Daily Sports Roundup: October 6

October 6, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Baseball begins its Division Series, with the Rays hosting the Rangers, the Reds battling the Phillies, and the Yankees meeting the Twins.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

There’s one college football game on the Wednesday schedule, with UAB (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) at Central Florida (2-2 SU, 2-1 ATS). The Blazers were edged 32-29 on the road by Tennessee in double overtime last time out, with QB Bryan Ellis going 29-of-55 for 373 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. The Knights are coming off a 17-13 road loss to Kansas State, as QB Jeff Godfrey completed just 8-of-18 pass attempts for 92 yards with two INTs. UCF is the 12-point favorite for Wednesday’s game.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The Rangers and Rays begin their ALDS in Tampa Bay on Wednesday afternoon, with Cliff Lee (12-9, 3.18 ERA) taking on David Price (19-6, 2.72 ERA). Lefthander Lee faced the Rays back on August 16, getting knocked around for six runs on nine hits over 7 2-3 innings of work in a loss. Lefthander Price was Lee’s opposition in that contest, and he gave up just two runs on five hits over six innings in a no-decision that day. Price and the Rays are sitting as -130 home favorites for Game 1, with the total set at 7 runs.

The other ALDS also gets underway on Wednesday, with the Yankees at Minnesota. New York will send ace CC Sabathia (21-7, 3.18 ERA) to the hill in that contest, while the Twins counter with Francisco Liriano (14-10, 3.62 ERA). Lefthander Sabathia ended his regular season with a dominating win over the Blue Jays, giving up just one run on three hits over 8 1-3 innings. Lefthander Liriano pitched against the Yankees back on May 26, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings that day in a no-decision. New York has been pegged as the -140 road favorite for Wednesday, with the total at 7.

Finally, the one NLDS matchup on Wednesday has Cincinnati at Philadelphia, with Edinson Volquez (4-3, 4.31 ERA) taking on Roy Halladay (21-10, 2.44 ERA). Righthander Volquez settled for a no-decision against the Astros in his most recent start, allowing two runs on seven hits over his six innings of work. Righthander Halladay dazzled the Reds back on July 10, giving up just five hits over nine shutout innings. Oddsmakers have the Phillies as big -225 favorites for Wednesday, with a total of 7 runs.


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