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Daily Sports Roundup: October 1

Daily Sports Roundup: October 1

Daily Sports Roundup: October 1

There are three baseball playoff games and a single college football matchup on the schedule for Wednesday. Here's a look at those contests in your Daily Sports Roundup.

The Gridiron Spotlight

There is just one college football game on the schedule for Wednesday night - and that's Louisiana Tech at No. 17 Boise State. The Broncos are coming off a big 37-32 win over Oregon on September 20 that moved them to 3-0 on the season (they also beat Idaho State and Bowling Green). Louisiana Tech has managed to get past both Mississippi State and Southeastern Louisiana, but they were outclassed when they ran into Kansas back on September 6 - the Bulldogs were blanked 29-0 in that contest.

The oddsmakers fully expect Louisiana Tech to get crushed by a ranked team once again on Wednesday - they're big 22.5-point underdogs against the unbeaten Broncos.

Other Notable Events

With the AL Central sideshows of Monday and Tuesday now in the books we get to start watching some real playoff action on Wednesday. Both National League Division Series get going on Wednesday, while the Red Sox and Angels hook up in some AL action.

The matchups in the Senior Circuit are Milwaukee at Philadelphia, and the Dodgers at the Cubs. Game 1 of the Brewers/Phillies series (3:05pm ET) will feature a pitching battle between Yovani Gallardo (0-0, 1.88 ERA) and Cole Hamels (14-10, 3.09 ERA). Gallardo made his long-awaited return from injury on September 25, holding the Pirates to one earned run over four innings of work. Hamels is coming off a loss to the Braves, but he's held the opposition to two or fewer earned runs in nine of his last 10 starts.

In the opener of the Dodgers/Cubs series (6:35pm ET) it'll be Derek Lowe (14-11, 3.24 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster (17-6, 2.96 ERA). Lowe has given up just two earned runs over his last 36 1-3 innings of work, and he's 6-1 with three no-decisions in his last 10 outings. Dempster gave up just one earned run over five innings in each of last two starts, and he's allowed three or fewer earned runs in nine of his past 10 mound trips.

Over in the AL the Red Sox/Angels opener (10:05pm ET) will have Boston's Jon Lester (16-6, 3.21 ERA) taking on Los Angeles' John Lackey (12-5, 3.75 ERA). Lester held the Indians to one earned run on two hits over six innings in his last start, and he has four wins in his past five games. Lackey will be looking to bounce back from a pounding at the hands of the Rangers last time out in which he gave up 10 runs in 2 2-3 innings.

All of the home teams are pegged as the favorites for Wednesday's games; the Phillies and Hamels are at -200, while the Cubs are at -159, and the Angels are now at -117.

The Rest of the Schedule

The best-of-five WNBA Finals tips off on Wednesday night, with Detroit at San Antonio. The Shock topped New York 75-73 in the deciding game of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night, while the Silver Stars bounced Los Angeles 76-72 on Sunday to advance past the Western Conference Finals. Game 2 will be played Friday night.

News from the Wire

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall is out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury on Monday night . . . Lions RB Rudi Johnson has replaced Kevin Smith as the team's starter in the backfield. Bengals QB Carson Palmer plans on playing this weekend after sitting out against the Browns on Sunday. Browns QB Derek Anderson has a better grip on his starting gig after the team's win over the weekend. Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will miss four-to-six months due to shoulder surgery.

A Peek at the Future

The fourth MLB divisional series gets underway in Tampa Bay on Thursday . . . there are two ranked college football teams in action on Thursday night, with Pittsburgh at No. 10 South Florida, and Oregon State at No. 15 Utah. The Bulls are pegged as 13.5-point favorites in their contest, while the Utes have been listed as 12-point favorites . . . the Sprint Cup Series hits Talladega this week for Sunday afternoon's Amp Energy 500.

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