Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Rockies continue their series in Los Angeles, the Diamondbacks host the Rangers, and the Phillies take on the Rays.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.71 ERA) will be gunning for his 10th win of the season on Wednesday night when his Rockies play on the road against the Angels and Joe Saunders (7-4, 3.80 ERA). Colorado has a 6-1 record in Marquis’ last seven trips to the mound, and the righthander held the Pirates to three earned runs over 8 2-3 innings of work in his last start. Lefthander Saunders took a no-decision against the Dodgers in his last outing, giving up four earned runs in 6 1-3 innings pitched.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren (6-4, 2.23 ERA) will get the ball at home on Wednesday against the Rangers and Vicente Padilla (5-3, 4.79 ERA). Righthander Haren has surrendered two or fewer earned runs in each of his past five outings, giving up just 22 hits in 38 innings of work. Righthander Padilla was stuck with a no-decision in his last outing against the Astros, allowing three earned runs over his six innings. The Rangers are 7-3 in Padilla’s last 10 outings.
Back east, the Phillies will send Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.28 ERA) to the mound in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night against the Rays and Matt Garza (4-5, 3.83 ERA). Righthander Blanton has surrendered only seven earned runs over his last three starts, but Philadelphia went 0-3 in those three contests. Righthander Garza hasn’t picked up a victory since beating the Indians back on May 16, with his team going 2-4 in his last six starts. Garza lost to the Rockies in his last start.
Elsewhere on the diamond on Wednesday it’ll be St. Louis at the Mets, the Cubs at Detroit, Cleveland at Pittsburgh, Boston at Washington, Cincinnati at Toronto, Baltimore at Florida, the Yankees at Atlanta, Minnesota at Milwaukee, the Dodgers at the White Sox, San Francisco at Oakland, and San Diego at Seattle. As well, the Royals will continue their three-game set in Houston, with KC’s Luke Hochevar (2-3, 6.61 ERA) set to take on Astros ace Roy Oswalt (3-4, 4.48 ERA).