Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Celtics and Magic battle in Orlando, while the Red Sox play in Tampa Bay, and the Rockies send their ace to the hill against Arizona.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The Celtics will try for a second time to eliminate the Magic from the playoffs on Wednesday night when those teams play Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Orlando. The Magic staved off elimination with a 96-92 overtime road win as a 7-point underdog in Game 4 on Monday night. Dwight Howard led the way for Orlando with 32 points and 16 assists in that victory, while Jameer Nelson was good for 23 points on the night. Paul Pierce poured in 32 points to go along with 11 boards for the Celtics, who now lead the series 3-1. Ray Allen tossed in 22 points in the losing cause.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
On the American League schedule for Wednesday it’ll be the White Sox at Cleveland, Texas at Kansas City, Detroit at Seattle, Oakland at Baltimore, Toronto at the Angels, the Yankees at Minnesota, and Boston at Tampa Bay. The Red Sox are expected to send John Lackey (4-3, 5.07 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday, while the Rays counter with Matt Garza (5-2, 2.37 ERA). Righthander Lackey was pounded by Tampa Bay in a loss back on April 19, surrendering eight earned runs on nine hits over his 3 1-3 innings of work. Righthander Garza blanked the Red Sox in a win back on April 18, allowing just four hits and two walks over his eight innings while fanning five batters.
The National League on Wednesday offers up Atlanta at Florida, Philadelphia at the Mets, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, the Dodgers at the Cubs, Houston at Milwaukee, St. Louis at San Diego, Washington at San Francisco, and Arizona at Colorado. The Diamondbacks’ Rodrigo Lopez (2-2, 4.42 ERA) will try to get the better of the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez (8-1, 0.99 ERA) in that last matchup. Righthander Lopez picked up a no-decision against the Giants last time out, giving up six runs over just five innings. Righthander Jimenez has already beaten Arizona once this season, holding them scoreless on two hits over six innings of work on April 27. Jimenez fanned six that day.