Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Mariners host the Rays, the Marlins get a visit from the Giants, and the Spurs and Suns continue their series in Phoenix.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
There's just one game on the NBA's playoff schedule for Wednesday, with San Antonio at Phoenix in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series. The Suns won the opener 111-102 at home on Monday night, with Steve Nash leading the way with 33 points and 10 assists. Jason Richardson had 27 points for Phoenix in the contest, while Amare Stoudemire picked up 23 points and 13 rebounds. Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 27 points for the Spurs in Monday's Game 1 loss, with Tim Duncan pitching in with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Parker came off the bench for the Spurs in Game 1, scoring 26 points in the loss.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Wednesday has Toronto at Cleveland, Baltimore at the Yankees, Detroit at Minnesota, Texas at Oakland, the Angels at Boston, Kansas City at the White Sox, and Tampa Bay at Seattle. Matt Garza (4-1, 2.06 ERA) will take on Cliff Lee (0-0, 0.00 ERA) in Wednesday's Rays/Mariners matchup. Righthander Garza beat the Royals in his last trip to the mound, surrendering one earned run on five hits over six innings while fanning nine. Lefthander Lee made his season debut against the Rangers last week, holding them scoreless on three hits over seven innings while striking out eight.
Over in the National League on Wednesday it'll be the Mets at Cincinnati, the Cubs at Pittsburgh, St. Louis at Philadelphia, Atlanta at Washington, Arizona at Houston, Colorado at San Diego, Milwaukee at the Dodgers, and San Francisco at Florida. The Giants' Barry Zito (4-0, 1.53 ERA) will take on the Marlins' Nate Robertson (2-2, 5.18 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Zito continued to impress in his last trip to the mound, holding the Rockies to two earned runs on five hits over eight innings of work. Lefthander Robertson was beaten by the Padres in his last start, giving up five earned runs on five hits over four innings.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, there are two NHL playoff games on the schedule for Wednesday, with Boston at Philadelphia and Chicago at Vancouver. The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 3-2 home win in Game 2 on Monday night. Milan Lucic had the winner for the Bruins in that contest, while Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 26 Philly shots. The Blackhawks tied up their Western Conference semifinal series with the Canucks at 1-1 with a 4-2 comeback win at home on Monday night. Brent Seabrook had a goal and two assists for Chicago in Monday's win, and Antti Niemi made 24 saves on the day.