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Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals (5-1, 2.22 ERA)
Gonzalez went seven innings and allowed three runs while striking out a season-high 10 batters in his last trip to the mound. He has won five of his last six starts and leads the National League with 60 strikeouts. The Nats have won seven of his eight starts this year, earning supporters 5.96 units – third in the majors.
Bud Norris, Houston Astros (4-1, 3.58 ERA)
Norris has been the best bet in the bigs so far this season, pulling in 7.72 units for bettors. He has allowed only one run in his last three starts, striking out 21 batters over that span. Norris told reporters he wanted to pitch later in games this year and so far he has thrown at least six innings in seven of his eight starts.
Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves (2-3, 7.09 ERA)
Minor has been smacked around in four consecutive starts. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss to Miami, allowing six runs on six hits while walking three and striking out three. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the 24-year-old is in no danger of losing his spot in the rotation even though he has allowed 27 runs during the four-game skid.
Randy Wolf, Milwaukee Brewers (2-4, 6.38 ERA)
Wolf followed up his best start of the season with yet another stinker. After holding the Cubs scoreless through six innings, he allowed six runs in four innings during another loss to the Astros, his second loss in three starts. He told reporters he’s struggling with his control after walking three in that one. The over is 6-1 in his starts this season.
Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics – 10 mph winds are expected to blow out to right-centerfield.
NBA: 76ers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
NBA: The over is 7-1 in Thunder last eight games as a favorite.
NHL: Devils are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
MLB: Nationals are 7-1 in their last eight meetings with Philadelphia.
NBA: Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
NBA: Lakers are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 games playing on one day of rest.
NHL: Rangers are 1-4 in their last five games following a win.
MLB: Mariners are 1-4 in Felix Hernandez’s last five home starts.
85.1 – The Oklahoma City Thunder lead the NBA postseason in hitting 85.1 percent of their free throws after also pacing the Association in the regular season, hitting 80.6 percent of its attempts. The Thunder hit 84 percent of their shots from the line in Game 4’s win over the Lakers, while Los Angeles hit only 72.4 percent of its attempts.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals – Berkman appears to be heading back to the disabled list. He just returned from a calf injury on May 13 after missing 21 games and is now ailing with a knee injury that he suffered Saturday. Berkman is hitting .333 but has played only 13 games this year.
Game of the day
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics (-5.5, 174)
"I really don't blame it on the offense. If you look at it, defensively, we gave up 28 and 33 points in the third and fourth quarters. Regardless if we score  and 20 points, our defense should be able to win the game. Our defense didn't come through. We weren't rebounding the ball, we didn't play at a high level in the second half. We allowed them to get into rhythm, gave them free throws, gave up the 3, and then turned the ball over." – Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce about Game 4’s 92-83 loss to Philadelphia. The Celtics are 1-3 against the spread in the series heading into Monday’s Game 5.
Notes and tips
Aroldis Chapman got his first opportunity as the Cincinnati Reds' new closer and earned his first save of the season Sunday as the Reds finished off a comeback win over the New York Yankees. Before the game, Reds manager Dusty Baker said Chapman was his "No. 1 candidate" to become the closer, replacing Sean Marshall, who allowed two runs on four hits in the ninth inning of Saturday's win. But Baker said he wouldn't use Chapman on Sunday because the pitcher had thrown Saturday and three out of the past four days.That changed shortly before the game, when Baker said he checked in with Chapman, who told him he would be fine to pitch. Chapman has a whopping 39 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.
The New York Rangers will be without forward Brandon Prust for Monday’s contest against the New Jersey Devils after he was suspended for one game for elbowing Anton Volchenkov Saturday. Prust has one assist and 27 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. The Rangers, set as +110 underdogs Monday, have yet to announce who will fill his spot in the lineup.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is eligible to return from his four-game suspension Monday against Tampa Bay. Lawrie was suspended following an altercation with umpire Bill Miller last week. The 22-year-old is hitting .281 with three home runs, 17 RBI and six stolen bases.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant seemed to be calling out teammate Pau Gasol when Bryant suggested after the Lakers' Game 3 loss to the Thunder on Saturday that Gasol needs to be more assertive and made a poor decision at critical part of the game. "Pau's got to be more assertive," Bryant said, according to ESPN.com. "He's the guy out there that we need. When he's getting the ball he's looking to pass. He's got to be aggressive. He's got to shoot the ball. He's got to drive the ball to the basket and he will in the next game." Gasol didn't take a single shot from the field in the fourth quarter, and he passed up a shot with 33.9 seconds left and the game tied. Instead he threw a pass that was intercepted by Kevin Durant that helped the Thunder take a 3-1 series lead.
AL teams were 24-18 this weekend, with over 20-21-1, 13-10-1 in NL parks, 7-11 in AL stadiums. We're back to the normal schedule today.
-- GGonzalez is 5-1, 1.60 in his last seven starts. Kendrick has a 2.45 RA in his last couple starts.
-- JSantana is 1-0, 2.51 in his last five starts. Bedard is 2-1, 3.71 in his last four outings.
-- Buehrle is 2-0, 2.91 in his last three starts.
-- Norris is 2-0, 2.36 in four home starts. Garza is 1-0, 2.45 in his last four starts.
-- Wolf is 1-1, 3.00 in his last three home starts.
-- Capuano is 4-1, 1.59 in his last five starts.
-- Paulino has a 1.93 RA in three starts this season.
-- Hellickson is 2-0, 2.67 in his last five starts.
-- JWilliams is 3-0, 2.05 in his last four starts. Milone is 3-0, 0.78 in his three home starts.
-- Darvish is 5-1, 2.33 in his last seven starts.
-- Minor is 0-2, 11.76 in his last four starts. Leake is 0-5, 7.41 in seven starts this season.
-- Moyer is 0-2, 6.19 in his three road starts.
-- Bumgarner is 0-2, 6.18 in his last couple starts.
-- Richard is 0-3, 9.51 in his four road starts. JGarcia is 1-2, 5.19 in his last four starts.
-- Corbin is 2-2, 5.73 in his four starts this season.
-- Kuroda is 1-2, 6.61 in his last three starts.
-- Buchholz has an 8.18 RA in eight starts this season. Hunter is 0-1, 5.71 in his last three starts.
-- Drabek is 1-4, 4.13 in his last five starts.
-- FHernandez is 0-2, 10.45 in his last couple starts.
-- Pirates won four of their last six home games.
-- Braves won 11 of their last 14 road games. Cincinnati is 7-5 in its last dozen home games, but lost last three home series openers.
-- Miami won 14 of its last 19 games.
-- Astros won 10 of their last 15 home games.
-- Giants won six of their last nine games.
-- Dodgers won nine of their last eleven games. Arizona won three of its last four games, but lost seven of last eight at home.
-- Red Sox won eight of their last ten games. Orioles won five of six.
-- Blue Jays won four of their last five games.
-- Mariners won their last three games, scoring 20 runs. Texas won five of its last seven road games.
-- Nationals lost three of their last four games. Phillies lost last couple games, after winning their previous six.
-- Mets are 5-7 in their last dozen road games.
-- Rockies lost four in row, 13 of last 16 games.
-- Cubs lost their last six games, allowing 40 runs.
-- Brewers lost six of their last eight games.
-- Padres lost 10 of their first 14 road games. St Louis lost eight of its last ten games.
-- Royals lost four of their last five games. Bronx lost five of their last six games.
-- Tampa Bay lost three of its last four games.
-- Angels lost 14 of their last 20 road games. Oakland is 3-5 in its last eight games overall.
-- Seven of last eight Washington games went over the total.
-- Ten of Mets' last eleven road games went over the total.
-- Four of last six Cincinnati games went over the total.
-- Six of last seven Miami home games went over the total.
-- Under is 10-2-1 in Houston's last thirteen games.
-- Last six games at Miller Park went over the total.
-- Over is 8-1-1 in last ten St Louis games.
-- Over is 3-0-1 in the Dodgers' last four games.
-- Seven of last nine Bronx games stayed under the total.
-- Five of last seven Boston games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 8-3-1 in last dozen Tampa Bay games.
-- Under is 13-5 in Angels' last eighteen road games.
-- Five of last six Texas road games went over the total.