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    In an apparent contradiction of his national security adviser, President Donald Trump on Sunday downplayed recent North Korean missile tests, tweeting from Tokyo that they're not a concern for him — even though they are for Japan. Trump also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's attacks on one of his Democratic rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, had made him smile. The remarks were the latest example of Trump's willingness to publicly undermine senior advisers, flout Democratic norms and side with totalitarian leaders, even on the world stage. He did so this time during a four-day state visit to Japan where he'll become the first leader to meet with the country's new emperor. 'North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,' Trump tweeted in one of a flurry of early morning messages that suggested he'd spent little time sleeping after the lengthy flight to Asia. 'Some' of his 'people' appear to include national security adviser John Bolton, who told reporters at a briefing Saturday ahead of Trump's arrival that a series of short-range missile tests by North Korea earlier this month were a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. 'In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that,' said Bolton, responding to the May 4 and 9 tests that ended a pause in launches that began in late 2017. Trump ignored a shouted question Sunday about whether he agreed with Bolton's assessment. Trump and other administration officials have sought to downplay the significance of the tests, insisting they do not violate an agreement Trump reached with Kim for a moratorium on launches. 'The moratorium was focused, very focused, on intercontinental missile systems, the ones that threaten the United States,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a recent television interview. That raised alarm bells in Japan, where short-range missiles pose a serious threat because of the country's proximity to North Korea. Trump in his tweet said he had 'confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me,' while at the same time embracing Kim's recent attacks on Biden, whose name he misspelled. Trump said he 'smiled' when Kim 'called Swampman Joe Bidan a low IQ individual, & worse.' 'Perhaps that's sending me a signal?' Trump asked. Trump later offered a new tweet with the correct 'Biden' spelling. North Korea this week labeled Biden a 'fool of low IQ' and an 'imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being' after the U.S. presidential hopeful accused Trump of cozying up to 'dictators and tyrants' like Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin during his campaign launch speech. Biden's campaign would not comment on the record Sunday, but a spokesman for his campaign, Andrew Bates said Wednesday that, 'Given Vice President Biden's record of standing up for American values and interests, it's no surprise that North Korea would prefer that Donald Trump remain in the White House.' The tweet came early Sunday before Trump left his hotel for a round of golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He'll also be attending a sumo wrestling match and handing out a 'President's Cup' to the winner as part of a visit meant to showcase the close ties between the nations. ___ Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report.
  • A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: AILING Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price is on the mend after he left his start at Houston due to flu-like symptoms. Price threw 15 pitches before leaving with two out in the first inning. It was the shortest start of Price's career. After allowing a single to Michael Brantley, manager Alex Cora rushed from the dugout to visit Price. Following a short conversation, Cora motioned to the bullpen, replacing Price with Colton Brewer. Price was placed on the injured list on May 3 with left elbow tendinitis. He returned Monday and allowed two unearned runs in five innings against the Blue Jays. BIG NAMES, LITTLE OFFENSE Toronto has some Hall of Fame last names in its lineup, but the Blue Jays aren't putting up anywhere near Cooperstown numbers. The Blue Jays got thumped 19-4 by San Diego on Saturday for their fourth straight loss. Toronto has lots of problems, and there's no doubt the offense is a major issue. The team is last in the majors with a .215 batting average. There's hope that two young sons of Hall of Famers —Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio— can help the Blue Jays break out. So far, it hasn't happened. Guerrero has flashed his talent with five home runs, but is hitting just .222. Biggio is 0 for 6 since being called up Friday. LOOK OUT! Baltimore's David Hess has already surrendered a major league-high 17 home runs in 45 1/3 innings this season. Now the right-hander gets a date at (gulp) Coors Field. The Colorado Rockies' home is known for its thin air and homer-happy games. The 25-year-old Hess is 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA and he's struggled to keep opponents in the park, no matter how far it is above sea level. Hess isn't the only Orioles pitcher giving up the longball. Baltimore had given up a whopping 111 home runs through Friday. SOUND FAMILIAR? Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of the Boston Red Sox great, is in the majors. The 28-year-old outfielder went 0 for 3 for San Francisco in his big league debut Saturday. He also scored a run after getting hit by a pitch against Arizona. Drafted by the Orioles in 2013, he played 703 games in the minors before getting called up. He was hitting .316 with 12 home runs for Triple-A Sacramento. His grandfather is Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski — Yaz had 3,419 career hits and won the 1967 Triple Crown. WHY BUNT? The Tigers are the only team in the majors without a sacrifice bunt this season. They tried in extra innings Saturday, but Josh Harrison popped out and Detroit eventually lost to the Mets 5-4 in the 13th. Last year, the Tigers had 15 sacrifice bunts under manager Ron Gardenhire, just below the AL average of 17 per team. Detroit might get another chance when it plays under NL rules at Citi Field in the series finale. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Japan (all times local): 9:05 a.m. Golf never seems to be far behind whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together. Trump has arrived at Mobara Country Club, south of Tokyo, for a round with the Japanese leader. It's the fifth time they've played together. The latest outing is part of a continuing charm offense by Abe to stay on Trump's good side amid trade tensions between their countries. Later Sunday, Abe will introduce Trump to the ancient sport of sumo wrestling by taking Trump to sit ringside at a championship match. Trump will present his 'President's Cup' trophy to the winner. Trump and Abe also plan to venture into Tokyo for a dinner double date with their wives. Trump arrived Saturday evening for a four-day state visit to Japan. ___ 8:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is tamping down expectations that he'll make significant headway on trade talks during his trip to Japan. Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts tweets that Trump called him Sunday morning in Tokyo and told him that, while he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be discussing trade during meetings Sunday and Monday, Trump intends to wait until after Japan's July elections to push for a deal. Trump had told business leaders after arriving in Tokyo Saturday evening that the U.S. and Japan are 'hard at work' negotiating a new bilateral trade agreement that he said would benefit both countries. Trump said that he hopes the new deal will address a trade imbalance, remove barriers to U.S. exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in the relationship. ___ 8:08 a.m. President Donald Trump is downplaying recent North Korean missile tests, tweeting from Tokyo that they're not a concern for him — even though they are for Japan. Trump says, 'North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.' That message appears to contradict Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, who told reporters Saturday the short-range missile tests are a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Trump says 'he has confidence' North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 'will keep his promise to me.' He's also embracing Kim's attack on a Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump tweeted early Sunday before joining Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf and attending a sumo wrestling match.
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Japan (all times local): 9:45 a.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe drove President Donald Trump around the Mobara Country Club in a golf cart as they met to play another round. Trump arrived at the course, which is located south of Tokyo, via the Marine One presidential helicopter. Abe had arrived before and emerged from a motorcade of golf carts after Trump arrived. The leaders shared a warm handshake and patted each other's forearms before they posed for a throng of journalists. Abe wore white pants and a dark blue sport coat. Trump wore a red half-zip pullover with a white shirt and dark pants. It's the fifth time the leaders have played golf, part of a continuing charm offense by Abe to stay on Trump's good side amid trade tensions between their countries. ___ 9:05 a.m. Golf never seems to be far behind whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together. Trump has arrived at Mobara Country Club, south of Tokyo, for a round with the Japanese leader. It's the fifth time they've played together. The latest outing is part of a continuing charm offense by Abe to stay on Trump's good side amid trade tensions between their countries. Later Sunday, Abe will introduce Trump to the ancient sport of sumo wrestling by taking Trump to sit ringside at a championship match. Trump will present his 'President's Cup' trophy to the winner. Trump and Abe also plan to venture into Tokyo for a dinner double date with their wives. Trump arrived Saturday evening for a four-day state visit to Japan. ___ 8:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is tamping down expectations that he'll make significant headway on trade talks during his trip to Japan. Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts tweets that Trump called him Sunday morning in Tokyo and told him that, while he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be discussing trade during meetings Sunday and Monday, Trump intends to wait until after Japan's July elections to push for a deal. Trump had told business leaders after arriving in Tokyo Saturday evening that the U.S. and Japan are 'hard at work' negotiating a new bilateral trade agreement that he said would benefit both countries. Trump said that he hopes the new deal will address a trade imbalance, remove barriers to U.S. exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in the relationship. ___ 8:08 a.m. President Donald Trump is downplaying recent North Korean missile tests, tweeting from Tokyo that they're not a concern for him — even though they are for Japan. Trump says, 'North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.' That message appears to contradict Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, who told reporters Saturday the short-range missile tests are a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Trump says 'he has confidence' North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 'will keep his promise to me.' He's also embracing Kim's attack on a Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump tweeted early Sunday before joining Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf and attending a sumo wrestling match.
  • Golf never seems to be far behind whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together. So on Sunday, during a four-day state visit to Japan, the president jumped aboard the Marine One helicopter in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy morning round with the Japanese leader. Abe is Trump's closest friend among world leaders and it's the fifth time they played golf together since Trump took office. Abe's strategy is to keep his country out of Trump's crosshairs amid U.S.-Japan trade tensions and the continued threat North Korea poses to both nations. Later in the day, Abe will introduce Trump to Japan's ancient sport of sumo wrestling. The president will sit ringside at a championship match in Tokyo featuring the oversized athletes. He'll also present the winner with his own 'President's Cup' trophy. The leaders will also venture into Tokyo for a dinner double date with their wives. A motorcade of golf carts ferried Abe to meet Trump when he arrived at the club. They exchanged a warm handshake, patted each other on the forearms and posed for a throng of journalists. Abe wore white pants and a dark blue sport coat. Trump wore a red half-zip pullover with a white shirt and dark pants. Japanese television later broadcast aerial footage of Trump swinging his club on the course. Trump tweeted that he was 'Going to play golf right now with @AbeShinzo. Japan loves the game.' Abe told reporters as he left for Mobara that Sunday's weather was great for golf and 'it seems we are in a good mood for sumo.' Neither leader spoke to reporters at the club before they climbed into a golf cart with Abe at the wheel. Trump ignored a shouted question from a U.S. reporter about whether he believed North Korea had violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. Earlier Trump downplayed North Korea's recent series of short-range missile tests. He tweeted that the tests weren't a concern for him — even though they are for Japan. 'North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,' Trump wrote in a message that appeared to undermine his national security adviser, John Bolton, who told reporters Saturday the tests violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. Trump said he 'has confidence' that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 'will keep his promise to me.' The president's attendance at the annual summer sumo tournament in Tokyo may bring back memories of the time he spent promoting the World Wrestling Federation. Trump is expected to sit ringside as the oversized men in loincloths grapple to win by pushing their opponents out of bounds or getting them to touch the floor with their body, except for the soles of their feet. Trump has said he finds the sport 'fascinating.' The trophy Trump plans to present to the winner stands nearly 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and weighs between 60 and 70 pounds (27 and 32 kilograms), the White House said. The news media has dubbed it the 'Trump Cup.' The White House said it is called the 'President's Cup.' The president also sought to manage expectations that he and Abe will make significant headway on trade issues when they hold more formal talks on Monday. Trump has been seeking a bilateral trade agreement with Tokyo since he pulled the U.S. out of the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement two years ago, though analysts expect no breakthroughs during Trump's visit. Fox News Channel's White House Correspondent John Roberts tweeted that Trump telephoned him Sunday morning in Tokyo and told Roberts that he intended to wait until after Japan's parliamentary elections in July to push for a deal. Trump had told business leaders after arriving in Tokyo on Saturday evening that the U.S. and Japan were 'hard at work' negotiating a new bilateral trade agreement that he said would benefit both countries. 'With this deal we hope to address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to United States exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship. And we're getting closer,' he said. The Trump administration has been threatening Japan with new tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts on national security grounds. Trump has suggested he will impose tariffs if the U.S. can't wrest concessions from Japan and the European Union. In April, Japan's trade surplus surged almost 18% to 723 billion yen ($6.6 billion). The president arrived in Japan on Saturday with his wife, first lady Melania Trump, to open the four-day visit. On Monday, Trump will become the first head of state to meet with Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, since he ascended to the throne on May 1. Trump and Abe will also meet in a more formal setting and participate in a joint news conference. In the evening, Trump will be guest of honor at a banquet hosted by the emperor at Japan's Imperial Palace. Trump is slated to head for Washington on Tuesday after he addresses U.S. sailors aboard the USS Wasp, stationed at Yokosuka. ___ Follow Superville and Colvin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dsupervilleap and https://twitter.com/colvinj
  • One of the busiest days in motorsports will get underway on the French Riviera. Formula One kicks it all off with the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, when the dominant Mercedes team will look for a sixth straight win this season. The Silver Arrows are well placed to do so with defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton on pole position and teammate Valtteri Bottas second on the grid. Ferrari is struggling — again — with Sebastian Vettel starting from fourth and Charles Leclerc down in 16th after a baffling strategical team error during qualifying. Simon Pagenaud starts from the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in a car owned by Roger Penske, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first race at Indy. Penske has won the 500 a record 17 times, and has defending race winner Will Power in his stable. The field is the tightest in Indy 500 history based on qualifying speeds from first to 33rd. William Byron starts up front at the Coca-Cola 600 after becoming, at 21 years old, the youngest driver to capture the pole for NASCAR's longest race. Aric Almirola will start second with defending race champion Kyle Busch in third. ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • In an afternoon full of big hits for the San Diego Padres, it was left to ninth-place batter Austin Hedges to register the biggest. Hedges connected for a grand slam and the Padres hit a franchise-record seven home runs to romp past the Toronto Blue Jays 19-4 Saturday for their fifth straight win. After being part of last year's 66-96 Padres team, which gave up 10 or more runs 12 times, including a 20-5 loss against Arizona on July 7, Hedges is just glad things are looking a lot better this season with San Diego four games over .500. 'It's a good feeling because we've been through so many of them,' said the fifth-year catcher. 'It's a lonely feeling over there. It's tough to go through that together with your boys and come back in the clubhouse and show up the next day expecting to win.' The Padres' run total was the most in the majors this season. They nearly matched the franchise record of 20 runs, done twice and most recently in Montreal in 2001. Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe each hit two home runs and Ian Kinsler and Eric Hosmer also homered. The previous team record was six, set in Cincinnati on July 17, 1998. Hedges drove in five runs. Myers went 2 for 2, drove in four and scored four times, and Renfroe had four hits, scored four and drove in three. Myers hit the team-record seventh homer in a five-run eighth that included homers by Hosmer and Renfroe off Sam Gaviglio. 'I did not know that,' Myers said of the record. 'That's pretty cool but it's not surprising with the guys we've got here. We've got a lot of power in this lineup and a lot of guys that can really hit.' Rookie Cal Quantrill (1-2), from nearby Port Hope, Ontario, and the son of former Blue Jays and Padres pitcher, Paul Quantrill, went six innings to earn his first major league win in his fourth career start. He became just the third Canadian-born pitcher to claim his first career win north of the border. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high nine, while surrendering three earned runs on homers by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Justin Smoak, the only hits Quantrill allowed. 'It was awesome, a ton of fun,' he said. 'Obviously it's a little easier when the team puts up 19 runs, but it was fantastic. It was everything that I could have hoped for minus a couple pitches.' Myers and Kinsler hit back-to-back home runs in the second, a feat duplicated by Hosmer and Renfroe in the eighth. Hedges launched San Diego's first slam of the season in the fourth. Rookie Josh Naylor, from nearby Mississauga, Ont., had given the Padres a first-inning lead with his first big league hit in his second career game, an RBI double. Naylor and Hosmer each had three of the Padres' 20 hits. In his third start of the year, Edwin Jackson (0-2) was roughed up for the second straight game. After surrendering six runs over five innings to Boston on Monday, the right-hander lasted just four innings, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits. Toronto, hitting an MLB-low .197 entering the game, has now lost 10 of its last 12 home games and fell to 1-7-1 in home series. Manager Charlie Montoyo was at a loss to explain his team's home form. 'I don't know why that is,' he said. 'Hopefully it changes.' CATCHING UP San Diego put two on and two outs in the ninth against Luke Maile, a catcher who pitched the final inning as the seventh Blue Jay to take the mound. Hedges, the San Diego catcher, took three strikes to end the inning, but denied that he was paying any courtesy to a fellow catcher. 'No, man,' he said. 'He was trying to get me out and I was trying to hit a homer. He threw me knuckleballs and stuff. It's fun to see a catcher doing that. I didn't want to punch out but I'll tip my cap to him.' Maile had begun the inning by getting Renfroe to look at strike three. CANADIAN CONTENT With both Quantrill and Naylor in the lineup for San Diego, it marked the first time in which two Canadian-born Padres played in the same regular-season game. The duo were also the first two Canadian-born players to play in a game for the visiting team against the Blue Jays since Justin Morneau and Scott Diamond did just that for Minnesota on July 7, 2013, per the Elias Sports Bureau. SLUMP BUSTED Having gone more than a month without a home run, Hedges' grand slam was his second straight day with a home run after opening the scoring during Friday's win. TRAINER'S ROOM Padres: OF Franmil Reyes, San Diego's leading home run hitter with 15, was given the day off Saturday to rest his knees. He tore his meniscus back in November in the Dominican Winter League and manager Andy Green opted to play it safe on the artificial turf of Rogers Centre. Naylor replaced him in right field. UP NEXT Padres rookie RHP Chris Paddack (4-2, 1.93) faces Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (2-6, 2.81) on Sunday. Paddack makes his second interleague start, having picked up the win back on April 24 against Seattle. Stroman makes just his second start against San Diego, taking a no-decision after 6 2/3 innings in July 2016. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • If Jordan Spieth thinks a winless streak approaching two years seems like forever, he might want to check with fellow major winner Jim Furyk. Both have a chance to end droughts at Colonial — if they can overtake third-round leader Kevin Na. Na settled for a 1-under 69 a day after going low at Colonial again, taking a two-shot lead at 9 under Saturday over a group that included the local favorite in Spieth and Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion who hasn't won in four years. 'I'm not really looking at it as like the glass is half empty, the hourglass has almost run out of sand,' said the 49-year-old Furyk, who has just one of his 17 PGA Tour victories in the past nine years but was second at the Players Championship in March. 'This year has been kind of a new lease on life.' Furyk, winless since 2015 at Hilton Head, matched the 68 of Spieth, whose last victory was his third major title at the 2017 British Open. Joining them at 7 under was C.T. Pan, who was tied with Na before bogeys on the final two holes. Pan settled for a 68 as well. First-round leader Tony Finau (71) fell into the group at 7 under with a bogey on 18 after hitting his driver into the water. Defending champion Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot his second 74 in three rounds and is 5 over. Na recovered from a double bogey at the par-5 11th that cost him the lead, steadying himself over the final seven holes. His 62 in the second round was his third at least that low over a span of six rounds at Colonial. After hitting driver into a bunker at 11, Na's second shot caught the lip of the bunker as he turned in frustration because a fan's cellphone went off during his swing. Caddy Kenny Harms lambasted the woman, and Na said he was upset until he saw the horrified look on her face. 'He was screaming at her, and he has every right to do so,' Na said. 'I felt bad for the lady. So I said, 'C'mon Kenny. Let's forget about it. Let's just go.'' Only problem was, Na couldn't seem to shake it. His third shot landed in a greenside bunker, and the fourth sailed over the green. A chip shot still didn't reach the green, before another chip lipped out. Na made the short putt for a 7 before almost making a chip for birdie on 12 after another poor tee shot. His third and final birdie was an 18-footer on the par-3 13th. 'Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to get yourself together after something like that happens and you make a double bogey,' said Na, who finished fourth at last year's Colonial after tying the course record with a final-round 61. 'I think I played pretty solid the rest of the way in.' Birdies among the leaders were fairly scarce with most of them playing in windy conditions that have made afternoon rounds difficult all week on the cozy course made famous by Ben Hogan. Second-round leader Jonas Blixt didn't have any, opening with a bogey on the easy par-5 first before three more in his 74. He is four shots back. The best rounds came from players with earlier tee times. Mackenzie Hughes shot 65 to join Spieth, Furyk and company. Charley Hoffman had the day's best round at 7-under 63 and was tied at 6 under with Austin Cook, who shot 65. Spieth had all three of his birdies on the front nine, barely missing one on the back when his long chip at the par-3 16th lipped out. The 2016 Colonial champ, who was runner-up the years before and after that title, had his only bogey at 17, one of the 10 fairways he missed in 14 tries. 'I'd like to hit more greens in regulation, and in order to do that, I've probably got to be playing out of more fairways,' said Spieth, coming off a tie for third at the PGA Championship for his first top-20 finish of the season. 'It just comes down to ball-striking.' Pan, a month removed from his first career PGA Tour win at Hilton Head, recorded four birdies over the first 10 holes and held the lead alone after Na's double bogey. The native of Taiwan avoided a double by making a testy putt on 17 before missing a short par attempt at 18. 'I'm sure the experience at RBC (Heritage) helped me to get here,' said Pan, who overtook third-round leader Dustin Johnson for that win. 'I feel more comfortable on Sunday for sure. I know what I need to do in order to become the leader.' Spieth and Furyk know that feeling. It's just been awhile. ___ For more AP golf coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Addison Russell delivered an impressive all-around performance on a wild day. The Chicago Cubs needed every last bit of it, too. Russell homered at Wrigley Field for the first time since he was suspended for violating baseball's domestic violence policy, leading Chicago to an 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. With the wind blowing out on a warm afternoon at the iconic neighborhood ballpark, Albert Almora Jr. and Jason Heyward also connected to help the NL Central-leading Cubs rebound from a disappointing loss in the series opener Friday. Russell finished with three hits and scored twice. The second baseman also made a nice stab and tag to retire José Iglesias when he attempted to steal second in the eighth. 'I'm getting there,' Russell said. 'It's still a process right now. I think whenever the right time is here, I'm gonna be able to bloom.' Russell was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after completing his suspension this month, but he was recalled May 8 and hit his first homer of the season May 15 at Cincinnati. He hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning Saturday, giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead. He also had a timely bunt single and scored a big insurance run in the eighth. Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run homer for the last-place Reds, who finished with 14 hits. Yasiel Puig and Derek Dietrich also went deep. 'I think it was a hitter's day today,' Reds manager David Bell said. 'You don't really try to change your approach too much, but it seemed like any ball that got up into the air had a chance to get out.' Dietrich's 13th homer tied it in the eighth. But the Cubs went ahead to stay on David Bote's RBI double against Jared Hughes (2-2) in the bottom half, and Kyle Schwarber added a sacrifice fly. Dillon Maples (1-0) got two outs for the win after he was recalled from the minors before the game. Tyler Chatwood gave Chicago's weary bullpen a lift by working the ninth for his first save since 2017. The Cubs also got some important length from Yu Darvish, who allowed six runs and 12 hits in seven-plus innings. Manager Joe Maddon was concerned about the bullpen coming into the day, and Darvish pitched past the sixth for the first time this season. Cincinnati had a chance for another late rally after Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer in the ninth in Friday's 6-5 victory. The Reds scored twice in the fifth to trim the Cubs' lead to 5-4. Suárez had an RBI single and Puig belted a long solo shot over the left-field bleachers. After Heyward led off the fifth with a drive into the basket in left-center, Reds rookie Nick Senzel hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth to make it a one-run game again. Cincinnati put its first two batters on in the ninth, but Chatwood got Jesse Winker to bounce into a 3-6-1 double play and Puig flied out to right to end the game. It was Chatwood's third career save, continuing a nice comeback season for the right-hander. STRETCHING OUT After striking out Puig to end the seventh, Darvish had 100 pitches and appeared finished. But Maddon let the right-hander go back out for the eighth. 'He had his quickest inning the inning before,' Maddon said. 'I think it was a six-pitch inning and I thought he looked really sharp. With the shorter bullpen, I thought, 'Let's give it a roll.'' Although it didn't work out, Darvish was pleased and considered the performance a positive. 'After the (eighth), I was frustrated, but the team won, so I'm so happy right now,' he said. ROSTER MOVES The Cubs recalled left-hander Tim Collins and Maples from Triple-A Iowa to bolster their bullpen. Right-hander James Norwood and outfielder Mark Zagunis were optioned to Iowa following Friday's game. TRAINER'S ROOM Cubs: RHP Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Saturday, followed by another session on Monday or Tuesday. 'He's getting very close,' Maddon said. 'Hopefully by the end of next week ... whether he's gonna go out (on rehab assignment), we should know by then.' UP NEXT Reds righty Tanner Roark (3-3, 3.51 ERA) faces lefty Jose Quintana (4-3, 3.30 ERA) Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. Roark, who is from nearby Wilmington, Illinois, is 4-1 with a 3.03 ERA in six games at Wrigley Field. Quintana allowed three runs in five innings at Cincinnati on May 16. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Christian Bale remembers hunkering down in front of a television set with his father to watch Formula One races, back in the glory days of Alain Prost, Jacques Laffite and Nelson Piquet. They even went to Brands Hatch before F1 left the circuit near Kent, England. So the actor who's been behind the wheel of the Batmobile read a script about the infamous 1966 showdown between Ford and Ferrari at Le Mans, the racing aficionado jumped onboard. And when Matt Damon learned that Bale was already circling the project, the actor — no stranger to high-speed car chases from his Jason Bourne films — likewise jumped at the opportunity. The result is 'Ford v Ferrari,' a film that comes out later this year focusing not only on the American manufacturers' unlikely upset of the Italian juggernaut but on those who made it happen. Bale portrays Ken Miles, an engineer and driver, and Damon plays Carroll Shelby, one of the most famous American car builders in history. Together, they took the financial backing of Ford and created the GT40, a car that not only conquered Le Mans but swept the 1966 podium. 'Racing is not just about oil and gasoline. It's about blood and sweat as well as the people inside those cars as well, and that's what makes it so thrilling,' Bale said Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he will join Damon in waving the green flag for the Indy 500. 'Ken Miles was a purist,' Bale said. 'He's someone that would try to win every single battle but often lose the war, and he'd shoot himself in the foot again and again and again. And it wasn't until Shelby came along and gave him an opportunity that he finally made it on the world stage.' While Miles was the British-born driver with the sardonic sense of humor, Shelby was essentially his foil: a down-to-earth Texan who had a successful driving career of his own before reaching iconic status as the creator of the Shelby Cobra, a series of Ford muscle cars and, yes, the GT40. His relationship with Miles serves as the centerpiece of Ford's dogged pursuit of Ferrari. 'He was a really, kind of a bigger-than-life guy,' said Damon, 'but I didn't know this story about their friendship, and that's why I wanted to do the movie. It's such a great underdog story.' The story, the subject of a 2016 documentary entitled 'The 24 Hour War,' began in the early 1960s, when Enzo Ferrari expressed interest in selling his company. Henry Ford II spent considerable resources doing background work on a potential deal, only for Ferrari to suddenly shut down negotiations. That chapped Ford, who ordered his racing division to build a car to beat Ferrari, the Italian sports car company that had come to dominate endurance racing. But despite pumping untold sums of money into its program, Ford kept running into problems with its project. So it ultimately turned it over to Shelby, who in turn sought out Miles, and together they not only got the program on track but also got it to victory lane in their first try at Le Mans. 'There's that relationship, right? And the friction in that relationship. They're opposites in so many ways,' Damon said. 'But they have the qualities the other needs. Carroll was great about politics and diplomacy. He could sell you anything. He understand that was a big part of putting a winning team on the grid, was the politics of it. Whereas Miles was horrible at that stuff.' The film, directed by James Mangold, went through several rewrites before Bale and Damon signed onto the project. It was filmed primarily in California, but Bale said the group went to Le Mans for some of the local scenes, and he even took a course at Bob Bondurant's racing school. Walt Disney Studios is due to release it Nov. 15 under the 20th Century Fox banner. Meanwhile, its leading men are preparing to wave the green flag over the 103rd running of the Indy 500 on Sunday. Other famous actors have had the honor, including Jack Nicholson, who famously refused to come down from the flag stand and wound up watching more than 30 laps up there. It's the first time either of them will witness the pageantry of the Indy 500 in person. 'I've heard about it. Read about it. Watched it on TV,' Damon said. 'This is bigger than anything we do in the country sports-wise, and we're going to be right in the thick of it.' ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports