Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Preakness Stakes races at Pimlico, the Astros and Giants have their aces clash, and the WNBA gets their season going.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Saturday has Minnesota at the Yankees, Texas at Toronto, Seattle at Tampa Bay, Cleveland at Baltimore, Boston at Detroit, Oakland at the Angels, and the White Sox at Kansas City. Jake Peavy (2-2, 5.56 ERA) will get the ball for Chicago in that last matchup against the Royals’ Luke Hochevar (3-1, 5.65 ERA). Righthander Peavy picked up the win in each of his last two starts for the ChiSox, and he held the Royals scoreless on four hits over seven innings on May 3. Righthander Hochevar beat the White Sox in his May 4 outing, surrendering just one unearned run in his six innings pitched.
Over in the National League on Saturday it’ll be Pittsburgh at the Cubs, Philadelphia at Milwaukee, St. Louis at Cincinnati, the Mets at Florida, Arizona at Atlanta, Washington at Colorado, the Dodgers at San Diego, and Houston at San Francisco. The Astros will send ace Roy Oswalt (2-4, 2.63 ERA) to the mound on Saturday to take on Giants ace Tim Lincecum (4-0, 1.86 ERA). Righthander Oswalt had to settle for a no-decision in his last trip to the mound despite holding the Padres to three earned runs in eight innings of work. Righthander Lincecum has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his seven outings this season.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
The second jewel of the Triple Crown takes place at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday afternoon with a 12-horse field in the 2010 Preakness Stakes. Super Saver, the Kentucky Derby champion, is pegged as the 13/5 sportsbook favorite to win on Saturday, with Looking at Lucky (3/1), and Paddy O’Prado (6/1) following him on the odds list. Dublin is next at 10/1 odds, followed by Jackson Bend at 11/1, and both Caracortado and Schoolyard Dreams at 12/1. Both First Dude and Pleasant Prince sit at 20/1 odds to claim the Preakness Stakes, with Aikenite and Yawanna Twist at 25/1, and Northern Giant the big longshot at 28/1.
Finally, there are five games on the WNBA hardwood on Saturday as the league gets its regular season started: Los Angeles at Phoenix, Chicago at Connecticut, Washington at Indiana, Atlanta at San Antonio, and Minnesota at Tulsa. The Tulsa Shock will be playing the first game in franchise history on Saturday; they relocated from Detroit in the offseason. Former Olympic sprinter Marion Jones is part of Tulsa’s roster this year; the guard played NCAA hoops for North Carolina