Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Phillies get a visit from the Red Sox, the Padres take on the Mariners, and the Sharks and Hawks take the ice in Chicago.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The interleague schedule begins around Major League Baseball on Friday, with Boston at Philadelphia in one of the marquee matchups. John Lackey (4-2, 4.86 ERA) is slated to take on Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29 ERA) in that contest. Righthander Lackey was knocked around in each of his last two starts for the Red Sox, giving up 11 earned runs on 17 hits over 13 innings of work against the Tigers and Blue Jays. Lefthander Hamels beat the Brewers in his last trip to the mound, surrendering two earned runs on six hits over 6 2-3 innings in that outing.
Other games on tap for Friday: Atlanta at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati at Cleveland, Baltimore at Washington, the Yankees at the Mets, Tampa Bay at Houston, the Cubs at Texas, Florida at the White Sox, Milwaukee at Minnesota, Colorado at Kansas City, the Angels at St. Louis, Toronto at Arizona, Detroit at the Dodgers, San Francisco at Oakland, and San Diego at Seattle. Wade LeBlanc (2-1, 1.54 ERA) will take on Cliff Lee (1-2, 2.08 ERA) in that Padres/Mariners matchup. Lefthander LeBlanc fell to the Dodgers last time out despite giving up just one run over seven innings. Lefthander Lee is also coming off a hard-luck defeat, as he held the Rays to just two runs on five hits over eight innings while fanning 10.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The NHL's Western Conference final continues on Friday night, with San Jose at Chicago in Game 3 of the series. The Blackhawks have put the Sharks on the ropes, winning the first two games of the series in San Jose earlier in the week. Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Jonathan Toews, and Troy Brouwer all scored for the Hawks in Tuesday's 4-2 Game 2 win, with Antti Niemi stopping 25 of 27 San Jose shots. Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves in the loss for the Sharks, while Patrick Marleau scored twice. Oddsmakers have Chicago listed as the -155 favorite for Friday night's matchup, with the total for the contest listed at 5.5 goals.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, there are two games on the WNBA schedule for Friday, with Connecticut at Atlanta and New York at Washington. The Liberty won their season opener over Chicago on Sunday, getting 22 points from Cappie Pondexter in the 85-82 home victory. Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 20 points in the win. The Mystics have started the season at 2-0, beating Indiana (72-65) and Minnesota (87-76) in their first two outings. Monique Curry poured in 27 points for Washington in their road victory over the Lynx on Sunday, while Katie Smith was good for 16 points.