Daily Sports Roundup: June 16

by Dirty on June 16, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Tigers play host to the Nationals, the Dodgers continue their series with the Reds, and Spain takes on Switzerland at the World Cup.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

Wednesday’s trio of World Cup matches has Spain vs. Switzerland, Honduras vs. Chile, and South Africa vs. Uruguay. South Africa and Uruguay already have games under their belts at the tournament, with the hosts tying Mexico 1-1 in the opening match and Uruguay playing to a 0-0 tie with France; Uruguay is a +130 favorite for Wednesday, with South Africa at +200, and the draw odds at +220. Spain, one of the World Cup favorites, is listed at -400 against the Swiss (+1000), with those draw odds at +425. As well, Chile is a -180 favorite against Honduras (+450), with draw odds at +300 for that match. Spain is pegged as the -400 favorite to win Group H, with Chile next on that list at +500, Switzerland third at +1000, and Honduras well back at +4000.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The only National League matchup on the MLB schedule for Wednesday has the Dodgers at Cincinnati, with Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (6-3, 3.13 ERA) slated to take on the Reds’ Mike Leake (5-0, 2.68 ERA). Lefthander Kershaw picked up the victory against the Cardinals in his last trip to the mound, surrendering just three earned runs on four hits over seven innings of work (and fanning 10). Righthander Leake escaped with a no-decision last time out despite giving up five earned runs on 11 hits over just 4 1-3 innings against the Giants. Leake faced the Dodgers in a start on April 22, surrendering five earned runs in his seven innings but still getting the win.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s interleague schedule has Baltimore at San Francisco, Toronto at San Diego, Milwaukee at the Angels, the Mets at Cleveland, Philadelphia at the Yankees, the White Sox at Pittsburgh, Arizona at Boston, Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Texas at Florida, Oakland at the Cubs, Colorado at Minnesota, Houston at Kansas City, Seattle at St. Louis, and Washington at Detroit. Livan Hernandez (5-3, 2.28 ERA) is set to take on Justin Verlander (7-4, 3.56 ERA) in that Nationals/Tigers matchup. Righthander Hernandez has given up three or fewer earned runs in nine of his last 10 starts, while righthander Verlander has picked up the win in six of his last eight outings.

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