Daily Sports Roundup: August 14

August 14, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The White Sox play host to the Tigers, the Cubs do battle with the Cardinals, and the Vikings take on the Rams in preseason gridiron action.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

The NFL schedule features seven exhibition contests on Saturday night, with Tampa Bay at Miami (-3.5), Detroit at Pittsburgh (-2.5), Houston (-1.5) at Arizona, Cleveland at Green Bay (-2.5), Chicago at San Diego (-3), Tennessee at Seattle (-3), and Minnesota at St. Louis (-1.5). The Vikings still don’t have the final word on whether Brett Favre is returning to the fold this season, so they’ll be leaning on some combination of Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels under center. A.J. Feeley will start at quarterback for the Rams on Saturday night, but rookie Sam Bradford will also see action with the first team.

As well, the lone Canadian Football League matchup on the schedule for Saturday has Montreal at Toronto. The Alouettes (5-1 SU, 3-3 ATS) haven’t lost since their season opener, while the Argonauts (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) were thumped 41-10 in Montreal back on July 29. The Alouettes are pegged as 7.5-point road favorites for this Week 7 contest.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Saturday offers up Baltimore at Tampa Bay, Seattle at Cleveland, Oakland at Minnesota, the Yankees at Kansas City, Boston at Texas, Toronto at the Angels, and Detroit at the White Sox. Rick Porcello (5-10, 5.74 ERA) is expected to get the ball for the Tigers on Saturday, while Chicago counters with Edwin Jackson (7-10, 4.83 ERA). Righthander Porcello picked up his first win since May 23 last time out, holding the Angels to three runs (two earned) on eight hits over six innings of work. Righthander Jackson had to settle for a no-decision against the Orioles in his most recent start, surrendering just two runs (one earned) on six hits over his six innings.

Over in the National League on Saturday it’ll be San Diego at San Francisco, Arizona at Washington, Pittsburgh at Houston, Philadelphia at the Mets, Florida at Cincinnati, the Dodgers at Atlanta, Milwaukee at Colorado, and the Cubs at St. Louis. Carlos Zambrano (3-6, 5.46 ERA) will take the mound for Chicago in that last contest, while Chris Carpenter (13-3, 2.89 ERA) pitches for the Cardinals. Righthander Zambrano picked up a no-decision in his last trip to the mound, giving up two runs on four hits over five innings against the Giants. Righthander Carpenter beat the Reds last time out, allowing two runs over his seven innings. St. Louis is 6-0 over Carpenter’s last six starts.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are three WNBA games on the Friday schedule, with Phoenix at New York, Los Angeles at Tulsa, and Atlanta at Chicago. The Sky (13-17 SU, 18-12 ATS) beat Phoenix 91-82 last time out; Sylvia Fowles picked up 24 points and 14 boards for Chicago in that victory. The Sky beat the Dream 88-82 when the teams played on July 3.


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