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Who's Hot and Who's Not

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On 09/10/2011 07:49 AM in MLB
Who’s hot

MLB: The over is 9-1 in Atlanta pitcher Derek Lowe’s last 10 road starts.

NCAAF: Stanford is 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight road games.

NCAAF: The over is 8-1 in Tennessee’s last nine home games.

CFL: Toronto is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 road games.

WNBA: The under is 8-1 in Chicago’s last nine road games.

Who’s not

MLB: The White Sox are 1-6 in Philip Humber’s last seven starts.

NCAAF: Wake Forest is 0-5 ATS in its last five ACC games.

NCAAF: East Carolina is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 non-conference games.

CFL: The over is 3-12 in the last 15 Toronto-B.C. meetings.

WNBA: Washington is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games.

Injury not to be overlooked

Already decimated by injuries, the New York Giants defense might not have its captain, end Justin Tuck, at full strength for Sunday's opener at Washington. Tuck has lingering neck pain after suffering a stinger in an Aug. 29 preseason game. He returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday. DE Osi Umenyiora won’t be available for another week or two, so Dave Tollefson likely would play if Tuck can't go. New York already has lost six defensive players to season-ending injuries, including top CB Terrell Thomas. Still, the Giants are favored by 3 over the Redskins.

Key stat

10 – That’s how many passes Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd caught from QB Tommy Rees in the second half last week after coach Brian Kelly benched QB Dane Crist. Rees will start Saturday night’s game in Michigan, with the Irish favored by 3. Floyd had 12 catches for 154 yards and 2 TDs in Notre Dame’s 23-20 home loss to South Florida.

Game of the day

No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 20 Penn State (10, 42)

Notable quotable

"You can't mail days in in this league. And I definitely found I was doing that last year." -- Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer, who had 63 tackles and five sacks last year on a horrific Dallas defense. The Cowboys are 5-point underdogs at the N.Y. Jets on Sunday night.

Notes and tips

No. 10 Nebraska, a 27.5-point favorite against Fresno State, should get a boost from the return of MLB Will Compton. The starter missed all but one series in the opener with a foot bruise. “Will brings an air of confidence to everyone around him, and he’s going to make things run a lot more smoothly,” coach Bo Pelini told CBSSports.com. Freshman Trevor Roach did make seven tackles in Compton’s absence last week.

No. 15 Ohio State will still be missing three players for its game against Toledo. The Buckeyes are favored by 18 points. RB Jordan Hall, CB Travis Howard and S Corey Brown were suspended for the opener for accepting $200 at what they believed was a university-approved charity event in Cleveland earlier this year. The Rockets, meanwhile, also got bad news when it was announced that LB Dan Molls won’t play due to injury. The junior led Toledo with 143 tackles last year.

Umpire Ed Hickox will be behind the plate when the Indians visit the White Sox on Saturday. The road team is 5-0 in Hickox’s last five games calling balls and strikes, and the Indians are 4-0 in his last four games behind the plate.
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STREAKING

Henderson Alvarez, Toronto Blue Jays (1-2, 2.95 ERA)

The 21-year-old rookie hasn’t been scored upon in his last two starts, covering 14 innings against the Red Sox and Orioles. And he’s only given up seven hits and one walk in that span while fanning nine. Batters are hitting .230 against him.

Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies (16-7, 2.47 ERA)

His average fastball velocity is a career-high 91.6 mph. He has a sterling WHIP of 1.03. And he hasn’t given up a run in his last three starts, covering 24 2/3 innings. Lee is making a strong case for the Cy Young award.

SLUMPING

Alex White, Colorado Rockies (2-1, 5.63 ERA)

In three starts since being acquired from the Indians, White has yielded four homers, 19 hits, 10 walks and 14 earned runs in 17 innings. Batters are hitting .277 against the 23-year-old rookie.

Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians (6-14, 5.18 ERA)

Carmona has only one win since July 19, and he’s 24-40 since 2009. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings last time out against the Tigers, getting drilled for seven earned runs on eight hits. He’s given up at least three earned runs in four of his past six starts.
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