Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Giants and Cardinals both send big guns to the mound in St. Louis, and the Red Sox try to pick up a win in Baltimore.
Meeting up in the Junior Circuit . . .
John Smoltz (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will make his second start as a member of the Red Sox on Tuesday night when his team plays on the road against the Orioles and Rich Hill (3-2, 6.03 ERA). Righthander Smoltz was tagged with a loss in his season debut against the Nationals last time out, allowing five earned runs over five innings of work. Lefthander Hill also took a loss in his last trip to the mound, getting knocked around for six earned runs over his 4 1-3 innings by the Marlins.
Elsewhere around the American League on Tuesday it’ll be Seattle at the Yankees, Tampa Bay at Toronto, the Angels at Texas, Minnesota at Kansas City, Detroit at Oakland, and the White Sox at Cleveland. Clayton Richard (2-1, 4.33 ERA) will get the ball for Chicago; Richard has a no-decision in each of his last four outings. Cliff Lee (4-6, 2.92 ERA) will be on the hill for the Tribe; Lee has given up more than three earned runs in just one of his last 10 trips to the mound.
Taking the field in the Senior Circuit . . .
It’ll be Randy Johnson (7-5, 4.68 ERA) vs. Chris Carpenter (5-2, 1.78 ERA) on Tuesday night when the Cardinals play host to the Giants. Lefthander Johnson impressed in a victory over the Athletics last time out, surrendering just one earned run on six hits over his seven innings of work. Righthander Carpenter was beaten by the Mets in his most recent start, despite allowing just three earned runs over seven innings. St. Louis is 1-3 in Carpenter’s last four outings.
Also on the National League slate for Tuesday: the Cubs at Pittsburgh, Washington at Florida, Philadelphia at Atlanta, Arizona at Cincinnati, Houston at San Diego, Colorado at the Dodgers, and the Mets at Milwaukee. New York will be turning to ace Johan Santana (9-5, 3.08 ERA) in that matchup; Santana beat the Cardinals last time out, allowing two runs over seven innings. The Brewers will counter with Mike Burns (0-1, 3.72 ERA); Milwaukee is 0-2 in his two outings.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, the WNBA offers up three games on Tuesday night as the league closes out its June schedule: Washington at San Antonio, Sacramento at Chicago, and Minnesota at Atlanta. The Lynx have won two straight games despite missing star guard Seimone Augustus (who is out for the season with a knee injury). Minnesota pounded Phoenix 109-80 in their last outing on Saturday; Roneeka Hodges and Candice Wiggins each poured in 22 points for the Lynx in the victory.