Daily Sports Roundup: April 26th

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Phillies take on the Giants, while the Preds host the Hawks, and the Magic try to knock the Bobcats out of the playoffs.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

The NBA offers up three more first-round playoff games on Monday night, with Orlando at Charlotte, Atlanta at Milwaukee, and Portland at Phoenix. The Suns and Trail Blazers are tied 2-2 in their first-round set, while the Hawks lead the Bucks 2-1, and the Magic are up 3-0 on the Bobcats. Orlando put Charlotte on the brink of elimination with a 90-86 road win in Game 3 on Saturday. Jameer Nelson was good for a team-high 32 points for the Magic in that contest, while Dwight Howard was held to just 13 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Stephen Jackson had 19 points for the Bobcats, and Larry Hughes had 14 points

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

There are just four games on the American League’s schedule for Monday, with Detroit at Texas, Seattle at Kansas City, Cleveland at the Angels, and Boston at Toronto. Josh Beckett (1-0, 5.26 ERA) is slated to take on Dana Eveland (2-0, 1.93 ERA) in that BoSox/Blue Jays matchup. Righthander Beckett was pounded by the Rangers in his last trip to the mound on April 21, surrendering seven earned runs on seven hits in his seven innings of work. Lefthander Eveland picked up a no-decision against the Royals last time out, allowing two earned runs on eight hits over his 5 1-3 innings of work. Eveland fanned three that day.

Meanwhile, the National League on Monday offers up San Diego at Florida, the Dodgers at the Mets, Washington at the Cubs, Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Atlanta at St. Louis, Arizona at Colorado, and Philadelphia at San Francisco. Roy Halladay (4-0, 0.82 ERA) will take on Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 1.86 ERA in that last matchup. Righthander Halladay tossed a complete-game shutout against the Braves last time out, giving up just five hits while fanning seven batters. Halladay has allowed just three earned runs in 33 innings this year. Lefthander Sanchez fell to the Padres last time out despite allowing just one run over seven innings.

Taking a trip around the rink . . .

Finally, the Bruins, Capitals, and Blackhawks will all be looking to close out their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday with Buffalo at Boston, Washington at Montreal, and Chicago at Nashville. The Blackhawks got a shorthanded goal from Patrick Kane to force OT late in Game 5 on Saturday, then watched Marian Hossa pot the winner in the extra frame to give them a 5-4 home win over the Predators. Kane and Hossa had two points each in that contest, while Antti Niemi stopped 17 of 21 Nashville shots. Martin Erat had two goals in that losing cause for the Predators, while Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots.

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