Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Cavaliers take on the Celtics, the Suns take the court in San Antonio, and the Yankees open up a series at Fenway Park.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA playoff schedule for Friday has Phoenix at San Antonio and Cleveland at Boston. The Suns grabbed a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series with a 110-102 home win in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Amare Stoudemire picked up 23 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix in that win, while Steve Nash chipped in with 19 points and six assists. Tim Duncan had 29 points for the Spurs. The Cavaliers and Celtics are tied at one game apiece in their Eastern Conference semifinal series after Boston pulled out a 104-86 road win in Game 2 on Monday night. Ray Allen had a team-high 22 points for the Celtics, while Rajon Rondo had 19 assists. LeBron James had 24 points for the Cavaliers.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule on Friday has Detroit at Cleveland, Kansas City at Texas, Baltimore at Minnesota, Toronto at the White Sox, Tampa Bay at Oakland, the Angels at Seattle, and the Yankees at Boston. New York’s Phil Hughes (3-0, 1.44 ERA) is slated to take on Josh Beckett (1-0, 6.31 ERA) of the Red Sox in that last matchup. Righthander Hughes blanked the White Sox on four hits over seven innings of work in his last start, striking out six batters. Righthander Beckett was stuck with a no-decision against the Orioles in his last trip to the mound despite giving up just two earned runs over his seven innings.
Over in the National League on Friday it’ll be St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Atlanta at Philadelphia, Florida at Washington, San Francisco at the Mets, the Cubs at Cincinnati, San Diego at Houston, Colorado at the Dodgers, and Milwaukee at Arizona. Yovani Gallardo (3-2, 3.00 ERA) will take on Edwin Jackson (1-3, 8.07 ERA) in the Brewers/Diamondbacks matchup. Righthander Gallardo dusted the Padres in his last trip to the mound, surrendering just one earned run over seven innings while fanning 11 in the victory. Righthander Jackson was blasted by the Cubs in his most recent start, giving up eight earned runs over just four innings.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, there are two NHL playoff games on tap for Friday, with Boston at Philadelphia and Chicago at Vancouver. The Bruins took a big 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 4-1 win in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Miroslav Satan scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Bruins in that win, while Tuukka Rask stopped 34 of 35 Philly shots. The Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series by beating the Canucks 5-2 in Vancouver on Wednesday. Dustin Byfuglien had a hat trick for Chicago in that victory, and Jonathan Toews picked up three assists.