Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Red Wings try to clinch the Cup, the Magic try to beat the Lakers, and the Cards send their ace to take on the Marlins.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The Lakers will try to take a commanding lead in the NBA Finals with a win in Orlando in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Kobe Bryant poured in 29 points on Sunday night as Los Angeles pulled out a 101-96 overtime victory at home and took a 2-0 series lead. Pau Gasol added 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win for the Lakers, while Lamar Odom picked up 19 points off the bench. Rashard Lewis had a game-high 34 points for the Magic, and Dwight Howard tossed in 17 points.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
Chris Carpenter will try to stay unbeaten on the season when he takes the hill for the Cardinals in Florida on Tuesday night. Carpenter (4-0, 0.71 ERA) has allowed just three earned runs over 38 innings of work so far this season, and he’s coming off a complete-game three-hitter vs. the Reds. The Marlins will turn to Josh Johnson on Tuesday; the righthander is 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA this season.
Elsewhere on the National League schedule for Tuesday it’s Cincinnati at Washington, Pittsburgh at Atlanta, Colorado at Milwaukee, the Cubs at Houston, San Diego at the Dodgers, San Francisco at Arizona, and Philadelphia at the Mets. Johan Santana (7-3, 2.00 ERA) gets the ball for New York in that one; the lefthander threw seven shutout innings to defeat the Phillies in a start on May 6.
Over in the American League on Tuesday it’ll be Seattle at Baltimore, the Angels at Tampa Bay, Kansas City at Cleveland, Toronto at Texas, Detroit at the White Sox, and Minnesota at Oakland. As well, the Yankees and Red Sox will clash at Fenway Park, with A.J. Burnett (4-2, 4.69 ERA) taking on Josh Beckett (6-2, 4.09 ERA). Righthanders Burnett and Beckett used to be teammates with the Marlins.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The Red Wings can finish off the Penguins and skate away with the Stanley Cup with a win in Game 6 of the series at Mellon Arena on Tuesday night. Detroit rolled to a 5-0 win at home in Game 5 on Saturday night, getting goals from Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Kronwall, Brian Rafalski, and Henrik Zetterberg, and 22 saves from Chris Osgood. Marc-Andre Fleury gave up five goals on 21 shots before being pulled by the Pens, who are -140 Game 6 faves.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
The Fever will try again to pick up their first win of the season on Tuesday when they play host to the Storm in WNBA action. Indiana fell 87-86 to Atlanta in their opener on Saturday, then was thumped 96-74 by Minnesota on Sunday. Seattle is coming off back-to-back wins over Sacramento on the weekend, winning 71-61 on the road on Saturday and then grabbing an 80-70 victory at home on Sunday.