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Daily Sports Roundup: August 12

Daily Sports Roundup: August 12

Cole Hamels will be gunning for his 10th win of the year on Tuesday night when the Phillies continue their road series in Los Angeles. Here’s your Daily Sports Roundup …

Event of the day . . .

Philadelphia is still trying to hold off both the Mets and the Marlins in the tight NL East standings, while Los Angeles is looking to overtake the Diamondbacks in the race for top spot in the NL West. Those two clubs will play the second game of their west-coast series on Tuesday night, beginning at 10:10pm ET.

Hamels (9-8, 3.35 ERA) hasn’t earned a win since July 3, and Philadelphia is just 2-4 over his last six starts. However, the lefthander pitched well enough to win in most of those games, holding opponents to just two earned runs in four of the outings. Hamels’ ERA has increased just marginally during the drought – from 3.22 to its current 3.35.

Opposing Hamels on Tuesday night will be the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 3.71 ERA), who has picked up two wins in his past three starts. The lefthander, in fact, has given up just one earned run on 11 hits over his last 19 innings of work, which has dropped his ERA from a high of 5.18 on July 22 to its respectable 3.71 of today.

Non-event of the day . . .

The Indians and Orioles will offer up a underwhelming pitching matchup on Tuesday in Cleveland – Garret Olson (8-6, 6.06 ERA) for the Orioles, and Jeremy Sowers (1-6, 5.70 ERA) for the Indians. The Giants and Astros will stage a battle of also-rans on Tuesday as well, but at least that game will feature some good arms – Tim Lincecum (12-3, 2.68 ERA) for San Francisco, and Roy Oswalt (9-8, 4.56 ERA) for Houston.

Also on the schedule . . .

Other NL games on tap for Tuesday include Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, the Mets at Washington, the Cubs at Atlanta, St. Louis at Florida, Arizona at Colorado, and Milwaukee at San Diego. Edinson Volquez (Reds), Johan Santana (Mets), and Rich Harden (Cubs) are the notable hurlers on that slate.

Filling out the AL schedule on Tuesday are Texas at Boston, Toronto at Detroit, the Yankees at Minnesota, Kansas City at the White Sox, Tampa Bay at Oakland, and Seattle at the Angels. Jarrod Washburn (5-11, 4.76 ERA) is scheduled to pitch that game for the Mariners, but his name is still coming up in trade rumors.

And for early risers, the USA men’s basketball team faces Angola at 8:00am ET on Tuesday morning; that game will be followed by Argentina vs. Australia at 10:15am. After that, the Americans will be off until Thursday morning at 8:00am, when they’ll take on Greece in their third game of the Olympic tournament.

News from the wire . . .

The Diamondbacks bolstered their lineup by picking up slugging outfielder Adam Dunn from the Reds on Monday afternoon . . . the Blue Jays placed third baseman Scott Rolen on the disabled list . . . Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson will have elbow surgery and miss the rest of the season . . . Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram broke a bone in his shoulder and will be out of action for the next 6-8 weeks.

Peek at the future . . .

John Maine (9-7, 4.13 ERA) is expected to return from the disabled list and pitch for the Mets against the Nationals on Wednesday . . . the PGA’s Wyndham Championship and the LPGA’s CN Canadian Women’s Open both get underway on Thursday morning . . . the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series are en route to Michigan International Speedway this week for Sunday’s 3M Performance 400.

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