Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Stanley Cup final continues in Philadelphia, while the Rays continue their series in Toronto, and the Giants play host to the Rockies.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League slate for Wednesday has Cleveland at Detroit, Baltimore at the Yankees, Oakland at Boston, the Angels at Kansas City, Texas at the White Sox, Minnesota at Seattle, and Tampa Bay at Toronto. The Rays are expected to send David Price (7-2, 2.57 ERA) to the mound in that last contest, with the Blue Jays countering with Shaun Marcum (5-1, 2.59 ERA). Lefthander Price was tagged with a rare loss last time out, surrendering three earned runs over seven innings against the White Sox. Righthander Marcum picked up his fourth straight victory in his last outing, holding the Orioles scoreless on six hits over six innings while fanning seven batters.
Over in the National League on Wednesday it'll be Philadelphia at Atlanta, Arizona at the Dodgers, the Mets at San Diego, the Cubs at Pittsburgh, Milwaukee at Florida, Washington at Houston, Cincinnati at St. Louis, and Colorado at San Francisco. Jeff Francis (1-1, 2.89 ERA) will take on Matt Cain (3-4, 2.50 ERA) in that Rockies/Giants matchup. Lefthander Francis was knocked around by the Dodgers in his last trip to the mound, giving up five earned runs on five hits over 5 1-3 innings. Righthander Cain dominated the D-Backs last time out, tossing a complete-game, one-hit shutout. Cain beat the Rockies back on May 1, holding them scoreless on one hit over eight innings.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
As well, the Stanley Cup final shifts to Philadelphia on Wednesday, with the Flyers trailing the Blackhawks 2-0 in the best-of-seven set. Chicago extended their series lead with a 2-1 home win as a -190 favorite in Game 2 on Monday night. Marian Hossa and Ben Eager scored second-period goals for the Blackhawks in that contest, while Simon Gagne had Philadelphia's lone marker in the third period. Antti Niemi was solid between the pipes for the Hawks in Game 2, stopping 32 of the 33 Philadelphia shots. Michael Leighton surrendered two goals on 26 shots for the Flyers.