Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees visit the Blue Jays, the Phillies play host to the Padres, and the Stanley Cup final stages Game 4 of its set in Philadelphia.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Friday has Boston at Baltimore, Tampa Bay at Texas, Detroit at Kansas City, Cleveland at the White Sox, Minnesota at Oakland, the Angels at Seattle, and the Yankees at Toronto. A.J. Burnett (6-2, 3.28 ERA) is slated to take on Brett Cecil (5-2, 3.81 ERA) in that last matchup. Righthander Burnett picked up his second straight win last time out, holding the Indians to three runs (one earned) on five hits over his eight innings of work, and fanning eight. Lefthander Cecil beat the Orioles in his last trip to the mound, surrendering two runs in his eight innings pitched.
Over in the National League on Friday it'll be San Francisco at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati at Washington, Florida at the Mets, the Cubs at Houston, Milwaukee at St. Louis, Colorado at Arizona, Atlanta at the Dodgers, and San Diego at Philadelphia. The Padres are expected to go with Mat Latos (5-3, 3.08 ERA) on Friday, with the Phillies sending ace Roy Halladay (7-3, 1.99 ERA) to the hill. Righthander Latos beat the Nationals last time out, allowing two earned runs on four hits over six innings and striking out eight. Righthander Halladay tossed a perfect game against the Marlins in his last trip to the mound, fanning 11 Florida hitters as he dropped his ERA under 2.00.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The Stanley Cup final continues in Philadelphia with Game 4 on Friday night, with the Flyers looking to tie up the series at 2-2. Philadelphia cut the series gap to 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 3, getting a Claude Giroux overtime marker in a 4-3 victory. Daniel Briere, Scott Hartnell, and Ville Leino scored for the Flyers in regulation time, while Michael Leighton blocked 24 of 27 Chicago shots. Duncan Keith, Brent Sopel, and Patrick Kane had the Hawks' goals in the loss, and Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots. Philadelphia had been the -140 favorite for Game 3, which went OVER the total of 5.5.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, there are four games on the WNBA's schedule for Friday, with New York at Connecticut, Minnesota at Tulsa, Los Angeles at Phoenix, and Chicago at Atlanta. The Dream lead the Eastern Conference standings at 6-1 straight-up (and 6-1 against-the-spread) through seven games, but they fell 90-72 to Seattle last time out. Angel McCoughtry poured in 16 points for Atlanta in their first loss of the season. The Sky (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) picked up a 73-58 road win over Minnesota in their last game, with Sylvia Fowles scoring 18 points in the victory. Jia Perkins added 10 points in the game.