This Weekend in Sports previews the biggest games and events for the coming weekend.
This weekend gives us a bruising rematch at UFC 291, the Guardians and Reds continue their playoff push, Aaron Judge could return for the Yankees and Women’s World Cup teams try to reach the knockout round in sports betting action this weekend.
New York Yankees (54-48) at Baltimore Orioles (62-40), Friday-Sunday
These AL East teams have split their 10 games thus far this season at five wins each, and this weekend will be a great chance for the Bronx Bombers to climb out of the cellar — they are eight games back of Baltimore. NY could be getting Aaron Judge back for the series after recovering from a sprained toe, and they need him. With Judge out, the Yankees have gone 19-23.
Tampa Bay Rays (62-43) at Houston Astros (58-45), Friday-Sunday
TB has lost eight of their past 10 games and are now trailing the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. The Astros have won seven of 10 and are a couple of games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Houston won the first series between the two this season. Cy Young candidate Shane McClanahan will get the ball first for the Rays, with his sparkling 11-1 record, 2.89 ERA and 112 strikeouts.
Cincinnati Reds (56-48) at Los Angeles Dodgers (58-43), Friday-Sunday
Cincy has won six of eight and is in the thick of the NL Central and Wild Card races. They Reds won their earlier series with LA 2-1. The Dodgers will start three rookie pitchers this weekend – Bobby Miller, Emmet Sheehan and Michael Grove. Reds rookie phenom Elly De La Cruz has cooled off considerably after a blistering first month. He has only five hits in his past 48 at bats with two home runs and three RBI.
Cleveland Guardians (51-51) at Chicago White Sox (41-62), Friday-Sunday
The Guardians have won six of nine to move within a couple of games of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central race. With Cleveland several games out of wild card contention, it seems clear that only a division title will get them into the playoffs. They are 2-4 against the White Sox so far this season.
Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje, Saturday
Moneyline – Poirier -145, Gaethje +125; O/U 2.5 – Poirier -130 over, Gaethje +100 under
Poirier won his last meeting with Gaethje by TKO in 2018, and this lightweight battle should be a doozy. Check out our preview for this and other UFC 291 bouts.
Cook Out 400, 3 p.m. ET Sunday
Moneyline – Martin Truex Jr. +430, Denny Hamlin +570, Kyle Larson +570, Kevin Harvick +770, Christopher Bell +770, William Bryon +800
Hamlin is coming off a win at Pocono last weekend, the 50th overall win of his career, and has five wins and 17 top-five finishes at Richmond in the Cup Series. Larson has won twice at Richmond, including in April.
Women’S World Cup
Sweden vs Italy, 3:30 a.m. Saturday
Moneyline – Sweden –118, Draw +250, Italy +360
The Swedes are 13-4-4 historically against Italy, and the Italians never beaten a fellow European team in the Women’s World Cup. Sweden is 7-3-1 in their past 11 group stage matches.
Norway vs Philippines. 3 a.m. Sunday
Moneyline – Norway –750, Draw +750, Philippines +2500
Playing in their first World Cup, the Filipinas can stun the world with a victory and clinch a spot in the knockout round. Norway star striker Ada Hegerberg is trying to recover from a groin injury that kept her out of the match against Switzerland.
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