Daily Sports Roundup: August 1

August 1, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Angels play host to the Rangers, the Marlins look for a victory in San Diego, and the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series take on Pocono.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Sunday has Cleveland at Toronto, the Yankees at Tampa Bay, Oakland at the White Sox, Seattle at Minnesota, Baltimore at Kansas City, Detroit at Boston, and Texas at the Angels. The Rangers are expected to send Cliff Lee (9-4, 2.40 ERA) to the mound in that last contest, while the Angels counter with Jered Weaver (9-7, 3.19 ERA). Lefthander Lee was stuck with a no-decision against the A’s last time out despite giving up just one unearned run in nine innings; he beat the Angels in his July 22 start. Righthander Weaver was Lee’s opponent on July 22, and took the loss (three runs over six innings of work). Weaver fell to the Red Sox in his most recent trip to the mound, and he has been tagged with the defeat in four of his five last outings.

Over in the National League on Sunday it’ll be Arizona at the Mets, Atlanta at Cincinnati, Philadelphia at Washington, Milwaukee at Houston, the Cubs at Colorado, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, the Dodgers at San Francisco, and Florida at San Diego. Josh Johnson (10-3, 1.72 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Marlins in that last matchup, while Jon Garland (9-7, 3.56 ERA) is slated to get the ball for the Padres. Righthander Johnson had a rare mediocre outing last time out, giving up three runs on eight hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Giants. Righthander Garland was beaten by the Dodgers in his most recent start, surrendering two runs on five hits over 6 2-3 innings of work that day.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will compete at Pocono Raceway on Sunday in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Denny Hamlin, who has won each of the last two races at Pocono, is the 7/2 oddsmakers’ favorite for Sunday, with both Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch at 11/2, and Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick at 10/1. Tony Stewart, who won the Pocono 500 last season, is next at 11/1 odds for this weekend’s race, followed by Clint Bowyer at 14/1, and each of Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Burton at 20/1. Jamie McMurray, coming off a win last weekend in the Brickyard 400, is pegged at 22/1.

As well, the Formula 1 circuit will compete in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel sitting as the oddsmakers’ 11/8 favorite. Teammate Mark Webber is listed at 7/2 odds to win in Hungary, with the McLaren drivers at 10/1 (Lewis Hamilton) and 20/1 (Jenson Button) to grab the victory. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who won the German Grand Prix last time out, is pegged at 9/4 odds to win in Hungary, with his teammate Felipe Massa at 12/1 odds. Hamilton leads Button 157-143 in the drivers championship, while McLaren leads Red Bull 300-272 in the constructors championship.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are five games on the WNBA’s schedule for Sunday, with Tulsa at Washington, Connecticut at New York, Chicago at Phoenix, Seattle at Minnesota, and Indiana at Atlanta. The Fever and Dream last met back on July 16, with Indiana pulling out an 89-70 victory at home in that contest. Tamika Catchings led the way with 23 points for Indiana in that win, while Katie Douglas was good for 20 points on the night. Angel McCoughtry tossed in a game-high 27 points for the Dream in that losing cause.


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