Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The White Sox take on the Yankees, the Penguins host the Canadiens, and the Lakers try to close out their series in OKC.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA playoff schedule for Friday has Denver at Utah, Atlanta at Milwaukee, and the Lakers at Oklahoma City. The Jazz, Bucks, and Lakers all hold 3-2 advantages in those first-round playoff series and will be looking to advance to the second round with wins on Friday. Los Angeles got a leg up in their series with the pesky Thunder on Tuesday night, winning by a final score of 111-87 at home. Kobe Bryant was held to just 13 points for the Lakers in that contest, while Pau Gasol picked up the slack with 25 points. Kevin Durant had a team-high 17 points in the defeat for the Thunder, and Russell Westbrook poured in 15 points.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
In the American League on Friday it'll be Boston at Baltimore, Minnesota at Cleveland, the Angels at Detroit, Oakland at Toronto, Kansas City at Tampa Bay, Texas at Seattle, and the White Sox at the Yankees. Chicago's John Danks (3-0, 1.55 ERA) is scheduled to take on New York's Andy Pettitte (3-0, 1.29 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Danks beat the Mariners in his last trip to the mound, surrendering just two earned runs on seven hits over eight innings of work. Lefthander Pettitte was even better in his last start, holding the Angels to just one run on six hits over eight innings of work while striking out eight batters.
Meanwhile, the National League on Friday offers up Arizona at the Cubs, the Mets at Philadelphia, Washington at Florida, Houston at Atlanta, Cincinnati at St. Louis, Milwaukee at San Diego, Pittsburgh at the Dodgers, and Colorado at San Francisco. The Rockies will send Aaron Cook (1-2, 5.01 ERA) to the hill, while the Giants will go with Barry Zito (3-0, 1.32 ERA). Righthander Cook broke into the win column in his last trip to the mound, holding the Marlins to one run on five hits over nine innings of work. Lefthander Zito dominated the Cardinals in his last outing, tossing eight shutout innings while giving up three hits and striking out 10.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, the defending-champion Pittsburgh Penguins begin their second-round NHL playoff series on Friday at home against the Montreal Canadiens. The Penguins knocked out the Senators in six games in the opening round, storming back from a 3-0 deficit to pick up a 4-3 road win in overtime in the clincher. Pascal Dupuis had the winner in that extra frame. The Canadiens bounced the top-seeded Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, winning Game 7 by a 2-1 score on the road on Wednesday. Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dominic Moore had the goals for Montreal in that game, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 41 of 42 shots.