Daily Sports Roundup: July 8

by Dirty on July 8, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Golfers hit the links at TPC Deere Run and Loch Lomond, while the Yankees meet the Mariners, and the Cardinals take on the Rockies.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Thursday has the Angels at the White Sox, Minnesota at Toronto, Cleveland at Tampa Bay, Baltimore at Texas, and the Yankees at Seattle. Andy Pettitte (10-2, 2.82 ERA) is slated to take on Jason Vargas (6-4, 3.22 ERA) in that Yankees/Mariners matchup. Lefthander Pettitte beat the Blue Jays in his last trip to the mound, holding them to three runs on five hits over his six innings of work. Lefthander Vargas was knocked around by the Tigers in his most recent outing, surrendering six runs on eight hits over just 4 1-3 innings of work for Seattle that game.

Over in the Nationals League on Thursday it’s then Pittsburgh at Houston, San Francisco at Milwaukee, Cincinnati at Philadelphia, San Diego at Washington, Florida at Arizona, the Cubs at the Dodgers, and St. Louis at Colorado. Chris Carpenter (9-3, 3.16 ERA) will match up against Ubaldo Jimenez (14-1, 2.27 ERA) in that last contest. Righthander Carpenter will be looking to bounce back from a loss to the Brewers in which he allowed seven earned runs on nine hits in three innings of work. Righthander Jimenez also lost his last start, giving up seven runs on five hits over six innings of work against the Giants. The Rockies hadn’t lost a Jimenez outing since way back on May 9.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

The PGA Tour will begin the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois on Thursday, with Steve Stricker set as the 14/1 Vegas favorite to repeat as the tournament champion. Tim Clark (15/1), Zach Johnson (16/1), and K.J. Choi (18/1) follow Stricker on that odds list, with Jeff Overton rounding out the top five at 22/1.  Overseas, Phil Mickelson is the 9/1 favorite to win the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, followed by Ernie Els at 11/1, Martin Kaymer at 16/1, Graeme McDowell at 20/1, and Retief Goosen at 22/1. Robert Allenby and Charl Schwartzel are listed at 28/1.

Finally, there are two games on the WNBA’s schedule for Thursday, with San Antonio at Minnesota and Tulsa at Indiana. The Shock (3-13 SU, 4-12 ATS) have lost 10 straight games, falling 69-54 at home to Washington in their last contest; Scholanda Robinson tossed in 16 points for Tulsa in that defeat. The Fever (10-6 SU, 9-7 ATS) are coming off a 58-51 win over Chicago, with Tamika Catchings scoring 16 points in that road game.

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