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Greece's prime minister tweaks his government to focus on cost of living and labor
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Greece's prime minister tweaks his government to focus on cost of living and labor

2024-06-14 19:26 Last Updated At:19:30

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweaked his Cabinet on Friday with a focus on cost-of-living and labor policies after his center-right party's victory in Europe's parliamentary elections.

Despite a recent dip in inflation, polls consistently show most Greeks’ top concern is the cost of living since the pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine contributed to rising prices in the southern European country.

Takis Theodorikakos, 59, who previously held the interior and public order portfolios, will head the development ministry that’s largely responsible for supervising consumer prices.

In a social media posting after the reshuffle was announced, Theodorikakos promised to “fight against profiteering and to reduce prices.”

Mitsotakis' New Democracy party easily came first in the June 9 European parliamentary elections, gaining 28.3% of the vote — nearly twice the left-wing main opposition Syriza party's 14.9%.

Even though that expanded ND's lead over Syriza in the previous European elections, it was seen as a lackluster showing for the governing party, which slid nearly five percentage points compared to its 2019 showing. Turnout was low, with nearly 6 in 10 voters abstaining, and fringe right-wing parties posted gains.

Mitsotakis also replaced his ministers for labor, the interior and agriculture, and appointed former Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos to replace Migration Minister Dimitris Kairidis. Greece is a key entry point for thousands of migrants seeking a better life in the European Union. Most arrive in small boats from Turkey, but arrivals have decreased in recent years.

The key finance, foreign affairs and defense portfolios remained unchanged.

Mitsotakis swept to power in 2019, following more than four years of government by Syriza during the country's financial crisis, and was reelected in a landslide victory in summer 2023.

The new ministers will be formally sworn in later Friday, and the first Cabinet meeting will be held Saturday.

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis casts his ballot during the European Elections in Athens, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Polling stations opened across Europe on Sunday as voters from 20 countries cast ballots in elections that are expected to shift the European Union's parliament to the right and could reshape the future direction of the world's biggest trading bloc. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis casts his ballot during the European Elections in Athens, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Polling stations opened across Europe on Sunday as voters from 20 countries cast ballots in elections that are expected to shift the European Union's parliament to the right and could reshape the future direction of the world's biggest trading bloc. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Anthony Santander homered twice and drove in five runs after Adley Rutschman and Colton Cowser had already hit two-run homers, and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 9-1 on Friday night in the first game out of the break.

Rutschman and Cowser both went deep in the first inning, putting the Orioles up 4-0 before All-Star starting pitcher Corbin Burnes had even thrown his first pitch.

“To put up four runs in the first with Corbin Burnes on the mound, you feel good about that,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

Burnes (10-4), back on the same mound where he started the All-Star Game three nights earlier, struck out six and allowed one run over six innings. The right-hander limited Texas to two hits, but walked four while throwing 60 of 101 pitches for strikes.

“It felt like a normal start. You know, once I get going in my routine pregame, to be able to kind of switch and lock in a little bit,” said Burnes, who twice since his last O's start July 10 had also been home to Arizona twice to be with his newborn twin daughters. “Obviously wasn’t as crisp tonight. You know, four walks is never something we’re trying to do.”

Nathan Eovaldi (6-4) gave up six runs on three homers in his five innings. The Texas right-hander was 5-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his first 10 starts at home this season.

“I hung some curveballs, the splitters were up a little bit, fastball command ... I just felt like I didn’t really execute a lot of my pitches tonight very well,” Eovaldi said.

Gunnar Henderson led off the game with the first of his four singles before catcher Rutschman's 17th homer. They both also started for the American League in the All-Star Game.

Santander, also an All-Star, hit his 25th homer in the fifth, two batters after another Henderson single. The batter in between was Rutschman, who hit a popup to shallow left, where third baseman Josh Smith made an incredible lunging over-the-shoulder catch.

Santander added a three-run homer in the seventh inning.

Nathaniel Lowe hit a 434-foot homer to straightaway center in the second for reigning World Series champion Texas (46-51), which had won seven of nine before the break.

Burnes completed six innings in his 15th consecutive start, a career high for the four-time All-Star and the longest streak for an Orioles pitcher since Sidney Ponson's 16 in a row 20 years ago.

“He's good, he's real good,” said Bruce Bochy of the Rangers, who also managed the AL squad on Tuesday night. “He's tough. He's got a good mix and velo.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: Rookie OF Heston Kjerstad was going through a workout Friday, and had tests to pass before can be activated from the seven-day concussion list. He was hit around the ear flap by a 97 mph pitch on July 12. Manager Brandon Hyde said the hope is that Kjerstad can return this weekend.

Rangers: Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (right elbow surgery rehab) threw 35 pitches off the mound, mixing in a handful of sliders for the first time. “All went well, felt great, located the ball very well, so good outing for him,” manager Bruce Bochy said. ... Smith stayed in the game after getting hit on the hand by a pitch in the eighth inning. ... 3B Josh Jung (right wrist) took some aggressive swings in the batting cage. Bochy said Jung feels really good, but the manager didn’t know the next step.

UP NEXT

Orioles RHP Grayson Rodriguez, the AL leader with 11 wins, starts the middle game of the series Saturday. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (1-2, 2.96 ERA) makes his sixth start since coming back from offseason back surgery and then dealing with a nerve issue around his right thumb.

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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Anthony Santander (25) runs the bases past Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager, right, after hitting a three-run home run, also scoring teammates Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Anthony Santander (25) runs the bases past Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager, right, after hitting a three-run home run, also scoring teammates Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser (17) runs the bases past Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) after hitting home run that also scored teammate Ryan O'Hearn during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser (17) runs the bases past Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) after hitting home run that also scored teammate Ryan O'Hearn during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser hits a home run that also scored teammate Ryan O'Hearn during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser hits a home run that also scored teammate Ryan O'Hearn during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser (17) celebrates his home run that also scored teammate Ryan O'Hearn (32) during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser (17) celebrates his home run that also scored teammate Ryan O'Hearn (32) during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Adley Rutschman (35) hits a home run in front of Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. Orioles Gunnar Henderson also scored on the play. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Adley Rutschman (35) hits a home run in front of Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. Orioles Gunnar Henderson also scored on the play. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) looks on while Baltimore Orioles' Anthony Santander (25) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. Orioles' Gunnar Henderson also scored on the play. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (17) looks on while Baltimore Orioles' Anthony Santander (25) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. Orioles' Gunnar Henderson also scored on the play. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes (39) laughs with Texas Rangers baserunner Marcus Semien, left, after out three to end the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes (39) laughs with Texas Rangers baserunner Marcus Semien, left, after out three to end the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Anthony Santander hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. Orioles' Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman also scored on the play. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baltimore Orioles' Anthony Santander hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, July 19, 2024. Orioles' Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman also scored on the play. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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