Daily Sports Roundup: May 19th

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees get a visit from the Rays, the Nationals take on the Mets, and the Lakers look for another victory over the Suns.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

The NBA’s Western Conference Finals continue on Wednesday night with Game 2 between the Suns and Lakers in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant and company had no trouble winning and covering at home in the opener of the series on Monday night, rolling to a 128-107 victory. Bryant was good for a game-high 40 points for Los Angeles in that contest, while Pau Gasol scored 21 points, and Lamar Odom chipped in with 19 points off the bench. Amare Stoudemire led the Suns’ attack with 23 points in the loss, while Steve Nash picked up 13 points and 13 assists.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule on Wednesday has Kansas City at Cleveland, Minnesota at Boston, Baltimore at Texas, the Angels at the White Sox, Detroit at Oakland, Toronto at Seattle, and Tampa Bay at the Yankees. The Rays will send Wade Davis (3-3, 3.38 ERA) to the mound for Wednesday’s matchup, and he’ll take on New York’s A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.31 ERA). Righthander Davis was beaten by the Yankees in his first start of the year on April 10, allowing four runs over his six innings of work. Burnett beat the Rays in his trip to the mound on April 11, holding the division rival to just two runs on six hits over seven innings that day.

Over in the National League on Wednesday it’ll be Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, the Cubs at Philadelphia, Cincinnati at Atlanta, Colorado at Houston, Florida at St. Louis, San Francisco at Arizona, San Diego at the Dodgers, and the Mets at Washington. Oliver Perez (0-3, 5.94 ERA) will take on Livan Hernandez (4-2, 1.46 ERA) in that Mets/Nationals matchup. Lefthander Perez was rocked by the Marlins in his most recent start, giving up seven runs on nine hits over his 3 1-3 innings of work. Righthander Hernandez beat the Mets in his first start of the season, holding them scoreless on just five hits over his seven innings of work.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, the WNBA gets back into action with one game on the schedule for Wednesday, as Seattle hosts Minnesota. The Storm won their season opener against the Sparks on the weekend, getting an 81-67 home victory behind 23 points and 10 assists from Lauren Jackson. The Lynx are 1-1 on the season after splitting their games on the weekend, beating Tulsa 80-74 on Saturday and falling 87-76 to Washington on Sunday. Charde Houston had a team-high 19 points for Minnesota in Sunday’s defeat, while Rashanda McCants had 18 points.

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