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FILE PHOTO: California's Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco
FILE PHOTO: California’s Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

June 19, 2019

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday apologized to Native Americans for violence and other wrongdoings they suffered during the state’s history and called their mistreatment genocide.

The Democratic governor, in an executive order, called for the creation of a Truth and Healing Council to produce a report before the end of 2024 on the historical relationship between the state and Native Americans.

Newsom delivered the apology during an appearance with tribal leaders at the California Indian Heritage Center near Sacramento, the state capital.

“It’s called a genocide, that’s what it was, a genocide,” Newsom said, citing the $1.3 million in state funding authorized in the 1850s to subsidize militia campaigns against Native Americans. “No other way to describe it, and that’s the way it needs to be described in the history books.”

Tribal leaders who appeared with Newsom on Tuesday thanked him for the apology.

“It’s healing to hear your words, but actions will speak for themselves and I do look forward to hearing more and seeing more of you,” Erica Pinto, chairwoman of Jamul Indian Village in San Diego County, said.

“WAR OF EXTERMINATION”

In discussing the history of California’s treatment of Native Americans, Newsom cited an 1851 address to the state legislature by California’s first governor, Peter Burnett.

“That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races until the Indian race becomes extinct must be expected,” Burnett said then.

The state of California had never previously formally apologized for its role in wrongdoing against Native Americans, according to the governor’s office.

Newsom’s predecessor, Democrat Jerry Brown, did endorse a 2016 book by historian Benjamin Madley, of the University of California, Los Angeles, titled “An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873.” The book detailed how California’s indigenous population fell from as many as 150,000 people to about 30,000.

Madley estimated that between 1846 and 1873, up to 16,000 Native Americans were killed in California. Disease, dislocation and starvation also took their toll, Madley wrote.

The U.S. Congress in 2009 passed a resolution, tucked into an appropriations bill, that apologized to Native Americans for violence, maltreatment and neglect inflicted by U.S. citizens.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Bill Tarrant and Leslie Adler)

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FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London
FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

June 18, 2019

By Paresh Dave and Arjun Panchadar

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Tuesday it would set aside $750 million in land and $250 million in financing to spur developers in the San Francisco Bay Area to build at least 20,000 homes and rehabilitate other housing over the next decade.

Google, which told Reuters it has 45,000 employees in the region, has been the target of local activists who for several years have said the company’s growth and high salaries have contributed to rising rents and housing shortages. They have called on Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies to invest in affordable housing and rethink expansions.

Google said housing had reached a “crisis point” in the Bay Area but declined to comment on whether its announcement in a blog post on Tuesday was a response to pressure from community activists, who plan to demonstrate Wednesday outside Alphabet’s annual shareholder meeting.

Activist group Silicon Valley Rising called Google’s announcement “a great step in the right direction.”

In January, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy in partnership with other groups said they planned to raise $500 million to build or preserve more than 8,000 homes in the Bay Area over 10 years. And Microsoft Corp pledged $500 million toward addressing homelessness and developing affordable housing in the Seattle region.

Google told Reuters it would lease land valued at $750 million, and largely zoned for offices or shops, to construct mostly apartments and some for-sale homes for a total of at least 15,000 units.

It declined to elaborate on why the space is no longer needed for offices.

The $250 million would go toward equity and debt investments in projects preserving existing affordable housing or constructing at least 5,000 new affordable units for people of various income levels. Google said it would prioritize developments near transportation hubs by its offices.

Google has already proposed 5,700 new homes at one of its developments in Mountain View, California adding that it is also in discussions with the cities of Sunnyvale and San Jose.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave in San Francisco and Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by James Emmanuel and Lisa Shumaker)

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
FILE PHOTO: Jun 9, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Hunter Pence (24) makes a leaping catch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

June 18, 2019

The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day injured list Monday because of a strained right groin.

Pence sustained the injury Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, when he was playing right field and chasing Jose Peraza’s hit into the corner in the fifth inning. He pulled up near the line as the ball landed and bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double.

An MRI exam Monday revealed the strain. Pence, 36, is hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 55 games this season, his first with the Rangers after signing as a free agent from the San Francisco Giants.

He is second to Boston’s J.D. Martinez at designated hitter in the first round of All-Star voting in the American League.

–San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for “aggressively arguing and making contact with” an umpire Saturday, MLB announced.

The suspension was to be served Monday night, with the Padres hosting the Milwaukee Brewers, but it will be delayed after Machado chose to appeal. He told reporters before the game he didn’t believe he made contact with umpire Bill Welke, who ejected Machado in the top of the fifth inning in Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

“I didn’t touch him. I didn’t think I touched him. Video says it all,” Machado said of the encounter. .”.. I think we’ve got a good case. I don’t think anyone’s ever gotten suspended a game for arguing balls and strikes.”

–In the span of a week, the New York Yankees’ lineup could get a complete makeover with the addition of American League home run leader Edwin Encarnacion and the healthy return of outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.

Encarnacion, acquired from the Seattle Mariners, was in the lineup Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays as the Yankees returned home from a road trip for what is setting up as an explosive homestand. Batting fifth as New York’s designated hitter, he went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 3-0 win.

The homestand may include more fireworks because the usual middle-of-the-order bombers, Stanton and Judge, are close to being on the field at Yankee Stadium. For Stanton, that will happen Tuesday. Judge is close, and could be back with the team by the end of the weekend after not stepping to the plate since the opening series of the season against the Baltimore Orioles.

–With just days remaining until the end of the first-round of All-Star voting, a pair of Los Angeles outfielders continue to lead.

Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers leads all vote-getters with 2,184,251, and the Angels’ Mike Trout tops the American League balloting with 1,904,273.

New voting rules have divided the balloting into rounds. At the conclusion of the first round, which ends Friday, the top three players at each position — nine in the outfield — will move on to the next round of balloting with the vote tally starting over.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers
Jun 6, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter Hunter Pence (24) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

June 18, 2019

The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day injured list Monday because of a strained right groin.

Pence sustained the injury Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, when he was playing right field and chasing Jose Peraza’s hit into the corner in the fifth inning. He pulled up near the line as the ball landed and bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double.

An MRI exam Monday revealed the strain.

Pence, 36, is hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 55 games this season, his first with the Rangers after signing as a free agent from the San Francisco Giants. He is second to Boston’s J.D. Martinez at designated hitter in the first round of All-Star voting in the American League.

Pence’s injury adds to the woes in the Rangers’ outfield. Joey Gallo (oblique) is on the injured list, and Nomar Mazara was out of the lineup Monday night because of a mild hamstring injury.

The Rangers did get an outfielder back from the IL on Monday, though, as Willie Calhoun was activated to take Pence’s roster spot. Calhoun had been out since May 22 due to a left quadriceps strain.

Calhoun, 24, was off to a hot start this season when he got hurt, as he was 10-for-23 (.435) with two homers and seven RBIs in six games. He was penciled in to start in left field Monday night against the Cleveland Indians.

–Field Level Media

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NFL: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
FILE PHOTO: Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports – 11816231

June 17, 2019

Josh McCown, whose 17-year NFL career spanned 10 teams, announced his retirement Monday.

His longest tenure with any franchise was four seasons, that being with the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted McCown in the third round of the 2002 draft.

He started 22 games for the Cardinals, the most he had in any of his NFL stops.

“But looking back, I’m proud of how my career has gone,” he wrote at The Players’ Tribune website. “I don’t shy away from the journeyman label. I embrace it, full force.

“Because it’s been one heck of a journey.”

McCown played in 99 games (76 starts) across 16 seasons, completing 1,581 of 2,628 passes for 17,707 yards, with 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions.

McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets, serving as the starter in 2017. He appeared in four games (three starts) last season, serving as a backup to rookie Sam Darnold.

McCown’s career also took him to the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns.

“At the end of the day, no matter what team I was on, I tried to serve it to the best of my ability, and I tried to influence my team in a positive manner. I hope I did that,” McCown wrote.

“And I made sure that when my number was called, I was prepared, and I gave it everything I had, every time. I may not have turned out to be the franchise quarterback I set out to be back at Cardinals rookie camp, but I’m extremely proud of the career I had.”

McCown has done analyst work for ESPN and wrote that he plans to do more of that, as well as coach his two sons, who are high school quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: NVIDIA logo shown at SIGGRAPH 2017
FILE PHOTO: A NVIDIA logo is shown at SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

June 17, 2019

By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) – Nvidia Corp on Monday said it will make its chips work with processors from Arm Holdings Inc to build supercomputers, deepening Nvidia’s push into systems that are used for modeling both climate change predictions and nuclear weapons.

Nvidia was long known as a supplier of graphics chips for personal computers to make video games look more realistic, but researchers now also use its chips inside data centers to speed up artificial intelligence computing work such as training computers to recognize images.

To do so, Nvidia’s so-called accelerator chips work alongside central processors from companies such as Intel Corp and International Business Machines Corp.

At a supercomputing conference held in Germany on Monday, Nvidia said its accelerator chips will work with Arm processors by the end of the year.

Arm, owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, provides the underlying processor technology for the chips in most mobile phones. But companies such as Ampere Computing, headed by Intel’s former president, have been working to take those chips into data centers, where Intel’s chips are dominant.

But Arm processors are different from Intel or IBM chips in that Arm itself does not make chips. Instead it licenses out the underlying technology so others can make chips with it.

Ian Buck, vice president of Nvidia’s accelerated computing unit, said the project to build a supercomputer with Arm will be a “heavy lift” from a technical perspective.

But he said Nvidia undertook it because researchers in Europe and Japan want to develop super computing chips with Arm’s technology, essentially giving them a third option beyond IBM and Intel over which they can have more control.

“That openness … makes it very attractive,” Buck said of Arm’s technology during an interview with Reuters before the conference. “What makes Arm interesting, and why we’re announcing support is, is its ability to provide an open architecture for supercomputing.”

The move to work with Arm on supercomputers follows Nvidia’s $6.8 billion deal to buy Israeli firm Mellanox Technologies. Mellanox makes high-speed networking chips that help stitch together many smaller computers into a larger one and is found in some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo is seen at a shopping mall in Shanghai
FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo is seen at a shopping mall in Shanghai, China June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

June 16, 2019

By Stephen Nellis and Alexandra Alper

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huawei’s American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said.

Executives from top U.S. chipmakers Intel and Xilinx Inc attended a meeting in late May with the Commerce Department to discuss a response to Huawei’s placement on the black list, one person said.

The ban bars U.S. suppliers from selling to Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment company, without special approval, because of what the government said were national security issues.

Qualcomm has also pressed the Commerce Department over the issue, four people said.

Chip makers argue that Huawei units selling products such as smartphones and computer servers use commonly available parts and are unlikely to present the same security concerns as the Chinese technology firm’s 5G networking gear, according to three people.

“This isn’t about helping Huawei. It’s about preventing harm to American companies,” one of the people said.

Out of $70 billion that Huawei spent buying components in 2018, some $11 billion went to U.S. firms including Qualcomm, Intel and Micron Technology Inc.

Qualcomm, for example, wants to be able to continue shipping chips to Huawei for common devices like phones and smart watches, a person familiar with the company’s situation said.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), a trade group, acknowledged it arranged consultations with the U.S. government on behalf of the companies to help them comply and brief officials on the impact of the ban on the companies.

“For technologies that do not relate to national security, it seems they shouldn’t fall within the scope of the order. And we have conveyed this perspective to government,” said Jimmy Goodrich, vice president of global policy at SIA.

The ban came soon after the breakdown of talks to end the months-long trade spat between China and the United States, spurred by U.S. allegations of Chinese corporate espionage, intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer.

Google, which sells hardware, software and technical services to Huawei, has also advocated so it can keep selling to the company, Huawei Chairman Liang Hua told reporters in China earlier this month.

The online search company, a unit of Alphabet Inc, said in a statement that it works with Commerce to ensure it is in compliance with the new rules.

A Commerce Department representative said the agency “routinely responds to inquiries from companies regarding the scope of regulatory requirements,” adding that the conversations do not “influence law enforcement actions.”

Intel, Xilinx and Qualcomm declined to comment. Huawei did not respond to a request for comment.

In an interview in Mexico, Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei’s public affairs, said the company had not asked anyone specifically to lobby on its behalf.

“They’re doing it by their own desire because, for many of them, Huawei is one of their major customers,” he said, adding that chipmakers knew that cutting Huawei off could have “catastrophic” consequences for them.

China watchers say U.S. suppliers are essentially trying to thread the needle – not wanting to be seen as aiding an alleged spy, thief and sanctions violator, but fearful of losing a good client and encouraging it to develop supplies elsewhere.

NO ONE LISTENING

Huawei itself, which is also a top smartphone maker, has done very little traditional lobbying in Washington on the matter, but has considered sending a letter to the Commerce Department, two people familiar with Huawei’s thinking said.

“We simply have no channel of communication,” Liang told reporters earlier this month.

A month after being blacklisted, Huawei has not spoken to the United States government about the matter, two people said.

Huawei had been cutting back its lobbying efforts even before the ban. Last year, it laid off five employees at its Washington office, including its vice president of external affairs, and slashed lobbying expenditures, Reuters reported.

Still, Huawei has put up a vigorous legal fight and unleashed a public relations campaign to defend itself against the U.S. government’s allegations. It ran a full-page ad in major U.S. newspapers in February following a string of interviews with Huawei Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei aimed at softening its dark image in the West.

Huawei’s response underscores its recognition of its waning influence with the Trump administration, which has launched a global campaign against the company, analysts said.

“Huawei is at a loss over what they should do next,” said Jim Lewis, a cyber expert with Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. “It is in a really bad position in the U.S. Nobody is looking out to do Huawei a favor.”

Even so, the ban has had real repercussions.

Broadcom, which has not been lobbying the Commerce Department, sent a shockwave through the global chipmaking industry when it forecast that the U.S.-China trade tensions and the Huawei ban would knock $2 billion off its sales this year.

The Commerce Department did make a concession just days after the ban was put in place, announcing on May 20 that it would offer a temporary general license allowing Huawei to purchase U.S. goods so it can help existing customers maintain the reliability of networks and equipment.

(Reporting by Alexandra Alper in Washington and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington and Karen Freifeld in New York; Editing by Chris Sanders and Leslie Adler)

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MLB: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox
Jun 15, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Cameron Maybin (38) is greeted by second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) after hitting a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

June 16, 2019

Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer, and Nestor Cortes Jr. pitched five-plus effective innings of relief for his first career win as the New York Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over the host Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

The Yankees won on a night in which they traded for Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners, allowing New York to slot the American League’s home run leader into its lineup as the designated hitter.

Torres hit his 15th homer with one out in the fourth to cap a four-run inning off Reynaldo Lopez (4-7). His homer marked the 18th straight game that the Yankees homered in, their second-longest streak in team history and the third-longest in the majors this season.

Chad Green started the game as the opener for the fifth time and struck out six in two innings. Cortes (1-0) followed and allowed two runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking none.

Angels 5, Rays 3

Charlie Morton had his 21-start unbeaten streak come to an end as Los Angeles topped Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Angels left-hander Jose Suarez (2-1) went 5 2/3 innings for the win, allowing three runs and five hits, and Hansel Robles worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save. David Fletcher, Justin Bour and Kevan Smith homered for the Angels, who have won two of three in the series.

Morton (8-1), who had won 11 games during his league-leading unbeaten streak, steadied after a rough start and went six innings, allowing four runs and five hits. He struck out nine and walked two.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 2

J.D. Martinez homered for the fourth time in his last three games, and Chris Sale struck out 10 as visiting Boston defeated Baltimore for its fourth straight win.

Sale (3-7) went six strong innings. He allowed two runs on six hits and gave the Red Sox his third straight solid start after struggling at times during the first part of the season.

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy blanked the Red Sox for the first five innings before Boston got to him for three runs in the sixth. Overall, Bundy (3-8) gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits in five-plus innings.

Cubs 2, Dodgers 1

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as visiting Chicago rallied to stun Los Angeles and closer Kenley Jansen.

Three outs away from losing the first three games of the four-game series, the Cubs began their comeback when Kris Bryant was hit by Jansen’s first pitch. Rizzo then crushed a 2-0 pitch into the Cubs’ bullpen in right field for his team-leading 19th home run of the season. Kyle Ryan (2-1) picked up the victory for the Cubs.

Jansen (2-2) blew his third save of the season and first since May 5 at San Diego. The Cubs’ rally spoiled a solid start from the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed only two hits over seven scoreless innings.

Mets 8, Cardinals 7

Pete Alonso’s mammoth three-run homer fueled a five-run first inning, and New York held off visiting St. Louis.

The Mets snapped a two-game losing streak but might have lost winning pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who exited with none out in the seventh due to a right hamstring strain. Syndergaard (5-4) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

Michael Wacha (4-3) allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out four in four innings. Kolten Wong had two of six stolen bases by the Cardinals.

Giants 8, Brewers 7

Kevin Pillar had a pair of RBI singles and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as host San Francisco edged Milwaukee.

Brandon Crawford collected a season-high three hits, and Stephen Vogt added a career-best two triples and an RBI infield single in the eighth inning for the Giants, who have won four in a row. Trevor Gott (3-0) got the win in relief.

Christian Yelich belted his major-league-leading 26th homer with two outs in the ninth, and Manny Pina also went deep for the Brewers, who have lost three of their last four. Junior Guerra (2-1) took the loss.

Phillies 6, Braves 5

Cesar Hernandez poked a single into left field in the ninth inning to drive in two runs and help visiting Philadelphia turn the tables on Atlanta with a come-from-behind win.

Hernandez went 2-for-4 and finished with three RBIs, including his seventh home run of the season, to end Atlanta’s winning streak at eight. The Braves had beaten Philadelphia with a ninth-inning rally on Friday night.

Atlanta starter Sean Newcomb exited in the third inning after he was struck in the back of the neck by J.T. Realmuto’s 102 mph line drive. Newcomb was able to leave on his own power while Realmuto was credited with a ground-rule double as the ball flew into the Philadelphia dugout. The Phillies lost Realmuto after he took a foul ball to the groin in the fifth inning.

Astros 7, Blue Jays 2

Rookie sensation Yordan Alvarez slugged another home run, while left-hander Framber Valdez delivered a second consecutive quality start as Houston downed visiting Toronto.

Alvarez, who added a pair of singles and posted his second consecutive three-hit game, has bashed four homers in five games since his promotion from Triple-A Round Rock last Sunday. Valdez (3-2) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings.

Clayton Richard (0-3) lasted five innings for the Blue Jays, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout. Toronto has dropped 13 of 17 games.

Rockies 14, Padres 8

Charlie Blackmon had four hits for the third straight game, Ian Desmond hit a grand slam and Colorado roughed up San Diego in Denver.

Blackmon became the first player in franchise history to have four hits in three straight games, and Desmond finished with five RBIs. German Marquez (7-3) allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out eight.

Ian Kinsler had three hits and drove in three runs for the Padres, and Manny Machado had two hits before being ejected from the game in the fifth inning. San Diego skipper Andy Green and pitcher Matt Strahm were also ejected in the sixth. Eric Lauer (5-6) gave up five runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss.

Twins 5, Royals 4

Marwin Gonzalez and Max Kepler both homered, and Jake Odorizzi won his 10th straight decision as Minnesota rallied to defeat Kansas City in Minneapolis.

Odorizzi (10-2), who hasn’t lost a game since April 10 at the Mets, gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings, tying his season high in earned runs allowed. Gonzalez finished 2-of-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, and C.J. Cron drove in the winning run with a sixth-inning double.

Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored, and Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer for Kansas City. Glenn Sparkman (1-3) suffered the loss allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out three.

Indians 4, Tigers 2

Leonys Martin stole home, and Shane Bieber struck out 12 in 7 2/3 innings as Cleveland doubled up host Detroit.

Bieber (6-2), who retired the first 12 batters he faced, allowed two runs on four hits, and Brad Hand recorded his 20th save for the Indians. Martin’s bold decision in the eighth inning was the Indians’ first straight steal of home plate since Grady Sizemore on Aug. 26, 2005.

Miguel Cabrera had three hits for the Tigers, who have lost 10 of their last 13 games. The Indians broke through with three runs in the fifth against reliever Nick Ramirez (3-1).

Athletics 11, Mariners 2

Marcus Semien and Jurickson Profar each went 3-for-4, with Semien hitting a home run and Profar driving in four runs, as Oakland romped over visiting Seattle.

Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas (9-2) pitched six quality innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.

Mariners opener Gerson Bautista (0-1) lasted just two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and walking three while striking out one. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc followed and was rocked for six runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings as the A’s built a 9-1 lead through four innings.

Diamondbacks 10, Nationals 3

Ketel Marte hit two solo home runs, and Adam Jones and Christian Walker also went deep off Stephen Strasburg as the Arizona routed host Washington.

Nick Ahmed had four hits and scored twice for Arizona, which went deep five times overall. Reliever Yoshihisa Hirano (3-3) got the win in relief.

Strasburg (7-4) gave up four homers in a game for just the second time in his career. He tied a season high by allowing six runs — in five innings — after he had given up two runs or less in five of his previous six outings.

Marlins 4, Pirates 3

Garrett Cooper went 3-for-4 and scored the tiebreaking run in the fifth, leading host Miami past Pittsburgh.

Pablo Lopez (5-5) earned the win, allowing seven hits, one walk and three runs in seven innings, striking out four. Nick Anderson pitched a scoreless eighth, and Sergio Romo earned his 12th save with a seven-pitch ninth.

Pirates starter Dario Agrazal made his major league debut and was betrayed a bit by his defense, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) in four innings. Geoff Hartlieb (0-1) took the loss with one run allowed in two innings of relief.

Rangers 4, Reds 3

Jeff Mathis had an RBI single among his two hits, and Mike Minor tossed 6 1/3 strong innings as visiting Texas edged Cincinnati.

Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera each had an RBI single, and Danny Santana added a pair of hits for the Rangers, who took advantage of three errors to win for the 21st time in their last 31 games. Minor (6-4) was tagged for three runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

Cincinnati rookie Nick Senzel exited the game with two outs in the fifth inning after he fouled a pitch that caromed off both the ground and his foot before hitting the lid of his helmet near his left eye. Reds starter Tanner Roark (4-6) allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking none.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
Jun 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) is doused with a bucket by shortstop Charlie Culberson (8) and third baseman Johan Camargo (17) after a walk-off single against the Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

June 15, 2019

Hunter Renfroe highlighted a five-run 12th inning with his third home run of the game, and the San Diego Padres rallied from seven runs down to beat the Colorado Rockies 16-12 in Denver on Friday night.

Renfroe finished with four hits and five RBIs, Manny Machado homered and also had four hits, and Craig Stammen (5-3) got the win for the Padres in a game that lasted 5 hours, 4 minutes. Ian Desmond hit an inside-the-park home run, and Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl also went deep for the Rockies.

San Diego trailed 11-5 entering the ninth but sent 11 men to the plate to tie it. Renfroe hit his second homer of the night to cut it to 11-9, and Fernando Tatis Jr. tied it with a two-run single against Wade Davis.

San Diego put it away in the 12th. Tatis led off with a triple, Austin Allen and Machado had consecutive RBI doubles, and Renfroe hit a two-run homer off Jairo Diaz (1-1). Renfroe, who produced his second career three-homer game, has 21 homers for the season.

Braves 9, Phillies 8

Brian McCann’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning gave him 1,000 RBIs for his career and completed a three-run rally to lift Atlanta over visiting Philadelphia.

The Braves trailed 8-6 entering the ninth inning against Philadelphia closer Hector Neris (1-3). He allowed a leadoff single to Dansby Swanson and walked Nick Markakis with two outs. Rookie Austin Riley knocked in the first run with a double to left field.

McCann worked the count to 2-2 and went down to get a splitter from Neris. McCann golfed the ball to left field for the game winner. Jerry Blevins (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth and earned the win. The victory was the eighth straight for the Braves and their first in four tries against Philadelphia. Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and Scott Kingery homered for the Phillies.

Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 3

Max Scherzer allowed two solo homers in seven innings and struck out 10 as host Washington beat Arizona.

Scherzer (5-5) gave up three hits and had at least 10 strikeouts for the 87th time in his career. He passed Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Warren Spahn for 27th on the all-time strikeout list with 2,585. Carson Kelly hit a solo homer off Scherzer in the third and Nick Ahmed went deep in the fifth.

Tanner Rainey came on in the eighth for the Nationals to get the last out and keep the lead at 7-3 after Arizona scored one off Wander Suero. Closer Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth for Washington. Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly homered for Arizona.

Astros 15, Blue Jays 2

Gerrit Cole recorded his eighth double-digit strikeout performance of the season, and rookie Yordan Alvarez hit his third home run in four games as host Houston pounded Toronto.

Alvarez homered with two outs in the fourth inning, his two-run blast extending the Houston lead to 10-0. The Astros scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings, tagging Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez (3-8) for eight runs on six hits and three walks over three innings.

Robinson Chirinos added his first career grand slam in the Astros’ five-run eighth.

Cardinals 5, Mets 4 (10 innings, completion of suspended game)

Paul DeJong delivered a tiebreaking single in the top of the 10th inning as St. Louis finished a two-day comeback and beat host New York in the completion of a game suspended by rain Thursday night.

The game resumed at 6:10 p.m. ET Friday for the start of the bottom of the ninth after a “delay” of more than 17 hours. On Thursday, the Cardinals scored twice in a rainy top of the ninth off Mets closer Edwin Diaz to tie the score before play was suspended.

Diaz (1-4) remained in the game when play resumed Friday and suffered the loss. Carlos Martinez (1-0) threw a perfect bottom of the ninth, and Jordan Hicks earned his 14th save with a perfect 10th.

Cardinals 9, Mets 5 (regularly scheduled game)

Dexter Fowler’s three-run homer snapped a tie in the eighth inning and capped a productive day for St. Louis, which earned its second win in a four-hour span by beating host New York.

Todd Frazier’s RBI single in the first gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, Matt Carpenter lofted a sacrifice fly to tie the score for the Cardinals, who went ahead 4-1 when Jose Martinez hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the fifth.

Steven Matz, who surrendered Martinez’s homer, got one run right back by leading off the bottom of the inning with his first homer of the season and the team-record fifth round-tripper of the year by a Mets pitcher. The Mets have lost three of four.

White Sox 10, Yankees 2

Rookie Eloy Jimenez hit a pair of three-run homers, Lucas Giolito became the first 10-game winner in the majors and Chicago reached the .500 mark for the first time in over two months with a victory over visiting New York.

Jimenez’s six RBIs were a career high. He connected off CC Sabathia (3-4) in the first inning and Luis Cessa in the sixth. He recorded his third multi-homer game and second against the Yankees. He also has five homers in his last six games.

Giolito (10-1) allowed a solo homer to Luke Voit four pitches into the game and little else, holding the Yankees to four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out six, walked four and threw 104 pitches.

Indians 13, Tigers 4

Jake Bauers hit for the cycle, Leonys Martin blasted a three-run homer during an eight-run fourth and Cleveland pounded host Detroit.

Bauers’ cycle was the first by a Cleveland player since Rajai Davis on July 2, 2016. Bauers completed the feat with a two-run homer off Blaine Hardy in the eighth.

Indians starter Adam Plutko (3-1) gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out six in six innings. Niko Goodrum had two hits for Detroit.

Red Sox 13, Orioles 2

J.D. Martinez hit two of Boston’s season-high six home runs in an easy win over host Baltimore.

Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Michael Chavis and Christian Vazquez also homered for Boston, which has won three straight. Martinez reached base five times, adding a single and two walks for the Red Sox, who led 2-1 before scoring four runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth.

Trey Mancini had a homer and a single for the Orioles, who have lost three straight.

Twins 2, Royals 0

Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Kyle Gibson pitched eight shutout innings to lead Minnesota to a victory over Kansas City in Minneapolis.

Garver lined his 11th home run of the season 405 feet just over the center field fence off reliever Jake Diekman (0-4) with two outs in the eighth. It was the major-league-leading 133rd home run hit this season by the Twins.

Gibson (7-3) allowed just two hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out six. Royals starter Brad Keller, who had lost his previous three starts, matched Gibson for seven innings, allowing three hits and three walks while also hitting a batter. He struck out five.

Rays 9, Angels 4

Ji-Man Choi had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Tampa Bay rallied against Los Angeles’ bullpen to post a win in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Angels starter Andrew Heaney brought a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning, but was removed after giving up a leadoff double to Austin Meadows on his 99th pitch. The Rays then sent nine more batters to the plate off relievers Luis Garcia and Ty Buttrey (4-3), scoring five runs in the inning to take a 5-4 lead.

The Rays came in on a three-game losing streak, and the Angels had won three straight, all by the score of 5-3. Los Angeles has lost its past five attempts at getting back to .500.

Rangers 7, Reds 1

Rougned Odor belted his fourth career grand slam in the fifth inning as visiting Texas recorded a victory over Cincinnati.

Elvis Andrus successfully stole home and Delino DeShields had a sacrifice fly and scored on a groundout for the Rangers, who have won 20 of their last 30 games.

Yasiel Puig recorded his second three-hit performance of the season for the Reds, who have lost seven of their past 10 games.

Pirates 11, Marlins 0

Playing against the team that drafted him, Colin Moran homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead Pittsburgh to a win over host Miami.

The Pirates snapped a seven-game losing streak and tied a season high with 18 hits. Pirates left-hander Steven Brault (3-1) pitched six scoreless innings for his second consecutive quality start. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, single and a run scored.

Marlins starter Trevor Richards, who had been 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA in his previous five starts, took the loss. Richards (3-7) allowed 11 hits and five runs in five innings. He struck out one and didn’t walk a batter.

Mariners 9, Athletics 2

Marco Gonzales pitched seven strong innings as Seattle won at Oakland.

Omar Narvaez and Mallex Smith hit two-run homers for the Mariners, who improved to 4-3 on their nine-game road trip.

Gonzales (7-6) won his second straight start after a six-game losing streak. The left-hander, who also beat Oakland in the season opener March 20 in Japan, allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in seven innings. Oakland right-hander Chris Bassitt (3-3) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits.

Dodgers 5, Cubs 3

Rich Hill rallied from a slow start to pitch seven strong innings, and he also drove in the go-ahead run with a fourth-inning single as Los Angeles earned a victory over visiting Chicago.

Matt Beaty hit his first career home run and Justin Turner hit his 100th as the Dodgers earned their seventh consecutive home victory and won for the 11th time in their last 12 games at Dodger Stadium. They are 22-3 in home games going back to mid-April.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant hit home runs for the Cubs, who lost on the road for the seventh time in their last eight games and the ninth time in their last 11 away from Wrigley Field.

Giants 5, Brewers 3

Kevin Pillar had three hits and drove in the tiebreaking run with a homer, and host San Francisco handed Milwaukee starter Zach Davies his first loss of the season.

The light-hitting Giants scored all of their runs via the long ball — a solo homer by Pillar and two-run smashes by Pablo Sandoval and Mike Yastrzemski — en route to their third consecutive victory.

Giants starter Drew Pomeranz (2-6) tossed five innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, in winning for the first time since April 24 at Toronto. Davies (7-1) gave up three runs on six hits, including the Sandoval and Pillar homers, in five innings.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
Jun 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) is doused with a bucket by shortstop Charlie Culberson (8) and third baseman Johan Camargo (17) after a walk-off single against the Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

June 15, 2019

Hunter Renfroe highlighted a five-run 12th inning with his third home run of the game, and the San Diego Padres rallied from seven runs down to beat the Colorado Rockies 16-12 in Denver on Friday night.

Renfroe finished with four hits and five RBIs, Manny Machado homered and also had four hits, and Craig Stammen (5-3) got the win for the Padres in a game that lasted 5 hours, 4 minutes. Ian Desmond hit an inside-the-park home run, and Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl also went deep for the Rockies.

San Diego trailed 11-5 entering the ninth but sent 11 men to the plate to tie it. Renfroe hit his second homer of the night to cut it to 11-9, and Fernando Tatis Jr. tied it with a two-run single against Wade Davis.

San Diego put it away in the 12th. Tatis led off with a triple, Austin Allen and Machado had consecutive RBI doubles, and Renfroe hit a two-run homer off Jairo Diaz (1-1). Renfroe, who produced his second career three-homer game, has 21 homers for the season.

Braves 9, Phillies 8

Brian McCann’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning gave him 1,000 RBIs for his career and completed a three-run rally to lift Atlanta over visiting Philadelphia.

The Braves trailed 8-6 entering the ninth inning against Philadelphia closer Hector Neris (1-3). He allowed a leadoff single to Dansby Swanson and walked Nick Markakis with two outs. Rookie Austin Riley knocked in the first run with a double to left field.

McCann worked the count to 2-2 and went down to get a splitter from Neris. McCann golfed the ball to left field for the game winner. Jerry Blevins (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth and earned the win. The victory was the eighth straight for the Braves and their first in four tries against Philadelphia. Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and Scott Kingery homered for the Phillies.

Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 3

Max Scherzer allowed two solo homers in seven innings and struck out 10 as host Washington beat Arizona.

Scherzer (5-5) gave up three hits and had at least 10 strikeouts for the 87th time in his career. He passed Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Warren Spahn for 27th on the all-time strikeout list with 2,585. Carson Kelly hit a solo homer off Scherzer in the third and Nick Ahmed went deep in the fifth.

Tanner Rainey came on in the eighth for the Nationals to get the last out and keep the lead at 7-3 after Arizona scored one off Wander Suero. Closer Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth for Washington. Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly homered for Arizona.

Astros 15, Blue Jays 2

Gerrit Cole recorded his eighth double-digit strikeout performance of the season, and rookie Yordan Alvarez hit his third home run in four games as host Houston pounded Toronto.

Alvarez homered with two outs in the fourth inning, his two-run blast extending the Houston lead to 10-0. The Astros scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings, tagging Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez (3-8) for eight runs on six hits and three walks over three innings.

Robinson Chirinos added his first career grand slam in the Astros’ five-run eighth.

Cardinals 5, Mets 4 (10 innings, completion of suspended game)

Paul DeJong delivered a tiebreaking single in the top of the 10th inning as St. Louis finished a two-day comeback and beat host New York in the completion of a game suspended by rain Thursday night.

The game resumed at 6:10 p.m. ET Friday for the start of the bottom of the ninth after a “delay” of more than 17 hours. On Thursday, the Cardinals scored twice in a rainy top of the ninth off Mets closer Edwin Diaz to tie the score before play was suspended.

Diaz (1-4) remained in the game when play resumed Friday and suffered the loss. Carlos Martinez (1-0) threw a perfect bottom of the ninth, and Jordan Hicks earned his 14th save with a perfect 10th.

Cardinals 9, Mets 5 (regularly scheduled game)

Dexter Fowler’s three-run homer snapped a tie in the eighth inning and capped a productive day for St. Louis, which earned its second win in a four-hour span by beating host New York.

Todd Frazier’s RBI single in the first gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, Matt Carpenter lofted a sacrifice fly to tie the score for the Cardinals, who went ahead 4-1 when Jose Martinez hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the fifth.

Steven Matz, who surrendered Martinez’s homer, got one run right back by leading off the bottom of the inning with his first homer of the season and the team-record fifth round-tripper of the year by a Mets pitcher. The Mets have lost three of four.

White Sox 10, Yankees 2

Rookie Eloy Jimenez hit a pair of three-run homers, Lucas Giolito became the first 10-game winner in the majors and Chicago reached the .500 mark for the first time in over two months with a victory over visiting New York.

Jimenez’s six RBIs were a career high. He connected off CC Sabathia (3-4) in the first inning and Luis Cessa in the sixth. He recorded his third multi-homer game and second against the Yankees. He also has five homers in his last six games.

Giolito (10-1) allowed a solo homer to Luke Voit four pitches into the game and little else, holding the Yankees to four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out six, walked four and threw 104 pitches.

Indians 13, Tigers 4

Jake Bauers hit for the cycle, Leonys Martin blasted a three-run homer during an eight-run fourth and Cleveland pounded host Detroit.

Bauers’ cycle was the first by a Cleveland player since Rajai Davis on July 2, 2016. Bauers completed the feat with a two-run homer off Blaine Hardy in the eighth.

Indians starter Adam Plutko (3-1) gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out six in six innings. Niko Goodrum had two hits for Detroit.

Red Sox 13, Orioles 2

J.D. Martinez hit two of Boston’s season-high six home runs in an easy win over host Baltimore.

Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Michael Chavis and Christian Vazquez also homered for Boston, which has won three straight. Martinez reached base five times, adding a single and two walks for the Red Sox, who led 2-1 before scoring four runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth.

Trey Mancini had a homer and a single for the Orioles, who have lost three straight.

Twins 2, Royals 0

Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Kyle Gibson pitched eight shutout innings to lead Minnesota to a victory over Kansas City in Minneapolis.

Garver lined his 11th home run of the season 405 feet just over the center field fence off reliever Jake Diekman (0-4) with two outs in the eighth. It was the major-league-leading 133rd home run hit this season by the Twins.

Gibson (7-3) allowed just two hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out six. Royals starter Brad Keller, who had lost his previous three starts, matched Gibson for seven innings, allowing three hits and three walks while also hitting a batter. He struck out five.

Rays 9, Angels 4

Ji-Man Choi had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Tampa Bay rallied against Los Angeles’ bullpen to post a win in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Angels starter Andrew Heaney brought a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning, but was removed after giving up a leadoff double to Austin Meadows on his 99th pitch. The Rays then sent nine more batters to the plate off relievers Luis Garcia and Ty Buttrey (4-3), scoring five runs in the inning to take a 5-4 lead.

The Rays came in on a three-game losing streak, and the Angels had won three straight, all by the score of 5-3. Los Angeles has lost its past five attempts at getting back to .500.

Rangers 7, Reds 1

Rougned Odor belted his fourth career grand slam in the fifth inning as visiting Texas recorded a victory over Cincinnati.

Elvis Andrus successfully stole home and Delino DeShields had a sacrifice fly and scored on a groundout for the Rangers, who have won 20 of their last 30 games.

Yasiel Puig recorded his second three-hit performance of the season for the Reds, who have lost seven of their past 10 games.

Pirates 11, Marlins 0

Playing against the team that drafted him, Colin Moran homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead Pittsburgh to a win over host Miami.

The Pirates snapped a seven-game losing streak and tied a season high with 18 hits. Pirates left-hander Steven Brault (3-1) pitched six scoreless innings for his second consecutive quality start. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, single and a run scored.

Marlins starter Trevor Richards, who had been 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA in his previous five starts, took the loss. Richards (3-7) allowed 11 hits and five runs in five innings. He struck out one and didn’t walk a batter.

Mariners 9, Athletics 2

Marco Gonzales pitched seven strong innings as Seattle won at Oakland.

Omar Narvaez and Mallex Smith hit two-run homers for the Mariners, who improved to 4-3 on their nine-game road trip.

Gonzales (7-6) won his second straight start after a six-game losing streak. The left-hander, who also beat Oakland in the season opener March 20 in Japan, allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in seven innings. Oakland right-hander Chris Bassitt (3-3) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits.

Dodgers 5, Cubs 3

Rich Hill rallied from a slow start to pitch seven strong innings, and he also drove in the go-ahead run with a fourth-inning single as Los Angeles earned a victory over visiting Chicago.

Matt Beaty hit his first career home run and Justin Turner hit his 100th as the Dodgers earned their seventh consecutive home victory and won for the 11th time in their last 12 games at Dodger Stadium. They are 22-3 in home games going back to mid-April.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant hit home runs for the Cubs, who lost on the road for the seventh time in their last eight games and the ninth time in their last 11 away from Wrigley Field.

Giants 5, Brewers 3

Kevin Pillar had three hits and drove in the tiebreaking run with a homer, and host San Francisco handed Milwaukee starter Zach Davies his first loss of the season.

The light-hitting Giants scored all of their runs via the long ball — a solo homer by Pillar and two-run smashes by Pablo Sandoval and Mike Yastrzemski — en route to their third consecutive victory.

Giants starter Drew Pomeranz (2-6) tossed five innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, in winning for the first time since April 24 at Toronto. Davies (7-1) gave up three runs on six hits, including the Sandoval and Pillar homers, in five innings.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NBA: Finals-Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors
Jun 13, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) reacts after being fouled by Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14) during the second half in game six of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit:Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

June 15, 2019

The Golden State Warriors’ offseason of uncertainty has begun.

One day after the Toronto Raptors eliminated Golden State from the NBA Finals in six games, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers met with the media Friday, although few answers are readily available for a dynasty that faces multiple key questions.

There were no guarantees that stars Klay Thompson (unrestricted free agent) and Kevin Durant ($31.5 million player option) would return for the 2019-20 season — and that was before each sustained a major injury in the Finals. Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon in Game 5; Thompson tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in Game 6.

“Everything that happened up until five days ago was just basketball and people and bumps in the road,” Kerr said. “But when you’re talking about two career-altering injuries to two of your best players in back-to-back Finals games, unheard of. It will probably never happen again. We’re in new territory now.”

Thompson and Durant could each miss all or most of next season, although they still would have ample suitors in free agency.

“We value those guys at the highest level,” Myers said. “Those are guys you do everything you can to keep within your organization.”

If Durant declines his player option, he could re-sign with the Warriors on a max deal worth about $220 million over five years.

“The injury throws everything for a loop, so I have no idea what Kevin is going to do,” Kerr said. “I know that we all want him back. We think this is a great situation for him and vice versa. Hopefully, we get him back and keep this thing going.”

A five-year max deal for Thompson would come in at about $190 million.

Kerr called Thompson “one of the great competitors I have ever been around,” and the Warriors might have good news on that front, inasmuch as the guard’s father, Mychal Thompson, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that there is “no question” his son will re-sign with the Warriors.

Kerr, however, seemed resigned to losing center DeMarcus Cousins, who signed a discounted $5.3 million, one-year deal last summer as he was coming off a torn Achilles.

“I think there’s a chance,” Kerr said of Cousins’ potential return to Golden State. “I think the hope is, frankly, that he can do a lot better financially than what we could offer him, but who knows?

“This summer is going to be a wild free agent market, and we have to figure our situation with Klay and Kevin and how all that shakes out, but I could absolutely foresee a place for DeMarcus here if he wanted to come back. It’s a matter of what are his goals, what’s out there for him.”

Golden State has reached the NBA Finals in five consecutive seasons, winning the title in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The Warriors can count on the tandem of stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green next season, but almost everything after that is something of a mystery.

“We talk often about how lucky we are to play basketball for a living, coach basketball for a living … but it can be taken away quickly,” Kerr said. “This week has been proof of that.”

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
FILE PHOTO: Jun 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) loses control of the ball while defended by Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second quarter in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

June 14, 2019

The Golden State Warriors plan to offer five-year max contracts to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, despite significant injuries to both players, according to a report.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said Friday on the network’s “First Take” that Durant’s torn Achilles and Thompson’s torn ACL will not discourage the Warriors.

Both players sustained the injuries in the NBA Finals, won by the Toronto Raptors.

“It is my understanding in talking to people with the Warriors organization is that their intention is to continue and offer Kevin Durant a full five-year max contract and to offer Klay a full five-year max contract,” Windhorst said.

Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent on June 30. Durant can decline his $31.5 million player option and also become a free agent.

If both players re-sign with the Warriors, the team would owe more than $350 million in payroll and luxury taxes, Windhorst said, adding the team would have ample money to pay the bills. The Warriors are moving from Oracle Arena in Oakland across the bay to Chase Center in San Francisco, which Windhorst said will be a “cash cow.”

It could be a while before either player plays at Chase Center, however. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday night Durant will miss the 2019-20 season. While no official timetable has been given for his return, Yahoo Sports on Friday said he would miss at least nine months, citing league sources.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

House Democrats are close to securing the votes to pass a bill raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, over the objections of some centrist Democrats, The Hill reports.

Of the 235 Democrats in the House, just 29 have yet to cosponsor legislation raising the minimum wage. Most of those are moderates, many from rural areas, who have expressed concern about how the increased wages could affect “certain parts of the country” more than others.

“I am concerned about the fact that $15 is an arbitrary number that means a lot more in certain parts of the country than it does another,” said Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., whose seat was held by the GOP for several years before his election.

“I believe there are better mechanisms by which we can ensure that by providing incentives to enterprises who take better care of people,” he added, noting that he hasn’t decided whether to support the bill or not.

“The minimum wage in San Francisco should probably be $30 an hour, OK? But the minimum wage in West Virginia or Arkansas is a different story,” said New Jersey Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew, whose own state voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 within the next five years.

He added that raising the minimum wage on a national scale would at least eliminate that neighboring states could have over ones with a high minimum wage like New Jersey.

“There are folks in my state that feel, ‘Well, gee, if we’ve got to put up with it, we have it already, let’s compete on an equal footing and let every state have it,’” Van Drew said.

Source: NewsMax Politics

Trump Says He WILL NOT Fire Kellyanne Conway. What Do You Think About The Hatch Act?

Iranian vessel removed unexploded mine from stricken oil tanker in Gulf of Oman, US officials say

An Iranian vessel removed an unexploded mine that had been attached to a Japanese-owned oil tanker that suffered serious damage after an explosion in the Gulf of Oman early Thursday, U.S. officials told Fox News, as the U.S. Navy released video purportedly showing the incident. The imagery came from the USS See More Bainbridge, a guided-missile destroyer that rescued 21 sailors from the stricken tanker.

At least one other mine attached to the tanker’s hull detonated, causing the blast. It happened near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key route for oil shipments in the region. A U.S. official told Fox News an Iranian gunboat approached the Kokuka Courageous later in the day and removed the unexploded triangular-shaped limpet mine, the same type of mine used to damage four other tankers in the Gulf of Oman last month.

WH press secretary Sarah Sanders will leave office by the end of the month, Trump says

President Trump wrote Thursday on Twitter that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will be leaving her position at the end of the month. “After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump wrote. “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

The president has not yet named a replacement for Sanders. His announcement came moments before he made remarks at a White House event on its “Second Chance” program boosting the hiring of criminals who have served their sentences.

Julian Castro admits Hatch Act ‘mistake,’ calls for Kellyanne Conway’s termination, in Fox News Town Hall

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro told Fox News on Thursday night that White House adviser Kellyanne Conway should be fired for violating the Hatch Act — the same federal law Castro himself was found to have violated in 2016. The 2020 White House contender’s remarks came in a Fox News Town Hall in Tempe, Ariz., hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

Man killed by US Marshals Service was wanted in connection with Mississippi shooting

A 20-year-old black man whose Wednesday shooting death by a fugitive task force sparked a night of violence and unrest in a Memphis, Tenn., neighborhood, was wanted for a shooting in Mississippi, according to media reports. DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion said Brandon Webber was being sought on aggravated assault and armed robbery charges related to a shooting during a car theft in Hernando, Miss., on June 3. The victim was shot five times and survived, Champion said.

Toronto Raptors win first NBA championship in franchise history
The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors played without Kevin Durant, who injured his Achilles tendon in the last series. Golden State was 0-3 at home against Toronto this season, losing all three games by double digits. Game 6 was the final time the Warriors played at Oracle Arena, their home for 47 seasons. The team moves to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season.

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FILE PHOTO: NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
FILE PHOTO: Jun 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

June 14, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. – – The Toronto Raptors hope to celebrate the closing of Oracle Arena with a party of international magnitude when they take a second shot at the championship Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

The Raptors were two minutes away from securing Canada’s first-ever NBA title Monday in Game 5 before falling victim to a barrage of 3-pointers from Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry in a 9-2 finish that was historic on at least two levels.

The 106-105 final not only produced the first one-point Finals margin since 2007, but it also made the Warriors just the sixth team in NBA history to win a potential elimination game on the road.

History remains on the Raptors’ side entering Game 6, even though the scene has shifted back to Oakland. Of the 34 teams that have led a Finals 3-1, 33 have gone on to win the championship. The only exception was the Warriors in 2016, when the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to win in seven games.

“We understand that the moment is the moment, but we still are staying in it,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said Wednesday. “We’re not too up, we’re not too down. We’re just one game, hey, we lost it, now we got to move on to the next one.”

The Warriors move on without Kevin Durant, who returned from a calf injury to score 11 points in 12 minutes in Game 5, only to sustain a ruptured Achilles in the same leg. The Warriors led 39-34 at the time of the season-ending injury.

Durant confirmed Wednesday from New York that he had undergone surgery to repair the rupture.

“I expect our fans to be the loudest they have ever been, especially in the name of Kevin and bringing his type of spirit he would bring to the fight and the competitiveness,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said Wednesday. “I know our fans will do that because we deserve it, but more importantly, Kevin does for what he gave this team, this organization. There wouldn’t be banners if it wasn’t for his presence.”

The game will be the Warriors’ last at Oracle Arena, which opened as the Oakland Coliseum Arena 47 years ago. Golden State will move to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season.

“This has been just an incredible environment in which to coach and play back in the day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday. “Even when the Warriors weren’t any good, to come in here as a visitor and feel the energy in this building, you could tell that the fans loved the game.

“This was a basketball hotbed. And just the atmosphere out there, the energy, the noise, over the last five years with our team’s rise, combined with that organic energy that this place has always had, it’s just been an incredible experience to coach here.”

That energy wasn’t enough to prevent Raptors wins in Games 3 and 4 after the Warriors earned a split in the two series-opening games in Toronto.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday he’s not surprised the road team has won four of the first five games in the best-of-seven.

“Both teams are really good road teams and have been all season,” he said. “Two really tough-minded teams playing, and you got to be a little more tough-minded on the road. And I think a lot of those games probably could have went either way.”

The team that had the upper hand in 3-point shooting has prevailed in the first five games of the series.

The Raptors outscored the Warriors 120-96 from beyond the arc in their three wins, while Golden State had a 99-57 dominance in long-range points in its two victories.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is displayed outside the company offices in New York, U.S., June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

June 14, 2019

By Paresh Dave

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google is trying to plug a surge of public scrutiny around the world by overhauling how its policy office operates, with increased emphasis on having policy staffers and top company executives alike building relationships with governments, people familiar with the matter said this week.

Government officials in the United States, India, Ireland, Singapore, Australia and at least several other countries have threatened regulation or launched probes concerning Google’s user privacy practices, its policing of inappropriate videos and apps, and the potential abuse of its dominance in internet search and advertising.

The negative attention on Google’s power and its data collection practices could hurt its public image and force costly business changes.

Google’s global policy office had gone years without a major strategy shift until Karan Bhatia was hired last June from General Electric Co, where he also led government affairs and policy.

In his first year, he has added “government affairs” to his unit’s name before “public policy” to stress relationship building over whitepaper writing, overhauled reporting lines and begun to cut a roster of contract lobbyists, eight of the people said.

The moves aim to get Google’s separate units including cloud computing, consumer hardware and YouTube – along with each unit’s senior leaders – to take a bigger role in lobbying on issues affecting them and set the company up to uniformly challenge similar regulatory threats in different parts of the world, sources said.

In Washington, lawmakers long have raised concerns about Google’s executives not engaging enough to address their concerns or personally weigh in on policy discussions, according to lobbyists. The issue attracted attention last September when senators pointedly left an empty seat for Google at an intelligence committee hearing on election integrity after the company declined to send a top executive to testify.

The empty-seat blunder, as Google’s Washington leadership eventually recognized it, and a string of policy defeats on issues such as copyright in Europe and censorship in Asia have given Bhatia a wide opening to bring changes, sources said. Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, has traveled to Washington each quarter since Bhatia joined, including for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

The company declined to comment for this story. Spokespeople have declined multiple requests to interview Bhatia since his hiring.

NEW STRUCTURE

Bhatia centralized policy crafting through a set of “centers of excellence,” each focused on a separate issue such as data privacy rules, competition law or economic policy, sources said.

Google’s policy team has been organized regionally, a vestige of the company gradual’s expansion into new countries. But different regions with limited coordination each had their own projects to create proposals for addressing the same concern.

Under Bhatia, those regional teams now focus more on interacting with lawmakers and regulators out of the office, sources said.

The four regional heads reporting to Bhatia include Ted Osius for Asia Pacific and Doron Avni for Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Greater Russia. Leaders for U.S.-Canada and Europe have not been named.

Also reporting to Bhatia are Leslie Miller, who supervises the centers of excellence, and Wilson White, who oversees teams focused on relaying insights to YouTube, Google Cloud and other business units.

MORE INTERNAL INVOLVEMENT

Getting Pichai and his product executives to be more involved has been a challenge over the years because Pichai has been reluctant to make engaging with government policymakers a core duty, people said, in contrast to CEOs such as Apple Inc’s Tim Cook and General Motors Co’s Mary Barra.

Bhatia may end up drawing product leaders into government affairs by having individual Google units hire lobbying firms directly in the future, sources said.

He has already begun to reset lobbying contracts. Google recently fired one long-time lobbying firm in Europe and has threatened to drop as many as 20 of its U.S. lobbying firms from the 26 it worked with last year, sources said.

One U.S. firm said it was told its last day would be June 30, while three others said they were awaiting word from Google. All declined to be named because they were not authorized to comment on their client.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources, that Google has fired six U.S. lobbying firms, which together accounted for about half of its $20 million domestic lobbying budget.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Brad Haynes in Sao Paulo and Foo Yun Chee in Brussels; Editing by Greg Mitchell and Leslie Adler)

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FILE PHOTO: Broadcom Limited company logo is pictured on an office building in Rancho Bernardo, California May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

June 13, 2019

By Sayanti Chakraborty and Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) – Broadcom Inc on Thursday warned of a broad slowdown in chip demand, blaming a trade conflict between the United States and China and export restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and the chipmaker cut its revenue forecast for the year by 8%.

Shares of the San Jose, California-based company fell 8% to $258.75 in extended trading and the remarks dragged down stocks of other chipmakers, including Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Skyworks Solutions.

“It is clear that the U.S.-China trade conflict including the Huawei export ban is creating economic and political uncertainty and reducing visibility,” Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan said on a conference call with analysts.

Shares of Broadcom have been under pressure after the U.S. government put Huawei on a trade blacklist last month. Huawei accounted for about $900 million, or 4%, of the company’s overall sales last year.

Tan said that if consumer demand for smartphones remains steady, other phone makers could start taking Huawei’s market share, and those phone makers are likely to buy chips from Broadcom. However, he cautioned that the process will take up to six months.

“What’s the impact of the Huawei ban on a company like us selling components and technology? Well, short term, keep in mind we’ll see a very sharp impact simply because (there are) no purchases allowed and there’s no obvious substitution in place,” Tan said.

Revenue from semiconductor solutions, Broadcom’s biggest business unit, fell 10% to $4.09 billion in the second quarter, while revenue from its infrastructure software business came in at $1.41 billion

Demand for enterprise and mainframe software remained stable, mainly in North America and Europe, Tan said.

The company, known for communications chips that power Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity in smartphones, lowered its full-year revenue forecast by $2 billion to $22.50 billion, saying that its customers are actively reducing inventory levels.

Net revenue rose to $5.52 billion in the quarter ended May 5, from $5.01 billion a year earlier, but missed analysts’ estimates of $5.68 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Net income attributable to ordinary shares fell to $691 million, or $1.64 per share, in the quarter, from $3.72 billion, or $8.33 per share, a year earlier. (https://reut.rs/2F8Mgyt)

Excluding items, the company earned $5.21 per share, beating analysts’ estimates of $5.16 per share.

(Reporting by Sayanti Chakraborty in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by James Emmanuel)

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A Monzo Mastercard. Courtesy Monzo/REUTERS

June 13, 2019

By Anna Irrera and Lawrence White

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Fast-growing British digital bank Monzo is launching in the United States through a limited rollout of its app-based checking account and connected debit card, it said on Thursday.

Monzo will make available a few thousand cards at in-person sign-up events over the next weeks in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, as it seeks to replicate the word-of-mouth support that boosted its UK launch, it said.

It hopes to attract an engaged early-user base which will provide feedback to help tailor the company’s offering to the U.S. market, Chief Executive Tom Blomfield said in an interview.

“We are taking it slow to start with,” Blomfield said. “We want to understand how U.S. consumers think and feel about their money.”

Starting on Thursday, potential customers will also be able to join an online waiting list to receive a card, Monzo said.

Monzo, which was founded in 2015 and is valued at more than 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion), is one of Europe’s best-known “neobanks” that have launched in recent years to compete with established banks by offering more user-friendly digital services.

It has more than 625 million pounds ($793 million) in deposits from around 2 million customers, and says it adds 200,000 users per month.

The bank has seen rapid success in winning customers from the six large incumbent banks in Britain such as Lloyds and RBS, although many customers have yet to switch their monthly pay checks to Monzo.

Around 30 percent of customers use Monzo as their primary bank account, Blomfield said.

In the United States, it will face competition from incumbent banks and their digital offshoots, as well as banking startups such as Chime and Varo Money, and other financial technology companies that have recently launched checking accounts.

It also faces a tougher regulatory landscape than at home.

“For UK fintechs looking to fly the nest, one major contrast will be the complexity of federal- and state-level laws, compared to the UK’s fintech-friendly regulatory environment,” said Richard Lumb, group chief executive for financial services at consulting firm Accenture.

Monzo is launching in the United States with no minimum balance requirements and no monthly fees or foreign transaction fees, but will not pay interest on deposits.

The company has applied for a U.S. banking license, Blomfield said. It is launching in the country through a partnership with Ohio-based Sutton Bank, which is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

(Reporting by Anna Irrera and Lawrence White; Additional reporting by Iain Withers; Editing by Sinead Cruise and Mark Potter)

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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Houston Astros
Jun 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Mike Moustakas (11) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fourteenth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

June 13, 2019

Mike Moustakas slugged the Brewers’ fourth home run of the night with one out in the 14th inning, a two-run shot that led Milwaukee to a 6-3 win over the host Houston Astros on Wednesday.

Milwaukee earned a split of the two-game interleague series by overcoming a dominant effort from the Astros’ pitchers, who recorded a club-record 24 strikeouts.

The Brewers’ Christian Yelich singled to right to lead off the 14th, and Moustakas went deep off Cionel Perez (1-1) for his 21st homer to snap a 3-3 tie. Yasmani Grandal then doubled and scored on Jesus Aguilar’s single.

Before Jake Marisnick stroked a one-out single in the bottom of the 13th, the Astros went eight innings without recording a hit. Adrian Houser (2-1), the Brewers’ sixth pitcher, earned the win with two shutout innings.

Braves 8, Pirates 7 (11 innings)

Ozzie Albies drove in the winning run on an 11th-inning double, giving host Atlanta a victory over Pittsburgh.

Austin Riley, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, came all the way around to score from first base on Albies’ double. Michael Feliz (2-3) took the loss, giving up the one run in one-plus inning.

Jacob Webb (4-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. The victory was the sixth straight for Atlanta. Pittsburgh has lost six in a row.

Mariners 9, Twins 6 (10 innings)

Daniel Vogelbach went 4-for-5 with a homer, and Seattle took advantage of three 10th-inning Minnesota errors to score three unearned runs and pull out a victory in Minneapolis.

Seattle’s Shed Long hit his first major league home run, a three-run drive to cap a five-run eighth inning. Mallex Smith had three hits, including two doubles, for the Mariners, who won for just the ninth time in their past 32 games.

Anthony Bass (1-1) picked up the win in relief despite squandering a ninth-inning lead by serving up a two-run homer by Byron Buxton. Roenis Elias notched his sixth save with a scoreless 10th inning.

Marlins 9, Cardinals 0

Garrett Cooper hit a grand slam and fell a double short of the cycle, and Jordan Yamamoto pitched seven scoreless innings to win his major league debut as host Miami defeated St. Louis.

The Marlins won the finale of a three-game series, snapping a six-game losing streak in which they totaled just 10 runs.

Cooper went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs. It was the second career grand slam for Cooper, who hit one May 23 against the Detroit Tigers.

Diamondbacks 2, Phillies 0

Merrill Kelly threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings to lift visiting Arizona past Philadelphia to earn the series win.

Kelly (7-6) allowed three hits and no runs, struck out five and walked none while throwing 93 pitches, 67 for strikes.

Greg Holland earned his 10th save in 11 opportunities and the 199th of his career with a scoreless ninth.

Tigers 3, Royals 2

Brandon Dixon’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run, and Detroit emerged with a victory over host Kansas City.

Jorge Soler, who drove in both of the Royals’ runs, flied out to center to end the game with the tying run on base.

Nick Ramirez (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Shane Greene handled the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances.

Red Sox 4, Rangers 3

Mookie Betts worked a walk-off base-on-balls to carry Boston to a win over visiting Texas. Christian Vazquez opened the ninth with a ground-rule double, and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s single to shallow right moved pinch runner Marco Hernandez to third.

After a four-pitch walk to Michael Chavis, Betts coaxed a five-pitch walk off reliever Jesse Chavez (2-2), breaking the reliever’s 22 2/3-inning scoreless streak.

Andrew Benintendi finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs to help the Red Sox snap their three-game losing streak and win for just the second time in seven games on the current homestand.

Blue Jays 8, Orioles 6

Rowdy Tellez hit a grand slam during a six-run fifth inning as visiting Toronto defeated Baltimore.

Derek Law opened for the Blue Jays and threw a scoreless inning before Edwin Jackson (1-4) earned the victory with five solid innings. Jackson gave up two runs on four hits, striking out two and walking two.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits for Toronto, and four of his teammates had two hits apiece. Trey Mancini homered among his two hits for the Orioles.

Cubs 10, Rockies 1

Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez homered, Cole Hamels pitched seven shutout innings, and Chicago beat Colorado in Denver.

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left the game with a left forearm contusion after being hit by a pitch from Hamels in the third inning.

Hamels (6-2), who fanned nine, also singled twice and drove in two runs, and Carlos Gonzalez had two hits against his former team. The Cubs had lost five straight road games.

Reds 7, Indians 2

Rookie Nick Senzel and Joey Votto homered to open the game as visiting Cincinnati posted a victory over Cleveland to salvage a split of their two-game interleague series.

The back-to-back homers to start the game marked the first time Cincinnati accomplished the feat since Alex Ochoa and Barry Larkin went deep at St. Louis on June 26, 2001.

Eugenio Suarez and Curt Casali homered to lead off the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, and Jose Iglesias ripped a two-run double in the eighth for the Reds, who saw eight of their nine hits go for extra bases (four homers, four doubles).

Athletics 6, Rays 2

Ramon Laureano broke an eighth-inning tie with his first career grand slam, giving Oakland a victory over Tampa Bay in the finale of a three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Brett Anderson pitched into the seventh inning, and three A’s relievers combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing Oakland to take two games in the series despite dropping the opener 6-2 on Monday.

Liam Hendriks (3-0), who stranded the bases loaded after Tampa Bay scored twice in the seventh, was credited with the win after recording two outs.

Giants 4, Padres 2

San Francisco took advantage of three errors to score three runs, and Kevin Pillar added a home run in a victory over visiting San Diego that completed a two-game sweep.

Shaun Anderson (2-1) won for the second time in his past three starts, limiting the Padres to two runs and four hits in six innings.

Anderson got the better of Joey Lucchesi (5-4), who pitched well in the second San Francisco Bay Area homecoming of his career but was victimized by a shaky defense. He gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings.

–Field Level Media

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Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco
Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam – RC1FC916D420

June 13, 2019

By Ginger Gibson

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren is churning out reams of policy proposals on everything from daycare to manufacturing. But despite her piles of written plans, she has yet to tackle trade.

Warren and most of the other 23 Democrats seeking the party’s 2020 White House nomination have avoided issuing a robust outline of how they would approach one of the central issues in Republican President Donald Trump’s bid for re-election.

Trade policy has become tricky territory for Democratic candidates after Trump upended traditional partisan divisions on the issue. None appears willing to agree outright with Trump’s philosophy, so most have tried instead to find grounds for criticizing how he is implementing his policy.

Yet in a sprawling field of Democratic contenders who agree on many major issues, trade presents a chance to draw some distinctions.

“Trump’s blowing a big hole in those kinds of traditional alignments, and that creates chaos but it also creates opportunity for the Democratic Party,” said former Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, who now works as a pro-trade advocate.

“There is a lot of opportunity for Democrats to talk about how important free trade and fair trade is for American workers.”

In past decades, Republicans favored free trade, joining business in supporting low tariffs and multinational trade deals. Democrats, heavily influenced by unions, were viewed as more protectionist, opposing trade deals and supporting tariffs.

Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama began shifting from that position, with Clinton signing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1990s and Obama negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Trump departed from his party’s orthodoxy and embraced protectionist policies, walking away from the TPP and imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and $250 billion of imports from China.

Democrats in Congress have oscillated on their views on the Trump administration’s trade policy, at times being critical but at others supportive, including encouraging Trump to be tough on China.

BLUE-COLLAR VOTE

Trump’s emphasis on trade and “putting American workers first” helped him woo blue-collar voters in the 2016 election, including in places like Michigan where he crucially won a state that had not voted for a Republican presidential candidate in decades.

Democrats need those voters back in 2020 but have to navigate carefully given that many workers in industrial states still like Trump’s trade policies.

But voters have evolved on the issue. A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in early June found that many Democrats were strongly opposed to the sweeping tariffs Trump proposed – and then canceled – on goods imported from Mexico as a way to stem illegal immigration.

The poll found seven out of 10 Republicans supported the tariffs, compared with seven out of 10 Democrats opposing them.

Overall, 42% of U.S. adults polled opposed the tariffs and 39% supported them.

Linda Solem, 69, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, is among the Democratic voters who have changed their tune. She supported tariffs during the 10 years she spent as a union member working on the production line of a General Motors plant.

Now retired, she is ready to see the Democratic Party embrace free trade.

“We don’t even make TVs here anymore,” Solem said. “You’ve got to have some tariffs, but you can’t go wild with tariffs and you can’t use them to be a bully.”

‘LIBERAL CASE FOR TRADE’

Even as Trump creates openings for Democrats to talk about trade, most are not taking it.

“Democrats have done a poor job making the liberal case for trade,” said Christina Davis, a professor at Harvard who specializes in trade and foreign relations.

The decline of organized labor’s influence could open opportunities for Democrats to develop new positions, she added.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders put out a trade plan in April dealing with China. His proposal sounds a lot like Trump’s rhetoric, including wanting to punish multinational companies that move jobs overseas and undoing trade agreements.

Warren, campaigning in Michigan and Indiana this month, echoed Trump’s criticism of companies moving abroad but then took aim at how he had executed his policies.

She called for more discussions on trade but stopped short of offering specifics when asked if she was going to release a trade plan.

“The plan is no small part about who sits at the table,” Warren said. “When the people sitting at the table are all the lobbyists and executives from multinational corporations, then the policies that come out of that help the giant multinational corporations.”

Business groups in Washington are watching what Democratic presidential candidates say on the campaign trail.

Ahead of a vote on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) – which would replace NAFTA – candidates serving in Congress like Warren may be forced to take a more definitive stance. So far, Democrats have been blocking a vote because of opposition to labor provisions, a nod to their union base.

“That very much is going to be a test,” said a Washington business lobbyist who asked not to be identified. “It’s very difficult for a member of Congress to say they’re pro-business and then vote against USMCA. In fact, I don’t think you could do it.”

(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Additional reporting by Chris Kahn in New York; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Peter Cooney)

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Trump says he ‘would want to hear’ info on 2020 rivals from foreign governments – and outrage follows
Democrats are outraged after President Trump said in an interview Wednesday that he would be willing to listen to foreign governments if they approached him with information on a political rival. “I think I’d want to hear it. … I See More think you might want to listen. There isn’t anything wrong with listening,” he said in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. Trump added he would not necessarily contact the FBI if such an approach was made, fueling Democrats’ ire. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a 2020 candidate for president, tweeted, “It’s time for Congress to begin impeachment hearings.”

Still, Trump supporters point out that Democrats may be hypocrites on this issue, as they failed to condemn fellow Democrats, including representatives of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), for funding the creation of the infamous and discredited anti-Trump “Steele dossier” by former British spy Christopher Steele. Fox News’ Sean Hannity called the Trump-Stephanopoulos interview a “nonstory” and a “genius setup”by Trump for his foes in the “media mob.” The interview was released hours after House Judiciary Committee Democrats announced that former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has agreed to testify before the panel next week on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Brother of ‘Shark Tank’ star Barbara Corcoran found dead in Dominican Republic hotel room
The intrigue surrounding vacation spots in the Dominican Republic deepened Wednesday with the news that Jonathan Corcoran, a retired New Jersey businessman and brother of ABC “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran, was found dead in a hotel room there in April. Jonathan Corcoran’s death was first reported by the gossip site TMZ and confirmed to Fox News by Emily Burke, Barbara Corcoran’s assistant. The revelation comes as the popular Caribbean vacation spot is making worldwide headlines with a recent rash of suspicious deaths of U.S. tourists plus the shooting of retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. It was unclear where Corcoran stayed at the time of his death. TMZ said no one knows exactly what led to his death, though Barbara Corcoran told the outlet that she was told he had a heart attack.

Six suspects, including alleged gunman, in custody in David Ortiz shooting
Six suspects have been detained in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, including the alleged gunman, authorities in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday. Four other suspects were being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars, the country’s chief prosecutor, Jean Alain Rodríguez, told a news conference. Authorities identified the alleged shooter as Rolfy Ferreyra, aka Sandy. Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said the coordinator of the attack also was among the suspects in custody. He claimed the man was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to carry out the shooting Sunday evening at a popular Santo Domingo bar.

Two oil tankers damaged in suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman, crew evacuated
Two oil tankers were damaged in a suspected attack off the Gulf of Oman early Thursday, according to multiple reports. The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet told Reuters it was assisting two tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls. “We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m.,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said. The Fleet did not blame anyone for the attack..

Tonight: Fox News town hall with 2020 Dem Julian Castro 
Fox News is scheduled to host 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary, for a town hall at 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday. “Special Report” host Bret Baier and “The Story” host Martha MacCallum will moderate the one-hour event live from Phoenix.

Baier and MacCallum recently moderated similar events with 2020 hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and potential candidate Howard Schultz. Their Fox News colleague Chris Wallace moderated a town hall with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who’s also in the running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Tune in to Fox News tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

52 years in the making: St. Louis Blues win their first-ever Stanley Cup championship
The St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Wednesday night’s deciding game for the Stanley Cup, to win their firstchampionship. The victory was 52 years in the making. Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis. The Blues’ championship run is remarkable because it was so unthinkable just five months ago. The team woke up on New Year’s Day with the worst record in the league but then won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games and soared through the playoffs to reach the final for the first time since 1970.

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Uber's Volvo XC90 self driving car is shown during a demonstration of self-driving automotive technology in Pittsburgh
FILE PHOTO: Uber’s Volvo XC90 self driving car is shown during a demonstration of self-driving automotive technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

June 12, 2019

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday unveiled its newest Volvo self-driving car in Washington as it works to eventually deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions.

Uber said the new production XC90 will be assembled by Volvo Cars in Sweden and have human controls like steering wheels and brake pedals, but also with factory-installed steering and braking systems designed for computer rather than human control.

Uber Advanced Technologies Group chief scientist Raquel Urtasun showed off the company’s artificial intelligence technology that allows it to drive autonomously for long distances on highways without maps and “on the fly” plot its course and navigate construction zones.

“Our goal is get each one of you to where you want to go much better, much safer, cheaper,” Urtasun said.

Other companies are also working to deploy self-driving vehicles in limited areas as the race to push out autonomous cars across the globe heats up.

Ford Motor Co’s majority-owned autonomous vehicle unit, Argo AI, launched its new fleet of self-driving test vehicles – Ford Fusion Hybrid – in Detroit on Wednesday, expanding to five U.S. cities.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker also opened a research center in Tel Aviv, joining a growing number of major automakers and suppliers setting up shop in the Israeli tech hub.

General Motors Co in January 2018 sought permission from U.S. regulators to deploy a ride-sharing fleet of driverless cars without steering wheels or other human controls before the end of 2019, but is still struggling to win regulatory approval.

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo unit is operating a robotaxi service in Arizona and said last month it is partnering with Lyft Inc to serve more riders.

Carmakers have struggled to maintain profit margins faced with the rising costs of making electric, connected and autonomous cars. They are setting up alliances and outside investors to combat spiraling development costs.

Previously, Uber had purchased about 250 Volvo XC90 SUVs and retrofitted them for self-driving use.

The new vehicles – known by the internal code number 519G and under development for several years – are safer, more reliable and will “soon” replace the older vehicles in Uber’s fleet, said Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group.

“This is about going to production,” said Meyhofer in an interview at an Uber conference in Washington on Tuesday.

The new vehicle also has several back-up systems for both steering and braking functions as well as battery back-up power and new cybersecurity systems.

HUMAN CONTROLS

Uber is not ready to deploy vehicles without human controls, Meyhofer said.

“We’re still in a real hybrid state,” Meyhofer said. “We have to get there and we’re not going to get to thousands of cars in a city overnight. It’s going to be a slower introduction.”

The new XC90 vehicles have an interior fish-eye camera to scan for lost items, Uber said. They also do not have sunroofs since the self-driving vehicles have large sensors on the roof and are equipped with auto-close doors to prevent an unsafe departure.

Uber, which has taken delivery of about a dozen prototypes of the new vehicle but has not yet deployed them on public roads, said the car’s “self-driving system will one day allow for safe, reliable autonomous ridesharing without the need” for a safety driver.

Asked if Uber will deploy self-driving cars without safety drivers in limited areas in the next few years, Meyhofer said “Yes – way before that.” But he added that Uber wants to be in “the good graces of public trust and regulatory trust” before making the business decision to deploy.

In December, Uber resumed limited self-driving car testing on public roads in Pittsburgh, nine months after it suspended the program following a deadly accident in Arizona.

In March 2018, authorities in Arizona suspended Uber’s ability to test its self-driving cars after one of its XC90 cars hit and killed a woman crossing the street at night in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, Uber’s largest testing hub. The crash was the first death attributed to a self-driving vehicle.

In March 2019, prosecutors in Arizona said the company was not criminally liable in the crash and would not pursue charges. Uber ended testing in Arizona but plans to eventually resume testing in Toronto and San Francisco, Meyhofer said.

The death prompted significant safety concerns about the nascent self-driving car industry, which is racing to get vehicles into commercial use.

Volvo Cars Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement that “by the middle of the next decade we expect one-third of all cars we sell to be fully autonomous.”

Volvo Cars, which is owned by China’s Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, will use a similar autonomous base vehicle concept for the introduction of its first commercially available autonomous drive technology in the early 2020s.

Volvo and Uber said in 2017 that the rideshare company planned to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo from 2019 to 2021 using the self-driving system developed by Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group. An Uber spokeswoman said Tuesday that the company plans “to work with Volvo on tens of thousands of vehicles in the future.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Christopher Cushing and Alistair Bell)

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MLB: Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox
Jun 11, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Ariel Jurado (57) delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

June 12, 2019

Hunter Pence hit an inside-the-park home run, and the Texas Rangers defeated the host Boston Red Sox 9-5 on Tuesday night.

With a runner on second in the sixth inning, Pence hit a high fly ball just inside the right field foul pole. Boston’s Brock Holt lunged into the crowd in an effort to catch the ball, but it fell just over his glove.

Holt thought the ball went into the stands for a home run, but it instead caromed off the base of the wall and trickled along the warning track toward the bullpens in right-center field. By the time center fielder Mookie Betts reached the ball, which had come to a stop, Pence had scampered around the bases to make it 9-3.

Texas’ Ariel Jurado (4-2) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Xander Bogaerts and Betts homered for the Red Sox.

Braves 7, Pirates 5 (8 innings)

Brian McCann hit two home runs, one of them a tiebreaking, three-run shot that propelled Atlanta past visiting Pittsburgh. The game was called before the top of the ninth inning after a 1-hour, 47-minute rain delay.

McCann was one of four Atlanta players who went deep in the second inning, but it took his second homer to break a 4-4 tie in the sixth and help the Braves to their fifth straight win. The Pirates absorbed their fifth consecutive loss.

Atlanta trailed 2-0 until breaking loose in the second inning against Chris Archer (3-6). Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis hit back-to-back homers, and after Austin Riley struck out, McCann and Ozzie Albies went deep in consecutive at-bats. The last time Atlanta had four homers in an inning was May 28, 2003.

Indians 2, Reds 1 (10 innings)

Rookie Oscar Mercado ripped a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning as host Cleveland posted a victory over Cincinnati.

In the 10th, Raisel Iglesias (1-6) allowed a one-out walk to Mike Freeman and a single by Leonys Martin that moved the runner to third. Francisco Lindor was intentionally walked to load the bases for Mercado, who singled to left to plate Freeman for Cleveland’s first extra-inning win in four tries this year.

Carlos Santana belted a solo homer and Lindor collected a pair of doubles for the Indians, who have won five of their past seven. Brad Hand (3-2) recorded the win after striking out the side in the 10th and fanning four in two scoreless innings.

Angels 5, Dodgers 3

Justin Bour slugged a three-run homer to cap a five-run first inning that led the Los Angeles Angels to a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a sweep of the two-game Freeway Series at Anaheim, Calif.

Shohei Ohtani also went deep in the opening inning, and Brian Goodwin added a run-scoring single. Ohtani had two of the Angels’ six hits.

Max Muncy hit two solo homers and David Freese also hit a blast for the Dodgers, who have lost four of their past six games.

Astros 10, Brewers 8

Yordan Alvarez’s two-run homer — his second round-tripper in as many major league games — capped a four-run fifth inning that blew open a close game and catapulted the host Houston past Milwaukee.

Yuli Gurriel had three hits and three RBIs for the Astros, including a two-run homer that gave Houston the lead for good in the third and an RBI single immediately before Alvarez’s homer. Tyler White and Robinson Chirinos also homered for Houston.

The Astros have won four of five. The Brewers had their four-game winning streak snapped despite getting Christian Yelich’s major-league-leading 25th homer plus long balls from Yasmani Grandal and Travis Shaw.

Yankees 12, Mets 5 (Game 1)

Luke Voit hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fourth inning, and the New York Yankees went on to beat the New York Mets in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees overcame an early 4-1 deficit, winning a game that featured a combined five errors.

Voit snapped a 4-4 tie when he hammered a 1-0 fastball from Zack Wheeler (5-4) into the left field seats to give the Yankees a 7-4 lead. Gio Urshela hit a game-tying two-run homer earlier in the fourth.

Mets 10, Yankees 4 (Game 2)

Rookie Pete Alonso hit a three-run home run before an out was recorded in the first inning, and the New York Mets defeated the New York Yankees to get a split of the doubleheader.

The Mets opened the game with a double by Jeff McNeil and a single by J.D. Davis. On the 11th pitch of the night from James Paxton (3-3), Alonso hammered a 2-2 fastball into the visiting bullpen beyond the left-center-field fence.

Alonso hit his 22nd homer in his 66th game, leaving him four shy of matching the Mets’ rookie home run record set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.

Cardinals 7, Marlins 1

Dakota Hudson pitched seven strong innings, Marcell Ozuna homered against his former team, and Harrison Bader drove in two early runs as St. Louis won at Miami.

Hudson (5-3) allowed four hits, two walks and one run, striking out six. He has a 2.62 ERA in eight starts since May 1.

Yadier Molina, a nine-time All-Star catcher, returned to the St. Louis lineup, going 2-for-4. He had missed 11 games due to a strained tendon on his right thumb.

Twins 6, Mariners 5

Marwin Gonzalez’s go-ahead, two-out single highlighted a three-run eighth inning as Minnesota rallied for a victory over Seattle in Minneapolis.

Jonathan Schoop and Jason Castro each homered and Jorge Polanco went 3-for-3 with two doubles for the Twins. Matt Magill (2-0) threw a scoreless inning of relief. Trevor May, despite giving up back-to-back singles to open the ninth, battled back to record his first save.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and Domingo Santana went 3-for-5 with two runs for Seattle. Kyle Seager went 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Mallex Smith finished 2-for-4 with two runs.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2

Trey Mancini, Chance Sisco, Anthony Santander and Jonathan Villar each had RBI doubles as Baltimore defeated visiting Toronto. The Orioles finished with 11 hits, including a season-high six doubles.

John Means (6-4) battled through a 33-pitch first inning where he gave up a lead-off home run and struggled with his command at times but still allowed just one run in five innings. He scattered four hits while tying a career high with seven strikeouts.

Shawn Armstrong threw two scoreless innings before Miguel Castro gave up a run in the eighth, and Richard Bleier got the final out of that frame. Mychal Givens then retired the side in order in the ninth and earned his sixth save.

Giants 6, Padres 5

Evan Longoria’s two-run, go-ahead double in the seventh inning allowed host San Francisco to edge San Diego.

The Giants trailed 4-3 before Brandon Belt drew a walk from the Padres’ fourth pitcher, right-hander Trey Wingenter (0-1), leading off the seventh. After a single by Joe Panik and an out, Longoria laced a double to the wall in left field, scoring both baserunners to give San Francisco a one-run lead.

Longoria took third on the Padres’ throw to the plate, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Pablo Sandoval. The Padres got within 6-5 in the eighth on Ian Kinsler’s homer, but they never got another baserunner off either Tony Watson or Will Smith, who recorded his 15th save.

Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 4

Scott Kingery hit a three-run home run to lift host Philadelphia past Arizona. Jay Bruce, Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto each had two hits for the Phillies, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (6-5) gave up six hits and three runs in six innings. He struck out five and walked four. Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.

Ketel Marte homered and contributed three hits, but the Diamondbacks weren’t able to extend their five-game winning streak.

Rockies 10, Cubs 3

Charlie Blackmon homered, Peter Lambert got his second win in as many career starts, and Colorado beat Chicago in Denver.

Daniel Murphy and Ian Desmond had three hits each to help the Rockies win their 10th straight home game.

Jayson Heyward homered and finished with two hits for Chicago, which has lost two straight to open the series at Coors Field after winning six of seven.

A’s 4, Rays 3

Matt Olson and Khris Davis hit back-to-back home runs in a three-run sixth inning, powering Oakland to a victory over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mike Fiers threw six strong innings and three relievers protected a narrow lead for one inning apiece. Fiers (6-3) ran his unbeaten streak to seven games despite allowing a solo home run to Tommy Pham with his seventh pitch of the game.

The A’s ace rebounded to check the Rays on two runs and three hits. He walked two and struck out four.

White Sox 7, Nationals 5

Eloy Jimenez had two hits and two RBIs, and Welington Castillo belted a first-inning grand slam to lift host Chicago to a victory over Washington.

Evan Marshall (1-0) earned the victory with 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief as the White Sox salvaged a split in the two-game interleague series. Marshall, who struck out two, has not allowed an earned run in 15 appearances covering 15 1/3 innings this season.

Chicago held on after taking a 7-2 lead into the seventh inning. Alex Colome got the last five outs to earn his 14th save, though he allowed a homer to Anthony Rendon leading off the ninth.

Royals 3, Tigers 2

Kansas City got three consecutive hits in the eighth inning to score two runs and claim a won over visiting Detroit.

Back-to-back doubles by Adalberto Mondesi — his third hit of the night — and Jorge Soler tied the score in the eighth. Terrance Gore pinch-ran for Soler, stole third and scored on a bloop single by Cheslor Cuthbert that dropped between three fielders in right.

Scott Barlow (2-2) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning. Ian Kennedy picked up his fifth save in seven chances. The Royals’ late rally followed a fine outing by Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull, who scattered four hits over six scoreless innings.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York August 31, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

June 11, 2019

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood and other nonprofits offering family planning services sued the Trump administration on Tuesday to block a new federal rule letting healthcare workers refuse abortions and other services because of religious or moral objections.

The two lawsuits filed in Manhattan federal court said enforcing the “conscience” rule would encourage discrimination against women, minorities, the poor, the uninsured, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people by curbing access to legal healthcare procedures, including life-saving treatments.

They also said the rule, scheduled to take effect on July 22, would impose heavy costs on healthcare providers dependent on federal funding, which they could lose by refusing to comply.

The plaintiffs also include Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Inc, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and Public Health Solutions Inc. The American Civil Liberties Union represents the latter two nonprofits.

“Trust is the cornerstone of the physician-patient relationship,” Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in a statement. “No one should have to worry if they will get the right care or information because of their providers’ personal beliefs.”

The lawsuits escalate the legal battles over a rule announced on May 2 by Republican President Donald Trump, in a Rose Garden speech marking the National Day of Prayer.

They were filed three weeks after California, New York, New York City, Chicago and 20 other mostly Democratic-controlled or Democratic-leaning states and municipalities sued the government over the rule. San Francisco filed its own lawsuit on May 2.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which issued the rule, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

HHS has pledged to defend the rule, saying it protected the rights of workers who might oppose particular procedures, also such as sterilizations and assisted suicides.

According to the agency, the rule would require compliance with roughly 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights, including some laws dating back decades.

Trump has made expanding religious liberty a priority.

The cases are Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc et al v Azar et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 19-05433; and National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association et al v Azar et al in the same court, No. 19-05435.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Tom Brown)

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FILE PHOTO: A man walks behind a signboard with logo of Tokyo Electron Ltd in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: A man walks behind a signboard with logo of Tokyo Electron Ltd in Tokyo, Japan, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/File Photo

June 11, 2019

By Makiko Yamazaki

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Tokyo Electron, the world’s No.3 supplier of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, will not supply to Chinese clients blacklisted by Washington, a senior company executive told Reuters.

The decision shows how Washington’s effort to bar sales of technology to Chinese firms, including Huawei Technologies, is ensnaring non-American firms that are not obliged to follow U.S. law.

China, which is locked in a crippling trade war with the United States, is pushing to build its semiconductor industry to reduce its reliance on U.S., Japanese and European suppliers for chip-making machinery.

“We would not do businesses with Chinese clients with whom Applied Materials and Lam Research are barred from doing businesses,” the executive said, referring to the top U.S. chip equipment firms.

“It’s crucial for us that the U.S. government and industry see us as a fair company,” he said, citing Tokyo Electron’s long U.S. partnership since the 1960s, when it started off as an importer of U.S. equipment.

He did not want to be named given the sensitivity of the matter. Applied Materials and Lam Research declined to comment.

Another major Japanese chip equipment supplier is also considering halting shipments to blacklisted Chinese firms, a person familiar with the matter said.

“The issue is beyond something we can decide on our own,” said the person, who also declined to be identified.

Executives at other equipment suppliers said they were communicating closely with the Japanese industry ministry.

“We haven’t received any specific instructions from the ministry,” one of the executives said. “We are aware that we could be in deep trouble if we take advantage of the U.S. export ban to expand businesses with China.”

DIFFICULT TO REPLACE U.S. RIVALS

The Tokyo Electron executive did not specify the names of the Chinese clients, but state-backed memory chipmaker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co is currently on a list of entities that cannot buy technology goods from U.S. firms.

Fujian Jinhua did not respond to an emailed request for comment. A handful of other Chinese companies and research institutions are on a ‘red list’ that U.S. companies have been advised to avoid.

Huawei’s chip arm, HiSilicon, is a so-called fabless company focusing on chip design and thus is not normally a buyer of chip-manufacturing gear. But Huawei also faces major risks from non-U.S. suppliers adhering to the U.S. blacklist.

British chip designer ARM, owned by Japan’s SoftBank, has halted relations with Huawei, potentially crippling the Chinese company’s ability to make new chips for its future smartphones.

But Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, global leader in chip production and maker of many Huawei chips, has said it would continue to be a supplier to Huawei.

U.S. law specifies that any product comprising 25% or more U.S. content is subject to the U.S. export control restrictions.

But the Japanese chip equipment executives did not cite that as a reason for cutting off supplies to some Chinese companies.

“It’s not impossible for Japanese companies like Tokyo Electron to replace their U.S. rivals and complete production lines for China,” an executive at a U.S. chipmaker said. “But in reality, that’s very difficult considering a U.S. backlash.”

CHINA CHIP TECHNOLOGY LAGS

Five Japanese companies rank among the world’s top 10 chip equipment firms. The highly specialized chip equipment industry is relatively small, but the gear is strategically critical for all semiconductor manufacturers.

Making chips involves numerous processes that require different types of equipment. Each market segment is typically dominated by just a few players.

Tokyo Electron controls nearly 90% of the market for microchip coaters and developers. It competes directly with Applied Materials and Lam Research in some segments.

Beijing has been investing heavily to grow domestic chip equipment suppliers as part of an effort to achieve its goal of producing 70% of the semiconductors it uses by 2025.

But industry sources say technologies at those suppliers are still far behind, leaving China dependent on imported equipment.

Today, only 16% of the semiconductors used in China are produced in-country, half of which are made by Chinese firms, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.

But aggressive investments by local chipmakers and foreign players like Samsung Electronics made China the world’s No.2 market for chip equipment last year.

Many chip equipment manufacturers are forecasting substantial profit drops this year as the China-U.S. trade war dampens demand for chips and chip equipment globally.

(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; additional reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco, Editing by Jonathan Weber and Himani Sarkar)

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates his solo home in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League East baseball game in Boston
FILE PHOTO: Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates his solo home in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League East baseball game in Boston, Massachusetts, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter/File Photo

June 11, 2019

The Boston Red Sox have sent a team plane to the Dominican Republic to transport former star David Ortiz to the city for medical treatment, ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reported Monday afternoon.

Ortiz was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a Dominican Republic hospital earlier in the day following surgery for gunshot wounds. Citing team sources, The Boston Globe said the Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital had been coordinating a move to the Boston facility for further care.

Rojas tweeted Monday afternoon that Dr. Abel Gonzalez, who performed the surgery, had said Ortiz was in stable enough condition to travel.

The 43-year-old Ortiz, recognized as the beloved “Big Papi” by baseball fans during his 14 seasons in Boston, was shot in the back Sunday night while visiting a nightclub in Santo Domingo. His media assistant said Ortiz underwent six hours of surgery. Doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his colon and intestines, and Ortiz also sustained liver damage.

–The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left hamstring.

Wainwright, 37, sustained the injury while hitting a double during the Sunday night game against the Chicago Cubs. He said he felt the hamstring lock up just a few steps into running after hitting the ball in the top of the fifth inning. He left during the bottom of the fifth.

Right-hander Ryan Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to fill the roster opening.

–The Pittsburgh Pirates placed veteran right-hander Jordan Lyles on the 10-day injured list due to left hamstring tightness.

Right-handed reliever Montana DuRapau was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill the vacant roster spot.

Lyles was coming off an outing against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday when he gave up three runs on five hits with four walks over three innings in the Pirates’ 5-3 defeat. Over his past 18 2/3 innings, he had given up 16 earned runs.

–The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Alex Dickerson from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-hander Franklin Van Gurp.

The Padres designated Dickerson for assignment on Wednesday. The Giants assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento.

Dickerson, 29, was 3-for-19 with two RBIs in 12 games with the Padres this season. Van Gurp, 23, is 2-1 with a 4.54 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings over 18 relief appearances between the Class-A and Double-A levels this season.

–Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is leading American League players in voting for next month’s All-Star Game with slightly more than 950,000 votes. Much of the rest of the balloting, released by Major League Baseball, could be considered a surprise.

Aside from Trout, only George Springer of the Houston Astros — currently second in the outfield voting — has started an All-Star Game in the past.

The leaders can’t take their spot to the bank. New voting rules have divided the balloting into rounds. At the conclusion of the first round, which ends June 21, the top three players at each position — nine in the outfield — will move on to the next round of balloting with the vote tally starting over.

–The Red Sox have moved up the start time for Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers in order to avoid a conflict with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

First pitch for the game against Texas was switched from 7:10 p.m. ET to 4:05 p.m. The NHL finale between the host Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

The Red Sox said the switch was “made as a courtesy to fans who want to watch Game 7” of the Stanley Cup Final.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres
Jun 9, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) hits a solo home run during the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

June 10, 2019

Pinch hitter Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon connected on four consecutive eighth-inning home runs off San Diego reliever Craig Stammen on Sunday afternoon to break a tie and lead the visiting Washington Nationals to a 5-2 victory over the Padres.

The four homers came in a span of seven pitches with one out in the eighth. It was the second time in Nationals history that players had connected on four straight home runs, the first being on July 27, 2017, against Milwaukee.

Sunday marked the ninth time in major league history that a team hit four consecutive homers. The Nationals are the only team to do it twice. The Padres are the only team to twice give up four straight homers, also doing so against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006.

Kendrick’s one-out drive to left snapped a 1-1 tie between Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (7-3) and the Padres’ game-long group of bullpen pitchers. Stammen (4-3) was the fourth of five relievers deployed by San Diego. Strasburg gave up one run in seven innings.

Dodgers 1, Giants 0

Max Muncy’s first-inning home run was all starting pitcher Walker Buehler needed as Los Angeles earned a fiery victory at San Francisco.

Buehler (7-1) gave up five hits over seven scoreless innings with a walk and nine strikeouts as the Dodgers rallied to win the three-game series after a defeat on Friday. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (3-6) was nearly as good as Buehler, giving up one run on four hits over seven innings with a walk and five strikeouts.

Thinking Muncy took too long to go into his home run trot, Bumgarner shouted at the Dodgers’ left-handed hitter before Muncy even reached first base. Muncy first reacted by brushing his hands toward Bumgarner as he approached first base, then appeared to invite the pitcher for a physical altercation as he jogged between first and second base. The two shouted at each other off and on until Muncy crossed the plate.

Yankees 7, Indians 6 (10 innings)

Aaron Hicks belted an RBI double with two outs in the 10th inning as visiting New York rebounded to top Cleveland after squandering a pair of leads.

New York scored five runs with two outs in the second inning and another in the ninth, only to see Cleveland rally to forge a tie on both occasions.

The Yankees claimed a 7-6 lead in the 10th after Cameron Maybin launched a double to deep center off Oliver Perez (1-1) with one out before Hicks doubled to left-center one out later. Aroldis Chapman (1-1) picked up the win after his bid for his 16th straight save went awry following an error by shortstop Didi Gregorius with two outs in the ninth.

Rays 6, Red Sox 1

Brandon Lowe homered twice among three hits, while Yandy Diaz also went deep and had four hits as visiting Tampa Bay powered past Boston in the finale of a four-game series.

Tampa Bay hit four homers in the contest, all solo shots. Blake Snell (4-5) gave up one run on five hits and struck out seven in six innings as the Rays took three of four in the key division series. The Red Sox were held to two or fewer runs in all three losses.

Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4) was tagged for four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 1

Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs, Kyle Hendricks won his sixth consecutive decision, and Chicago pulled away to complete a three-game sweep of visiting St. Louis.

Carlos Gonzalez homered while Anthony Rizzo and David Bote also drove in one run apiece for the Cubs. Kolten Wong hit an RBI double for the Cardinals, who lost for the fourth time in their past five games.

Hendricks (7-4) allowed one run on eight hits in seven innings, walking none and striking out three. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (5-6) exited the game after 4 1/3 innings because of left hamstring tightness. He allowed three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two.

Braves 7, Marlins 6 (12 innings)

Ronald Acuna Jr. tied the score with a three-run homer in the ninth, and Matt Joyce hit an RBI single in the 12th as the Atlanta won at Miami.

Closer Sergio Romo gave up four runs in the ninth — including Acuna’s homer — and fellow Marlins reliever Tyler Kinley gave up a run in the 10th before Adam Conley (1-6) took the loss in the 12th.

Ozzie Albies sparked the winning rally by diving into third with a one-out triple. He scored on a single by Joyce, who went 3-for-4 from the No. 8 hole. Dan Winkler (3-1) got the win for Atlanta, and Josh Tomlin picked up his first career save in his 205th appearance.

Twins 12, Tigers 2

Nelson Cruz blasted one of Minnesota’s four home runs among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Twins routed host Detroit.

Eddie Rosario supplied three hits, including a homer, scored two runs and knocked in two more while Byron Buxton ripped a two-run homer and scored twice. Miguel Sano also homered, C.J. Cron had two hits and two RBIs and Ehire Adrianza scored three runs.

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (9-2) gave up one run on five hits in six innings and struck out eight. Detroit starter Ryan Carpenter (1-3) surrendered eight runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Astros 4, Orioles 0

Yordan Alvarez homered in his second career plate appearance to support a strong outing from veteran Wade Miley as Houston claimed the rubber match of its three-game series with Baltimore.

Alvarez, the Astros’ third-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, broke a scoreless tie with his two-run, opposite-field homer off Orioles starter Dylan Bundy (3-7) with two outs in the fourth inning.

Miley (6-3) completed his afternoon having allowed six hits and two walks while recording five strikeouts over six-plus innings.

Mariners 9, Angels 3

Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs, the latter the 400th of his major league career, as Seattle defeated Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

Encarnacion is the 56th player to reach the 400-homer plateau and the third active player after Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera. Tom Murphy also homered twice, and Daniel Vogelbach and Kyle Seager added solo shots for the Mariners, who took two of three games in the series.

Wade LeBlanc (3-2) entered after an opener and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. The Angels’ Jose Suarez (1-1) gave up two runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings, with two walks and six strikeouts.

Brewers 5, Pirates 2

Mike Moustakas broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run home run to carry host Milwaukee to a three-game series sweep of Pittsburgh.

Moustakas drilled the second pitch from reliever Francisco Liriano (1-1) out to right-center field for his 20th homer after the Brewers erased a 2-0 lead by tying the game in the seventh on a pinch-hit single by Ben Gamel.

Milwaukee’s Hernan Perez went 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, and reliever Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) got the win. Jung Ho Kang clubbed a two-run homer, and Starling Marte had two hits and a stolen base for the Pirates.

Athletics 9, Rangers 8

Matt Olson and Khris Davis hit home runs as Oakland opened an early eight-run lead and held on to beat Texas to earn a split of a four-game series in Arlington, Texas.

Ryan Buchter got Shin-Soo Choo to ground out as the potential tying run in the eighth inning, and Blake Treinen survived a shaky ninth for his 14th save. A’s right-hander Frankie Montas (8-2) was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts.

Olson hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run second inning, and Davis added a two-run shot with two outs in the third, helping Oakland jump to a quick 5-0 lead against struggling Drew Smyly (1-5).

Mets 6, Rockies 1

Noah Syndergaard allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings, and Todd Frazier homered and drove in four runs as New York topped visiting Colorado.

The Mets took the final two games of the three-game series and have won four of their past five. The Rockies have dropped four of six since an eight-game winning streak.

Syndergaard (4-4) walked two and struck out seven. Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman (1-3), who grew up near Albany in upstate New York, allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over 4 2/3 innings.

Reds 4, Phillies 3

Eugenio Suarez’s single capped a three-run seventh inning, and visiting Cincinnati rallied past Philadelphia to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Reds trailed 3-1 when Curt Casali hit an infield single with two outs and pinch hitter Josh VanMeter walked. Jose Alvarez (0-2) replaced Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola and allowed a single to Nick Senzel to load the bases before Joey Votto lined a first-pitch single to center to score Casali and VanMeter. Suarez followed with a single off Vince Velasquez to score Senzel and give the Reds the lead.

Zach Duke (3-1) pitched one-third of an inning and got the win as four Cincinnati relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Raisel Iglesias got the final four outs for his 13th save.

Diamondbacks 8, Blue Jays 2

Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly homered in an eight-run third inning, Robbie Ray struck out 10 and visiting Arizona defeated Toronto.

Ray (5-3) held the Blue Jays to two runs, five hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings as the Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep to open a 10-game road trip.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered and doubled for the Blue Jays, who have lost four in a row. Toronto starter Clayton Richard (0-2) allowed seven runs, seven hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.

White Sox 5, Royals 2

Reynaldo Lopez allowed one run on four hits over six innings to lead Chicago past host Kansas City.

Yoan Moncada had four hits and an RBI, and Eloy Jimenez had the longest home run (471 feet) in Kauffman Stadium in nearly two years. Lopez (4-6) walked one and struck out eight.

Glenn Sparkman (1-2) was the hard-luck loser for the Royals. He allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians
Jun 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

June 10, 2019

The New York Yankees placed right-hander Domingo German on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left hip flexor strain.

German is 9-2 this season, tied for the American League lead in wins entering Sunday with Houston’s Justin Verlander and Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.

German, 26, is winless in his last three starts. He took the loss Friday at Cleveland, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings. He has given up seven home runs in his last 14 2/3 innings.

The Yankees recalled left-hander Stephen Tarpley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace German on the 25-man roster. Tarpley, 26, has a 10.38 ERA in six games with New York this season, allowing five runs on six hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings.

–New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano returned to the 10-day injured list with his troublesome quadriceps injury.

Cano was activated Wednesday after two weeks on the IL with a left quad strain but played only four innings in a 7-0 win against San Francisco before experiencing tightness in the quad. Cano, 36, is batting .238 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 46 games during his first season with the Mets.

Cano will miss the Mets’ two-game series starting Monday against the New York Yankees, one of his former teams. The Mets promoted right-hander Tim Peterson, 28, from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.

–The Washington Nationals slugged four consecutive homers in the eighth inning of a 5-2 road win over the San Diego Padres, the ninth time in major league history that a team hit four straight homers.

Howie Kendrick began the stretch, with Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon following. All four homers were against San Diego right-handed reliever Craig Stammen. It marked the second time the Nationals have accomplished the feat since moving to Washington for the 2005 season.

The other time the Nationals hit four straight homers was in the third inning of a 15-2 home win over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 27, 2017. Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman went deep consecutively for Washington in that contest.

–The Houston Astros called up power-hitting prospect Yordan Alvarez ahead of their series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Alvarez, whose 23 homers are the most among minor leaguers this season, batted fifth as the designated hitter and hit a home run in his second major league at-bat.

The 21-year-old from Cuba has hit that mark in just 213 at-bats with the Triple-A Round Rock Express. Alvarez, who is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, has 56 home runs in 250 career minor league games and is rated the No. 23 prospect in baseball.

–The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon from Triple-A Memphis and optioned right-hander Ryan Helsley to the Redbirds.

The 27-year-old Ponce de Leon is expected to start Monday in the opener of a three-game road series against the Miami Marlins.

In his only previous appearance for St. Louis this season, Ponce de Leon allowed one run on two hits and struck out seven in the Cardinals’ 4-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 23. In 11 starts at Memphis, he is 4-4 with a 3.90 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings.

–The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Dylan Covey on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

The move is retroactive to June 6. In a corresponding move, the White Sox recalled right-hander Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey, 27, has gone 1-4 this season and has a 4.58 ERA in nine games (seven starts). Vieira, 25, has appeared in three games for the White Sox this season, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

–Former major league skipper Frank Lucchesi, who managed parts of seven big league seasons, died at age 92 in Colleyville, Texas.

Lucchesi was best known for being attacked by infielder Lenny Randle in 1977 as manager of the Texas Rangers. Randle was upset over losing his starting job in spring training and went to talk to Lucchesi. The discussion quickly turned contentious, and Randle punched Lucchesi in the face at least three times.

Lucchesi was hospitalized with a broken jaw, and Randle was immediately suspended and later traded to the New York Mets. Overall, Lucchesi went 316-399 with the Philadelphia Phillies (1970-72), Rangers (1975-77) and Chicago Cubs (1987).

–Field Level Media

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says her experience as a prosecutor has given her insight into trying to improve the criminal justice system and distinguishes her among the crowded field taking on President Donald Trump.

“We’ve got to hold this guy accountable by prosecuting the case in front of the American people against four more years of this administration,” Harris told a gathering of the state conference of the NAACP on Saturday night. “And I’ve prosecuted a lot of cases. But rarely one with this much evidence.”

In addition to portraying her ability to take on Trump directly, Harris aimed to use the speech in this early-voting state, where the Democratic primary electorate is primarily African American, as a way to explain her prosecutorial experience to anyone potentially skeptical of her background as a district attorney and state attorney general who was tough on crime.

In her campaign rollout earlier this year, Harris said she was ready to defend vulnerabilities related to her legal career. Criticized by some criminal justice advocates as being too tough on the accused during her tenures as the San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general, Harris answered those criticisms by saying “too many black and brown Americans are locked up” and suggesting she supports major changes.

Echoing that sentiment Saturday, Harris said her motivations have been questioned in the election.

“But my mother used to say, ‘Don’t let people tell you who you are,'” she said. “‘You tell them who you are.’ So that’s what I’m gonna do.”

Noting that her love for the law came from an attorney uncle, Harris said that, like him, she “wanted to be the person who people called for help, to solve their problems, to protect people, and to fix what is wrong.” Harris noted that some within even her own family questioned her decision to become a prosecutor, saying she “had to defend that decision like one would a thesis.”

In that, Harris said she knew prosecutors had not always treated black people the same as white people and “looked the other way in the face of police brutality.”

But on the job, she said, she saw firsthand that her presence and perspective helped white colleagues see issues more fully.

“So I knew I had to be in those rooms,” she said. “We have to be in those rooms even when there aren’t many like us there.”

Harris also addressed black voters directly, saying that she hears their concerns about both safety and criminal justice.

“Everyone wants the police to respond when their home gets burglarized. Everyone wants accountability when a woman is raped, when a child is molested, and when one human being kills another,” Harris said. “What we do want is a justice system where no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.”

Source: NewsMax Politics

FILE PHOTO: A PG&E truck carrying an American Flag drives past PG&E repair trucks in Paradise
FILE PHOTO: A PG&E truck carrying an American Flag drives past PG&E repair trucks in Paradise, California, U.S. November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo

June 8, 2019

(Reuters) – A judge in San Francisco has ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has no jurisdiction over a dispute involving PG&E Corp’s $42 billion worth of contracts with energy companies.

In a ruling over jurisdiction between PG&E and counterparties to the agreements, Judge Dennis Montali of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco said on Friday that the interpretation of bankruptcy law and decree by the FERC was unauthorized and “continues to have the effect of undermining the function of the bankruptcy court in its role of ensuring that the goals and purposes of bankruptcy law and policy are properly served and properly executed.”

Montali ruled that the FERC has no “concurrent jurisdiction” over determining whether Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation can reject power contracts, and added that they did not need approval from the FERC to reject their purchase power contracts.

NextEra Energy Inc, a party to eight power purchase agreements through subsidiaries, had argued the contracts are also subject to FERC’s jurisdiction.

According to NextEra, legal disputes over the agreements belong in district court because nonbankruptcy federal laws regulating interstate commerce must be considered.

San Francisco-based PG&E sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January in the face of liabilities it estimated at more than $30 billion in the aftermath of November’s Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire in modern times.

PG&E and NextEra did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the ruling.

(Reporting by Jim Christie in San Francisco and Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

Source: OANN

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros
Jun 7, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos (28) is congratulated by second baseman Tony Kemp (18) after hitting a walkoff RBI double against the Baltimore Orioles during the eleventh inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

June 8, 2019

Robinson Chirinos delivered a walk-off double with two outs in the 11th inning, as the Houston Astros rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of this three-game series Friday at Minute Maid Park.

Chirinos drilled a 3-2 fastball from Branden Kline (1-3) into the left field corner, scoring Yuli Gurriel from first base to complete the comeback from an early three-run deficit. Josh Reddick and Tony Kemp socked home runs in the fifth inning for the Astros, with Kemp’s two-run shot tying the game at 3-3.

Left-hander Cionel Perez (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Round Rock earlier Friday, worked three perfect innings of relief for Houston. Starter Gerrit Cole, who leads the majors with 130 strikeouts, recorded a season-high 14 in throwing 113 pitches.

Orioles right-hander Gabriel Ynoa allowed three runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in his third start of the season. Catcher Chance Sisco hit his first home run of the season for Baltimore.

Rays 5, Red Sox 1

Yonny Chirinos threw a career-high eight shutout innings, while Kevin Kiermaier homered and had four RBIs as Tampa Bay beat host Boston.

Chirinos (7-2) was perfect through the first five innings before escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth on his way to the win. He gave up two hits, walked two, struck out six and threw 101 pitches, another career high.

Ji-Man Choi drove in the other Rays run on a solo homer as Tampa Bay won its third straight while ending Boston’s winning streak at four games.

Indians 5, Yankees 2

Carlos Santana belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Zach Plesac recorded his first major league win as host Cleveland beat New York.

Tyler Naquin launched a solo homer, and Jason Kipnis answered an 0-for-20 skid with an RBI single among his two hits and a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for the Indians.

New York’s Domingo German (9-2), who was denied in his bid to become the majors’ first 10-game winner, allowed four runs on six hits in six innings. Aaron Hicks homered for the second time in as many days for the Yankees, who welcomed the return of Didi Gregorius following Tommy John surgery in October.

Rockies 5, Mets 1

Antonio Senzatela tossed six solid innings, and Daniel Murphy continued tormenting his former team by homering during an eventful eighth inning of Colorado’s win over host New York.

The Rockies have won two straight and 10 of 12. The Mets, who began on Friday a stretch of 28 consecutive games against teams that currently possess winning records, had their two-game winning streak snapped and have lost seven of 11.

Murphy homered deep into the upper deck in right in the eighth inning. Murphy, who played with the Mets from 2008 through 2015, finished 2-for-4 and is now batting .386 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs in 47 games against the Mets.

Padres 5, Nationals 4

Light-hitting Austin Hedges singled home Josh Naylor with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give host San Diego a win over Washington.

Washington had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth when Brian Dozier doubled and scored on a wild pitch by Padres reliever Adam Warren.

Eric Hosmer tripled off Washington closer Sean Doolittle with one out in the bottom of the ninth and scored on a two-out single by the left-handed-hitting Naylor off the left-handed Doolittle. Naylor then stole his first base in the majors and raced home on the first walk-off hit of Hedges’ career. Naylor slid home on a head-first slide as the throw from left fielder Juan Soto was up the first-base line.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1

Kevin Pillar and Brandon Crawford drove in runs, and left-hander Drew Pomeranz delivered five scoreless innings as San Francisco beat visiting Los Angeles to become the first team to hand Clayton Kershaw a loss in nearly 11 months.

In what might have been one last chance to remain in the starting rotation, Pomeranz gave up just three hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk as he lowered his ERA to 7.16 for the season.

Kershaw (5-1) gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings in taking the loss for the first time since July 21 of last season. The Dodgers lost consecutive games for the first time since April 23-24 at Chicago against the Cubs. The Giants have defeated the Dodgers three times in their last four meetings.

Cubs 3, Cardinals 1

Cole Hamels allowed three hits over eight shutout innings, and Javier Baez hit a two-run homer to lead Chicago over visiting St. Louis.

Hamels (5-2) walked one and struck out 10, including the side in the eighth, to end a stretch of three winless starts. He has allowed only an unearned run and five hits over 15 innings in back-to-back starts against St. Louis while striking out 14.

Victor Caratini went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI double, and Jason Heyward doubled and scored for Chicago, which won for the fourth time in five games.

Brewers 10, Pirates 4

Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer, Brandon Woodruff won his seventh straight decision and Milwaukee beat visiting Pittsburgh.

Braun hit his first homer since May 14 for his 10th homer of the season, making this the 12th season in which he has reached double-digits in homers — breaking a tie with Hall of Famer of Robin Yount for the most in team history.

Woodruff (8-1) allowed three runs on four hits in six innings. He matched a career high with 10 strikeouts to improve to 7-0 in his last 10 starts. The Brewers beat the Pirates for the fourth time in five meetings this season and scored at least 10 runs for the third time in those five games.

Twins 6, Tigers 3

Nelson Cruz hit the go-ahead homer, Mitch Garver homered and drove in three runs, and Minnesota topped host Detroit.

Cruz has 18 career homers against the Tigers. Garver hit his 10th homer, and C.J. Cron blasted his 14th this season for the Twins. Marwin Gonzalez added four hits and an RBI and Jorge Polanco extended his on-base streak to 22 games with two hits.

Detroit starter Matthew Boyd gave up three runs on nine hits in seven innings and struck out eight with no walks. Miguel Cabrera had three hits and scored a run, while Ronny Rodriguez contributed two hits and an RBI.

A’s 5, Rangers 3

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, his second of the game, to lift Oakland over Texas in the opener of a four-game series in Arlington, Texas.

Semien also matched his career high with four hits. He drove in four runs and scored three. Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking one.

Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn limited the A’s to two runs and six hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking one. Delino DeShields had three hits, Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara had two hits apiece and Hunter Pence hit a solo home run for Texas.

Phillies 4, Reds 2

Jay Bruce homered and had two RBIs, J.T. Realmuto added two hits and host Philadelphia opened a three-game series with a win over Cincinnati.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin threw 6 1/3 innings and gave up four hits and two runs, one earned. Eflin (6-5) struck out six and walked four after missing his previous start with back tightness. Hector Neris tossed a scoreless ninth for his 13th save in 13 opportunities as the Phillies have won three in a row.

Joey Votto contributed a home run and had two hits for the Reds, who have dropped two straight.

Braves 7, Marlins 1

Mike Soroka pitched scoreless ball until the ninth inning, as Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. each homered to lead Atlanta over host Miami.

Soroka (7-1), a Rookie of the Year frontrunner, won his seventh straight decision and is 2-0 against the Marlins this year. Freeman has hit a homer in four of the six games Atlanta has played this month.

Jose Urena (4-7) took the loss, allowing a season-high 11 hits to go with one walk and six runs in three-plus innings. That snapped streaks of three straight wins and five straight quality starts and continued another trend: Urena is 2-8 in his career against the Braves.

Diamondbacks 8, Blue Jays 2

Kevin Cron hit a three-run shot for his first major league homer, Merrill Kelly pitched seven strong innings and visiting Arizona defeated Toronto.

David Peralta had three hits, including a solo homer and an RBI single, for the Diamondbacks, who have won two in a row. Catcher Carson Kelly added a solo blast for Arizona.

Teoscar Hernandez homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost two straight.

Mariners 6, Angels 2

Marco Gonzales earned his first victory since April 25 as Seattle defeated Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

Domingo Santana hit two solo homers for Seattle, and Tom Murphy added a three-run shot. Kole Calhoun homered for the Angels.

Gonzales (6-6), who set a franchise record by winning five games by the end of April, allowed two runs on two hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Royals 6, White Sox 4

Kansas City snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Chicago behind Adalberto Mondesi’s third straight hit.

Mondesi’s RBI single with two outs in the seventh drove in Whit Merrifield for the go-ahead run. The three straight hits followed an 0-for-11 stretch. Mondesi then scored on Jorge Soler’s RBI double.

Jake Diekman and Ian Kennedy each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the win, with Kennedy getting his fourth save.

–Field Level Media

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NBA: Finals-Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors
Jun 7, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) go for a rebound during the third quarter in game four of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

June 8, 2019

By Rory Carroll

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – The Toronto Raptors produced a strong third quarter to defeat the Golden State Warriors 105-92 in Oakland on Friday to take a 3-1 lead in the Finals and move one win away from the franchise’s first NBA championship.

The first half belonged to the Warriors but the tide turned in the third quarter when the visitors outscored the two-time defending champions 37-21 behind five-for-seven shooting and two momentum-swinging three pointers from Kawhi Leonard.

“Kawhi’s two big threes to start the half really I thought changed the whole feel for everybody,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of Leonard, who finished the game with 36 points and 12 rebounds.

“I just thought everybody was like, ‘okay, we know we are here, let’s go’. And we just kind of kept going from those two threes.”

The Warriors did themselves no favours on Friday, turning the ball over 19 times, missing seven free throws and making less than 30 percent of their three-point attempts.

After a spectacular 47 points in Game Three, Warriors guard Stephen Curry struggled on Friday, shooting just nine of 22 from the field and making two of his nine three-point attempts.

The only team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals was the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat the Warriors in 2016.

The Warriors did, however, overcome a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, an experience the team hopes to use moving forward.

“You just try to win one game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters about Game Five, which will be played on Monday in Toronto.

“That’s what we did a few years ago against OKC. Win one game and then move forward,” said Kerr, who has been at the helm of the team as it has won three of the last four NBA championships.

“So that’s our focus now. We’ll fly to Toronto tomorrow and take a look at the film, see what we can do better and try to win a game.

“We have won a lot of games over the years, so we’ll try to win another one.”

The Raptors did suffer some misfortune in the fourth quarter when guard Fred VanVleet was inadvertently elbowed in the face by the Warriors’ Shaun Livingston.

A bloodied VanVleet was taken to the locker room and one of his teeth remained on the floor before it was noticed and swept up.

The loss means the Warriors may have played their final game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, which has served as the team’s home since the 1971-72 season, although Game Six will be back there on June 13 if they win in Toronto on Monday.

The Warriors move to the new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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FILE PHOTO: Huawei P30 handset is displayed in a phone shop at a shopping centre in Bangkok
FILE PHOTO: Huawei P30 handset is displayed in a phone shop at a shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

June 7, 2019

By Katie Paul

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software.

Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.

Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Twitter Inc declined to comment and Booking Holdings did not respond to a request.

The move by Facebook dampens the sales outlook for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, whose smartphone business became its biggest revenue generator last year, powered by strong growth in Europe and Asia.

Huawei declined to comment.

Alphabet Inc’s Google said earlier that it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after a 90-day reprieve granted by the U.S. government expires in August. But Google’s Playstore and all Google apps will still be available for current models of Huawei phones including those which have not yet shipped or even been built.

The Facebook ban, by contrast, applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory, according to a person familiar with the matter. Facebook declined to comment on when the suspension took place.

In May, Washington banned U.S. companies from supplying technology to Huawei, part of a long-running campaign against the company. The United States alleges that Huawei is too close to the Chinese government and that its telecom network gear and other products could be a conduit for espionage, which Huawei denies.

Buyers of current Huawei phone models that do not have Facebook pre-installed would still be able to download it from the Google Playstore. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course.

Huawei has said it was prepared for the U.S. action and vowed to work around any disruptions. But some customers at stores in Europe and Asia have told Reuters that they are reluctant to buy Huawei phones in the face of uncertainties, and analysts expect a dramatic drop in Huawei smartphone sales.

(Reporting by Katie Paul in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Tony Munroe in Beijing and Sijia Jiang in Hong Kong; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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FILE PHOTO: Huawei P30 handset is displayed in a phone shop at a shopping centre in Bangkok
FILE PHOTO: Huawei P30 handset is displayed in a phone shop at a shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

June 7, 2019

By Katie Paul

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software.

Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.

Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Twitter Inc declined to comment and Booking Holdings did not respond to a request.

The move by Facebook dampens the sales outlook for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, whose smartphone business became its biggest revenue generator last year, powered by strong growth in Europe and Asia.

Huawei declined to comment.

Alphabet Inc’s Google said earlier that it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after a 90-day reprieve granted by the U.S. government expires in August. But Google’s Playstore and all Google apps will still be available for current models of Huawei phones including those which have not yet shipped or even been built.

The Facebook ban, by contrast, applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory, according to a person familiar with the matter. Facebook declined to comment on when the suspension took place.

In May, Washington banned U.S. companies from supplying technology to Huawei, part of a long-running campaign against the company. The United States alleges that Huawei is too close to the Chinese government and that its telecom network gear and other products could be a conduit for espionage, which Huawei denies.

Buyers of current Huawei phone models that do not have Facebook pre-installed would still be able to download it from the Google Playstore. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course.

Huawei has said it was prepared for the U.S. action and vowed to work around any disruptions. But some customers at stores in Europe and Asia have told Reuters that they are reluctant to buy Huawei phones in the face of uncertainties, and analysts expect a dramatic drop in Huawei smartphone sales.

(Reporting by Katie Paul in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Tony Munroe in Beijing and Sijia Jiang in Hong Kong; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
Jun 6, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Max Kepler (26) celebrates his two-run home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

June 7, 2019

Max Kepler recorded his second career three-homer performance at Progressive Field as the visiting Minnesota Twins averted a series sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Kepler, who was mired in an 0-for-21 slump, led off the game with homer, added a two-run shot in the third inning, walked in the fifth and started the seventh with a towering blast to center field. The 26-year-old also belted three homers in Cleveland on Aug. 1, 2016.

In the ninth inning, Kepler hit an infield single to finish 4-for-4.

Mitch Garver ripped an RBI double, and Jose Berrios (8-2) tossed six-plus strong innings for the Twins, who prevented both their first three-game losing streak and sweep of the season.

Rockies 3, Cubs 1

Peter Lambert struck out nine in seven innings and hit a single in his major league debut, and Colorado won at Chicago.

Ian Desmond doubled twice for Colorado, which salvaged the finale of a three-game series. Scott Oberg pitched the ninth for his third save.

Lambert (1-0) had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday and became the third-youngest pitcher to debut for the Rockies. The 22-year-old had an impressive first start, allowing one run on four hits and one walk.

Astros 8, Mariners 7 (14 innings)

Myles Straw led off the 14th inning with a triple and scored on Yuli Gurriel’s sacrifice fly as Houston defeated host Seattle.

Robinson Chirinos, Alex Bregman and Jack Mayfield homered for the Astros, who took three of four games in the series.

Houston’s Chris Devenski (1-0) pitched the final two innings, striking out four. Matt Festa (0-1), the eighth Mariners pitcher, took the loss.

Padres 5, Nationals 4

Five Padres pitchers retired the last 20 hitters they faced as host San Diego rallied from a four-run first-inning deficit to defeat Washington.

Franmil Reyes capped a three-run fifth inning against Patrick Corbin (5-4) with a line drive for a tie-breaking sacrifice fly.

Left-handed starter Joey Lucchesi, who gave up four runs in the first on a two-run single by Howie Kendrick and a two-run homer by Brian Dozier, retired the final eight Nationals he faced after Dozier’s two-out double in the third to improve to 5-3 on the season.

Athletics 7, Angels 4

Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in two runs while right-hander Mike Fiers worked six effective innings as visiting Oakland beat Los Angeles.

The routine win allowed the A’s to take two of three from their California rivals in a series highlighted by a 10-9 Angels win on Wednesday in which Oakland blew a 7-1 lead.

Oakland jumped on Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (4-6) for three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-1 lead. The A’s never looked back.

Red Sox 7, Royals 5

Boston completed a three-game sweep at Kansas City, capping a series in which they outscored the Royals 23-8.

Colten Brewer (1-2) was the winning pitcher on a bullpen-heavy day for Boston, which won its fourth straight, after he allowed two hits in two scoreless innings of relief. Matt Barnes pitched the ninth for his fourth save in seven chances.

Kansas City’s Danny Duffy (3-3) pitched just 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, all in the third inning.

Cardinals 3, Reds 1

Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and St. Louis held on to beat visiting Cincinnati in the finale of a rain-shortened two-game series.

St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson went 6 1/3 innings, matching the longest outing of his major league career. He allowed one run and five hits, striking out three and walking four.

John Gant (5-0) threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run home run, J.A. Happ allowed one run in seven innings, and visiting New York avoided a three-game sweep by defeating Toronto.

The Blue Jays had captured the first two games of the three-game set to win their first series since April 26-28.

Gio Urshela added a solo homer for the Yankees, who ended a three-game losing streak. DJ LeMahieu had three hits, a walk and two RBIs.

Pirates 6, Braves 1

Colin Moran hit a two-run homer, Gregory Polanco added a solo shot, and Josh Bell doubled three times for Pittsburgh, which topped visiting Atlanta to take two of three in the series.

It was the first series win by the Pirates since they took three of four May 16-19 at San Diego. They had lost four straight series.

Freddie Freeman hit a homer and walked, and Brian McCann and Austin Riley had two hits apiece for the Braves, who had won six of their previous seven series.

Rays 6, Tigers 1

Travis d’Arnaud hit his first two homers of the season, a pair of two-run shots, to power Tampa Bay past host Detroit.

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded d’Arnaud to the Rays last month shortly after signing him as a free agent. D’Arnaud, who did not play the previous three games, had driven in only two runs this season.

Willy Adames also homered, while Yandy Diaz supplied three hits. Jalen Beeks (5-0), the second of five pitchers used by the Rays, got the victory. He held the Tigers scoreless in 4 1/3 innings as Tampa Bay won the series, 2-1.

Brewers 5, Marlins 1

Christian Yelich hit his major-league-leading 23rd home run, and Mike Moustakas went deep twice, guiding Milwaukee past visiting Miami.

All three homers were hit against Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith (3-4).

The Brewers, who lead the National League with 108 homers, snapped their two-game losing streak.

Rangers 4, Orioles 3

Hunter Pence homered, and Ronald Guzman and Danny Santana each drove in a run as Texas defeated visiting Baltimore.

The Rangers took two of three from the Orioles, who have not won a series since late April.

Ariel Jurado (3-2) gave the Rangers six strong innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six with one walk.

Mets 7, Giants 3

Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning for host New York, which held on to beat San Francisco.

The Mets won the rubber game of a three-game series for just the second time in eight tries this year. The Giants failed in their attempt to win back-to-back series for the first time in 2019.

Pete Alonso led off the eighth by singling against Mark Melancon (2-1). Alonso was forced at second on a grounder by Michael Conforto, who stole second on Melancon’s first pitch to Frazier. Three pitches later, Frazier reached for a low and outside pitch by Melancon and homered just beyond the left field wall.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
Jun 6, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Max Kepler (26) celebrates his two-run home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

June 7, 2019

Max Kepler recorded his second career three-homer performance at Progressive Field as the visiting Minnesota Twins averted a series sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Kepler, who was mired in an 0-for-21 slump, led off the game with homer, added a two-run shot in the third inning, walked in the fifth and started the seventh with a towering blast to center field. The 26-year-old also belted three homers in Cleveland on Aug. 1, 2016.

In the ninth inning, Kepler hit an infield single to finish 4-for-4.

Mitch Garver ripped an RBI double, and Jose Berrios (8-2) tossed six-plus strong innings for the Twins, who prevented both their first three-game losing streak and sweep of the season.

Rockies 3, Cubs 1

Peter Lambert struck out nine in seven innings and hit a single in his major league debut, and Colorado won at Chicago.

Ian Desmond doubled twice for Colorado, which salvaged the finale of a three-game series. Scott Oberg pitched the ninth for his third save.

Lambert (1-0) had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday and became the third-youngest pitcher to debut for the Rockies. The 22-year-old had an impressive first start, allowing one run on four hits and one walk.

Astros 8, Mariners 7 (14 innings)

Myles Straw led off the 14th inning with a triple and scored on Yuli Gurriel’s sacrifice fly as Houston defeated host Seattle.

Robinson Chirinos, Alex Bregman and Jack Mayfield homered for the Astros, who took three of four games in the series.

Houston’s Chris Devenski (1-0) pitched the final two innings, striking out four. Matt Festa (0-1), the eighth Mariners pitcher, took the loss.

Padres 5, Nationals 4

Five Padres pitchers retired the last 20 hitters they faced as host San Diego rallied from a four-run first-inning deficit to defeat Washington.

Franmil Reyes capped a three-run fifth inning against Patrick Corbin (5-4) with a line drive for a tie-breaking sacrifice fly.

Left-handed starter Joey Lucchesi, who gave up four runs in the first on a two-run single by Howie Kendrick and a two-run homer by Brian Dozier, retired the final eight Nationals he faced after Dozier’s two-out double in the third to improve to 5-3 on the season.

Athletics 7, Angels 4

Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in two runs while right-hander Mike Fiers worked six effective innings as visiting Oakland beat Los Angeles.

The routine win allowed the A’s to take two of three from their California rivals in a series highlighted by a 10-9 Angels win on Wednesday in which Oakland blew a 7-1 lead.

Oakland jumped on Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (4-6) for three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-1 lead. The A’s never looked back.

Red Sox 7, Royals 5

Boston completed a three-game sweep at Kansas City, capping a series in which they outscored the Royals 23-8.

Colten Brewer (1-2) was the winning pitcher on a bullpen-heavy day for Boston, which won its fourth straight, after he allowed two hits in two scoreless innings of relief. Matt Barnes pitched the ninth for his fourth save in seven chances.

Kansas City’s Danny Duffy (3-3) pitched just 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, all in the third inning.

Cardinals 3, Reds 1

Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and St. Louis held on to beat visiting Cincinnati in the finale of a rain-shortened two-game series.

St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson went 6 1/3 innings, matching the longest outing of his major league career. He allowed one run and five hits, striking out three and walking four.

John Gant (5-0) threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run home run, J.A. Happ allowed one run in seven innings, and visiting New York avoided a three-game sweep by defeating Toronto.

The Blue Jays had captured the first two games of the three-game set to win their first series since April 26-28.

Gio Urshela added a solo homer for the Yankees, who ended a three-game losing streak. DJ LeMahieu had three hits, a walk and two RBIs.

Pirates 6, Braves 1

Colin Moran hit a two-run homer, Gregory Polanco added a solo shot, and Josh Bell doubled three times for Pittsburgh, which topped visiting Atlanta to take two of three in the series.

It was the first series win by the Pirates since they took three of four May 16-19 at San Diego. They had lost four straight series.

Freddie Freeman hit a homer and walked, and Brian McCann and Austin Riley had two hits apiece for the Braves, who had won six of their previous seven series.

Rays 6, Tigers 1

Travis d’Arnaud hit his first two homers of the season, a pair of two-run shots, to power Tampa Bay past host Detroit.

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded d’Arnaud to the Rays last month shortly after signing him as a free agent. D’Arnaud, who did not play the previous three games, had driven in only two runs this season.

Willy Adames also homered, while Yandy Diaz supplied three hits. Jalen Beeks (5-0), the second of five pitchers used by the Rays, got the victory. He held the Tigers scoreless in 4 1/3 innings as Tampa Bay won the series, 2-1.

Brewers 5, Marlins 1

Christian Yelich hit his major-league-leading 23rd home run, and Mike Moustakas went deep twice, guiding Milwaukee past visiting Miami.

All three homers were hit against Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith (3-4).

The Brewers, who lead the National League with 108 homers, snapped their two-game losing streak.

Rangers 4, Orioles 3

Hunter Pence homered, and Ronald Guzman and Danny Santana each drove in a run as Texas defeated visiting Baltimore.

The Rangers took two of three from the Orioles, who have not won a series since late April.

Ariel Jurado (3-2) gave the Rangers six strong innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six with one walk.

Mets 7, Giants 3

Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning for host New York, which held on to beat San Francisco.

The Mets won the rubber game of a three-game series for just the second time in eight tries this year. The Giants failed in their attempt to win back-to-back series for the first time in 2019.

Pete Alonso led off the eighth by singling against Mark Melancon (2-1). Alonso was forced at second on a grounder by Michael Conforto, who stole second on Melancon’s first pitch to Frazier. Three pitches later, Frazier reached for a low and outside pitch by Melancon and homered just beyond the left field wall.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Youtube logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica
FILE PHOTO: People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

June 7, 2019

By Paresh Dave and Christopher Bing

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fourteen Russia-backed YouTube channels spreading disinformation have been generating billions of views and millions of dollars in advertising revenue, according to researchers, and had not been labeled as state-sponsored, contrary to the world’s most popular streaming service’s policy.

The channels, including news outlets NTV and Russia-24, carried false reports ranging from a U.S. politician covering up a human organ harvesting ring to the economic collapse of Scandinavian countries. Despite such content, viewers have flocked to the channels and U.S. and European companies have bought ads that run alongside them.

The previously unpublished research by Omelas, a Washington-based firm that tracks online extremism for defense contractors, provides the most comprehensive view yet of the Russian government’s success in attracting viewers and generating revenue from propaganda on YouTube, which has 2 billion monthly viewers worldwide.

YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, introduced a policy in February of 2018 to identify channels predominantly carrying news items and are wholly or partly funded by national governments, in order to help users make informed viewing decisions.

YouTube said on Wednesday that following inquiries from Reuters it added the state-funding disclaimer to 13 additional Russian channels, including eight of the channels spreading disinformation.

Twelve other Russia-sponsored channels identified by Omelas with misleading or inaccurate news reports already had the state-funding label.

Collectively, the 26 channels drew 9 billion views from January 2017 through December 2018, Omelas found. Another 24 Russian channels with no apparent ties to disinformation attracted an additional 4 billion views, Omelas said.

Omelas estimated those 13 billion total views could have generated up to $58 million from ads, including some from Western advertisers. It estimated that Russia could have received $7 million to $32 million under YouTube’s standard revenue-sharing program, while YouTube itself would have pocketed from $6 million to $26 million.

An accurate analysis is difficult because YouTube shares limited audience and sales data. YouTube declined comment on the channels’ revenue. Calls and emails to the Russian government and the country’s embassies in the United States and Britain were not returned.

It is not uncommon for state broadcasters around the world to put videos on YouTube. Russia’s channels, though, have faced more scrutiny since the United States concluded that Russian operatives attempted to disrupt the 2016 presidential election by posting fake news to social media from fabricated personas and news organizations. Russia has denied any wrongdoing.

“YouTube continues to enable the monetization of state propaganda, fringe conspiracies and intentional outrage,” said Ryan Fox, chief operating officer of cybersecurity firm New Knowledge.

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YouTube said it welcomes governments in its revenue-sharing program and does not bar disinformation.

“We don’t treat state-funded media channels differently than other channels when it comes to monetization, as long as they comply with all of our other policies,” YouTube spokeswoman Alex Krasov told Reuters. “And we give users context for news-related content, including by labeling government-funded news sources.”

The Russian-sponsored YouTube channels come from government ministries and state media networks, some dating back 13 years, according to Omelas, which based its research on a public database from the European Union of online disinformation sources.

The channels listed by Omelas, of which NTV was the most viewed, contain nearly 770,000 videos, including singing competitions, talk shows and news clips, some more clearly biased or inaccurate than others. A few of the channels are in English, French or other languages but most are in Russian.

YouTube mostly generates its revenue from selling ads placed adjacent to, before or during videos on its service. Some Western advertisers, which were unaware their ads were appearing on Russian channels, told Reuters they were concerned about being associated with questionable content.

Grammarly, an online grammar-checking service whose ads appeared on Russian channels with deliberately misleading news, told Reuters it would never knowingly associate with misinformation.

“We have stringent exclusion filters in place with YouTube that we believed would exclude such channels, and we’ve asked YouTube to ensure this does not happen again,” spokesperson Senka Hadzimuratovic said in a statement.

Other ads reaching viewers on Russian-funded conspiracy videos came from insurer Liberty Mutual, the European Central Bank and software firms Adobe Inc, Yandex NV and Wix.com Ltd, according to research by Omelas and Reuters.

The ECB, Adobe and Yandex declined to comment. Liberty Mutual and Wix did not respond to requests for comment.

John Montgomery, a global executive vice president at ad buying company GroupM, said advertisers can set filters to automatically avoid supporting some objectionable channels but they are imperfect.

“Disinformation is probably the biggest challenge we’ve got on the internet today,” he said.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave in San Francisco and Christopher Bing in Washington; Editing by Greg Mitchell, Dan Grebler and Bill Rigby)

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Some of the Democratic presidential candidates who publicly criticize the tech industry are happily raising money in Silicon Valley, according to a new report.

A New York Times story published Thursday points out Democrats are holding fundraisers and courting cash from tech company executives and other wealthy California residents who have done well in the age of big tech.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for example, went to four fundraisers in the San Francisco Bay area last Saturday. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was also in Silicon Valley looking for campaign donations, as was Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

On the other side of the coin, many lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — have criticized the tech industry for data privacy issues, labor practices, and antitrust issues. The situation has created an interesting dichotomy as a cast of two dozen Democrats vie for a spot on the 2020 general election ballot opposite President Donald Trump.

“Many of the candidates are trying to have it both ways, but it will be hard to be taken seriously as strong on this issue when you’re taking money hand over fist from Big Tech,” Democratic strategist Rebecca Katz told the Times.

It was reported Wednesday, meanwhile, tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are spending large amounts of money on lobbying efforts as lawmakers take aim at some of their practices that some call questionable.

Source: NewsMax Politics

The Google logo is displayed outside the company offices in New York
The Google logo is displayed outside the company offices in New York, U.S., June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

June 6, 2019

By Paresh Dave

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it would buy Looker, a privately held big-data analytics company, for $2.6 billion in cash, in the first major acquisition for new Google Cloud Chief Executive Thomas Kurian.

Google’s cloud computing division is a distant third globally to Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp in terms of revenue from renting infrastructure and other computing tools to businesses.

But Google Cloud’s BigQuery, a tool for managing large datasets, has been among bright spots in attracting customers, according to cloud industry analysts.

Kurian told Reuters in an interview that doubling down on analytics made sense as he looked to fill gaps in his unit. Looker and Google Cloud have similar cultures and share more than 350 customers including Blue Apron Holdings Inc, and Hearst Communications Inc, he said.

“When we looked at how do we broaden our portfolio, [data and analytics] is a segment where we have strength,” Kurian said. Looker is “complementary and completes our analytics foundation.”

The deal also reflects Kurian’s plan to win customers with specialized software, as rivals focus on more general tools.

Santa Cruz, California-based Looker, which was founded in 2012, employs about 800 people, has raised $281 million in venture capital and was valued at $1.6 billion in a funding round last year.

Its tool enables analysts and other workers to define calculations for items such as revenue or high-value customers and then visualize trends in their data without writing complicated scripts. It competes with offerings such as Tableau and Microsoft’s Power BI.

Analysts said Looker is among the best business intelligence tools developed in the cloud era and that it would benefit from Google’s resources.

Kurian said integrating Looker would result in new features, without elaborating.

Boris Evelson, who follows data analytics for Forrester Research, called buying Looker “a smart choice.”

Alphabet shares were flat.

Looker Chief Executive Frank Bien is expected to stay with Google and report to Kurian.

“We’ve had great synergy with Google Cloud from the beginning,” Bien said.

Kurian, who joined Google last November, said he did not expect the deal to face antitrust scrutiny because the company is buying software, not data, and is committed to allowing the software to connect to Amazon.com and other competing cloud services.

The companies said they expect approval this year for the deal, which is Google’s biggest since buying Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014.

Alphabet’s private equity fund CapitalG previously invested in Looker.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Nick Zieminski)

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MLB: Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals
Jun 5, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

June 6, 2019

Chris Sale shut down Kansas City’s offense, and the visiting Red Sox took advantage of a shoddy Royals defense in Boston’s 8-0 victory Wednesday night.

Rafael Devers hit a home run, scored three runs and drove in three. Brock Holt and Andrew Benintendi each had three hits.

Sale (2-7), making his 220th start, and the 300th appearance of his 10-year major league career, scattered three singles in a complete-game shutout, with 12 strikeouts and no walks. It was the seventh time in his last nine starts that Sale has struck out at least 10. It was his first complete game since a 1-0 loss (eight innings) against the Phillies at Philadelphia on June 15, 2017, and his first shutout since April 15, 2016, against the Rays at Tampa Bay while with the Chicago White Sox.

Sale also threw an immaculate inning — striking out three batters in an inning on nine total pitches — for the second time in less than a month. Sale struck out Kelvin Gutierrez and Nicky Lopez looking, and then Martin Maldonado went down swinging. Sale’s previous perfect inning came May 8 in Baltimore.

Rangers 2, Orioles 1 (12 innings)

Delino DeShields singled to center with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Texas a victory over Baltimore in the middle game of their three-game series in Arlington, Texas.

The Rangers put runners on first and second with two outs against left-hander Paul Fry (0-3), the Orioles’ fifth pitcher, when DeShields grounded a single to center that scored pinch runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa with the game-winning run. That capped a 4-for-6 night for DeShields, and all four hits were singles. He scored the other Texas run.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs (3-1), the Rangers’ sixth pitcher, retired Baltimore in order in the 12th and earned the victory.

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2 (11 innings)

Eduardo Escobar scored after leading off the 11th inning with a triple, and Arizona won in Phoenix to end Los Angeles’ seven-game winning streak.

Dodgers left-hander Scott Alexander (3-2) intentionally walked Ketel Marte before David Peralta drove the first pitch he saw into right field for a walk-off single.

Six Diamondbacks relievers each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, with Zack Godley (2-4) throwing a perfect 11th to pick up the victory.

Mets 7, Giants 0

Jason Vargas continued his unlikely resurgence, when the 36-year-old southpaw tossed his eighth career shutout to lead host New York past San Francisco.

The Mets ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last nine games. The Giants had their three-game winning streak — tied for their longest of the season — snapped.

Vargas (2-3) spared an overworked and underperforming bullpen — Mets relievers entered Wednesday with a 5.19 ERA — by allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out eight in his 13th career complete game and his first since he twirled a shutout for the Kansas City Royals against the Cleveland Indians on June 2, 2017.

Angels 10, A’s 9

Dustin Garneau’s ground-rule double with two out in the bottom of the ninth drove home Brian Goodwin with the winning run for Los Angeles in a win over Oakland in Anaheim, Calif.

Garneau, a backup catcher who has spent most of the season in the minor leagues, entered the game in the top of the ninth after starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy was lifted for a pinch runner in the bottom of the eighth.

With Goodwin on second after his two-out single and stolen base, Garneau lifted a fly ball to left field off A’s reliever Lou Trivino (2-4). With the outfield playing shallow, left fielder Robbie Grossman had a long way to go to reach the warning track and wasn’t able to make a play, the ball bouncing off the warning track and over the fence.

Cubs 9, Rockies 8

David Bote went 4-for-4 with a double, a homer and a career-high seven RBIs, and Chicago held on for a win over visiting Colorado.

Bote drilled a three-run homer, a three-run double and a run-scoring single as the Cubs won their third consecutive game. Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo drove in one run apiece for Chicago.

David Dahl finished with three RBIs and Nolan Arenado notched two RBIs for the Rockies. Colorado has dropped back-to-back games after winning its previous eight in a row.

Marlins 8, Brewers 3

Brian Anderson slugged his first career grand slam, and right-hander Sandy Alcantara pitched seven strong innings as Miami defeated host Milwaukee.

The Marlins, who have the worst record in the National League, are 13-5 since a 10-31 start. They have won four straight games and seven of their last nine.

Milwaukee has lost two games in a row, both in this series, by a combined score of 24-3.

Mariners 14, Astros 1

Domingo Santana, Tom Murphy and Edwin Encarnacion hit homers in a seven-run sixth inning as Seattle defeated visiting Houston to snap a four-game losing streak.

Right-hander Mike Leake (5-6) pitched Seattle’s first complete game of the season, allowing six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Pinch-hitter Mac Williamson, making his Seattle debut, added a three-run homer, and Kyle Seager had a solo shot, both in the eighth, as the Mariners ended Houston’s five-game winning streak and beat the Astros for the first time in six tries this season.

Rays 4, Tigers 0

Charlie Morton continued his mastery with seven dominant innings and Tampa Bay ended a four-game losing streak by blanking host Detroit.

Morton (7-0) scattered five hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out eight. Morton, who has won four of his last five starts, hasn’t been charged with a loss since last Aug. 11. Oliver Drake got the last six outs.

Ji-Man Choi reached base three times and drove in a run for the Rays. Austin Meadows tripled and scored a run, while Yandy Diaz reached three times and scored a run.

Pirates 7, Braves 4

Joe Musgrove pitched into the ninth inning, and Elias Diaz and Colin Moran homered as Pittsburgh topped visiting Atlanta to end a three-game losing streak.

Gregory Polanco was 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two steals, and Starling Marte was 3-for-3 for the Pirates.

Ronald Acuna Jr. and Dansby Swanson homered for the Braves, who had won three straight.

Indians 9, Twins 7

Jordan Luplow belted a two-run homer and Roberto Perez added a solo shot in the seventh inning as host Cleveland defeated Minnesota.

Francisco Lindor recorded his third homer in two days, and Jose Ramirez joined Luplow in driving in three runs for the Indians, who have won five of their past eight games.

Byron Buxton launched a three-run homer and Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz each added a solo shot for the Twins, who have lost two in a row after winning 10 of their previous 12 contests.

Nationals 6, White Sox 4

Trea Turner hit a two-run homer with none out in the bottom of the ninth inning as Washington overcame blowing a three-run lead and continued its surge with a victory over visiting Chicago.

The Nationals won their season-high fourth straight and their ninth in 11 games since a four-game sweep to the Mets in New York from May 20-23. They overcame an eighth-inning collapse by their bullpen, which had produced scoreless outings in the previous three games and a 2.70 ERA in the last seven contests.

Turner gave the Nationals their fourth walk-off win when he lifted a 95 mph letter-high fastball off Alex Colome (2-1) into the left field seats. It was Turner’s third career walk-off homer and occurred after pinch hitter Brian Dozier drew a four-pitch walk.

Blue Jays 11, Yankees 7

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning, Randal Grichuk hit two homers and Toronto defeated visiting New York.

DJ LeMahieu had given the Yankees a 7-4 lead with a three-run homer in the sixth.

Toronto came back with two runs in the seventh and five in the eighth. The Blue Jays have won the first two games of the three-game series.

Phillies 7, Padres 5

Center fielder Adam Haseley drove in the tiebreaking run with his first major league hit in the eighth inning as visiting Philadelphia scored five runs in two innings against the San Diego bullpen in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Jay Bruce belted his third homer in his first two starts since the Phillies acquired him from the Seattle Mariners.

The Padres led 5-2 going into the seventh. But relievers Trey Wingenter and Craig Stammen gave up five runs on five hits in two innings. All five runs came with two outs in the consecutive frames.

Reds-Cardinals postponed

The game between St. Louis and Cincinnati in St. Louis was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, Aug. 31.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: The logos of Renault and Fiat carmakers are seen in Nice
FILE PHOTO: The logos of Renault and Fiat carmakers are seen in Nice, France, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

June 5, 2019

By Laurence Frost

PARIS (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler said on Wednesday it was withdrawing its $35 billion merger offer for Renault, calling off what would have been a landmark deal to create the world’s third-biggest automaker.

A source close to the French carmaker’s board said FCA took the decision after France sought to delay a decision on the deal.

Renault directors failed to reach a verdict on FCA’s May 27 merger proposal at a board meeting that ran late into Wednesday night, the company said.

The board was “unable to take a decision due to the request expressed by the representatives of the French state to postpone the vote to a later meeting”, Renault said in a statement.

The deal, cast as a merger of equals that would tackle the costs of far-reaching technological and regulatory changes, would have altered the landscape for rivals including General Motors and Peugeot-maker PSA Group, which recently held inconclusive talks with Fiat Chrysler.

FCA, Renault and its 15% shareholder, the French state, had been locked in talks over the Italian-American manufacturer’s bid. France had broadly welcomed the tie-up, on condition it guaranteed Renault’s domestic blue-collar jobs and plants.

Analysts had warned of complications, including Renault’s existing alliance with Nissan, the French state’s role as Renault’s largest shareholder and potential opposition from politicians and workers to any cutbacks.

(Reporting by Laurence Frost in Paris; Additional reporting by Peter Henderson in San Francisco; Editing by Bill Rigby)

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FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns during a SEIU California Democratic Delegate Breakfast in San Francisco, California
FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns during a SEIU California Democratic Delegate Breakfast in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

June 5, 2019

By Nandita Bose

ROGERS, Ark. (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Wednesday told Walmart Inc shareholders and top executives that the world’s largest retailer should boost the “starvation”-level wages it pays its workers and stop fueling income inequality.

“Despite the incredible wealth of Walmart’s owners” the company pays “starvation wages,” Sanders said at Walmart’s shareholder meeting.

He presented a shareholder proposal asking the company to give hourly employees a seat on its board and raise base wages to $15 an hour.

Walmart’s “wages are so low, many of these employees are forced to rely on government programs like food stamps, Medicaid and public housing in order to survive,” Sanders said.

“The American people are so tired of subsidizing the greed of some of the largest corporations in the United States,” he added.

Sanders’ remarks at the meeting drew attention to his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and the drive for higher hourly U.S. wages, one of his signature issues.

The proposal, filed by Walmart worker Carolyn Davis, was buried at the end of the annual proxy filing. It did not pass since a majority of shares are owned by the family of the founder, the late Sam Walton, and the retailer had asked shareholders to vote against it.

Sanders also complained that “Walmart’s CEO is making a thousand times more than the average Walmart employee.”

Walmart’s CEO received a $23.6 million pay package last year. The ratio compared with that of the median employee was 1,076 to 1.

With his frequent attacks on Walmart, and other major employers, Sanders has been trying to distinguish himself from former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination, who also is making a pitch to working-class Americans.

His presence on Wednesday could give Sanders a boost when the two dozen Democratic contenders begin to compete for endorsements from the nation’s biggest labor unions.

Protesters gathered outside the meeting, many from the labor group “United for Respect” which has pushed for a worker presence on Walmart’s board. They held signs supporting the Sanders 2020 Presidential campaign and calling for a $15 per hour U.S. minimum wage.

Walmart has raised its minimum wage twice since 2016 to $11 an hour, still lower than the $15 an hour that rival Amazon.com Inc pays employees. Retailers Target Corp and Costco Wholesale Corp also pay higher rates than Walmart.

Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said Walmart has raised wages in the United States by 50 percent in the past four years and continues to increase wages on a market-by-market basis to hire and retain talent. He also urged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour.

“We are not perfect, but together we are learning, we are listening and changing,” he said.

Walmart has said it pays an average of $17.50 an hour to its hourly employees, including benefits.

Walmart, which employs nearly 1.5 million Americans and is the largest U.S. private-sector employer, drew sharp criticism from labor groups and unions when it changed the format of its annual meeting last year, splitting it into two separate events.

The business meeting at which Sanders spoke is now held a few days before the big shareholder event, which draws thousands of employees. This year and the year before, the company rushed through shareholder proposals at the business meeting, which had a fraction of the attendees, in less than 30 minutes.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Rogers, Arkansas; editing by David Gregorio, Lisa Shumaker and Bill Berkrot)

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Democratic presidential candidate and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California
Democratic presidential candidate and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

June 5, 2019

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee released a sweeping plan on Wednesday to reclaim U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change that includes proposals to resettle hundreds of thousands of climate refugees, and raise barriers to fossil fuel imports.

Democratic contenders vying for the party’s nomination to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election are seeking to distinguish themselves with the strongest proposals to halt global warming, a top issue in the Democratic race.

Inslee, who is seeking to break out of the bottom of the crowded Democratic pack, has made climate change the central issue in his campaign.

The Washington state governor has already set a plan to bring the United States to net-zero carbon emissions by 2045 by eliminating oil, gas and coal use and replacing it with renewable sources through massive investment in clean energy technology and infrastructure.

Several other Democratic candidates, including front-runner Joe Biden on Tuesday, have outlined similar goals of eliminating U.S. emissions of the greenhouse gases scientists blame for the effects of climate change, like sea level rise, droughts, floods and more frequent powerful storms.

Any of those plans would mark a reversal of Trump’s energy agenda, which is centered on eliminating or weakening climate and other environmental protections to boost oil and gas drilling and coal mining.

Inslee said in a statement rolling out the plan on Wednesday that he believed fighting global warming must also include a detailed scheme to engage on the issue internationally, and laid out a five-pronged plan to do so.

It ranges from rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, an international accord to fight climate change that Trump opposes, to more ambitious ideas like overhauling U.S. trade and immigration policies to prioritize climate change, and blocking U.S. financing for foreign fossil fuel projects.

On immigration, Inslee’s plan “will adapt America’s immigration policy to the reality of climate migration,” which it said amounted to “a global crisis of displacement at a scale not seen since World War II.”

“Climate change is contributing to an expanding refugee crisis both directly, with 24 million people displaced on average each year around the world since 2008 due to extreme weather events, and indirectly, as climate change impacts force people to migrate in search of food, water, shelter, or to avoid conflict,” the plan stated.

His plan called for raising the ceiling for annual refugee admissions to the United States to meet and eventually exceed the 110,000 set in the final year of President Barack Obama’s administration, to allow for a “historic number of refugees.”

On trade, Inslee’s plan calls for “increasing trade barriers on fossil fuels and products causing or resulting from deforestation practices” among other things.

“U.S. trade policies, trade agreements, and trade relationships should all be evaluated to ensure they are consistent with the swift and just transition to a global carbon-free future,” the plan said.

The plan also outlines proposals to ensure international investments are not directed toward fossil fuel projects, including by “implementing widespread prohibitions against financing for fossil fuel projects overseas.”

(Reporting by Richard Valdmanis in Boston; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Microsoft holds device-launching event in Barcelona ahead of the 2019 Mobile World Congress
The Microsoft logo is pictured ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

June 5, 2019

By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp on Wednesday said they reached an agreement to make their two cloud computing services work together with high-speed links between their data centers, targeting big business users and uniting against cloud computing leader Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services.

The two companies said the high-speed link between their data centers would start with facilities in the eastern United States and spread to other regions. They will also work together to let joint users log into to services from either company with a single user name and get tech support from either company.

The move comes as both Oracle and Microsoft are courting large businesses and government customers considering moving computing tasks currently handled in their own data centers to cloud providers.

“With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud,” Microsoft’s cloud chief Scott Guthrie said in a statement.

AWS, the largest cloud computing provider, is encroaching on many of those customers, including in Oracle’s historical stronghold in the database market.

“With this alliance, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made,” Don Johnson, executive vice president of Oracle’s cloud infrastructure unit, said in a statement.

Microsoft has previously inked a deal with German software maker SAP SE and Adobe Inc to make their services work better together.

Ed Anderson, an analyst with research firm Gartner, said the move was a clear “jab” at AWS, especially for Oracle. “It’s no secret that Oracle views AWS as a major competitor in the database market,” he said.

Anderson also said there remained some unanswered questions about the deal, such as whether customers would face data transfer fees for moving large amounts of information back and forth between services.

But overall, Anderson said the move would likely benefit the companies by helping their pitch to large businesses already using services from both.

“It’s a great way for both companies to be able to hitch their cloud offerings together,” Anderson said.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres
Jun 4, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce (23) is congratulated by right fielder Bryce Harper (3) and catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura (2) during the fifth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

June 5, 2019

Jay Bruce wasted little time in making his presence felt with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Two days after being acquired by the Phillies from the Seattle Mariners, Bruce hit two home runs, doubled and equaled his career high with six RBIs on Tuesday night to lead the Phillies to a 9-6 win over the host San Diego Padres.

Bruce, who made his first Phillies appearance on Monday off the bench after Andrew McCutchen got injured, started on Tuesday and went 3-for-4, including his 15th and 16th homers of the season, the second one a grand slam. The helped the Phillies snap a five-game losing streak.

Seven homers were hit in the game. Scott Kingery and pinch hitter Maikel Franco added solo home shots for the Phillies. Franmil Reyes hit two tape-measure blasts (426 and 438 feet) off the batter’s eye in center for the Padres, and Eric Hosmer had a two-run shot.

Orioles 12, Rangers 11

Pedro Severino homered three times, and Dwight Smith Jr. homered and drove in six runs as Baltimore hung on to defeat Texas in the opener of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.

Severino hit two solo homers and a two-run shot to finish 3-for-5 with four RBIs. He and Smith, who went 3-for-4, combined to drive in 10 of the Orioles’ runs, and Baltimore also got a home run from Keon Broxton. Hanser Alberto went 4-for-5 and scored twice for Baltimore.

The Orioles led 12-5 going to the bottom of the ninth, but the Rangers scored six times. Closer Mychal Givens struck out Delino DeShields and Elvin Andrus swinging with the tying run on base to end the game.

Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 0

Hyun-Jin Ryu continued his dominant pitching with seven scoreless innings as Los Angeles won its seventh consecutive game, blanking Arizona in Phoenix.

Ryu (9-1) allowed three hits, walked none and struck out two. He retired 12 in a row at one point, won his sixth consecutive start and lowered his ERA from 1.48 to 1.35. He has not allowed a run in five of his past six outings.

Yimi Garcia and Scott Alexander each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to complete the Dodgers’ eighth shutout of the season. Cody Bellinger hit a two-run triple off the top of the wall in center field in the first inning to stake Ryu to an early lead and extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Braves 12, Pirates 5

Austin Riley, Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman each homered in the seventh inning or later as Atlanta came from behind to down host Pittsburgh for its third straight win.

Melky Cabrera hit a two-run homer and an RBI single for Pittsburgh, which blew two three-run leads and lost for the 11th time in 15 games.

Atlanta starter Max Fried gave up five runs and nine hits in four innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. Dan Winkler (2-1) pitched a scoreless sixth to pick up the win.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3

Randal Grichuk and Freddy Galvis hit home runs in a four-run fifth inning, and host Toronto ended a six-game losing streak by defeating New York.

Reliever Thomas Pannone (2-3) allowed two walks in one-third of an inning but picked up the win. Ken Giles allowed a single and two walks and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings to earn his 11th save of the season.

Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks homered for the Yankees.

Red Sox 8, Royals 3

Visiting Boston scored all of its runs in the sixth inning or later, with seven runs charged to host Kansas City’s bullpen, and J.D. Martinez had three hits in the win.

Eduardo Rodriguez (6-3) picked up the victory. He allowed two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven.

Kansas City starter Glenn Sparkman pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits. He left with a 2-0 lead and a runner on second, after throwing 80 pitches, 59 for strikes. However, the Royals’ bullpen allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Indians 5, Twins 2

Francisco Lindor recorded his 10th career multi-homer performance, and Shane Bieber (5-2) tossed seven-plus strong innings as host Cleveland defeated Minnesota.

Lindor belted a solo homer in the fourth inning and a two-run shot in the fifth before capping his three-hit performance with a double in the seventh.

Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers launched back-to-back homers in the seventh inning to help the Indians win for the fourth time in seven games.

Marlins 16, Brewers 0

Garrett Cooper went 4-for-5 and homered as Miami routed host Milwaukee.

Miami erupted with an 11-run fifth inning off Milwaukee relievers Taylor Williams and Corbin Burnes for a 15-0 advantage. Every Marlins hitter had an RBI in the inning, a feat not done since the San Francisco Giants accomplished it in 1997.

Harold Ramirez, Starlin Castro and starting pitcher Pablo Lopez keyed the onslaught with run-scoring doubles. Miguel Rojas, Curtis Granderson, Cooper and JT Riddle each had run-scoring singles, and Jorge Alfaro plated two runs with a bases-loaded single.

Cubs 6, Rockies 3

Kyle Hendricks struck out 10 in seven solid innings, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez homered, and host Chicago ended Colorado’s eight-game winning streak.

Playing in just his second game for the Cubs, Carlos Gonzalez doubled and drove in two runs against his former team, and Pedro Strop pitched the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

Daniel Murphy homered and drove in two runs, and Nolan Arenado singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games for Colorado.

Reds 4, Cardinals 1

Jose Peraza drove in two runs, and Cincinnati ended host St. Louis’ four-game winning streak in the opener of a three-game series.

After an 80-minute rain delay, Reds starter Luis Castillo went six innings, allowing one run and two hits. Castillo (6-1) struck out eight and walked four. Amir Garrett, David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias combined to blank the Cardinals the rest of the way.

Yasiel Puig homered, and Peraza and Joey Votto had two hits each for the Reds, who avoided their first three-game losing streak since a four-game skid from April 14-17.

Giants 9, Mets 3 (10 innings)

Bruce Bochy earned his 1,000th win as San Francisco manager when Stephen Vogt’s two-run double in the 10th inning snapped a tie and jump-started a six-run frame that fueled a win at New York.

The Giants tied a season high by winning their third straight. The Mets have dropped three straight and six of eight.

Bochy, who directed San Francisco to World Series wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014, is the second Giants manager to reach 1,000 wins — John McGraw totaled 2,583 wins from 1902-32 — and the 25th manager to win at least 1,000 games with one club.

Nationals 9, White Sox 5

Anthony Rendon homered, doubled and drove in five runs, and host Washington rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat Chicago.

Stephen Strasburg (6-3) gave up five runs in the first two innings but added three scoreless frames to record his 100th career win.

Howie Kendrick and Victor Robles also homered for Washington, which has won three straight and five of six. Sean Doolittle got the final two outs with two men on for his 13th save.

Tigers 9, Rays 6

Miguel Cabrera had three hits, including a grand slam, and drove in five runs to power host Detroit past Tampa Bay.

Cabrera blasted his fifth career grand slam to snap a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. He missed the previous two games due to knee soreness and revealed prior to the game he would become a full-time designated hitter.

Dawel Lugo had three hits, including a two-run triple, and Niko Goodrum rapped three hits and scored twice for Detroit. Ryan Carpenter (1-2) notched his second career win by holding the Rays to two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Athletics 4, Angels 2

Frankie Montas pitched six solid innings and was backed up by three scoreless innings from the Oakland bullpen in beating Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif. The A’s ended a five-game losing streak.

Montas (7-2) gave up two runs on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. His one mistake was a sixth-inning fastball over the heart of the plate to Shohei Ohtani, who hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the season.

Ramon Laureano hit a two-run home run, and Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty also drove in runs for Oakland.

Astros 11, Mariners 5

Alex Bregman went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs as visiting Houston defeated Seattle. Robinson Chirinos and Tony Kemp hit solo homers for the Astros, who won their fifth game in a row.

Pinch hitter Daniel Vogelbach’s three-run double in the sixth inning gave the Mariners a 5-4 lead, but they nonetheless took their fourth consecutive defeat. Houston scored three runs in the seventh to regain the lead and added four runs in the eighth to pull away.

Astros left-hander Reymin Guduan (1-0) earned his first major league victory despite giving up Vogelbach’s bases-clearing hit.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns during a SEIU California Democratic Delegate Breakfast in San Francisco, California
FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns during a SEIU California Democratic Delegate Breakfast in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

June 5, 2019

By Nandita Bose

ROGERS, Ark (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will attend Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday to advocate for workers’ rights as the retailer battles mounting pressure to hike its minimum wage for hourly employees.

The U.S. Senator from Vermont will present a shareholder proposal at the event asking the world’s largest retailer to give its hourly employees a seat on its board and will press the company to raise wages. The proposal, which is buried at the end of Walmart’s annual proxy filing, has little chance of passing as the founding family, owns a majority of shares.

Walmart’s shareholder meeting begins at 10.30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT) on June. 5 in Rogers, Arkansas.

Sen. Sanders’ presence has brought fresh attention to a meeting whose format was changed by Walmart last year to split it into two separate events, inviting sharp criticism from labor groups and unions.

The retailer, which employs nearly 1.5 million Americans and is the largest private-sector employer in the country, now holds its business meeting, which Sen. Sanders’ will attend, a few days before its big shareholder event, which draws thousands of employees.

Last year it rushed through shareholder proposals at the business meeting, which had a fraction of the attendees, in less than 30 minutes.

On Tuesday, Sen. Sanders sent out multiple tweets about the meeting. One said: “I know people who are on government benefits because the pay at Walmart is that low.”

“Americans should not be subsidizing the richest family in America and @Walmart workers should not be living in poverty. Walmart’s greed has got to end.”

In another tweet, he said “The Waltons … earn $25,000 a minute. The average Walmart employee makes $25,000 a year. My message to the Walton’s is simple: Pay your employees a living wage of $15 an hour!”

This will not be the first time Sen. Sanders has pushed Walmart to raise wages. He has regularly pointed to the retailer as an example of economic inequality in the country because a sizeable portion of its workforce depends on government welfare and foodstamps.

Last year, Sanders introduced the Stop Walmart Act, a bill that would prevent large companies from buying back stock unless they pay all employees at least $15 an hour.

Walmart has raised its minimum wage twice since 2016 to $11 an hour. But it is still lower than the $15 an hour that rival Amazon.com Inc pays its employees. Others like Target Corp and Costco Wholesale Corp also pay higher rates than the brick-and-mortar retailer.

Walmart has said it pays an average of $17.50 an hour to its hourly employees, including benefits.

“If Senator Sanders attends, we hope he will approach his visit not as a campaign stop, but as a constructive opportunity to learn about the many ways we’re working to provide increased economic opportunity, mobility and benefits to our associates,” Walmart has said previously.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Rogers, Arkansas; editing by Richard Pullin)

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NFL: Cleveland Browns-Minicamp
Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson (29) catches a pass during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

June 5, 2019

Running back Le’Veon Bell took part in on-field workouts at the New York Jets’ mandatory minicamp Tuesday after skipping most of the team’s spring voluntary workouts.

He worked with the first-team offense in 11-on-11 drills in what was his first competitive football since January 2018, when he last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bell sat out last season in a contract dispute and signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets.

–All-Pro Todd Gurley likely won’t be the workhorse out of the backfield for the Los Angeles Rams this season.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Rams are going to incorporate a number of running backs into the game in 2019, including Darrell Henderson, their third-round draft pick in April.

“The days of Todd Gurley just being the straight-up, every-down bell cow are probably over, just based on his knee, his age, the position, the amount of carries he’s had.” Rapoport said. “This is a team that is clearly ready to spread the ball around.”

–All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman retired in San Francisco at age 31.

Bowman earned four All-Pro selections and three Pro Bowl invitations during seven-plus seasons with the 49ers. Released during the 2017 season, he joined the Oakland Raiders and made 10 starts. He did not play in 2018.

–Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams skipped the start of mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new contract with the Washington Redskins.

Williams has two years left on his existing contract worth $24 million, which includes base salaries of $11 million in 2019 and $12.5 million in 2020.

Williams, who turns 31 before the start of training camp, underwent knee surgery last year and in April had an operation to remove a tumor from his head.

–Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson showed up for the start of mandatory minicamp and restated his desire to be traded.

Johnson was a no-show for the Browns’ voluntary offseason program last month after reportedly telling the team he wanted to move on.

General manager John Dorsey has said that second-year back Nick Chubb will be the starter in 2019 for the Browns, who also signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt in February.

–Indianapolis Colts rookie center Javon Patterson tore his ACL during organized team activities and will miss the 2019 season.

Coach Frank Reich confirmed the injury to Patterson, a seventh-round pick from Ole Miss. The Colts were expecting him to compete for a backup job on the interior of their offensive line.

–The New England Patriots released tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who signed a one-year deal in April and was expected to compete for a role after the offseason retirement of star Rob Gronkowski.

Rapoport reported that Seferian-Jenkins is dealing with personal issues that will take him at least a month to resolve.

–New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s request to trademark the nickname “Tom Terrific” is getting slammed, particularly by two former New York Mets who were teammates of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky.

Seaver, who is now battling dementia, never filed for a trademark of the nickname that first was popularized by the “Tom Terrific” cartoon. According to a USA Today report, Brady’s company, TEB Capital, has filed for two “Tom Terrific” trademarks, one for trading cards, posters and signed photographs, and another for clothing.

–Field Level Media

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A PG&E truck carrying an American Flag drives past PG&E repair trucks in Paradise
FILE PHOTO: A PG&E truck carrying an American Flag drives past PG&E repair trucks in Paradise, California, U.S. November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

June 5, 2019

(Reuters) – The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said on Tuesday it has hired an adviser to explore the potential acquisition of PG&E Corp’s distribution assets, sending shares of the power company up 2.6% at $18.37.

San Francisco has hired Jefferies LLC as buy-side financial adviser, the utilities commission’s Press Secretary Will Reisman told Reuters in an e-mail statement.

According to a preliminary report released by the commission in May, there are three options for the city, which include the acquisition of PG&E assets in San Francisco to achieve self-sufficiency in power generation.

In the report, the commission also noted that although acquisition of PG&E assets would be a lengthy process, the city’s electric grid could potentially benefit in the long-term.

“It would also lead to more stable rates and more transparency for customers.”

PG&E said it would remain open to communication and is “committed” to working with the city.

“We look forward to reviewing the city’s analysis and appreciate the city’s open and transparent dialogue on the subject,” PG&E said in a statement.

PG&E sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January after facing liabilities of more than $30 billion in the wake of Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire in recent years.

(Reporting by Debroop Roy and Shanti S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by James Emmanuel)

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FILE PHOTO: Logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich, Switzerland January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

June 5, 2019

By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) – Apple Inc will require developers to position a new “Sign on with Apple” button in iPhone and iPad apps above rival buttons from Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc, according to developer guidelines released this week.

The move to give Apple prime placement is significant because users often select the default or top option on apps. And Apple will force apps to offer its button if they want to offer options to login with Facebook or Google.

Apple unveiled its login button on Monday, emphasizing users’ privacy and also introducing a feature that randomly generates an email address to avoid revealing the person’s true email.

Many consumers choose to sign in to independent apps using their accounts from Google or Facebook because it saves the trouble of having to create and remember separate user names and passwords for dozens of different apps.

But the login buttons can send some data back to their makers about the user’s app habits. Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi said during a keynote address on Monday that Apple was seeking to give users a more private option and developers a way to offer a fast one-step login without sending their user’s data to another company.

Apple confirmed that apps that have their own dedicated login system and do not use buttons from Google or Facebook, such as apps from game maker Nintendo Co Ltd, will not be required to use Apple’s login button. Apple’s button also works on websites. Its use will not be required because Apple does not hold review power over websites the way it does apps on its own store, but Apple still requires it to be given top placement if it is used.

Apple declined to comment further beyond its executives’ public remarks on Sign in with Apple. Facebook and Google declined to comment on the move, though Google said it does not require use of Google’s login button for apps in its Play Store on Android devices.

Apple’s mandate to developers around login tools comes as developers and rivals have alleged that some of its App Store practices, such as taking a commission of up to 30% of sales made through the store, are anticompetitive.

United States antitrust regulators are also laying the ground for a potential antitrust review of Apple and other major technology companies, Reuters reported Monday. In an interview with CBS News that aired on Tuesday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said it was “fair” for regulators to scrutinize Apple given its size but said the company is not a monopoly in any of the markets it operates in.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco
FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

June 4, 2019

By Ginger Gibson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren proposed on Tuesday spending $2 trillion on a new “green manufacturing” program that would invest in research and exporting American clean energy technology.

The manufacturing program is the first in a new series of “economic patriotism” proposals Warren is unveiling intended to create American jobs and help U.S. industry.

“Like we have before, we should bank on American ingenuity and American workers to lead the global effort to face down this threat,” Warren, referring to climate change, wrote in a post on the website Medium.

Among the more than 20 Democrats in the field hoping to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020, Warren has distinguished herself as the most prolific proposer of new policy positions.

The newest proposal from Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, outlines how she would carry out some of the policy goals outlined in the Green New Deal, which has the backing of liberal members of her party.

The roll-out coincides with a campaign trip by Warren to Michigan, a Midwestern state with a large manufacturing sector that shocked political observers in 2016 when voters backed Trump and helped propel him to the White House.

The plan is likely to draw criticism from opponents who will argue the price tag is too high and that trying to quickly overhaul the U.S. energy sector would have crippling economic effects.

Warren also released an evaluation of her three-part proposal conducted by Moody’s economist Mark Zandi, who argued the plan would help the economy on a large scale.

“There is no free lunch, and big businesses, oil and gas companies, and multinationals pay for the cost of this plan,” Zandi wrote. “The economy benefits, although it would take more than a decade for this benefit to be fully realized.”

The first part of Warren’s plan calls for spending $400 billion over 10 years on clean energy research and development.

Next, Warren proposed increasing the amount the United States spends on “American-made clean, renewable, and emission-free energy products for federal, state, and local use, and for export.”

Warren said the United States currently spends $1.5 trillion on defense procurement, which she called “bloated”, and argued that an equal amount should be spent on clean energy.

As part of this proposal, Warren would require companies selling to the federal government pay their employees at least $15 an hour, that employees receive 12 weeks paid family and medical leave and be able to form unions. Labor practices were included in Green New Deal proposals.

Finally, Warren called for creating a new federal office responsible for trying to get foreign countries to purchase U.S. clean energy technology.

Likening it to programs that help foreign countries buy U.S.-made weapons, Warren would allocate $100 billion to assist countries buying U.S. energy technologies.

While acknowledging ambitious goals that liberal advocates have supported to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, Warren said it was also important that other countries cut emissions as well.

“We need other countries to slash their emissions, and that means we need to supply the world with clean energy products (at low enough prices to displace dirty alternatives) to put us on the right path,” Warren wrote on Medium.

(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Paul Tait)

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