Daily Sports Roundup: August 28

August 28, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees play on the road against the White Sox, the Astros take on the Mets, and the Giants continue their preseason in Baltimore.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

A busy NFL preseason schedule for Saturday offers up Cleveland at Detroit (-2.5), Cincinnati (-3) at Buffalo, Jacksonville (-2.5) at Tampa Bay, Dallas at Houston (-3), Tennessee at Carolina (-3), Seattle at Minnesota (-5.5), Arizona at Chicago (-3.5), San Francisco at Oakland (-1), and the Giants at Baltimore (-4). The Ravens are undefeated so far during the preseason, beating Carolina 17-12 at home in Week 1 and bouncing Washington 23-3 on the road last week. The Giants beat the Jets 31-16 in their exhibition opener, then lost 24-17 to Pittsburgh last week. Giants quarterback Eli Manning will return from his facial injuries to start the game for his team Saturday night.

There’s also one Canadian Football League game on tap for Saturday, with Saskatchewan at Edmonton. The Roughriders (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS) blasted the Lions 37-13 last time out, while the Eskimos (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) are riding a two-game losing streak. Oddsmakers have Saskatchewan pegged as a 7-point road favorite for Saturday.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Saturday has Detroit at Toronto, Minnesota at Seattle, Kansas City at Cleveland, Boston at Tampa Bay, Oakland at Texas, Baltimore at the Angels, and the Yankees at the White Sox. CC Sabathia (17-5, 3.02 ERA) is set to take on John Danks (12-8, 3.31 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Sabathia has picked up the win in each of his past four starts, blanking the Mariners on three hits over six innings of work last time out. Lefthander Danks had to settle for a no-decision against the Royals in his last trip to the mound, surrendering two runs over six innings.

Over in the National League on Saturday it’s then Philadelphia at San Diego, St. Louis at Washington, the Cubs at Cincinnati, Florida at Atlanta, Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, the Dodgers at Colorado, Arizona at San Francisco, and Houston at the Mets. Brett Myers (9-7, 3.08 ERA) is slated to pitch for the Astros on Saturday, while the Mets give the ball to Johan Santana (10-8, 2.94 ERA). Righthander Myers got back into the win column last time out, holding the Phillies to two runs on nine hits over his seven innings of work. Lefthander Santana lost to the Astros on August 17, giving up four runs in eight innings.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, the WNBA playoffs continue with two games on Saturday: Seattle at Los Angeles, and Phoenix at San Antonio. The Storm rolled over the Sparks in Game 1 of their first-round series on Wednesday night, winning 79-66 at home behind 17 points and nine rebounds from Lauren Jackson. Marie Ferdinand-Harris tossed in 18 points for Los Angeles in that loss. As well, the Mercury won the opener of their best-of-three series with the Silver Stars by a score of 106-93 at home on Thursday. Candice Dupree had 32 points for Phoenix in the win, while Becky Hammon had 19 points for the Sparks.


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