Daily Sports Roundup: August 8

August 8, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees host the Red Sox under the lights, the NFL begins its preseason, and the Sprint Cup drivers hit the road at Watkins Glen.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

The National Football League kicks off its preseason schedule with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday. This year’s matchup features the Cowboys taking on the Bengals, with the oddsmakers pegging Cincinnati as a 2.5-point favorite and the total set at 33 points. Neither team’s starters are expected to play more than a few series in the contest.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Sunday has Minnesota at Cleveland, the Angels at Detroit, Tampa Bay at Toronto, the White Sox at Baltimore, Texas at Oakland, Kansas City at Seattle, and Boston at the Yankees. The Red Sox are expected to send Josh Beckett (3-1, 5.70 ERA) to the mound in that Sunday night matchup, while New York counters with A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.93 ERA). Righthander Beckett beat the Indians in his most recent trip to the mound, giving up one run on three hits over his eight innings of work. Righthander Burnett was knocked around by the Blue Jays last time out, giving up eight runs on eight hits over his 4 2-3 innings. New York is 3-7 in Burnett’s last 10 starts.

Over in the National League on Sunday it’ll be St. Louis at Florida, Colorado at Pittsburgh, San Francisco at Atlanta, Houston at Milwaukee, Cincinnati at the Cubs, Washington at the Dodgers, San Diego at Arizona, and the Mets at Philadelphia. R.A. Dickey (7-4, 2.36 ERA) is slated to start for New York in that last contest, while the Phillies turn to Roy Halladay (13-8, 2.17 ERA). Righthander Dickey had to settle for a no-decision last time out, giving up two runs on five hits over his six innings of work against the Braves. Righthander Halladay beat the Marlins in his last trip to the mound, surrendering one run on five hits over seven innings while fanning nine hitters in the win.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will take on Watkins Glen International’s road course on Sunday in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. Oddsmakers have Marcos Ambrose pegged at 7/2 odds to get the win at Watkins Glen this weekend, with five-time track winner Tony Stewart just behind him on that list at 4/1. Jeff Gordon, a four-time winner at Watkins Glen, is pegged at 15/2 odds for Sunday, with both Kyle Busch (the 2008 Watkins Glen winner) and Jimmie Johnson at 17/2, and Juan Montoya at 8/1. Kevin Harvick, who won this race in 2006, is listed at 12/1 this time around, with 2003 winner Robby Gordon at 25/1. Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray are both at 22/1.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are four games on the WNBA’s schedule for Sunday, with Indiana at Phoenix, New York at Minnesota, San Antonio at Los Angeles, and Washington at Connecticut. The Mystics and Sun met on July 27 in Connecticut, with the Sun winning 88-78 as a 3.5-point home favorite. Asjha Jones led the way for the Sun with 23 points in that victory, while Renee Montgomery picked up 17 points off the bench. Crystal Langhorne had 23 points in the loss for the Mystics, while Monique Currie had 18 points.


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