Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: September 1

by Dirty on September 1, 2009

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees play in Baltimore, the Red Sox play in Tampa Bay, and the Giants open up a three-game series in Philadelphia.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

A pair of NL playoff contenders will take the diamond in Philadelphia on Tuesday night as the Phillies host the Giants. Cole Hamels (7-8, 4.52 ERA) will get the ball for Philadelphia in this contest; lefthander Hamels had no trouble with the Pirates last time out, holding them scoreless on seven hits over eight innings of work (in a no-decision). Jonathan Sanchez (6-10, 4.27 ERA) counters for the Giants; lefthander Sanchez has allowed just three earned runs over his last 12 innings.

Also on the National League schedule for Tuesday: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Atlanta at Florida, Houston at the Cubs, the Mets at Colorado, Washington at San Diego, Arizona at the Dodgers, and Milwaukee at St. Louis. Braden Looper (11-6, 4.88 ERA) will take on Joel Pineiro (13-9, 3.11 ERA) in that last matchup. Righthander Looper has just one win over his past four starts, while righthander Pineiro has been a sure thing for St. Louis; the Cards have won his last 10 starts.

Over in the American League the Red Sox will begin a series in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, with Jon Lester (10-7, 3.60 ERA) taking on Andy Sonnanstine (6-7, 6.61 ERA). Lefthander Lester hasn’t been tagged with a loss since July 19, and he’s given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his last five trips to the mound. Righthander Sonnanstine returns from AAA to take Scott Kazmir’s place in the Rays’ rotation. Sonnanstine last pitched in the major leagues on June 25.

Elsewhere around the Junior Circuit on Tuesday it’ll be Toronto at Texas (in a doubleheader), Cleveland at Detroit, the White Sox at Minnesota, Kansas City at Oakland, the Angels at Seattle, and the Yankees at Baltimore. A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.10 ERA) will start for New York; righthander Burnett has lost three straight starts, but beat the O’s on July 22. David Hernandez (4-6, 4.24 ERA) goes for Baltimore; the Orioles have won just once over the righthander’s last six outings.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

The WNBA gets back on the hardwood on Tuesday night with five games on the schedule: Phoenix at Detroit, Seattle at New York, Minnesota at San Antonio, Connecticut at Sacramento, and Atlanta at Los Angeles. The Dream and Sparks carry identical 15-14 straight-up marks into that last contest, with Atlanta 18-8-3 against-the-spread and Los Angeles 15-14 ATS. The Dream fell 91-84 to Seattle in their last game, while the Sparks are coming off a 91-81 win over Connecticut.

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