Today in the Daily Sports Roundup provided by Bet Jamaica home of the true dime MLB betting, join now and get a free $50 free play on top of 20% cash bonus: The Caps play host to the Habs in a playoff battle, while the Orioles meet the A's, and the Cubs get a visit from the Brewers.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Thursday has Texas at Cleveland, Boston at Minnesota, the Angels at the Yankees, the White Sox at Toronto, and Baltimore at Oakland. The Orioles will go with David Hernandez on the road against Oakland on Thursday; righthander Hernandez took a hard-luck loss against the Blue Jays in his first start of the season, surrendering just two earned runs on six hits over six innings of work. The A's will counter with Ben Sheets on Thursday; righthander Sheets has already pitched twice for Oakland this season, giving up five earned runs on 14 hits over 11 innings against the Angels and the Mariners.
Meanwhile, over in the National League on Thursday it'll be Houston at St. Louis, Washington at Philadelphia, the Mets at Colorado, Atlanta at San Diego, Cincinnati at Florida, Arizona at the Dodgers, and Milwaukee at the Cubs. Jeff Suppan is expected to get the ball for the Brewers at Wrigley Field on Thursday; righthander Suppan began the year on the disabled list with a sore neck and would be making his season debut. The Cubs will go with Carlos Zambrano; righthander Zambrano is 1-1 with an ugly 11.88 ERA through two starts this year, but he did beat the Reds (three runs over seven innings) in his most recent start.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The National Hockey League's playoff schedule offers up three Game 1s on Thursday, with Boston at Buffalo, Los Angeles at Vancouver, and Montreal at Washington. The Canadiens needed a point from an overtime loss in their last game of the regular season to finish 39-33-10 and lock up the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals, on the other hand, went 6-1-3 in their final 10 games to cruise to the best record in the league at 54-15-13. The oddsmakers have the Caps as big -270 favorites for Thursday, with the total set at 6 goals. Montreal and Washington split their regular-season series at two victories apiece.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, the PGA Tour hits the links at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina starting Thursday for the Verizon Heritage. Ian Poulter and K.J. Choi are tied as the 10/1 Vegas favorites to win this week's Tour event, with Jim Furyk and Paul Casey just behind them on that odds list at 12/1. Camilo Villegas (15/1) rounds out the Top 5 contenders, with both Luke Donald and Robert Allenby at 18/1. Defending champ Brian Gay sits at 30/1 to win the tournament. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are both skipping the Verizon Heritage this year.