Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: David Wright and the Mets take on the Rays, the Cardinals battle the Royals, and the U.S. Open continues at Bethpage Black.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
Mets ace Johan Santana (8-4, 3.29 ERA) will be looking to bounce back from an awful outing when he takes to the mound at home against the Rays and James Shields (5-5, 3.52 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. Lefthander Santana was pounded for nine earned runs on nine hits over just three innings of work by the Yankees last time out. Righthander Shields picked up a no-decision against the Nationals in his last outing, surrendering four earned runs over his 6 1-3 innings.
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter (4-1, 1.59 ERA) will face the Royals’ Brian Bannister (5-3, 4.10 ERA) in their matchup in Kansas City on Saturday afternoon. Righthander Carpenter was tagged with his first loss of the season in his last trip to the mound, giving up three earned runs over seven innings against the Indians. Righthander Bannister pitched a gem last time out against the Reds, surrendering just a single unearned run on four hits over eight innings of work.
As well, the Los Angeles teams will pit brother vs. brother on Saturday night, with the Dodgers’ Jeff Weaver (3-1, 3.72 ERA) taking on the Angels’ Jered Weaver (7-2, 2.08 ERA) in Anaheim. Righthander Jeff Weaver has bounced between the bullpen and the rotation for the Dodgers this season; in his last outing against the Padres he tossed 2 1-3 scoreless innings. Righthander Jered Weaver has won four straight games, tossing a shutout against the Padres in his start last Sunday.
Also on the MLB schedule for Saturday: Cleveland at the Cubs, Milwaukee at Detroit, Baltimore at Philadelphia, Toronto at Washington, Atlanta at Boston, the Yankees at Florida, Houston at Minnesota, the White Sox at Cincinnati, Texas at San Francisco, Oakland at San Diego, and Arizona at Seattle. The non-interleague matchup for Saturday has Pittsburgh continuing their set in Colorado.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
The first round of the U.S. Open was finally completed on Friday, with Mike Weir shooting a 6-under 64 to take the early lead. Tiger Woods finished his opening round at 4-over. The second round began late on Friday and continues Saturday.
Finally, there’s just one WNBA game on the schedule for Saturday night, with Chicago at Washington. Both of those teams also played on Friday night (Chicago was at Connecticut, Washington was at Atlanta) as they jostle for position at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Mystics forward Marissa Coleman is expected to miss the next four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain.