Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Athletics play host to the Twins, the Braves continue their set in Los Angeles, and horse racing offers up the 2010 Belmont Stakes.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Saturday has the Yankees at Toronto, the Angels at Seattle, Tampa Bay at Texas, Boston at Baltimore, Cleveland at the White Sox, Detroit at Kansas City, and Minnesota at Oakland. The Twins' Francisco Liriano (5-3, 3.29 ERA) is slated to take on the Athletics' Trevor Cahill (4-2, 3.02 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Liriano picked up his first win in almost a month last time out, holding the Mariners to three earned runs on eight hits over six innings while fanning seven. Righthander Cahill won in Detroit in his last trip to the mound, surrendering just one earned run on five hits over 6 1-3 innings that day, while striking out three batters.
Over in the National League on Saturday it'll be Milwaukee at St. Louis, Florida at the Mets, San Francisco at Pittsburgh, San Diego at Philadelphia, Cincinnati at Washington, Colorado at Arizona, the Cubs at Houston, and Atlanta at the Dodgers. Tommy Hanson (5-3, 3.78 ERA) is the probable pitcher for the Braves on Saturday, while Chad Billingsley (6-2, 3.74 ERA) gets the ball for Los Angeles. Righthander Hanson grabbed the win against the Phillies in his most recent start, giving up just one earned run on three hits over 6 2-3 innings of work. Righthander Billingsley took a no-decision against the D-Backs last game, allowing four earned runs over eight innings.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
The 2010 Belmont Stakes hits the track on Saturday, with Ice Box pegged at 11/4 by the oddsmakers to win the third jewel of the Triple Crown. First Dude is next at 15/4 odds for Saturday, with Fly Down (9/2), Make Music for Me (9/1), and Game On Dude (10/1) rounding out the top five contenders. Stately Victor and Interactif are both pegged at 12/1 odds to win the Belmont Stakes, followed by each of Uptowncharlybrown and Drosselmeyer at 15/1. Stay Put is farther back on the list at 20/1 odds, with Dave in Dixie and Spangled Star the 25/1 longshots to grab the trophy.
Finally, the WNBA offers up four games on Saturday, with New York at Indiana, Atlanta at Washington, Tulsa at Chicago, and Seattle at Los Angeles. The Storm lead the Western Conference standings at 6-1 (4-3 against-the-spread) through seven games, knocking off Atlanta 90-72 last time out. Lauren Jackson led the way with 32 points for Seattle in that contest, while Camille Little poured in 15 points in that victory.