Daily Sports Roundup: June 23

by Dirty on June 23, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Rockies play host to the Red Sox, while the United States and England look to finally break into the win column at the World Cup.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

Group C and Group D take the pitch with four games on the World Cup schedule for Wednesday. Group C action has the United States vs. Algeria and Slovenia vs. England, while in Group D it’ll be Australia vs. Serbia and Ghana vs. Germany. The United States is the -140 favorite against Algeria (+375), with draw odds of +260, while England is favored at -250 over Slovenia (+650), with draw odds of +330. Slovenia leads that group with four points, while the USA and England each have two. Serbia is a -120 favorite against Australia (+300), with draw odds of +260, and Germany is favored at -250 over Ghana (+650), with draw odds of +330. Ghana is the Group D leader with four points, while Germany and Serbia have three points apiece.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

Boston’s John Lackey (8-3, 4.53 ERA) is set to take on Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez (13-1, 1.15 ERA) as the Red Sox continue their road series against the Rockies on Wednesday night. Righthander Lackey has turned in three straight quality starts, holding the Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Orioles to seven earned runs on 21 hits over his last 20 innings of work; Lackey last lost on May 21. Righthander Jimenez continued his dominating campaign last time out, surrendering just a single earned run over eight innings of work versus the Twins. Jimenez has won 13 of his 14 outings.

Also on the MLB schedule for Wednesday: San Francisco at Houston, Cincinnati at Oakland, Florida at Baltimore, Cleveland at Philadelphia, St. Louis at Toronto, San Diego at Tampa Bay, Detroit at the Mets, Pittsburgh at Texas, Minnesota at Milwaukee, Atlanta at the White Sox, the Yankees at Arizona, the Dodgers at the Angels, the Cubs at Seattle, and Kansas City at Washington. Royals starter Brian Bannister (6-5, 5.70 ERA) will try to match up with Nationals rookie hurler Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.86 ERA) in that last contest. Righthander Bannister allowed 16 runs (14 earned) on 17 hits over his last seven innings of work against the Braves and Reds. Righthander Strasburg has given up four runs on 10 hits over his 19 1-3 innings so far this season.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there’s one WNBA game on the schedule for Wednesday, with Tulsa at Atlanta. The Shock (3-8 straight-up, 3-8 against-the-spread) are on a five-game losing streak, falling 92-78 at home to Minnesota in their last game. Scholanda Robinson led the way with 14 points for Tulsa in that defeat. The Dream (9-4 SU, 9-3-1 ATS) were beaten 94-91 on the road by Indiana last game. Angel McCoughtry and Iziane Castro Marques each had 21 points for Atlanta that day, and Sancho Lyttle had 20 rebounds.

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