Daily Sports Roundup: August 21

August 21, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Giants take on the Cardinals in St. Louis, while the Steelers battle the Giants, and the Sprint Cup Series hits the pavement at Bristol.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

The NFL plays the bulk of its Week 2 preseason schedule Saturday, with Baltimore at Washington (-3), Miami at Jacksonville (-2), Kansas City at Tampa Bay (-2.5), St. Louis at Cleveland (-3), the Jets (-1.5) at Carolina, Oakland at Chicago (-1), Detroit at Denver (-3), Dallas at San Diego (-3), Green Bay at Seattle (-1), Houston at New Orleans (-1), and Pittsburgh (-4) at the Giants. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will see his first action of the year on Saturday, while Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich will continue their battle behind Big Ben in the pecking order. The Giants will be without both Eli Manning and Jim Sorgi on Saturday, leaving the bulk of the QB duties for Rhett Bomar.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Saturday offers up Seattle at the Yankees, the Angels at Minnesota, Cleveland at Detroit, the White Sox at Kansas City, Toronto at Boston, Tampa Bay at Oakland, and Texas at Baltimore. Cliff Lee (10-6, 2.77 ERA) is set to take on Brad Bergesen (4-9, 5.80 ERA) in that Rangers/Orioles matchup. Lefthander Lee was knocked around by the Rays in his last trip to the mound, giving up six runs on nine hits over 7 2-3 innings of work. The O’s also beat Lee back on July 10 (six runs over nine innings). Righthander Bergesen is coming off a no-decision against the Mariners in which he surrendered three runs on nine hits over 5 1-3 innings pitched.

Over in the National League on Saturday it’s then Atlanta at the Cubs, the Mets at Pittsburgh, San Diego at Milwaukee, Houston at Florida, Washington at Philadelphia, Colorado at Arizona, Cincinnati at the Dodgers, and San Francisco at St. Louis. The Giants will give the ball to ace Tim Lincecum (11-7, 3.62 ERA) in that last contest, while the Cards counter with Chris Carpenter (13-4, 2.95 ERA). Righthander Lincecum will be looking to bounce back from a pair of rough outings against the Cubs and Padres in which he gave up 11 earned runs on 16 hits over just 7 2-3 innings of work. Righthander Carpenter fell to the Cubs last time out despite giving up just three runs over six innings.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will compete under the lights on Saturday night in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is pegged as the 11/2 sportsbook favorite for Saturday’s race, with five-time Bristol winner Kurt Busch just behind him on that list at 13/2 odds. Kyle Busch, who won this race last season, is pegged at 7/1 odds to visit victory lane on Saturday night, while Jeff Gordon (another five-time Bristol winner) is at 14/1. Standings leader Kevin Harvick is sitting at 12/1 odds.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are two WNBA games on tap for Saturday, with Chicago at Tulsa and Los Angeles at Seattle. The Sparks and Storm last met on July 3 in Los Angeles, with Seattle picking up a 75-62 road win as an 8.5-point favorite. Lauren Jackson was good for 20 points for the Storm that game, and Kristi Toliver scored 18 points for the Sparks.


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