Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The NBA Finals move to Boston for Game 3, while the White Sox host the Tigers, and the Nationals send their future ace to the mound.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA Finals shift to Boston on Tuesday for Game 3, with the Celtics and Lakers all square at one win apiece in the best-of-seven series. Boston tied up the set with a 103-94 road win as a 5.5-point underdog in Game 2 on Sunday night. Ray Allen led the Celtics’ attack with 32 points (including eight three-pointers) in Game 2, while Rajon Rondo recorded a triple double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Kevin Garnett was held to six points in 23 minutes of action. Pau Gasol had a team-high 25 points in Sunday’s losing cause for the Lakers, and Kobe Bryant had 21 points. Boston is pegged as the 3-point favorite for Game 3, with the total set at 192.5.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Tuesday offers up Boston at Cleveland, Toronto at Tampa Bay, Seattle at Texas, Kansas City at Minnesota, the Yankees at Baltimore, the Angels at Oakland, and Detroit at the White Sox. Armando Galarraga (2-1, 2.57 ERA) will return to the mound for the Tigers in that last matchup, with Gavin Floyd (2-6, 6.64 ERA) expected to get the ball for Chicago. Righthander Galarraga will give perfection another shot on Tuesday, after he (officially) threw a one-hit shutout in his win over the Indians last time out. Righthander Floyd was knocked around by the Rangers in his last start, surrendering six earned runs over just 2 2-3 innings of work.
Over in the National League on Tuesday it’ll be Florida at Philadelphia, San Diego at the Mets, San Francisco at Cincinnati, the Cubs at Milwaukee, Houston at Colorado, Atlanta at Arizona, St. Louis at the Dodgers, and Pittsburgh at Washington. Jeff Karstens (1-1, 4.50 ERA) is slated to start for the Pirates on Tuesday; righthander Karstens settled for a no-decision against the Cubs in his last outing, giving up just two runs on six hits over six innings of work. However, all eyes will be on the Nats’ starter on Tuesday, with top prospect Stephen Strasburg scheduled to make his big-league debut. Righthander Strasburg had a 1.30 ERA over 11 minor league outings this year.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, there are two WNBA games on tap for Tuesday, with New York at Chicago and Phoenix at Los Angeles. The Sparks are an ugly 1-6 straight-up (2-5 against-the-spread) to start the season, and they lost 79-75 at home against Seattle in their last game. Candace Parker poured in a game-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds for Los Angeles in that defeat, while Tina Thompson tossed in 17 points. The Mercury (3-4 SU, 1-6 ATS) also lost to Seattle last time out, falling 97-74 on the road. Diana Taurasi led all Phoenix starters with just 11 points in that loss to the Storm.