Friday, July 29, 2011
A wheeling and dealing weekend
By Sarah Spain
p>MLB: All 30 MLB teams are in action this weekend and, with the trade deadline coming up on Sunday, plenty of scouts will be working hard, as well. Edwin Jackson will make the start for the Cardinals tonight, just two days after being dealt to St. Louis by the White Sox. Jackson will see a familiar foe as the Cards host his former crosstown rivals, the Cubs, in the first of a three-game set (8:15 p.m.). ... Former Cub Kosuke Fukudome will make his debut for the host Indians tonight, as they open a three-game series with the Royals (7:05 p.m.). Cleveland needs a shot in the arm, as it has totaled just 13 runs and 36 hits in losing six of seven, including getting no-hit by the Angels' Ervin Santana on Wednesday. ... Tonight in New York, the Yankees and Orioles kick off a four-game series that includes a doubleheader on Saturday. The Bronx Bombers have won 30 of their past 37 meetings with Baltimore, including six straight (7:05 p.m.). ... Phillies ace Roy Halladay will take the bump at Citizens Bank Park tonight hoping to help his team avoid a three-game home skid. Halladay has been outstanding in Philly, winning nine consecutive starts at home. He'll face Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton in the first of a three-game series (7:05 p.m.). ... While the White Sox vie for a seventh straight victory over the Red Sox, Boston's Tim Wakefield will try to grab his 200th career win. Gavin Floyd will take the mound at home for Chicago in the series opener; he's 5-0 with a 3.26 ERA in six career starts against the Red Sox (8:10 p.m.).
NFL: Any teams that haven't yet started camp will do so this weekend, and come 6 p.m. today, deals that teams have reached with free agents can become official. A lot of big names have already found new homes, but the free agent frenzy is far from over. If your team isn't the one making big moves (ahem, the Jets), don't fret, there's still time to make a splash.
WNBA: Tonight in Minnesota, the Lynx try to stretch their win streak to five when they face the visiting Seattle Storm (8 p.m.). Then, Sunday afternoon, the Lynx visit the Silver Stars in an afternoon matchup. San Antonio will bring a two-game win streak into that contest (3 p.m.). ... Saturday, the Storm travel to Tulsa to face the Shock, who are still looking for their second win of the year. Yes, their second win (8 p.m.).