Daily Sports Roundup: July 2

July 2, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Twins play host to the Rays, the Marlins meet the Braves, and the Netherlands and Brazil do battle in World Cup quarterfinal action.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

The quarterfinal round of the World Cup gets underway on Friday, with Netherlands vs. Brazil and Uruguay vs. Ghana. Brazil blanked Chile 3-0 in the Round of 16 on Monday, and they’re listed as the -120 favorites against the Dutch (+330), with draw odds of +240. The Netherlands are coming off a 2-1 win over Slovakia. Uruguay knocked off South Korea 2-1 in their Round of 16 matchup last Saturday, and they’re favored at EVEN odds over Ghana (+285), with draw odds of +220. Ghana reached the World Cup’s quarterfinal round by getting past the United States by a score of 2-1.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Friday has Toronto at the Yankees, Oakland at Cleveland, Seattle at Detroit, Baltimore at Boston, the White Sox at Texas, Kansas City at the Angels, and Tampa Bay at Minnesota. The Rays are expected to go with David Price (11-3, 2.44 ERA) in that last matchup, with the Twins countering with Scott Baker (6-7, 4.97 ERA). Lefthander Price beat the Diamondbacks last time out, allowing just two earned runs over eight innings while fanning 11 batters. Righthander Baker will be looking to bounce back from an ugly outing against the Mets in his most recent trip to the mound in which he surrendered six earned runs on 11 hits over just 4 1-3 innings.

Meanwhile, the National League on Friday offers up Cincinnati at the Cubs, Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, the Mets at Washington, San Francisco at Colorado, Milwaukee at St. Louis, the Dodgers at Arizona, Houston at San Diego, and Florida at Atlanta. Josh Johnson (8-3, 1.83 ERA) is slated to pitch for the Marlins on Friday against the Braves’ Kris Medlen (5-1, 3.15 ERA). Righthander Johnson took a rare loss last time out against the Padres despite giving up just two earned runs on five hits over eight innings of work. Righthander Medlen shut down the Tigers for a victory last time out, surrendering only one earned run on six hits over 6 2-3 innings in that game.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

As well, the opening week of the Canadian Football League season continues on Friday with Hamilton at Winnipeg. Oddsmakers have the Tiger-Cats sitting as the 2-point road favorites for Friday night’s game, with the contest’s total posted at 51 points.


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