Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Boston tries to grab an interleague win in Philadelphia, while the Mariners and Rockies continue their series in Colorado.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The Red Sox will send Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4, 7.33 ERA) to the mound in their interleague matchup in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Righthander Matsuzaka was knocked around for five earned runs on 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings of work in a loss against the Rangers in his last start, and he hasn’t pitched into the seventh inning all season long. The Phillies will counter Dice-K with lefthander Antonio Bastardo (2-0, 2.45 ERA), who has won both of his Major League starts this year.
Out west on Saturday the Rockies will send Jason Marquis (8-4, 3.98 ERA) to the mound at home against the Mariners and Brandon Morrow (0-3, 6.38 ERA). Righthander Morrow was expected to be sent to AAA to join their rotation, but Erik Bedard’s sore shoulder will push him into action on Saturday. Righthander Marquis grabbed his eighth victory of the season last time out against the Cardinals, surrendering just two earned runs on six hits in 6 2-3 innings pitched.
Elsewhere on the diamond on Saturday it’ll be Minnesota the Cubs, Florida at Toronto, St. Louis at Cleveland, the White Sox at Milwaukee, the Mets at the Yankees, Washington at Tampa Bay, Detroit at Pittsburgh, Atlanta at Baltimore, Cincinnati at Kansas City, the Dodgers at Texas, San Diego at the Angels, and Oakland at San Francisco. As well, the Astros and D-Backs continue their NL-only set, with Roy Oswalt (2-3, 4.66 ERA) taking on Jon Garland (4-6, 5.61 ERA).
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, there are two games on the WNBA schedule for Saturday, with Sacramento at Phoenix and New York at San Antonio. The Liberty will be trying to secure their first victory of the season, having fallen to Connecticut and Phoenix in their opening two contests. New York guard Shameka Christon is day-to-day with an ankle injury and considered questionable for Saturday night.