Daily Sports Roundup: August 5

August 5, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The O’s play host to the Angels, the Giants take on Atlanta, and the world’s top golfers take to the links in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

On the American League schedule for Thursday it’s Minnesota at Tampa Bay, the White Sox at Detroit, Cleveland at Boston, Texas at Seattle, and the Angels at Baltimore. Los Angeles is expected to go with Dan Haren (7-10, 4.42 ERA) in that last matchup, while the Orioles counter with Jake Arrieta (3-3, 5.47 ERA). Righthander Haren has lost both of his starts with the Angels so far despite giving up just four runs over his 13 2-3 innings of work and fanning 14. Righthander Arrieta took a no-decision against the Royals in his most recent trip to the mound, allowing three runs on six hits over his 4 1-3 innings of work. Rookie Arrieta has walked 33 batters and struck out 25 so far this year.

Meanwhile, the National League on Thursday offers up Colorado at Pittsburgh, Philadelphia at Florida, Washington at Arizona, San Diego at the Dodgers, and San Francisco at Atlanta. Tim Lincecum (11-4, 3.10 ERA) will take the mound for the Giants on Thursday against the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens (3-4, 4.62 ERA). Righthander Lincecum beat the Dodgers last time out, giving up two runs over seven innings of work; San Francisco is 8-2 in Lincecum’s last 10 starts. Righthander Jurrjens was tagged with a loss by the Reds in his last outing, surrendering five runs on eight hits over 6 2-3 innings of work. Atlanta has five victories to go along with five losses in Jurrjens’ last 10 outings.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

The world’s top golfers will be at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio starting Thursday for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods is the defending champion at this event, and he’s actually claimed the tournament seven times in its first 11 years. That’s made Woods the 9/2 Vegas favorite to win this week’s WGC event, with Phil Mickelson behind him on that list at 10/1 odds. Lee Westwood rounds out the Top 3 at 12/1 to claim the tournament title, followed by both Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy at 20/1. Steve Stricker and Paul Casey are back at 25/1 odds to pick up the Akron win.

Finally, there’s one contest on the WNBA’s Thursday slate, with Connecticut at Seattle. The Sun are coming off a 111-103 road overtime loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night; Renee Montgomery poured in 33 points for Connecticut in that defeat. The Storm were knocked off 84-75 on the road by Tulsa on Tuesday, with Sue Bird tossing in 19 points.


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