Who's Hot and Who's Not
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MLB: The Cleveland Indians are 9-2 in Justin Masterson’s last 11 trips to the hill.
MLB: The over is 7-1-1 in Washington’s last nine overall.
MLB: San Diego was 1-10 in its last 11 road games heading into Monday night’s action.
MLB: Florida is 1-8 in its last nine games against Atlanta.
$21 million – The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension with starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, who has bounced back from a 1-7 beginning to the season to even his record at 9-9. Carpenter climbs the hill Tuesday in Pittsburgh with his Cards set around -175.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday after struggling with a stiff back over the weekend. Gonzalez said his back stiffened up Saturday, and it prevented him from playing in Sunday's series finale against the visiting Cincinnati Reds. The 25-year-old is hitting .299 for the season with 25 homers, 89 RBIs and 19 steals in 469 at-bats.
Game of the day
Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox (+170, 7)
"Ibrahimovic is one of the world's best players, he's Milan's most important player. It's always better to play against the whole team so it's a shame he couldn't come. He's a player on another level. I'm happy for everything he brought for us." – Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola on AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was injured in Monday’s training session and won’t play when the two teams clash Tuesday. Ibrahimovic left Barcelona for following a falling out with Guardiola. Barcelona is a big -435 favorite with the draw at +450 and a Milan victory at a whopping +950.
Notes and tips
This is just getting awkward for Tim Wakefield as he tries to pick up his 200th career win. The veteran knuckleballer makes his eighth try at the milestone win Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, but has allowed at least four runs in each of his last four starts. The BoSox are set around -165 at home to Toronto.
UEFA Champions League group stage action kicks off Tuesday with a couple of interesting matches on the schedule. Bayer Leverkusen veteran midfielder Michael Ballack will face off against his former club Chelsea. "We have a bit of international experience thanks to the Europa League [last season, reaching the round of 16], but of course it's completely different to be playing in the Champions League," said the 34-year-old. "I know from experience that it's a different level. Yet in the opening match in London, where we can go without any pressure, we may spring a surprise." Chelsea is pegged as a -250 favorite with the draw at +315 and a Bayer Leverkusen win at +630.
Slugger Adrian Beltre is on an absolute tear after coming off the disabled list on Sept. 1. He drove in seven runs over the weekend as Texas took two out of three from the Athletics and is now hitting .395 with 12 RBIs since coming off the shelf (he also had a 16-game hitting streak before reinjuring his hamstring). The Rangers are just 11-12 in their last 23 games, but are still clinging to the AL West lead as the Angels are charging.