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NEW YORK (AP) — Gavin Lux and the Los Angeles Dodgers quieted Timmy Trumpet at least for now, edging the New York Mets 4-3 Tuesday night in a matchup of NL division leaders.

The Mets lost with Trumpet, who performs Edwin Díaz’s entrance song “Narco,” at Citi Field and ready to blare away if the closer got into the game. But Díaz didn’t get in.

Lux drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning. The hit drove in Freddie Freeman and came immediately after Joely Rodriguez (0-4) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Will Smith.

Heath Hembree (3-0), making his Dodgers debut, stranded a pair of runners in the sixth, when he whiffed James McCann for the final out.

Jake Reed, Los Angeles’ fifth pitcher, notched his fist big league save in the ninth.

YANKEES 7, ANGELS 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a three-run shot for his 51st homer of the season, and New York snapped its three-game losing streak with a victory over Los Angeles.

Judge connected for the second straight night at Angel Stadium, driving a high fastball from Mike Mayers (1-1) into the elevated right-field stands.

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Judge had three hits and scored two runs. Andrew Benintendi and Anthony Rizzo hit early solo homers for New York, which lost starter Jameson Taillon to a bruised right forearm when he was hit by a line drive to end the second inning.

Six Yankees relievers finished, and 27-year-old rookie Greg Weissert (1-0) earned his first major league win.

Max Stassi and Mike Ford homered for the Angels, whose four-game winning streak ended. Shohei Ohtani doubled and singled in his third consecutive multi-hit game.

GUARDIANS 5, ORIOLES 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cal Quantrill combined with three relievers for a one-hitter, rookie center fielder Will Benson made a pair of terrific leaping catches at the wall and AL Central-leading Cleveland beat Baltimore.

Ramón Urias singled in the second inning off Quantrill (11-5) for the Orioles’ only hit. Quantrill worked six innings and extended his career-best winning streak to seven.

Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer and Steven Kwan had a two-run double for Cleveland.

Spenser Watkins (4-5) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings and lost his fourth start in a row.

REDS 5, CARDINALS 1

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Austin Romine hit a two-run homer as Cincinnati roughed up Dakota Hudson and ended St. Louis’ three-game winning streak.

Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols went 0 for 2 and was hit by pitch. Pujols remained at 694 home runs, two behind Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time list.

Hudson (7-7) went 4 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs with one walk.

Reds reliever Derek Law (1-1) allowed one hit over two innings.

ROCKIES 3, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA (AP) — C.J. Cron drove in two runs, José Ureña outpitched Max Fried, and Colorado handed Atlanta its third straight loss.

Ureña (3-5) gave up two runs and six hits with two walks and a season-high six strikeouts in five innings.

Fried (12-5) allowed three runs — two earned — and seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings.

Daniel Bard got three outs to earn his 28th save in 31 chances.

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TWINS 10, RED SOX 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Gordon hit his first-ever grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs as Minnesota beat Boston.

Jake Cave and Gary Sánchez also homered for the Twins, who won their fifth straight.

Michael Fulmer (5-5) worked 1 1/3 innings of relief with two strikeouts.

Kutter Crawford (3-6) surrendered five runs — four earned — on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings for Boston, which has lost seven of nine.

BLUE JAYS 5, CUBS 3

TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit a three-run homer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also went deep Toronto beat Chicago.

Kevin Gausman (10-9) pitched six solid innings to win his second straight decision as the Blue Jays won back-to-back games after losing their previous three.

Willson Contreras and Christopher Morel hit solo home runs for the Cubs, but Contreras left in the sixth inning with an apparent leg injury.

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Jordan Romano wrapped it up for his 28th save in 32 chances.

Brendon Little (0-1) made his big league debut when he replaced Marcus Stroman in the sixth but gave up Hernández’s homer before recording an out.

MARINERS 9, TIGERS 3

DETROIT (AP) — Cal Raleigh sparked a six-run third with a solo homer and capped it with a sacrifice fly as Seattle beat Detroit.

Ty France and Carlos Santana also homered for Seattle, which has won four of five.

George Kirby (6-3) allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings. Chris Flexen pitched four innings of relief for his first save.

Matt Manning (1-2) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

ASTROS 4, RANGERS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jose Altuve homered to back Framber Valdez, who won his sixth straight decision as Houston beat Texas.

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Valdez (14-4) gave up solo homers to Texas rookies Ezequiel Duran and Bubba Thompson and five singles in eight innings.

Hector Neris earned his third save in six opportunities.

Dane Dunning (3-7) lost for the first time since June 29. Dunning gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks in five innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 12, PHILLIES 3

PHOENIX (AP) — Zac Gallen stretched his scoreless streak to 34 1/3 innings, and Jake McCarthy homered and had five RBIs as Arizona routed Philadelphia.

Gallen (10-2) had the Phillies off balance all night, allowing two hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

The Diamondbacks tagged Aaron Nola (9-11) for five runs in the second inning and McCarthy put them up 8-0 with a three-run homer in the fourth. Touted rookie Corbin Carroll added a two-run double in the eighth off infielder Nick Maton.

Arizona had a season-high 17 hits for its seventh straight win over the Phillies.

Gallen is 6-0 with a 0.72 ERA in his last eight starts and has not lost since June 10.

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Earlier in the day, the Diamondbacks exercised the club option on manager Torey Lovullo’s contract for 2023.

PADRES 4, GIANTS 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Blake Snell allowed four hits over six innings and Trent Grisham hit a two-run homer to lead San Diego over San Francisco.

Snell (6-7) struck out eight and rebounded from a shaky start against Cleveland last time out. In three starts versus San Francisco this season, the left-hander has held the Giants to two runs and struck out 27 over 17 2/3 innings.

The Padres extended their lead for the National League’s third wild card to three games over Milwaukee, and they pulled within a half-game of Philadelphia for the second spot.

The floundering Giants committed four errors and lost their sixth in a row. They entered this series hoping to make up ground on San Diego, but instead have fallen 9 1/2 games back for the NL’s final postseason spot.

Logan Webb (11-8) took the loss despite allowing just one unearned run over 5 2/3 innings.

Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Giants before Nick Martinez nailed down his fourth consecutive save since replacing struggling Josh Hader as San Diego’s closer.

RAYS 7, MARLINS 2

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MIAMI (AP) — José Siri homered, doubled and drove in two runs as Tampa Bay beat Miami after All-Star pitcher Shane McClanahan was scratched due to injury.

Siri also singled, scored three runs and made a leaping catch at the wall in center field to rob Jon Berti of an extra-base hit in the sixth inning.

Randy Arozarena had three hits, including his 18th homer. The Rays have won 13 of 17.

Shawn Armstrong subbed for McClanahan and threw three scoreless innings of three-hit ball. JT Chargois (2-0) pitched the fourth, and five relievers followed.

Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo (3-6) allowed five runs — three earned — and six hits in six innings.

PIRATES 4, BREWERS 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oneil Cruz went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee.

Manny Bañuelos (1-1) earned the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

Chase De Jong worked out of trouble in the ninth for his first career save.

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Cruz scored when Rodolfo Castro drew a bases-loaded walk from Brad Boxberger (3-3). He added a run-scoring double in the ninth.

ROYALS 9, WHITE SOX 7

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Nick Pratto hit two home runs to highlight a career-high four-hit performance and Kansas City sent Chicago to its fifth straight loss.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa missed the game because of an unspecified medical issue.Gavin Sheets homered twice and drove in five runs for Chicago.

Salvador Perez and Michael A. Taylor each homered and drove in three runs for the Royals.

Pratto hit solo home runs in each of his first two at-bats against Lucas Giolito (10-8).

Jose Cuas (3-2) relieved Brady Singer and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

ATHLETICS 10, NATIONALS 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sean Murphy hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and Oakland beat Washington.

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Murphy added two singles and drove in five runs for Oakland, which has won three straight.

Cole Irvin (7-11) labored through 5 1/3 innings for the win, allowing five runs on nine hits.

Washington starter Erick Fedde (5-9) didn’t make it out of the third inning, giving up six runs on nine hits.

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Remember last year’s Memorial Day travel jams? Chances are they will be much worse this year

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The patience of Memorial Day weekend travelers was tested Thursday by widespread delays across the country, but there were relatively few canceled flights, raising hopes that airlines can handle bigger crowds expected Friday.

By early evening on the East Coast, more than 6,000 flights had been delayed Thursday, with the biggest backups at the three major airports in the New York City area and Dallas-Fort Worth International.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pasha Pidlubniak waits for a domestic flight at Miami International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Miami. A record number of Americans are expected to travel over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

 

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Pasha Pidlubniak waits for a domestic flight at Miami International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Miami. A record number of Americans are expected to travel over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

 

The Transportation Security Administration predicted that Friday will be the busiest day for air travel over the holiday weekend, with nearly 3 million people expected to pass through airport checkpoints. It could rival the record of 2.9 million, set on the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year.

“Airports are going to be more packed than we have seen in 20 years,” said Aixa Diaz, a spokesperson for AAA.

When they aren’t waiting out flight delays, travelers are reporting sticker shock at the prices.

At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Larisa Latimer of New Lenox, Illinois, said her airfare was reasonable but other expenses for a getaway to New Orleans were not.

 

 

 

 

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Motorists travel along Interstate 24 near the Interstate 40 interchange Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. A record number of Americans are expected to hit the pavement over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

 

Motorists travel along Interstate 24 near the Interstate 40 interchange Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. A record number of Americans are expected to hit the pavement over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

 

“I just have to make the accommodation,” she said. “The rental car is up … this year, the hotel accommodations were very unusually expensive.”

Kathy Larko of Fort Meyers, Florida, used frequent-flyer miles — and some flexible scheduling — to pay for her trip to Chicago.

“I’m really conscious of looking at the cost of the entire trip. We’re staying a little farther out than we normally would” to get a lower hotel rate, she said. “We’re also flying back a day later, because we could get cheaper miles.”

More travelers will be on the road. AAA estimates that 43.8 million people will venture at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home between Thursday and Monday, with 38 million of them taking vehicles.

 
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Travelers wait at a TSA checkpoint at the Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Los Angeles. A record number of Americans are expected to travel over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

 

Travelers wait at a TSA checkpoint at the Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Los Angeles. A record number of Americans are expected to travel over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

 

Airport unions are using the holiday weekend to highlight their demands.

About 100 workers who clean airplane cabins and drive trash trucks at the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, started a 24-hour strike Thursday, demanding better pay and healthcare, according to the Service Employees International Union. About 15% of flights were delayed, but it was unclear whether the strike played any role.

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A planned strike at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York was averted, however. Teamsters Local 553, which represents about 300 workers who refuel passenger and cargo jets at JFK, said that it reached a settlement with Allied Aviation Services and called off a walkout planned for Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Ridley, 4, left, rides on a suitcase as he and his father Chris Ridley make their way through the Nashville international Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. A record number of Americans are expected to travel over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

 

George Ridley, 4, left, rides on a suitcase as he and his father Chris Ridley make their way through the Nashville international Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. A record number of Americans are expected to travel over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

 

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“We are happy an agreement has been reached, a need for a strike averted, and we are hopeful that the deal will be ratified by our members,” said Demos Demopoulos, the secretary-treasurer of the local.

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Texas health department appoints anti-abortion OB-GYN to maternal mortality committee

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ health department has appointed an outspoken anti-abortion OB-GYN to a committee that reviews pregnancy-related deaths as doctors have been warning that the state’s restrictive abortion ban puts women’s lives at risk.

Dr. Ingrid Skop was among the new appointees to the Texas Maternal Morality and Morbidity Review Committee announced last week by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Her term starts June 1.

The committee, which compiles data on pregnancy-related deaths, makes recommendations to the Legislature on best practices and policy changes and is expected to assess the impact of abortion laws on maternal mortality.

Skop, who has worked as an OB-GYN for over three decades, is vice president and director of medical affairs for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, an anti-abortion research group. Skop will be the committee’s rural representative.

Skop, who has worked in San Antonio for most of her career, told the Houston Chronicle that she has “often cared for women traveling long distances from rural Texas maternity deserts, including women suffering complications from abortions.”

Texas has one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S., and doctors have sought clarity on the state’s medical exemption, which allows an abortion to save a woman’s life or prevent the impairment of a major bodily function. Doctors have said the exemption is too vague, making it difficult to offer life-saving care for fear of repercussions. A doctor convicted of providing an illegal abortion in Texas can face up to 99 years in prison and a $100,000 fine and lose their medical license.

Skop has said medical associations are not giving doctors the proper guidance on the matter. She has also shared more controversial views, saying during a congressional hearing in 2021 that rape or incest victims as young as 9 or 10 could carry pregnancies to term.

Texas’ abortion ban has no exemption for cases of rape or incest.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which says abortion is “inherently tied to maternal health,” said in a statement that members of the Texas committee should be “unbiased, free of conflicts of interest and focused on the appropriate standards of care.” The organization noted that bias against abortion has already led to “compromised” analyses, citing a research articles co-authored by Skop and others affiliated with the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

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Earlier this year a medical journal retracted studies supported by the Charlotte Lozier Institute claiming to show harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of interests by the authors and flaws in their research. Two of the studies were cited in a pivotal Texas court ruling that has threatened access to the drug.

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Michigan farmworker diagnosed with bird flu, becoming 2nd US case tied to dairy cows

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A Michigan dairy worker has been diagnosed with bird flu — the second human case associated with an outbreak in U.S. dairy cows.

The male worker had been in contact with cows at a farm with infected animals. He experienced mild eye symptoms and has recovered, U.S. and Michigan health officials said in announcing the case Wednesday.

A nasal swab from the person tested negative for the virus, but an eye swab tested Tuesday was positive for bird flu, “indicating an eye infection,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said.

The worker developed a “gritty feeling” in his eye earlier this month but it was a “very mild case,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan’s chief medical executive. He was not treated with oseltamivir, a medication advised for treating bird flu, she said.

The risk to the public remains low, but farmworkers exposed to infected animals are at higher risk, health officials said. They said those workers should be offered protective equipment, especially for their eyes.

Health officials say they do not know if the Michigan farmworker was wearing protective eyewear, but an investigation is continuing.

In late March, a farmworker in Texas was diagnosed in what officials called the first known instance globally of a person catching this version of bird flu from a mammal. That patient reported only eye inflammation and recovered.

Since 2020, a bird flu virus has been spreading among more animal species — including dogs, cats, skunks, bears and even seals and porpoises — in scores of countries.

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The detection in U.S. livestock earlier this year was an unexpected twist that sparked questions about food safety and whether it would start spreading among humans.

That hasn’t happened, although there’s been a steady increase of reported infections in cows. As of Wednesday, the virus had been confirmed in 51 dairy herds in nine states, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. Fifteen of the herds were in Michigan.

The CDC’s Dr. Nirav Shah said the case was “not unexpected” and it’s possible more infections could be diagnosed in people who work around infected cows.

U.S. officials said they had tested 40 people since the first cow cases were discovered in late March. Michigan has tested 35 of them, Bagdasarian told The Associated Press in an interview.

Shah praised Michigan officials for actively monitoring farmworkers. He said health officials there have been sending daily text messages to workers exposed to infected cows asking about possible symptoms, and that the effort helped officials catch this infection. He said no other workers had reported symptoms.

That’s encouraging news, said Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota epidemiologist who has studied bird flu for decades. There’s no sign to date that the virus is causing flu-like illness or that it is spreading among people.

“If we had four or five people seriously ill with respiratory illness, we would be picking that up,” he said.

The virus has been found in high levels in the raw milk of infected cows, but government officials say pasteurized products sold in grocery stores are safe because heat treatment has been confirmed to kill the virus.

The new case marks the third time a person in the United States has been diagnosed with what’s known as Type A H5N1 virus. In 2022, a prison inmate in a work program picked it up while killing infected birds at a poultry farm in Montrose County, Colorado. His only symptom was fatigue, and he recovered. That predated the virus’s appearance in cows.

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