Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Angels play host to the Rays, the Hawks try to bounce the Canucks, and the Celtics and Cavs take the court in Cleveland.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
It’s Boston at Cleveland in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in the lone NBA playoff game on the schedule for Tuesday. The Celtics tied up the series at 2-2 with a 97-87 home win in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon as a 1.5-point underdog. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics’ attack with a triple double on Sunday (29 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists), while Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen each tossed in 18 points in the victory. Paul Pierce was held to nine points in the game. LeBron James had a team-high 22 points to go along with nine boards and eight assists for the Cavaliers, and Shaquille O’Neal was good for 17 points.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Tuesday has Seattle at Baltimore, the Yankees at Detroit, Toronto at Boston, Oakland at Texas, the White Sox at Minnesota, Cleveland at Kansas City, and Tampa Bay at the Angels. Jeff Niemann (2-0, 2.23 ERA) will get the ball for the Rays in Tuesday’s matchup, while Los Angeles will send Scott Kazmir (2-2, 7.11 ERA) to the mound against his old team. Righthander Niemann blanked the Mariners in his last outing, giving up just four hits over seven innings while fanning six batters. Lefthander Kazmir was beaten by Boston in his last start, as he gave up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings.
Over in the National League on Tuesday it’ll be Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Washington at the Mets, Florida at the Cubs, Atlanta at Milwaukee, Houston at St. Louis, the Dodgers at Arizona, San Diego at San Francisco, and Philadelphia at Colorado. Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.45 ERA) will pitch for the Phillies on Tuesday against the Rockies’ Aaron Cook (1-3, 6.03 ERA). Righthander Halladay picked up his second straight win last time out, holding the Cardinals to one earned run over his seven innings of work. Righthander Cook took a no-decision against the Padres in his last outing, surrendering five earned runs in his five innings pitched.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, there’s just one NHL playoff game on the schedule for Tuesday, with Chicago at Vancouver in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series. the Canucks staved off elimination with a 4-1 win in Chicago in Game 5 on Sunday night. Kevin Bieksa scored twice for Vancouver in that win, while Christian Ehrhoff and Alex Burrows (empty net) had one goal apiece. Roberto Luongo stopped 29 of 30 Chicago shots on the night. Jonathan Toews had the lone goal for the Blackhawks, and goalie Antti Niemi made 20 saves in the loss.