Daily Sports Roundup: July 17

July 17, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The CFL finishes off its third week, while the Red Sox play host to the Rangers, and the Marlins send their ace out to face the Nationals.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Saturday has Detroit at Cleveland (in a twin bill), Tampa Bay at the Yankees, Toronto at Baltimore, the White Sox at Minnesota, Oakland at Kansas City, Seattle at the Angels, and Texas at Boston. The Rangers are expected to send Cliff Lee (8-4, 2.64 ERA) to the mound in that last contest, while the Red Sox counter with John Lackey (9-5, 4.78 ERA). Lefthander Lee lost his first start as a member of the Rangers last time out, giving up six runs on nine hits over nine innings against the Orioles. Righthander Lackey was knocked around by the Blue Jays in his most recent outing, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over his 4 2-3 innings pitched.

The National League on Saturday then offers up Philadelphia at the Cubs, the Dodgers at St. Louis, Houston at Pittsburgh, Colorado at Cincinnati, Milwaukee at Atlanta, Arizona at San Diego, the Mets at San Francisco, and Washington at Florida. Livan Hernandez (6-5, 3.37 ERA) will take on Josh Johnson (9-3, 1.70 ERA) in that Nationals/Marlins matchup. Righthander Hernandez was tagged with a loss by the Giants in his last start, allowing five runs on five hits over his five innings of work. Righthander Johnson lowered his ERA even further in his most recent outing, blanking the Dodgers on six hits over eight innings of work to grab his ninth victory of the season.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

The Canadian Football League wraps up the third week of its season on Saturday with Edmonton at Saskatchewan. The Eskimos (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) fell 33-23 at home to Montreal last week despite Ricky Ray’s 340-yard passing game. The Roughriders (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) kept their unbeaten record intact with a 37-18 road win over British Columbia last week; Darian Durant passed for 252 yards for Saskatchewan in that contest. The oddsmakers have listed the Roughriders as the 7-point home favorites for Saturday’s matchup, while the OVER/UNDER for the contest was pegged at 56 points.

Finally, there are three games on the WNBA’s schedule for Saturday, with Atlanta at Connecticut, Tulsa at Phoenix, and Seattle at Minnesota. The Storm (17-2 SU, 13-5-1 ATS) are well ahead of the pack in the Western Conference standings, and they’re coming off a 111-107 win over Phoenix last time out. Lauren Jackson picked up 31 points and 18 rebounds in that victory for Seattle, which has won eight straight games. The Lynx (7-11 SU, 9-9 ATS) are riding a modest two-game winning streak, beating Atlanta 83-81 last time out; Seimone Augustus had 22 points for the Lynx on that night.


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