Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees host the Red Sox, the Mets visit the Braves, and the NBA's West Finals hit the hardwood at Staples Center.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA's Western Conference Finals gets underway on Monday night, with the Lakers hosting the Suns (9:00pm ET). Both Los Angeles and Phoenix swept away their second-round opponents, with the Lakers bouncing Utah 111-96 on the road in their clincher last Monday and the Suns getting past San Antonio by a score of 107-101 in Game 4 of their set last Sunday. The oddsmakers are siding with the Lakers at home in Monday's opening contest, as they're set as the 6-point favorites with a total of 210.5 points. Suns C Robin Lopez (back) is expected to play Monday, while Lakers G Sasha Vujacic (ankle) is questionable.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
There's a full slate in the American League on Monday, with Kansas City at Baltimore, the White Sox at Detroit, Minnesota at Toronto, Cleveland at Tampa Bay, the Angels at Texas, Seattle at Oakland, and Boston at the Yankees. The Red Sox will go with Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 6.35 ERA) in their matchup with their rival, while New York will counter with Phil Hughes (5-0, 1.38 ERA). Righthander Matsuzaka is coming off his first quality start of the season, as he held the Blue Jays to one earned run on three hits over seven innings on May 11. Righthander Hughes blanked the Tigers over seven innings in his last trip to the mound, and he held the Red Sox to two runs over seven innings back on May 7.
Over in the National League on Monday it'll be Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Arizona at Florida, Milwaukee at Cincinnati, Colorado at the Cubs, Washington at St. Louis, San Francisco at San Diego, Houston at the Dodgers, and the Mets at Atlanta. New York will go with Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 3.14 ERA) in that last matchup, while the Braves counter with Derek Lowe (5-3, 5.73 ERA). Righthander Pelfrey has been shaky since his strong start to the season; he gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 2-3 innings against the Nationals last time out. Righthander Lowe beat the Brewers last time out, surrendering two runs over his six innings.