Daily Sports Roundup: May 25th

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Suns and Lakers do battle in Game 4 in Phoenix, while the Tigers look for a victory in Seattle, and the Dodgers meet the Cubs.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

The Lakers and Suns will meet in Phoenix for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night, with Los Angeles up 2-1 in the series after losing 118-109 on the road in Game 3 on Sunday. Amare Stoudemire led the way for the Suns in that Game 3 win, scoring 42 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Robin Lopez added 20 points for Phoenix in that contest, while Steve Nash contributed 17 points and 15 assists. Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 36 points in the losing cause for the Lakers, and Pau Gasol had 23 points. The Suns had been favored by 1 point on Sunday night.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Tuesday has Oakland at Baltimore, the White Sox at Cleveland, Boston at Tampa Bay, the Yankees at Minnesota, Texas at Kansas City, Toronto at the Angels, and Detroit at Seattle. The Tigers’ Justin Verlander (5-2, 3.43 ERA) will take on the Mariners’ Doug Fister (3-2, 1.96 ERA) in that last matchup. Righthander Verlander was beaten by the Mariners back on April 17 despite giving up just three earned runs on seven hits over his seven innings of work (and fanning six). Righthander Fister is coming off a hard-luck loss to the Blue Jays in which he surrendered three earned runs on five hits over eight innings and struck out five hitters.

Over in the National League on Tuesday it’ll be Atlanta at Florida, Philadelphia at the Mets, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Houston at Milwaukee, Arizona at Colorado, St. Louis at San Diego, Washington at San Francisco, and the Dodgers at the Cubs. Clayton Kershaw (4-2, 3.23 ERA) is slated to get the ball for Los Angeles in that contest, and he’ll take on Chicago’s Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.73 ERA). Lefthander Kershaw has won three straight starts, allowing just two earned runs over 22 1-3 innings against the Padres (twice) and Rockies. Righthander Dempster took a no-decision against the Phillies in his last trip to the mound, surrendering four earned runs over his six innings.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are two games on the WNBA’s schedule for Tuesday, with Phoenix at Tulsa and Washington at Seattle. Washington (3-1 straight-up, 3-1 against-the-spread) and Seattle (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) have combined to win six of their first seven games this season. The Mystics, though, are coming off their first loss of the year, falling 80-65 to Connecticut on Sunday; Crystal Langhorne was good for 16 points for Washington in that contest. The Storm outgunned Phoenix 95-89 in overtime in their last game on Saturday, with Lauren Jackson pouring in 25 points and Swin Cash good for 18 points.

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