Daily Sports Roundup: July 29

July 29, 2010


Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Rays host the Tigers, the Pirates play on the road versus the Rockies, and the PGA Tour takes to the links at The Greenbrier Classic.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League has five games on tap for Thursday, with the Yankees at Cleveland, Oakland at Texas, Baltimore at Kansas City, Seattle at the White Sox, and Detroit at Tampa Bay. The Tigers will send Rick Porcello (4-8, 5.55 ERA) to the mound on Thursday, while the Rays counter with David Price (13-5, 2.90 ERA). Righthander Porcello was tagged with a loss by the Blue Jays last time out, giving up three runs over six innings pitched; Detroit is 1-4 in Porcello’s last five starts. Lefthander Price beat the Indians in his last trip to the mound, allowing three runs on three hits over seven innings.

Over in the National League on Thursday it’ll be Atlanta at Washington, St. Louis at the Mets, Florida at San Francisco, the Dodgers at San Diego, Arizona at Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh at Colorado. Paul Maholm (6-8, 4.13 ERA) will take on Ubaldo Jimenez (15-2, 2.75 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Maholm was beaten by the Padres last time out, surrendering four runs on nine hits over his six innings pitched. Righthander Jimenez was knocked around by the Phillies in his last outing, giving up six runs over just two innings of work. Colorado is just 1-3 in Jimenez’s last four starts, and the Cy Young contender has allowed 20 runs (18 earned) over his last 21 1-3 innings of work.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

The PGA Tour offers up a new event starting Thursday, with the golfers hitting the links in The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White Course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Jim Furyk is pegged as the 14/1 Vegas favorite to win The Greenbrier Classic this week, with Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney just behind him on that odds list at 18/1. Sergio Garcia has been given 20/1 odds to claim the tournament title, with both Ricky Barnes and Jeff Overton at 25/1, and Carl Pettersson rounding out the top contenders at 30/1. Pettersson is coming off a victory in the RBC Canadian Open on the weekend.

The Canadian Football League kicks off the fifth week of its regular season on Thursday with Toronto at Montreal. The Argonauts (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS) came back for a 24-20 home win over British Columbia last time out, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter en route to the win. The Alouettes (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) kept pace with the Argos in the Eastern standings with a 37-14 home win over Hamilton in Week 4; Anthony Calvillo threw for 310 yards in that victory. Oddsmakers have the Alouettes pegged as the 10-point home favorites for Thursday’s game, with the total for the day sitting at 52.5 points.

Finally, there are two games on the WNBA’s schedule for Thursday, with San Antonio at Washington and Minnesota at Phoenix. The Mercury beat the Lynx 127-124 on the road as a 2.5-point favorite in their last matchup on July 24. Candice Dupree led Phoenix with 32 points in that victory, while Diana Taurasi was good for 31 points in the contest. Seimone Augustus poured in a game-high 36 points in that losing cause for Minnesota.

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