Despite increasing COVID-19 cases across Canada many are still hesitant to take the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine while doctors and officials try to reinforce that it is safe and effective.
Despite increasing COVID-19 cases across Canada many are still hesitant to take the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine while doctors and officials try to reinforce that it is safe and effective.
Richard Montañez, the subject of an upcoming biopic directed by Eva Longoria, is facing allegations that he fabricated his story of inventing Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
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(Bloomberg) -- AT&T Inc. is preparing to spin off its media business and merge it with with Discovery Inc. in a tax-friendly deal, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a surprise reversal for a company that spent $85 billion to acquire the assets less than three years ago.A deal could be announced as soon as this week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The transaction will be structured as a so-called Reverse Morris Trust, or a merger with another company that’s structured to be tax-free, one of the people said.The idea is to combine Discovery’s reality-TV empire with AT&T’s vast media holdings, building a business that would be a formidable competitor to Netflix Inc. and Walt Disney Co. Any deal would mark a major shift in AT&T’s strategy after years of working to assemble telecommunications and media assets under one roof. AT&T gained some of the biggest brands in entertainment through its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., which was completed in 2018.The deal would underscore the difficulty telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc. have had finding a payoff from their media operations. Through its WarnerMedia unit, AT&T owns CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and the Warner Bros. studio. Discovery, backed by cable mogul John Malone, controls networks such as HGTV, Food Network, TLC and Animal Planet.Chief Executive Officer David Zaslav has helped Discovery grow through acquisitions, including a purchase of HGTV owner Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. that closed in 2018. Discovery’s class A shares have risen more than 18% this year, valuing the company at almost $24 billion. AT&T has gained 12%, giving it a market capitalization of $230 billion.The companies are still negotiating the structure of a transaction, and details could change or the talks could fall apart, the people said. Representatives for AT&T and Discovery declined to comment.Selling AssetsAT&T CEO John Stankey has been cleaning house at the sprawling telecom titan, cutting staff and selling underperforming assets. The company has been funneling money into rolling out its 5G wireless network, which requires billions of dollars of investment, as well as expanding its fiber-optic footprint.The carrier has been boosting movie and television production to attract subscribers to its HBO Max streaming service. It also needs cash to pay down debt. AT&T became one of the world’s most indebted companies after an acquisition spree, and though it’s been paying down what it owes, it now has bills from a recent spectrum auction.AT&T was the second-highest bidder in the Federal Communications Commission’s sale of airwaves, committing $23 billion. Verizon, the top bidder, agreed to pay $45 billion dollars.Any move involving AT&T’s content assets would come just months after it reached a deal to spin off its DirecTV operations in a pact with buyout firm TPG. AT&T also agreed in December to sell its anime video unit Crunchyroll to a unit of Sony Corp. for $1.2 billion.And the company has parted with its Puerto Rico phone operations, a stake in Hulu, a central European media group and almost all its offices at New York’s Hudson Yards.Stankey’s predecessor at AT&T, longtime CEO Randall Stephenson, spent his 13-year tenure bulking up the company. He was obsessed with deals and kept a color-coded roster of companies he wanted AT&T to buy, leading to 43 acquisitions.But critics such as activist investor Elliott Management Corp. have complained about the strategy, urging AT&T to focus on its core business. And now that’s just what Stankey is doing.In wireless services, AT&T is playing catch-up with Verizon, the market leader, and T-Mobile US Inc., which became the No. 2 carrier after gobbling up Sprint Corp. Verizon has made its own efforts to slim down. The company agreed this month to sell its media division to Apollo Global Management Inc. for $5 billion, a move that will offload online brands like AOL and Yahoo.The Discovery deal could give the combined company enough programming to compete with Netflix and other streaming services in a global battle over the future of entertainment. In 2019, Disney bought 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainments assets for $71 billion, largely to gain enough muscle to constantly refresh its streaming services. It launched Disney+ in November 2019 and already has more than 100 million subscribers.Both Discovery and AT&T’s media unit, WarnerMedia, have recently made their own forays into streaming. Discovery has debuted Discovery+, which has a vast array of unscripted reality shows. AT&T, meanwhile, has made a big bet on HBO Max, which launched a year ago and includes HBO programming and movies from AT&T’s Warner Bros. studio. Both companies are quickly expanding their streaming services around the world.Cable NetworksDiscovery and WarnerMedia also own a portfolio of cable channels that remain profitable but are losing subscribers as more people abandon pay-TV service and adopt streaming. And AT&T’s CNN is looking for new ways to maintain its audience after the busy news cycle of the Trump years. TNT and TBS have some general entertainment shows, but their most attractive assets may be their sports rights to air professional baseball, basketball and hockey. Discovery, meanwhile, has the rights to broadcast the Olympics and professional golf outside the U.S.Combining such assets would be complex, as the two companies have numerous long-term deals in place with pay-TV companies. A merged company would also have to choose a leader between WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar and Discovery’s Zaslav.The deal would be an acknowledgment by AT&T that it hasn’t delivered on the promise of owning distribution and media assets. The strategy has been criticized before, with analysts suggesting the two could be more valuable if kept separate.‘Fool’s Gold’Rich Greenfield, an analyst at LightShed Partners, has argued that AT&T and Comcast Corp., the cable provider that owns NBCUniversal, should spin off their media assets and combine them in a new company. He has called the promise of owning distribution and programming “fool’s gold.”On Sunday, Greenfield tweeted that he could “certainly imagine the secularly declining Turner assets merged with Discovery for scale,” but added that it was “harder to imagine” HBO Max and AT&T’s Warner Bros studio being part of a combined company.What Bloomberg Intelligence Says“AT&T’s potential combination of media assets with those of Discovery could provide the Turner properties with access to an international streaming platform while expanding the content library available to HBO Max. Our calculations suggest Turner’s assets alone, which include CNN, TNT and TBS, may be worth $40-$45 billion in a sale, which we view as an attractive alternative given AT&T’s need to fund its 5G and fiber build-out and pay down debt.”John Butler, senior telecom analystClick here to read the research.At an investor conference last week, WarnerMedia’s Kilar defended the need for WarnerMedia to be owned by AT&T, saying the telecom company had invested billions of dollars in HBO Max and broken down silos within the company to create a single operating unit. He added that AT&T’s phone and broadband customers were less likely to cancel if they got HBO Max, and many of HBO Max’s subscribers were AT&T customers.Kilar irked the Hollywood establishment with his decision in December to release all of WarnerMedia’s movie slate on HBO Max at the same time the films hit theaters. But its recent movies have performed well at the box office, helping soothe concerns.Kilar spoke about the growth strategy of WarnerMedia under AT&T in a Wall Street Journal interview published last week.Now he may face a more daunting challenge: helping piece together a patchwork of media businesses to create an entity that can thrive in the streaming age.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
The MTV Movie & TV Awards make their return on the first installment of a two-night event. Hosted by Leslie Jones, Sunday evening’s show takes place at the Hollywood Palladium with a slew of presenters that include TikTok icon Addison Rae, ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ star Anthony Mackie, and ‘In the Heights’ creator […]
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Israel launched dozens of air strikes in Gaza and the Hamas militant group kept up its rocket attacks on Israeli cities in fighting that spilled into a second week on Monday. International calls mounted for a ceasefire, but there was no sign of any imminent end to the most serious hostilities between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas Islamists in years.
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks in Asia started the week firmer, as easing commodity prices and slightly softer U.S. data allay investor concerns about excessive inflation.Benchmarks advanced in Japan, Australia and South Korea. The main threat to a renewed rally is the latest series of lockdowns in the region to curb spiking coronavirus cases. U.S. futures fluctuated. Stocks ended in the green Friday after gathering price pressures pushed equity markets globally to their worst weekly loss since February.Treasury yields were steady after dropping Friday on a report that showed the recent surge in U.S. retail sales stalled in April. The dollar held a decline against its major peers.The momentum in commodity markets seems to have flagged after breakneck gains, with copper and iron ore coming off record highs amid efforts by China to clamp down on surging prices. Oil and gold edged up.Concerns that policy makers will have to pull back support sooner than expected to quell rising inflation have weighed on global equities. Investors this week will parse the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s latest meeting for any discussion about accelerating price pressures, and hints of a timeline for reducing asset purchases.“Record highs in copper prices and fears over extended oil price gains will be hard to ignore” heading into the second half of the year, wrote Eric Robertsen, global head of research at Standard Chartered. “The Fed believes this is part of the economic reopening narrative, and for now, it is likely let the dust settle. But it might start looking over its shoulder if prices stay high.”The Federal Reserve’s policy is in a good place right now, said Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester, while playing down data that she warns will be volatile as the economy reopens. Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic are due to speak this week.Bitcoin fell to the lowest since February after Elon Musk implied on Twitter Sunday that Tesla Inc. may sell or has sold its cryptocurrency holdings. The digital coin dipped below $45,000 for the first time in almost three months before paring losses.On the virus front, Singapore plans to close public schools this week and move to home-based learning. Taiwan is racing to contain its worst outbreak and avert a lockdown. Meanwhile, the U.S.’s rolling one-week average of new virus cases fell to the lowest level since June.Click here for MLIV’s Question of the Day: How Far Can East-West Stocks Divergence Go?Here are some key events this week:China releases industrial production, retail sales data on MondayReserve Bank of Australia publishes minutes of its latest meeting TuesdayFed Vice Chair Richard Clarida and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic are among policy makers speaking this weekThe Fed publishes minutes from its April meeting Wednesday, which may provide clues to officials’ views on the recovery and how they define “transitory” when it comes to inflationAustralia releases employment data for April on ThursdayThese are some of the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures were little changed as of 9:09 a.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 rose 1.5%Nasdaq 100 contracts were flat. The Nasdaq 100 rose 2.2%Topix index rose 0.7%Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.5%South Korea’s Kospi index gained 0.3%Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index futures rose 0.7% earlierCurrenciesThe yen traded at 109.39 per dollarThe offshore yuan was at 6.4394 per dollarThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was steadyThe euro was at $1.2151, up 0.1%BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries was at 1.63%Australia’s 10-year bond yield fell two basis points to 1.77%CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.2% to $65.49 a barrelGold was steady at $1,845.70For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
BOSTON (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels rallied past the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Sunday, ending a four-game losing streak. Matt Barnes (1-1) retired the first two batters in the ninth before giving up a bloop single to Mike Trout. Ohtani followed with his 12th homer, tying for the major league lead, a drive tucked just inside the Pesky Pole in right field. It was Ohtani’s second homer of the series and stopped Boston’s three-game winning streak. Raisel Iglesias (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Mike Mayers got his second save. BLUE JAYS 10, PHILLIES 8 DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Television cameras showed a confrontation in the dugout between Phillies manager Joe Girardi and second baseman Jean Segura, who committed two errors. Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette hit consecutive first-inning homers, and Randal Grichuk had a two-run double in a five-run second as Toronto burst to an 8-0 lead. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 11th homer. Bryce Harper entered in the sixth, popped up a bunt in the eighth and stranded two in the ninth with a game-ending strikeout against Jeremy Beasley. Toronto starter Robbie Ray (2-1) allowed four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Chase Anderson (2-4) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 1 1/3 innings. ORIOLES 10, YANKEES 6 BALTIMORE (AP) — Maikel Franco homered and drove in three runs, rookie Bruce Zimmermann (2-3) came out of the bullpen to allow one run and two hits over 5 2/3 innings as Baltimore avoided rallied from a four-run deficit to avoid a three-game sweep. Aaron Judge homered for the third straight game and went 6 for 10 with four home runs and five RBIs in the series. Jordan Montgomery failed to hold leads of 4-0 in the first and 5-2 in the third. Trey Mancini put the Orioles ahead for good at 6-5 with an RBI double off Michael King (0-1) in the fourth. RAYS 7, METS 1 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Manuel Margot, Willy Adames and Brandon Lowe homered off Marcus Stroman (3-4) as Tampa completed a three-game sweep and extended its winning streak to four. Two-run homers by Margot in the fourth and by Adames in the fifth built a 4-0 lead, and Lowe led off the sixth with his seventh home run this season. Josh Fleming (3-3) allowed up one hit in five scoreless innings and four relievers completed a two-hitter. Stroman (3-4) dropped to 0-4 in his last five starts. He allowed five runs and six hits in six innings as his ERA rose from 2.01 to 2.72. CUBS 5, TIGERS 1 DETROIT (AP) — Kyle Hendricks (3-4) allowed one run and eight hits in eight-plus innings, and struck out a season-high eight. Ian Happ had three hits, including a homer, and was aggressive on the bases as the Cubs won for the second time in six games. Matthew Boyd (2-4) gave up four earned runs in six inning, dropping to 0-3 in his last five starts. GIANTS 4, PIRATES 1 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Wood (5-0) gave up one run and eight hits in six innings as NL West-leading San Francisco gained a four-game split. Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run homer in the ninth off David Bednar. Tyler Rogers pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fourth save. Mitch Keller (2-5) allowed two runs and six hits in five-plus innings. ASTROS 6, RANGERS 2 HOUSTON (AP) —Yuli Gurriel broke a 2-2 tie with a sacrifice fly off Joely Rodríguez (1-2) in a four-run eighth, Chas McCormick added a two-run single and Houston won its sixth straight game. Lance McCullers Jr. allowed five hits in six scoreless innings and Brooks Raley (2-2) struck out the side in the eighth. WHITE SOX 4, ROYALS 3 CHICAGO (AP) — Wade Davis (0-2) bounced a wild pitch that allowed José Abreu to dash home with the game-ending run, capping a two-run rally in the ninth that included Yoán Moncada's RBI single. Matt Foster (2-1) struck out two in a perfect ninth. completing a six-hitter that gave Chicago a four-game split. Adam Eaton homered for AL Central-leading Chicago, which has not lost consecutive games since April 15-17. ATHLETICS 7. TWINS 6 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —Matt Chapman had three hits and three RBIs and Ramón Laureano scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning by Taylor Rogers (0-2) as Matt Chapman struck out. Lou Trivino (2-1) got four outs for the win as Oakland finished 4-2 on a trip that started in Boston. Andrelton Simmons tied it for Minnesota in the eighth with a two-out, two-run homer off Jake Diekman. BREWERS 10, BRAVES 9 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddy Peralta (4-1) struck out eight and allowed two hits over six scoreless innings for Milwaukee, which took an 8-0 lead and held on. Avisaíl García homered for the Brewers, who withstood Freddie Freeman's grand slam off Brent Suter in a seven-run seventh. Dansby Swanson hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth off Josh Hader, who struck out William Contreras with two on for his ninth save. Huascar Ynoa (4-2) allowed a season-high five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. NATIONALS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 0 PHOENIX (AP) — Erick Fedde (3-4) allowed three hits in seven innings with four strikeouts, Daniel Hudson pitched a one-hit eighth and Brad Hand struck two for is fourth save, finishing a four-hitter. Yadiel Hernandez hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit homer in the eighth off Stefan Crichton (0-2), who allowed Trea Turner's RBI double and Kyle Schwarber's run-scoring single. REDS 7, ROCKIES 6 DENVER (AP) — Dom Nunez’s passed ball allowed home the tying run in the ninth inning and Jordan Sheffield’s wild pitch scored the go-ahead run. Mychal Givens (1-2) hit Jonathan India with a pitch leading off the ninth, and shortstop Trevor Story's bad throw prevented a double play. Then the Rockies wasted a chance to retie the game by when Conor Joe committing a baserunning blunder in the bottom half and failed to score from second on Ryan McMahon’s single. Sean Doolittle (3-0) struck out two in a one-hit eighth. Tejay Antone got his second save when Garrett Hampson grounded into a game-ending double play. MARLINS 3, DODGERS 2 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Duvall hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning off Edwin Uceta (0-2) for three unearned runs in a rally that began with fill-in second baseman Sheldon Neuse’s fielding error. Duvall then threw out Mookie Betts at the plate from right field in the bottom half trying to score from second on Matt Beaty's single. Pablo López (1-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings as Miami won for the third time in nine games. Yimi García got his seventh save when he retired Betts a groundout with a runner on first, ending the Dodgers' four-game winning streak. Gavin Lux took over at shortstop for Kyle Seager, who broke a bone in his right hand when hit by a Ross Detwiler pitch on Saturday night. MARINERS 3, INDIANS 2 SEATTLE (AP) — Mitch Haniger hit two doubles and ended the record streak of Shane Bieber (4-3), who struck out seven, ending a string of 20 games with eight or morw. Bieber was pulled after his fourth walk, finishing his shortest outing of the season at 4 2/3 innings trailing 3-0. The victory was Seattle’s third straight following a season-high five-game losing streak. Cleveland has lost three in a row. Paul Sewald (1-0) pitched two innings for his first win since 2019, and Kendall Gravemen worked the ninth for his fifth save. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the All Blacks will play Fiji twice and Tonga once in July internationals. The All Blacks were due to play two tests against Italy and one against Fiji, but Italy withdrew because of concerns about traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The test against Tonga will be played at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on July 3 and will be preceded by a match between New Zealand Maori and Samoa. The All Blacks then will play Fiji in Dunedin on July 10 and at Hamilton on July 17. Samoa and Tonga will meet at Hamilton on the same day in a Rugby World Cup qualifier. New Zealand hasn’t played a test against Fiji since 2011 and hasn’t previously played back-to-back tests against the Pacific Island nation. The All Blacks’ last test against Tonga was in 2019, when they won 92-7 in a warm-up to the World Cup in Japan. New Zealand Rugby said a schedule for this season’s Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup tests will be announced soon. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) said on Monday the global platinum market will be more undersupplied this year than it previously thought as economic recovery fuels a surge in demand from industry. Platinum is used by automakers, who embed it in vehicle exhausts to neutralise harmful emissions, by other industries such as glassmaking and for jewellery and investment. The roughly 8 million ounce a year market will see a shortfall of 158,000 ounces in 2021, the third consecutive annual deficit, the WPIC said in its latest quarterly report.
Japan's wholesale prices jumped 3.6% in April from a year earlier, central bank data showed on Monday, a sign rising energy and commodities costs were weighing on corporate margins. The rise in the corporate goods price index (CGPI), which measures the price companies charge each other for their goods and services, was faster than a median market forecast for a 3.1% increase and followed a 1.2% annual increase in March. Oil goods prices rose 39.3% in April from a year earlier and nonferrous metals prices by 35.2% reflecting robust global demand and the base effect of last year's plunge, the data showed.
SUNDAY UPDATE: On Sunday, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 7 new deaths from COVID-19 and 240 new positive cases. The number of new cases and deaths are likely to reflect reporting delays over the weekend, said the LA Department of Public Health. To date, the county tallied 24,088 total deaths and […]
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The Queen’s Green Canopy scheme has been launched to encourage people to plant trees from October onwards.
The Brooklyn Center City Council passed a progressive resolution that will serve as a road map for the city and other areas to overhaul its public safety system.
As every comedian knows, the secret to comedy is timing. But the secret to timing in television travel shows is a little more elusive, and in the case of the PBS show Conscious Living, the timing of its fourth season seems odd, given the remaining restrictions of the pandemic that have made travel more challenging […]
Working long hours is killing hundreds of thousands of people a year in a worsening trend that may accelerate further due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Monday. In the first global study of the loss of life associated with longer working hours, the paper in the journal Environment International showed that 745,000 people died from stroke and heart disease associated with long working hours in 2016. That was an increase of nearly 30% from 2000.
(Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp.’s directors started a probe into Bill Gates’s alleged involvement with a female employee that was deemed inappropriate and decided that the co-founder had to step down from the board last year, Dow Jones reported, citing people familiar with the matter.The software giant had received a concern in 2019 that that Gates had tried to have an “intimate” relationship with an employee in 2000, Dow Jones cited a Microsoft spokesman as saying. The board reviewed the matter with the help of an outside law firm, the spokesman added.Board members handling the matter hired the law firm to conduct the investigation after receiving a letter from a Microsoft engineer who said she had a sexual relationship with Gates for years, Dow Jones said. Gates left before the probe was completed, it reported.A spokeswoman for billionaire was cited as saying that Gates’s decision to leave the board wasn’t related to an affair almost two decades ago that ended amicably. The departure from Microsoft’s board had to do with his interest in spending more time on his philanthropy.Representatives for Gates and Microsoft couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.Stock TransfersLast week, Cascade Investment, the investment company created by Gates, transferred stock in Deere & Co. to Melinda French Gates, bringing the total amount she’s received since they announced their divorce to more than $3 billion.Read More: Melinda Gates Tops $3 Billion From Cascade With Deere TransferThe investment vehicle transferred about 2.25 million shares worth about $851 million, according to a regulatory filing. That followed similar disclosures tied to Mexican companies Coca-Cola Femsa and Grupo Televisa and about $1.8 billion of stock in Canadian National Railway Co. and AutoNation Inc.The couple announced their divorce earlier this month after 27 years of marriage. The Gates fortune is valued at about $145 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Read More: Gates Divorce Roils World’s Biggest Family Philanthropy Engine(Adds more details starting in the fifth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
The companies are expected to announce their proposed joint venture as early as Monday, creating a new company that would reshape Hollywood.
SEATTLE (AP) — Mitch Haniger hit two doubles and the Seattle Mariners snapped Shane Bieber’s record strikeout streak, beating the Cleveland Indians and their ace 3-2 on Sunday. Bieber (4-3) had fanned at least eight in 20 straight games, but the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner fell short with seven. He was pulled after issuing his fourth walk, and finished his shortest outing of the season at 4 2/3 innings trailing 3-0. The victory was Seattle’s third straight following a season-high five-game losing streak. Cleveland has lost three in a row. Seven Mariners pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts. Opener Robert Dugger went three innings and Paul Sewald (1-0) pitched the next two to pick up his first win since 2019. Kendall Gravemen worked the ninth for his fifth save. Haniger, tied for the major league lead with 12 home runs, doubled and scored on Kyle Lewis’ single in the first. Bieber walked Haniger and Kyle Seager to start the third, setting up J.P. Crawford’s two-run single. Bieber walked Lewis and Crawford to load the bases with two outs in the fifth, ending his appearance. Reliever Phil Maton got out of the jam with a strikeout. Bieber leads the majors with 92 strikeouts after starting the season with 10 or more in his first four outings, another major league record. The Indians scored twice in the sixth with help from third baseman Donovan Walton’s error that allowed José Ramírez to reach base. The Mariners turned a double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. ANOTHER STREAK While Bieber’s string of games with eight-plus strikeouts came to an end, another continues. The pitcher moved into a tie for second with former Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson for the most consecutive games with at least seven strikeouts at 22. He’s got a ways to go to catch Johnson, who sits in first place with a separate string of 34 straight games with seven or more. The last time Bieber didn’t strike out at least eight in a regular-season game was his final start of the 2019 season. He also struck out seven last year in a playoff start against the Yankees. TRAINER’S ROOM Mariners: RHP Keynan Middleton (right biceps strain) could return from the injured list soon, manager Scott Servais said. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday to fellow injured Mariners LF Jake Fraley (left hamstring strain). Fraley’s next step is a rehabilitation assignment. Servais also said LHP Marco Gonzales will throw off a mound on Monday for the first time since straining his left forearm. UP NEXT Indians: LHP Sam Hentges (1-0, 3.29) gets the start in the series opener at the Los Angeles Angels. Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (1-2, 4.30) takes the mound in Seattle in the series opener against Detroit. He struck out a career-high 11 in his last outing, a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Chris Talbott, The Associated Press