-scoring double for the Rockies. Antonio Senzatela (4-4) surrendered a run on four hits over six innings.
TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 5-1) are at Arizona (Robbie Ray, 4-2)…
San Diego (Eric Lauer, 4-4) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 6-0)…
TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE…
Houston (Corbin Martin, 1-1) is at Seattle (Wade LeBlanc, 2-2)
TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE…
the L.A. Angels (Trevor Cahill, 2-5) are at the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 3-4)
MLB NEWS… The Philadelphia Phillies acquired former All-Star outfielders Jay Bruce from the Seattle Mariners yesterday in exchange for a minor leaguer and cash considerations. The 32-year-old Bruce is hitting .212 with 14 homers and 28 RBIs. He was traded by the New York Mets to Seattle last February in exchange for second-baseman Robinson Cano and reliever Edwin Diaz.
NBA FINAL SCORE…
Golden State 109 – TORONTO 104… The Warriors gained control with a big third quarter and held on to down the Raptors and even the series at a game apiece. Klay Thompson led the way with 25 points. Stephen Curry added 23 points. Draymond Green had 17 points and 10 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 11 points and 10 boards. The series shifts to Oakland for Game 3 on Wednesday.
TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE…
Boston is at St. Louis for Game 4 with the Bruins leading 2-1