Daily Sports Roundup: April 27th
Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees take on the Orioles, the D-Backs seek a victory in Colorado, and the Thunder and Lakers hit the hardwood.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
There are four games on the NBA’s playoff schedule for Tuesday, with Miami at Boston, Chicago at Cleveland, San Antonio at Dallas, and Oklahoma City at the Lakers. The Celtics, Cavaliers, and Spurs all hold 3-1 series advantages heading into Tuesday night, while the Thunder and Lakers are tied 2-2 in their best-of-seven set. Oklahoma City pulled even in their series with a 110-89 home win over the Lakers on Saturday. Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder with 22 points in that contest, while Russell Westbrook picked up 18 points and eight rebounds. Kobe Bryant was limited to just 12 points for the Lakers in that defeat.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League’s full slate of games on Tuesday has Minnesota at Detroit, Boston at Toronto, Oakland at Tampa Bay, the White Sox at Texas, Seattle at Kansas City, Cleveland at the Angels, and the Yankees at Baltimore. New York is expected to send Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.19 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night; righthander Hughes has won both of his starts so far this season, allowing three earned runs over 12 1-3 innings vs. the Athletics and Angels. The Orioles will counter with Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38 ERA); righthander Millwood was beaten by Seattle in his last outing, giving up four earned runs over eight innings pitched.
Over in the National League on Tuesday it’s then San Diego at Florida, the Dodgers at the Mets, Cincinnati at Houston, Washington at the Cubs, Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Atlanta at St. Louis, Philadelphia at San Francisco, and Arizona at Colorado. Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.81 ERA) will take on Ubaldo Jimenez (4-0, 0.95 ERA) in that Diamondbacks/Rockies contest. Righthander Jackson took a no-decision against the Cardinals last time out, allowing four earned runs over his eight innings. Righthander Jimenez followed up his no-hitter with a win over the Nationals last time out, tossing 7 1-3 scoreless innings while giving up five hits.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, there’s just one game on the National Hockey League schedule for Tuesday with Detroit at Phoenix in Game 7 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Coyotes staved off elimination on the road on Sunday afternoon with a convincing 5-2 win despite the absence of injured captain Shane Doan (upper body). Lauri Korpikoski, Mathieu Schneider, Radim Vrbata, Wojtek Wolski, and Taylor Pyatt all scored for Phoenix in that win, while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots. Brad Stuart and Darren Helm had the goals for the Red Wings.