Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Blue Jays get a visit from the Orioles, the Cards play a matinee in Chicago, and the Celtics and Magic continue the East Finals.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The Magic will be looking to tie up the Eastern Finals at three games apiece on Friday night when they play on the road in Boston in Game 6 of the best-of-seven set. Orlando cut the series deficit to 3-2 on Wednesday night with a 113-92 home win in Game 5 as a 4.5-point favorite. Jameer Nelson scored a team-high 24 points for the Magic in that victory, while Dwight Howard picked up 21 points and 10 rebounds in the contest. J.J. Redick scored 14 points off the bench. Rasheed Wallace led the Celtics with 21 points in Wednesday's loss but left the game with a sore back. Boston also lost both Marquis Daniels (concussion) and Glen Davis (concussion) to injuries in Game 5.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Friday has Oakland at Detroit, Cleveland at the Yankees, Kansas City at Boston, the White Sox at Tampa Bay, Texas at Minnesota, Seattle at the Angels, and Baltimore at Toronto. Kevin Millwood (0-4, 3.71 ERA) is scheduled to take on Shaun Marcum (4-1, 2.82 ERA) in that Orioles/Blue Jays matchup. Righthander Millwood has given up three or fewer earned runs in eight of his 10 starts this season, but he's yet to break into the win column; Millwood lost to Toronto back on April 11. Righthander Marcum has won each of his last three starts, holding the Diamondbacks to three earned runs over five innings of work last time out.
Over in the National League on Friday it'll be Philadelphia at Florida, Houston at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh at Atlanta, the Mets at Milwaukee, the Dodgers at Colorado, Washington at San Diego, Arizona at San Francisco, and St. Louis at the Cubs. The Cardinals will send Chris Carpenter (5-1, 3.09 ERA) to the mound on Friday afternoon to take on Chicago's Randy Wells (3-2, 3.99 ERA). Righthander Carpenter took a no-decision in his start against the Angels last time out, allowing four earned runs over his six innings of work. Righthander Wells settled for a no-decision against the Rangers in his last start despite giving up three earned runs over 8 1-3 innings pitched.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, there are three games on the WNBA's schedule for Friday, with New York at San Antonio, Washington at Los Angeles, and Atlanta at Phoenix. The Dream have been perfect both on the scoreboard and at the window so far this season, going 4-0 straight-up and against-the-spread through four games; Atlanta got past New York 86-77 last time out behind 21 points from Angel McCoughtry. The Mercury (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) rolled to a 110-96 road win over Tulsa last time out, with Diana Taurasi scoring a game-high 35 points in that victory. Penny Taylor was good for 29 points in the contest.