Daily Sports Roundup: July 25

July 25, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Mariners play host to the Red Sox, the Cubs take on the rival Cardinals, and the drivers of NASCAR compete at Indy in the Brickyard 400.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

On the American League schedule for Sunday it’ll be Tampa Bay at Cleveland, Toronto at Detroit, Kansas City at the Yankees, Minnesota at Baltimore, the White Sox at Oakland, the Angels at Texas, and Boston at Seattle. Daisuke Matsuzaka (7-3, 4.29 ERA) will take on Doug Fister (3-6, 3.56 ERA) in that Red Sox/Mariners matchup. Righthander Matsuzaka beat the Athletics last time out, limiting them to just one run on two hits over 6 2-3 innings of work. Righthander Fister is coming off a loss to the White Sox in which he gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings of work.

The National League schedule for Sunday has Atlanta at Florida, Colorado at Philadelphia, San Diego at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati at Houston, Washington at Milwaukee, the Mets at the Dodgers, San Francisco at Arizona, and St. Louis at the Cubs. Chris Carpenter (11-3, 3.05 ERA) is slated to take the hill for the Cardinals on Sunday night; righthander Carpenter dazzled the Phillies in his last trip to the mound, giving up just one run on five hits over his eight innings of work. The Cubs are expected to counter with Ryan Dempster (8-7, 3.70 ERA) on Sunday; righthander Dempster took a no-decision vs. the Astros in his last start, allowing seven runs (four earned) in five innings.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will take on Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday in the Brickyard 400. Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are the 13/2 Vegas co-favorites to take the checkered flag at Indy on Sunday; Gordon has won four Cup races on the track in his career, while Harvick won there in 2003. Tony Stewart, who has two career Indy wins, is next at 6/1 odds, while two-time defending Brickyard champion Jimmie Johnson sits at 15/2 odds to visit victory lane. Kyle Busch (17/2) and Kurt Busch (9/1) round out the top race contenders, with Mark Martin listed at 10/1 odds for Sunday.

Meanwhile, the drivers of Formula 1 will hit the track at the Hockenheimring on Sunday in the German Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel is pegged as the 15/8 oddsmakers’ favorite for Sunday, with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber just behind him on the list at 3/1; Webber won the series’ last race, the British Grand Prix, and he’s the defending champ at the German Grand Prix. Drivers championship leader Lewis Hamilton is next at 4/1 odds, with Fernando Alonso at 11/2, and Jenson Button at 10/1. Button sits 12 points behind McLaren teammate Hamilton in second place in the drivers championship, and the two drivers hold a 278-249 lead on Red Bull in the constructors championship so far.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

As well, there are two WNBA games on the schedule for Sunday, with New York at Atlanta and Tulsa at Seattle. The Storm (19-2 SU, 13-6-2 ATS) ride a 10-game winning streak into Sunday’s matchup with the Shock, getting past San Antonio 80-74 when they last hit the hardwood; Lauren Jackson poured in 21 points for Seattle in that victory. Seattle also knocked off Tulsa 83-72 when the teams last met on June 27. Jackson had 24 points for Seattle in that victory, and Scholanda Robinson scored 16 points for Tulsa.


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