Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Rays play host to the Jays, aces battle on the mound in Philadelphia, and the Hawks and Flyers meet in Game 6 of the Cup final.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
A full American League slate for Wednesday has the Yankees at Baltimore, Boston at Cleveland, Seattle at Texas, Kansas City at Minnesota, Detroit at the White Sox, the Angels at Oakland, and Toronto at Tampa Bay. Shaun Marcum (5-2, 2.77 ERA) is scheduled to take on David Price (8-2, 2.29 ERA) in that last matchup. Righthander Marcum was tagged with the loss when he faced the Rays in his June 2 outing, getting knocked around for five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over his 8 1-3 innings of work. Lefthander Price grabbed the win in that June 2 contest in Toronto, holding the Blue Jays to a couple of unearned runs on nine hits over his eight innings pitched that day.
Meanwhile, the National League on Wednesday offers up Pittsburgh at Washington, San Diego at the Mets, San Francisco at Cincinnati, the Cubs at Milwaukee, Houston at Colorado, Atlanta at Arizona, St. Louis at the Dodgers, and Florida at Philadelphia. The Marlins are expected to send Josh Johnson (6-2, 2.10 ERA) to the mound in that last contest, with the Phillies set to counter with Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.03 ERA). Righthander Johnson was the hard-luck loser against Philadelphia in his May 29 start, giving up just one unearned run over his seven innings pitched. Righthander Halladay was the reason for Johnson's bad luck that day - he struck out 11 in a perfect game.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
As well, the Blackhawks will be looking to wrap up the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday night when they play on the road against the Flyers in Game 6 of the series. Chicago grabbed a 3-2 series advantage with a 7-4 home win in Game 5 of the set on Sunday nightÂ as a -180 favorite. Dustin Byfuglien led the way for the Hawks on Sunday with two goals and two assists, with Brent Seabrook, Dave Bolland, Kris Versteeg, Patrick Kane, and Patrick Sharp providing the other Chicago markers. Michael Leighton was chased from the Philly net after giving up three goals on 13 shots. The Flyers opened as -125 home favorites for Wednesday, with the total at 5.5.