Daily Sports Roundup: June 22nd

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Giants and Astros send their aces to the mound for their game in Houston, while the World Cup continues with four matchups.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

The World Cup schedule expands to four games per day on Tuesday, with Mexico vs. Uruguay, France vs. South Africa, Nigeria vs. South Korea, and Greece vs. Argentina. Winless France will be looking to salvage something from the World Cup as they take on the host team as a +125 favorite; South Africa is pegged at +210, with draw odds of +230. Argentina is a -175 favorite against Greece (+550), with draw odds of +250, while South Korea is favored at +145 over Nigeria (+175), with draw odds  of +225. The closest match of the day, though, is expected to be Mexico (+250) vs. Uruguay (+275), with the draw odds set at -110 for the meeting between those two 1-0-1 teams.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The NL-only matchup for Tuesday has San Francisco at Houston, with the Giants’ Tim Lincecum (7-2, 3.11 ERA) slated to take on the Astros’ Roy Oswalt (5-8, 3.12 ERA). Righthander Lincecum is coming off two consecutive interleague victories, holding the Orioles and Athletics to four earned runs on 15 hits over 14 innings of work (and fanning 17 batters). Righthander Oswalt has also won two straight starts, giving up four earned runs on 10 hits over his 14 innings of work against the Royals and Rockies. Oswalt fanned 16 batters in those two outings while issuing only three walks.

The interleague schedule for Tuesday then has Florida at Baltimore, Cleveland at Philadelphia, Kansas City at Washington, St. Louis at Toronto, San Diego at Tampa Bay, Detroit at the Mets, Pittsburgh at Texas, Atlanta at the White Sox, Minnesota at Milwaukee, Boston at Colorado, the Dodgers at the Angels, Cincinnati at Oakland, the Cubs at Seattle, and the Yankees at Arizona. Andy Pettitte (8-2, 2.47 ERA) will take on Dan Haren (7-5, 4.71 ERA) in that Yankees/D-Backs matchup. Lefthander Pettitte was beaten by the Phillies last time out (two earned runs in seven innings), while righthander Haren is coming off a loss to Boston (four earned runs over 5 2-3 innings)

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are two games on the WNBA’s schedule for Tuesday, with Minnesota at New York and Chicago at Connecticut. The Sky (4-8 straight-up, 6-6 against-the-spread) enter Tuesday’s contest riding a four-game losing streak that has dropped them to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Chicago fell 65-61 on the road in overtime to Washington last time out, despite 17 points and nine boards from Sylvia Fowles. The Sun (8-3 SU, 8-2-1 ATS) lead the Eastern standings, and edged Phoenix 96-94 last game. Tina Charles led the way with 24 points for the Sun that day.

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