Daily Sports Roundup: June 29

June 29, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees host the Mariners, the Dodgers battle with the Giants, and the Round of 16 wraps up at the World Cup in South Africa.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

The Round of 16 wraps up at the World Cup on Tuesday with Paraguay vs. Japan and Spain vs. Portugal. Paraguay took top spot in Group F with five points, and they’re slight +120 favorites against Japan (+225), with draw odds of +220. Japan ended up in second place in Group E with six points. Spain is then set at EVEN in their game against Portugal (+285), with draw odds of +220. The Spaniards claimed top spot in Group H with six points, while Portugal settled for second in Group G with five points.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Tuesday has Oakland at Baltimore, Toronto at Cleveland, Tampa Bay at Boston, Detroit at Minnesota, the White Sox at Kansas City, Texas at the Angels, and Seattle at the Yankees. Cliff Lee (6-3, 2.39 ERA) is slated to go up against Phil Hughes (10-1, 3.17 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Lee is coming off consecutive complete-game wins, holding the Cubs and Reds to a combined one run over those 18 innings of work. Righthander Hughes has picked up the victory in each of his last five mound trips, and New York is 9-1 in his last 10 starts.

Meanwhile the National League on Tuesday offers up the Mets at Florida, Philadelphia at Cincinnati, Washington at Atlanta, Pittsburgh at the Cubs, Arizona at St. Louis, Colorado at San Diego, Houston at Milwaukee, and the Dodgers at San Francisco. John Ely (3-5, 3.86 ERA) matches up with Matt Cain (6-6, 2.72 ERA) in that last game. Righthander Ely took a hard-luck loss last time out, surrendering just one earned run on three hits over seven innings against the Angels. Righthander Cain was pounded by the Astros in his last mound trip, giving up seven runs in just 2 2-3 innings.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

As well, the WNBA offers up five games on Tuesday, with Phoenix at Atlanta, Connecticut at Tulsa, San Antonio at Seattle, New York at Los Angeles, and Indiana at Washington. The Fever and Mystics have identical 9-5 records through 14 games, with Indiana 8-6 against-the-spread, and Washington 9-4-1 ATS. The Fever held off Chicago for a 70-64 victory last time out, with Ebony Hoffman scoring a team-high 13 points for Indiana in that contest. The Mystics got past Phoenix 95-85 last time out, as Crystal Langhorne poured in 31 points and Lindsey Harding pitched in with 24 points.


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