Daily Sports Roundup: July 5

by Dirty on July 5, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Red Sox and Rays begin a three-game series in Tampa Bay, while the first-place Braves go to Philadelphia for a set with the Phillies.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Monday has Baltimore at Detroit, the Angels at the White Sox, Cleveland at Texas, the Yankees at Oakland, Kansas City at Seattle, and Boston at Tampa Bay. The Red Sox are expected to hand the ball to Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-3, 4.50 ERA) on Monday, with the Rays countering with Matt Garza (9-5, 4.08 ERA). Righthander Matsuzaka was beaten by Tampa Bay in his last trip to the mound on June 30, surrendering three earned runs on four hits over his six innings of work, while fanning seven. Righthander Garza picked up the win in that June 30 contest, giving up three earned runs on six hits over seven innings of work on that night.

Meanwhile, the National League on Monday offers up San Francisco at Milwaukee, the Cubs at Arizona, Cincinnati at the Mets, Florida at the Dodgers, and Atlanta at Philadelphia. Derek Lowe (9-6, 4.53 ERA) will take on Roy Halladay (9-7, 2.42 ERA) in that Braves/Phillies matchup. Righthander Lowe took the loss against the Nationals in his last trip to the mound, surrendering four earned runs on eight hits over 5 2-3 innings of work in that game. Righthander Halladay is also coming off a defeat, falling to the Reds after giving up four earned runs on 13 hits over eight innings of work. Halladay fanned 10 in that loss to Cincinnati, and he has 112 strikeouts vs. 17 walks on the year.

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