Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: September 2

by Dirty on September 2, 2009

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Mariners host the Angels, the Red Sox continue their series in Tampa Bay, and the Brewers take on the Cardinals’ ace.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

Scott Kazmir (8-7, 5.92 ERA) will make his Angels debut on Wednesday night as Los Angeles plays in Seattle. Lefthander Kazmir, acquired in a trade with the Rays last week, has pitched well in each of his past three starts, allowing just seven earned runs over 19 2-3 innings of work. The Mariners will counter with Felix Hernandez (13-5, 2.77 ERA). Righthander Hernandez is coming off a win over the Royals in which he gave up three earned runs in seven innings pitched.

Also on the American League schedule for Wednesday: Kansas City at Oakland, the White Sox at Minnesota, the Yankees at Baltimore, Cleveland at Detroit, Toronto at Texas, and Boston at Tampa Bay. The Red Sox will go with Josh Beckett (14-5, 3.80 ERA) in that matchup. Righthander Beckett has allowed 20 earned runs in his last 18 1-3 innings pitched. Matt Garza (7-9, 3.95 ERA) gets the ball for the Rays; righthander Garza hasn’t picked up a victory since July 24.

Over in the National League Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter (14-3, 2.20 ERA) will take the mound at home against the Brewers and Dave Bush (3-5, 5.88 ERA). Righthander Carpenter took a hard-luck loss against the Astros last time out, surrendering just two earned runs over his six innings of work. St. Louis is 8-2 in his last 10 starts. Righthander Bush has given up 18 earned runs over his last 11 innings of work; the Brewers have won just twice in his last seven mound trips.

Elsewhere around the NL on Wednesday it’ll be Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Houston at the Cubs, Washington at San Diego, San Francisco at Philadelphia, Atlanta at Florida, the Mets at Colorado, and Arizona at the Dodgers. Max Scherzer (8-8, 4.26 ERA) takes on Chad Billingsley (12-8, 3.83 ERA) in that contest. Righthander Scherzer is coming off a shaky win over Houston (six runs in six innings), while righthander Billingsley has taken the loss in two straight outings.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there’s just one game on the WNBA’s schedule for Wednesday, with Phoenix at Indiana. The Fever have a comfortable lead atop the Eastern standings, and they head into Wednesday’s matchup with the Mercury at 20-8 straight-up and 17-11 against-the-spread. Indiana beat Phoenix 90-83 on the road when the teams met back on August 8. Katie Douglas had 28 points and 10 boards for Indiana in that win. Diana Taurasi tossed in 16 points for the Mercury.

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