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On 07/31/2012 02:01 PM in MLB

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Verlander, Beckett Tangle As Red Sox Host Tigers

A crucial series in the American League playoff race continues Tuesday in Boston where the Red Sox entertain the Detroit Tigers.

Game 2 of the series from Fenway Park is set for a 7:10 p.m. (ET) first pitch from Boston's Josh Beckett. The right-hander has struggled much of the campaign, and it won't be easy to start turning things around against Detroit ace Justin Verlander. The Tigers opened in the -130 to -140 range on the MLB odds behind the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner.

Tuesday's total is eight and priced a little heavier to the 'over.'

Beckett's name has recently come up among a horde of rumors as Major League Baseball heads towards Tuesday's 3:00 p.m. (ET) non-waiver trade deadline. Beckett (5-9, 4.57) is set to make $17 million this year and another $32 million through the end of his current contract which runs through 2014, and that will be a huge stumbling block to any potential deal, not to mention his 10/5 service rights to veto any trade.

If the Red Sox were going to ship him out, they should have done so before he pitched the club to seven losses in his last eight starts. A lack of run support can be blamed on some of those defeats, but Beckett's 5.01 ERA in that span is primarily culpable. His 2012 season started with a rough outing against the Tigers in Detroit, Beckett failing to make it through the fifth inning while serving up five long balls. The good news is he has allowed just four home runs in the subsequent 16 assignments, including a second loss to the Tigers when they came to Boston in May, the only game Detroit won in that series.

Verlander (11-6, 2.60) appeared to be on his way to a fourth consecutive win his last time out before a couple of 7th-inning homers started to unravel his fine effort. Cleveland eventually plated all of their runs against Verlander in a 5-3 win for the Indians who were getting +150 at the baseball betting window.

This will be the third go-around this season for Sox hitters to face Verlander. He tossed eight shutout frames in Detroit on Opening Day, but closer Jose Valverde coughed up a 2-0 lead in the ninth before the Tigers posted a 3-2 victory as $1.40 favorites. Detroit was priced at -155 behind Verlander at Fenway on May 29 when Boston hung a 6-3 loss on the big right-hander.

The Tigers swept the season-opening series in Motown before the Red Sox won three of four in the May series played in Beantown. Boston saw a 7-game home winning streak against Detroit end in the finale of the May set.

This series opened Monday with the outcome still pending. Boston was a slight 115 favorite with Clay Buchholz on the hill. Detroit was countering with Max Scherzer and oddsmakers leaned 'under' on a 9½-run total.

Boston started the series level at 51-51 and in the AL East cellar, 9.5-games behind the front-running New York Yankees. Detroit (54-48) was second in the AL Central and trailed the Chicago White Sox by 1.5-games.

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07/31/2012 02:03 PM

Red-Hot Reds Entertain San Diego Padres

Hot information for a hot team as the Cincinnati Reds host the San Diego Padres in the continuation of their series at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.

Jason Marquis will get the start for the visiting Padres with Homer Bailey pitching for the Reds. Don Best is sending Bailey and the Reds out as big $1.90 favorites with the run total at nine, shaded to the 'over.'

We start with Marquis (6-9, 5.25) in the matchup, whose numbers don't show how well he's been pitching in his current form. The veteran retired the last 16 batters he faced at San Francisco in his last outing, and has reeled off three consecutive wins for the Padres while lowering his National League ERA a third of a run since joining San Diego in late May after being released by the Minnesota Twins.

"Also, he beat the Giants and the Dodgers, a couple of good-hitting teams," Don Best sports analyst Pat Williams said, also noting Marquis' roundabout venture to the Padres where he has suddenly reinvented himself as a strikeout pitcher.

Current form is also a relevant topic for Bailey (9-6, 3.53) who is 4-0 in five July outings while Cincinnati also get the win in his one no-decision. One of those wins was in San Diego just before the All-Star Game, and Bailey pitched around some shoddy Reds defense to earn the 6-5 win.

This series opened Monday with Cincinnati priced at -145. Mike Leake was on the hill and former Red right-hander Edinson Volquez was slated for the Pads. The game carried an 8½-run total and was still pending.

Cincinnati started the series with 10-straight wins, its longest streak since equaling that number during the 1998 season. The Reds are 14-2 since the all-star break and held a 3-game lead Monday over the Pittsburgh Pirates who come to Cincinnati this weekend.

The Reds were also tied with the Washington Nationals for the top record in all of baseball at 61-40. Cincinnati backers are up more than 15½ units on the year, with the Reds also sporting a profitable 57-38-6 'under' mark.

San Diego was 13-games back in the NL West in fourth place, and had dropped two straight. Betting the Padres would have cost you $8.60 so far.

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07/31/2012 02:05 PM

Nationals Open Homestand Against Philadelphia Phillies

Their roles were supposed to be reversed this season in the National League East Division race. Instead, it's the last-place Philadelphia Phillies who have been relegated to playing potential spoilers as they open a series on Tuesday at the first-place Washington Nationals.

Scheduled to be broadcast by the MLB Network with a 7:05 p.m. (ET) first pitch, Game 1 of the set has a dandy pitching matchup with Cliff Lee on the mound for the Phils opposite Washington's Stephen Strasburg. Washington went out as $1.40+ chalk with a 6½-run total, right in line with the 6-6½ totals the previous time the two clubs met in the nation's capital.

A 16.5-game chasm divides the teams to begin the series, with the Nats owning a 4-game advantage over 2nd-place Atlanta in the division when play opened Monday. Philadelphia is coming off a sweep at the hands of those Braves this past weekend at Turner Field, and the best thing that can be said about this underachieving bunch is at least the Phillies have summoned up the strength for a winning 8-7 record since the all-star break.

Monday's off day was Washington's first following the Midsummer Classic, a stretch that included 18 games over a 17-day stretch with the Nats winning 12 times. They are coming off a 6-1 road trip through New York and Milwaukee, culminating the journey with an uplifting effort vs. the Brewers on Sunday that saw the Nationals tie the game in the ninth before taking an 11-10 victory in the 11th.

Six games between the Phils and Nats this season, three in each park, have resulted in a 4-2 advantage for Washington, the 'over' also cashing in four of the six clashes. Cole Hamels picked up wins in the finale of both sets to help the Phillies avoid being swept in each series.

Strasburg didn't decision in his only 2012 assignment against Philly, an eventual 4-3 Washington victory on May 4 when the right-hander worked six innings and allowed three runs. The Nationals have struggled in his last six starts dating back into late-June, winning just two of the games while Strasburg's ERA is 3.51 during the span.

There continues to be talk regarding just when the Nationals will shut Strasburg down this year as they hope to keep from overworking the young phenom who had Tommy John surgery in the summer of his rookie 2010 campaign. He threw just over 123 innings that season, including his 11 minor league starts, and currently sits on 117-1/3 IP in 2012.

That Cliff Lee has just one dubya on his ledger, and the Phillies are a woeful 5-12 in his 17 starts, might be the most jaw-dropping stat yet produced through nearly four months of the MLB schedule. Philadelphia did win his last outing, but the victory had nothing to do with the southpaw's performance. Lee surrendered four homers and six runs at home to the Brewers, but the Phils overcame a 6-1 hole with a 6-run eighth to rally for the win.

Lee hasn't faced the Nats this season, and dropped two of his three assignments vs. Washington a year ago. He is also the current subject of trade rumors, with the Texas Rangers reportedly in the mix.

Philadelphia isn't listing new injuries since placing 3B Placido Polanco on the disabled list last week. Washington is playing without all-star SS Ian Desmond (oblique), with Danny Espinosa sliding from second to short in his absence. First baseman Adam LaRoche is also questionable for Tuesday's game with back spasms that flared up in Sunday's contest at Milwaukee. With a southpaw like Lee on the hill, LaRoche might have been given the day off even if he was 100 percent. Chad Tracy and Tyler Moore are candidates to replace him in the starting lineup.

There is a chance for some scattered storms in the DC area on Tuesday, increasing to 40 percent by nightfall. Temps in the low-80s with heavy humidity is the forecast for game time.

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07/31/2012 02:07 PM

Diamond Trends - Tuesday

July 31, 2012

SU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Brewers are 11-0 since July 27, 2011 when playing a night game as a 140+ favorite vs a divisional foe that is behind them in the divisional standings after playing in a night game for a net profit of $1100.

OU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Indians are 15-0-1 OU since April 10, 2011 on the road vs a team that has lost at least their last three games for a net profit of $1500 when playing the over.

STARTER TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Brewers are 11-0 since July 30, 2009 when Yovani Gallardo starts as a 200+ favorite for a net profit of $1100.

MLB BIBLE TREND OF THE DAY:

-- Homer Bailey has produced a team record of 12-0 (3.8 rpg) since 2009 after a game where he worked at least six but fewer than eight innings and allowed 0 or 1 runs.

TODAY’S TRENDS:

-- The Rays are 0-10 since July 01, 2006 when James Shields starts as a road dog in July for a net profit of $1000 when playing against.

-- The Rangers are 9-0-1 OU since July 20, 2011 when Derek Holland starts after more strike outs than hits allowed and they won in his previous start for a net profit of $900 when playing the over.

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07/31/2012 02:10 PM

Around the Horn - Tuesday

July 30, 2012

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia at Washington - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lee (1-6, 3.95 ERA) 45-57 1-6 L7 away Game 1's
Strasburg (11-4, 2.76 ERA) 61-40 8-4 home vs LHP


-- Phillies lost to Braves, 6-2 on Sunday
-- Nationals beat Brewers, 11-10 on Sunday

Miami at Atlanta - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Nolasco (8-9, 4.80 ERA) 47-55 2-8 L11 away Game 2's
Medlen (1-1, 2.48 ERA) 58-44 6-1 L7 home vs RHP


-- Braves beat Marlins, 8-2 on Monday

San Diego at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Marquis (4-5, 3.48 ERA) 44-60 OVER 5-2 L7 on Tuesdays
Bailey (9-6, 3.53 ERA) 61-41 12-2 L14 home Game 2's


-- Padres beat Reds, 11-5 on Monday

Pittsburgh at Chicago - 8:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Burnett (12-3, 3.52 ERA) 58-44 OVER 6-2 L8 away Game 2's
Dempster (5-5, 2.25 ERA) 43-58 8-2 L10 home vs RHP


-- Cubs beat Pirates, 14-4 on Monday

Houston at Milwaukee - 8:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Keuchel (1-3, 4.63 ERA) 35-69 0-15 L15 away Game 2's
Gallardo (8-8, 4.07 ERA) 45-53 5-2 L7 home vs LHP


-- Brewers beat Astros, 8-7 on Monday

St. Louis at Colorado - 8:40 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lohse (10-2, 2.71 ERA) 54-48 3-6 L9 away vs LHP
Francis (3-2, 4.97 ERA) 37-63 6-3 L9 home Game 1's


-- Cardinals lost to Cubs, 4-2 on Sunday
-- Rockies lost to Reds, 7-2 on Sunday

Arizona at Los Angeles - 10:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Miley (11-6, 3.11 ERA) 52-51 3-13 away Game 2's
Capuano (10-6, 3.13 ERA) 56-48 11-4 home vs LHP


-- Diamondbacks beat Dodgers, 7-2 on Monday

N.Y. Mets at San Francisco - 10:15 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 50-53 2-6 L8 away Game 2's
Lincecum (4-11, 5.88 ERA) 55-47 13-4 home Game 2's


-- Mets beat Giants, 8-7 on Monday


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Tillman (3-1, 1.66 ERA) 54-49 15-8 L23 away off win
Nova (10-4, 4.08 ERA) 60-42 UNDER 9-4 L13 home Game 2's


-- Orioles beat Yankees, 5-4 on Monday

Detroit at Boston - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Verlander (11-6, 2.60 ERA) 54-49 6-3 L9 away off loss
Beckett (5-9, 4.57 ERA) 52-51 2-6 L8 home vs RHP


-- Red Sox beat Tigers, 7-3 on Monday

Los Angeles at Texas - 8:05 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) 56-47 7-0 L7 away vs LHP
Holland (7-5, 4.74 ERA) 59-42 16-4 home off loss


-- Angels beat Rangers, 15-8 on Monday

Chicago at Minnesota - 8:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Liriano (3-10, 5.31 ERA) 55-47 12-5 away Game 2's
Blackburn (4-6, 7.99 ERA) 44-58 9-4 L13 home off win


-- Twins beat White Sox, 7-6 on Monday

Cleveland at Kansas City - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lowe (8-9, 5.09 ERA) 50-52 11-5 away Game 1's
Hochevar (6-9, 5.26 ERA) 41-60 OVER 8-2 L10 home off loss


-- Indians lost to Twins, 5-1 on Sunday
-- Royals lost to Mariners, 7-6 on Sunday

Tampa Bay at Oakland - 10:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Shields (8-7, 4.52 ERA) 53-50 OVER 5-2 L7 away Game 2's
Milone (9-7, 3.51 ERA) 56-46 16-2 L18 home vs RHP


-- Athletics beat Rays, 4-3 on Monday

Toronto at Seattle - 10:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Laffey (2-1, 3.22 ERA) 51-51 UNDER 6-1-1 L8 away Game 2's
Vargas (11-7, 3.76 ERA) 48-57 5-2 L7 home Game 2's


-- Mariners beat Blue Jays, 4-1 on Monday

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07/31/2012 02:10 PM

Around the Horn - Tuesday

July 30, 2012

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia at Washington - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lee (1-6, 3.95 ERA) 45-57 1-6 L7 away Game 1's
Strasburg (11-4, 2.76 ERA) 61-40 8-4 home vs LHP


-- Phillies lost to Braves, 6-2 on Sunday
-- Nationals beat Brewers, 11-10 on Sunday

Miami at Atlanta - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Nolasco (8-9, 4.80 ERA) 47-55 2-8 L11 away Game 2's
Medlen (1-1, 2.48 ERA) 58-44 6-1 L7 home vs RHP


-- Braves beat Marlins, 8-2 on Monday

San Diego at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Marquis (4-5, 3.48 ERA) 44-60 OVER 5-2 L7 on Tuesdays
Bailey (9-6, 3.53 ERA) 61-41 12-2 L14 home Game 2's


-- Padres beat Reds, 11-5 on Monday

Pittsburgh at Chicago - 8:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Burnett (12-3, 3.52 ERA) 58-44 OVER 6-2 L8 away Game 2's
Dempster (5-5, 2.25 ERA) 43-58 8-2 L10 home vs RHP


-- Cubs beat Pirates, 14-4 on Monday

Houston at Milwaukee - 8:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Keuchel (1-3, 4.63 ERA) 35-69 0-15 L15 away Game 2's
Gallardo (8-8, 4.07 ERA) 45-53 5-2 L7 home vs LHP


-- Brewers beat Astros, 8-7 on Monday

St. Louis at Colorado - 8:40 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lohse (10-2, 2.71 ERA) 54-48 3-6 L9 away vs LHP
Francis (3-2, 4.97 ERA) 37-63 6-3 L9 home Game 1's


-- Cardinals lost to Cubs, 4-2 on Sunday
-- Rockies lost to Reds, 7-2 on Sunday

Arizona at Los Angeles - 10:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Miley (11-6, 3.11 ERA) 52-51 3-13 away Game 2's
Capuano (10-6, 3.13 ERA) 56-48 11-4 home vs LHP


-- Diamondbacks beat Dodgers, 7-2 on Monday

N.Y. Mets at San Francisco - 10:15 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 50-53 2-6 L8 away Game 2's
Lincecum (4-11, 5.88 ERA) 55-47 13-4 home Game 2's


-- Mets beat Giants, 8-7 on Monday


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Tillman (3-1, 1.66 ERA) 54-49 15-8 L23 away off win
Nova (10-4, 4.08 ERA) 60-42 UNDER 9-4 L13 home Game 2's


-- Orioles beat Yankees, 5-4 on Monday

Detroit at Boston - 7:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Verlander (11-6, 2.60 ERA) 54-49 6-3 L9 away off loss
Beckett (5-9, 4.57 ERA) 52-51 2-6 L8 home vs RHP


-- Red Sox beat Tigers, 7-3 on Monday

Los Angeles at Texas - 8:05 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) 56-47 7-0 L7 away vs LHP
Holland (7-5, 4.74 ERA) 59-42 16-4 home off loss


-- Angels beat Rangers, 15-8 on Monday

Chicago at Minnesota - 8:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Liriano (3-10, 5.31 ERA) 55-47 12-5 away Game 2's
Blackburn (4-6, 7.99 ERA) 44-58 9-4 L13 home off win


-- Twins beat White Sox, 7-6 on Monday

Cleveland at Kansas City - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lowe (8-9, 5.09 ERA) 50-52 11-5 away Game 1's
Hochevar (6-9, 5.26 ERA) 41-60 OVER 8-2 L10 home off loss


-- Indians lost to Twins, 5-1 on Sunday
-- Royals lost to Mariners, 7-6 on Sunday

Tampa Bay at Oakland - 10:05 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Shields (8-7, 4.52 ERA) 53-50 OVER 5-2 L7 away Game 2's
Milone (9-7, 3.51 ERA) 56-46 16-2 L18 home vs RHP


-- Athletics beat Rays, 4-3 on Monday

Toronto at Seattle - 10:10 PM EST (Game 2/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Laffey (2-1, 3.22 ERA) 51-51 UNDER 6-1-1 L8 away Game 2's
Vargas (11-7, 3.76 ERA) 48-57 5-2 L7 home Game 2's


-- Mariners beat Blue Jays, 4-1 on Monday

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07/31/2012 02:16 PM

Strasburg tries to shut down Phillies on Tuesday


PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (45-57)

at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (61-40)


First pitch: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
Line: Washington -140, Philadelphia +130, Total: 6½

With the trade deadline looming, the last-place Phillies will face the division-leading Nationals on Tuesday to begin a three-game set for these NL East foes.

With his name blowing in the rumor mill, Cliff Lee takes the mound for Philadelphia, amid a season in which he is pitching reasonably well (3.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) but has a measly 1-6 record. Despite his 112 strikeouts in 118.1 innings and just 23 walks, the Phillies are just 5-12 in his starts in 2012. On Tuesday, he faces Stephen Strasburg, who has a 2.76 ERA and 1.12 WHIP this season, sporting a dominant 11-4 record, with the team winning 14 of his 20 starts. Strasburg takes the hill for a rolling Nationals squad that is 8-1 in its past nine games and has won 13 of its past 17 meetings with the Phillies, with that streak starting against none other than Cliff Lee. Furthermore, while Strasburg is coming off a seven-inning, four-hit and 11-strikeout performance, Lee was battered for six earned runs on 12 hits in seven innings, serving up four home runs. All trends point towards WASHINGTON winning this one.

This four-star FoxSheets trend also favors the Nationals:

PHILADELPHIA is 10-26 (27.8%, -21.3 Units) against the money line vs. a starting pitcher whose strikes out 5 or more batters per start this season. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 4.1, OPPONENT 5.4 - (Rating = 4*).

The Phillies have been nothing, if not streaky lately. This month they’ve already had two four-game winning streaks since the All-Star break, but also have had losing streaks of 6, 5, 3 and 3 games since June 27. Philly was most recently swept by the Braves, scoring just four runs in the entire series, and dropping its record to 11-25 (.306) versus NL East foes. Lee is 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in his career against Washington, but his two most recent starts—both in 2011—were the two losses on his record, with a 5.84 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in those two outings.

Strasburg has no decisions against the Phils in his career but the Nats are 2-0 in his two career starts against them, in which he has a 3.48 ERA and impressive 0.58 WHIP, allowing just six base-runners in 10.1 innings. His lone start in 2012 versus Philadelphia yielded a six-inning, three-run performance in which Strasburg allowed just three hits, but two of them were home runs. Although Strasburg has averaged fewer than six innings per start this year, he still leads the National League with 151 strikeouts. The Nats bullpen has also been strong in support of Strasburg, posting a 3.52 ERA and 1.25 WHIP this season. And whereas the Phillies struggle against divisional opponents, Washington has dominated them with a 25-14 (.641) record against NL East competitors.

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07/31/2012 02:18 PM

Tuesday's betting tips: Reds scorching hot without Votto

Weather to watch

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals: A 40 percent chance of thunderstorms could spoil a fantastic pitching matchup between Cliff Lee and Stephen Strasburg.

Who’s hot?

The Atlanta Braves have won five straight heading into Monday’s contest with the Marlins. Atlanta pitchers have held opponents to three runs or fewer in each of the club’s last five victories.

Who’s not?

The Kansas City Royals have lost five straight games and are 2-8 in their last 10 contests. The Royals begin a six-game home stand Tuesday when they host the Indians.

Key stat

.141 – Josh Hamilton’s batting average in July. The Rangers slugger entered the month at a .319 clip with 25 home runs. His four straight games played without a hit matches the second-longest such streak of his career.

Game of the day

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Carl Crawford – The Red Sox outfielder said he’ll decide in the next 7-10 days whether or not to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his ailing left elbow.

Betting notes

- Pirates right-hander pitcher Kevin Correia asked the team for a trade Sunday. Correia was bumped from the starting rotation last week when the Bucs acquired lefty Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros.

- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman expects left-hander Andy Pettitte (ankle) to return sometime in September and be available for the playoffs. Pettitte was initially projected to miss six weeks when he suffered the fracture on June 27.

-The Reds are 11-2 without star 1B Joey Votto, who is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday but has not yet resumed baseball activities.

- Third baseman Chris Johnson was the latest to escape Houston as he was dealt to Arizona for two minor leaguers Sunday. He became the sixth player traded by the Astros this month.

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07/31/2012 02:18 PM

Tuesday's betting tips: Reds scorching hot without Votto

Weather to watch

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals: A 40 percent chance of thunderstorms could spoil a fantastic pitching matchup between Cliff Lee and Stephen Strasburg.

Who’s hot?

The Atlanta Braves have won five straight heading into Monday’s contest with the Marlins. Atlanta pitchers have held opponents to three runs or fewer in each of the club’s last five victories.

Who’s not?

The Kansas City Royals have lost five straight games and are 2-8 in their last 10 contests. The Royals begin a six-game home stand Tuesday when they host the Indians.

Key stat

.141 – Josh Hamilton’s batting average in July. The Rangers slugger entered the month at a .319 clip with 25 home runs. His four straight games played without a hit matches the second-longest such streak of his career.

Game of the day

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Carl Crawford – The Red Sox outfielder said he’ll decide in the next 7-10 days whether or not to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his ailing left elbow.

Betting notes

- Pirates right-hander pitcher Kevin Correia asked the team for a trade Sunday. Correia was bumped from the starting rotation last week when the Bucs acquired lefty Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros.

- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman expects left-hander Andy Pettitte (ankle) to return sometime in September and be available for the playoffs. Pettitte was initially projected to miss six weeks when he suffered the fracture on June 27.

-The Reds are 11-2 without star 1B Joey Votto, who is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday but has not yet resumed baseball activities.

- Third baseman Chris Johnson was the latest to escape Houston as he was dealt to Arizona for two minor leaguers Sunday. He became the sixth player traded by the Astros this month.

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07/31/2012 02:19 PM

Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack

-- Kendry Morales is the 3rd player in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate IN THE SAME INNING. Wow.

-- Paul Maholm's reward for pitching well in Chicago? They traded him to the Braves in a 4-player deal. Now he's in a pennant race.

-- Astros called Brett Wallace up from AAA and he batted cleanup in his first game. Not often you go from the minors to hitting cleanup.

-- Pirates traded for Travis Snider late Monday, trying for more offense.

-- If you're a curious human, Carlos Baerga/Mark Bellhorn are the other two guys to homer from both sides of plate in the same inning.

-- Trade deadline is 4:00 this afternoon; look for some fireworks, as teams try and position themselves for the stretch drive.


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Armadillo: Tuesday's List of 13: Our major league rankings.........

The bottom five
30) Astros—Lost 27 of last 30 games; in complete rebuild mode, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Or a year. This will take a while.

29) Rockies—Clint Hurdle had them in the World Series four years ago; why did they fire him? Pitching staff is a complete mess.

28) Brewers—In his last three appearances, Francisco Rodriguez got five outs, allowed nine earned runs. Milwaukee fired its bullpen coach Stan Kyles, who obviously was at fault for all the Brewers' problems (not).

27) Royals— 4-13 since All-Star break. Another bleak season.

26) Twins—Have 44-58 record despite a payroll of $100,435,000. Not sure how trading Liriano helps them; he had been pitching well.

The Top Eight
8) Pirates— Gave up 23 runs in last two games; Monday was first time in last 20 road games they didn't homer. Added Travis Snider after the game.

7) Braves-- Bolstered rotation by adding Maholm Monday nite. Looking to send Chipper into retirement with a playoff appearance.

6) Dodgers—Shut Giants out in back-to-back games in San Francisco for first time ever. Addition of Hanley Ramirez helps.

5) Angels— How would you like to face them in a short series? Trying all out to win division to avoid one-game Wild Card game.

4) Rangers—Two-time AL champs got hammered by the Halos Monday, then traded for a new catcher (Soto).

3) Nationals—Strasburg situation (innings limit) will be worth monitoring. Won eight of last nine games, steamrolling towards October.

2) Bronx— Teixeira hurt his left wrist Monday, will have an MRI. Look for them to try and trade for a stopgap first baseman at the deadline.

1) Reds— On a roll with Votto hurt, but playing mostly lousy teams, too. Had 10-game winning streak snapped by San Diego Monday.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: