Daily Sports Roundup: July 7

July 7, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Germany takes on Spain in the second World Cup semifinal, while the Red Sox battle the Rays, and the Dodgers play host to the Marlins.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

The second World Cup semifinal match will take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Wednesday, with Germany vs. Spain. Oddsmakers have Spain as a slight +155 favorite in that contest, with Germany at +170, the draw odds at +225, and the total at 2.5. The Spaniards barely got past Paraguay in the quarterfinals, winning 1-0 in Johannesburg; Spain also picked up a 1-0 win over Portugal in the Round of 16. Germany beat Argentina and England by a combined 8-1 score over the last two rounds.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Wednesday has Baltimore at Detroit, Minnesota at Toronto, Cleveland at Texas, the Angels at the White Sox, the Yankees at Oakland, Kansas City at Seattle, and Boston at Tampa Bay. Tim Wakefield (3-6, 4.96 ERA) is slated to take on David Price (11-4, 2.42 ERA) in that Sox/Rays matchup. Righthander Wakefield beat the Orioles in his last trip to the mound, holding them to two runs on seven hits over his eight innings of work. Lefthander Price was beaten by the Twins in his last start despite allowing only two runs on four hits in eight innings pitched that day.

Meanwhile, the National League on Wednesday offers up Atlanta at Philadelphia, San Diego at Washington, Cincinnati at the Mets, Pittsburgh at Houston, San Francisco at Milwaukee, St. Louis at Colorado, the Cubs at Arizona, and Florida at the Dodgers. Josh Johnson (8-3, 1.82 ERA) will take on Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 3.78 ERA) in that last contest. Righthander Johnson had to settle for a no-decision in his last start against the Braves despite allowing just one run on six hits over six innings of work. Righthander Kuroda was rocked by the D-Backs last time out, giving up six runs in just 1 2-3 innings.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there’s just one game on the WNBA’s schedule for Wednesday, with Connecticut at Atlanta in a battle of Eastern powers. The Sun (10-6 SU, 9-6-1 ATS) will be looking to bounce back from a 92-80 loss to Chicago last time out, with Sandrine Gruda scoring a team-high 17 points for Connecticut in that defeat. The Dream (13-5 SU, 10-7-1 ATS) are also coming off a loss to Chicago; they fell 88-82 to the Sky last game. Angel McCoughtry was good for 20 points for Atlanta that day, while Iziane Castro Marques had 17 points. Atlanta beat Connecticut 97-82 when they met May 21.


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