Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Penguins and Red Wings battle for the Stanley Cup, and the New York teams meet up in the Bronx in interleague action.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
It’s New York – New York on baseball’s interleague schedule for Friday as the Yankees play host to the Mets. Joba Chamberlain (3-1, 3.79 ERA) gets the ball for the Bronx Bombers; the righthander has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his past six starts, going 2-0 with four no-decisions. The Mets counter with Livan Hernandez (5-1, 3.88 ERA). Righthander Hernandez tossed seven scoreless innings in a win over the Nationals last time out, allowing just four hits.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, will begin their interleague matchup with the defending-champion Phillies on Friday night. Boston will send Jon Lester (5-5, 5.09 ERA) to the mound in the series opener, with the lefthander on a two-game winning streak. Lester held the Rangers to one run on two hits in a complete-game victory last time out. Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.46 ERA) starts for Philadelphia; the righthander has allowed just four earned runs over his last 20 innings pitched.
Also on the schedule for Friday: Minnesota at the Cubs, Atlanta at Baltimore, Detroit at Pittsburgh, St. Louis at Cleveland, Florida at Toronto, Washington at Tampa Bay, the Dodgers at Texas, the White Sox at Milwaukee, Cincinnati at Kansas City, Seattle at Colorado, San Diego at the Angels, and Oakland at San Francisco. As well, the lone NL matchup has Houston at Arizona, with Dan Haren (4-4, 2.33 ERA) starting for the D-Backs; Haren hasn’t taken a loss since May 12.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The National Hockey League season comes to an end on Friday night, with the Red Wings hosting the Penguins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Pittsburgh forced the deciding contest with a 2-1 home win in Game 6 on Tuesday night. The Pens got goals from Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy in that game, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 of 26 Detroit shots. Kris Draper had the lone Red Wings goal, and Chris Osgood made 29 saves. The home team has won every game so far in this series, and Detroit is pegged as a -180 favorite at Joe Louis Arena for Friday night. The oddsmakers have listed the game’s total at 5.5 goals.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, the Monarchs will be searching for their first win of the season on Friday night when they host the Mercury in one of four games on the WNBA schedule. Sacramento lost back-to-back games to the Storm on opening weekend to sit at 0-2 on the season. Seattle will play in Minnesota on Friday night, while Indiana gets a visit from Los Angeles, and Atlanta tries to pick up a victory up in Chicago.