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Two of the top teams in the National League begin a weekend series in Milwaukee as the Brewers host the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers send their ace, Chad Billingsley on Friday while the Brewers counter with Braden Looper. Billingsley will be going for his 10th win of the season on Friday. He is 9-4 with a 3.14 ERA this season while Looper is 7-4 with a 4.78 ERA.
A. J. Burnett will try to keep his hot streak going as the New York Yankees visit the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Burnett is 7-4 on the season with a 3.74 ERA and he has been excellent of late. Last Friday he gave up just two runs in seven innings against Toronto while striking out seven. He has allowed just three earned runs in his last four starts overall.
It is only July but a big series in the National League Central gets underway on Tuesday as the Milwaukee Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers are not playing well, having lost four of their last five and they believe this is a must-win series against the Cardinals.
This weekend is the 4th of July weekend and the sporting world has plenty of fireworks planned for the holiday. The game of the week is no different as it will focus on the FOX Saturday game of the week. This Saturday the New York Mets travel to Philadelphia to battle the Phillies and it will be aired on Fox.
This week the Game of the Week pick will focus on Sunday night baseball on ESPN. ESPN will feature the subway series as the New York Yankees take on the New York Mets. This is a rematch of the series when the Yankees blasted Mets ace Johan Santana in a 15-0 blowout win. The Yankees took two out of three in that series but this series has a change of venue as the Yankees will be playing in Citi Field.
The battle of Los Angeles resumes on Friday night as the Angels host the Dodgers. Late last month it was the Angels winning two of three at Dodger Stadium so the Dodgers will try and return the favor this weekend. It may not be easy considering the Angels are 8-1 against the National League this season.
The Toronto Blue Jays are one team that could do without Interleague play. Before last night’s game the Blue Jays were 0-6 in Interleague play this season. “It’s hard to explain. Some teams beat up on you — some teams don’t,” manager Cito Gaston said. Last season the Blue Jays were 8-9 in Interleague play. Usually American League teams beat up on National League teams but that is not the case with Toronto. Only Baltimore, Kansas City and Tampa Bay have worse all-time records in Interleague play than Toronto does.
The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks resume their rivalry on Thursday in Dallas in a nationally televised game on TNT. The Rockets lead the all-time series against Dallas 74-62 but Dallas holds a 35-32 edge against the Rockets at home. The last time the teams met at Dallas the Rockets won 113-98 as Tracy McGrady had 31 points. Josh Howard led the Mavericks in that game with 21 points. That win by the Rockets broke a six game losing streak against Dallas.
The World Series moves to Philadelphia for the next three games after the Rays and Phillies split the first two games in Tampa Bay. The Phillies may feel good getting a split in Tampa but it could be the Rays that have the edge in the next two games with Matt Garza facing Jamie Moyer on Saturday and Andy Sonnanstine against Joe Blanton on Sunday.
Game 2 of the World Series takes place on Thursday night in Tampa Bay as the Rays host the Philadelphia Phillies. It is a key game as either the series will be tied or it will be 2-0. The pitching matchup has Brett Myers going for the Phillies against Tampa’s James Shields.