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Road-Weary Detroit Visits Texas Rangers

The Detroit Tigers need to start making their mark on the road if they hope to be left standing in the playoff chase come October. They visit the Texas Rangers on Saturday in the middle game of their weekend set at 8:05 p.m. (ET).

The Don Best odds screen has Detroit as 145 favorites with a total of 8½ ('over' -120). The odds are dramatically affected by ace Justin Verlander being on the mound, while Derek Holland gets the unenviable task of opposing him.

Detroit (60-52) is only 27-29 on the road, losing its last three series. The team has been tremendous at home in Comerica Park, recently winning 10-straight, but that ended with losses to the Yankees the last two days.

Note the Tigers record is pending the Friday night series opener. Texas was listed as 140 favorites behind the suddenly-hot Scott Feldman.

The Rangers (65-45) are playing this one home series sandwiched around two road ventures. They’re only 5-5 at home in the second half, compared to 29-16 before the break.

Verlander (12-7, 2.51 ERA) is coming off a great start last Monday against the Yankees. He allowed just two unearned run over eight innings (7-2 win) while striking out 14 in front of the excited home crowd.

The 29-year-old right-hander has been much more vulnerable away this year (3.36 ERA) than in Motown (1.51 ERA). That includes losing his last two starts at Cleveland and Boston (a combined seven earned runs over 12 innings).

Note that Verlander got struck in the calf in the Yankees game, and it could be something to watch. He has one start against Texas this year, getting the win after allowing one unearned run over six innings at home. He has a 1.29 ERA in three career starts at Texas.

Holland (7-6, 5.18 ERA) is having a disappointing season after going 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA last year. He’s hit another bad blip his last four starts (7.00 ERA) with the team losing three. He allowed a whopping nine home runs over that span.

The 25-year-old lefty has a 6.19 ERA at home. He hasn’t face the Tigers this year and has just one regular season appearance against them in 2010, four runs (one earned) over four innings.

Holland does have one betting stat in his favor as Detroit is just 2-9 in its last 11 road games against a lefty starter.

The Rangers are 5-2 against Detroit this year. They’re 6-1 in the last seven meetings in the Lone Star State (2-1 this year).

Texas catcher Mike Napoli (quad) was expected to return to the lineup on Friday after missing two games.

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08/11/2012 09:59 AM

Athletics In Chicago To Face Liriano, White Sox

A pair of southpaws are set to duel Saturday afternoon in Chicago where the White Sox and Oakland Athletics continue their crucial American League series.

Oakland will send rookie Tommy Milone to the hill at US Cellular Field in the second tilt of the 3-game series. Francisco Liriano gets the nod for the ChiSox in the 7:10 p.m. (ET) start. The Pale Hose were priced as $1.40 favorites on the opening MLB odds with an 8½-run total initially level high and low.

Milone will be trying to break a 3-game losing skid during which he has surrendered 17 runs (16 earned) in 19 frames. He has still put up a nice 15:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span, but has been very hittable with opponents batting .320.

The rookie out of Southern Cal leads the White Sox staff in innings pitched (140+) in 22 starts, and will soon eclipse the most work he's had as a professional. Milone tossed 158 innings at the Double-A level in 2010 over a career-high 27 assignments.

He blanked Chicago through eight innings in an April clash at Oakland, but that stadium is far more forgiving for a fly ball pitcher than The Cell on the Windy City's South Side. His road ERA this season (5.77) is more than 3.5 runs higher than his 2.13 mark at home.

Liriano is making his third start for the White Sox since coming over from Minnesota in a late-July trade. His two previous outings have both ended in Chicago victories, though Liriano didn't figure into either decision.

Last Sunday's outing was cut short after just five innings due to a quick grounder back through the box that caught the upper part of his right leg. Liriano completed the fifth frame after being hit, and checked a potent Angels lineup to just four hits and a run at the time of his exit.

He faced Oakland twice this season at Target Field in Minneapolis, splitting the two games with nice all-around work (14 IP, 3 ER). The Dominican lefty struck out 24 against just three walks in the two outings combined.

There's no word yet on the availability of Chicago 1B Paul Konerko for Saturday's matchup. The slugger was expected to miss Friday's series opener with what has been diagnosed as a mild concussion. Konerko is hitting .316 on the season with 18 HR and 54 RBI.

Game 1 of the series was still pending with the White Sox priced at -115 after opening -130. Brandon McCarthy was making his first start in about two months for Oakland following a DL stint for a shoulder injury. Gavin Floyd was scheduled to pitch for Chicago.

Chicago began the series with a fragile 1-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central race. The A's were sandwiched between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels in the AL West, 5.5-games behind front-running Texas and 1.5 ahead of the Halos in third.

Oakland took two of three from the Pale Hose at home in April the first time the clubs met. The White Sox claimed four of the seven games played at US Cellular Field a year ago, the 'over' cashing five times.

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08/11/2012 09:59 AM

Athletics In Chicago To Face Liriano, White Sox

A pair of southpaws are set to duel Saturday afternoon in Chicago where the White Sox and Oakland Athletics continue their crucial American League series.

Oakland will send rookie Tommy Milone to the hill at US Cellular Field in the second tilt of the 3-game series. Francisco Liriano gets the nod for the ChiSox in the 7:10 p.m. (ET) start. The Pale Hose were priced as $1.40 favorites on the opening MLB odds with an 8½-run total initially level high and low.

Milone will be trying to break a 3-game losing skid during which he has surrendered 17 runs (16 earned) in 19 frames. He has still put up a nice 15:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span, but has been very hittable with opponents batting .320.

The rookie out of Southern Cal leads the White Sox staff in innings pitched (140+) in 22 starts, and will soon eclipse the most work he's had as a professional. Milone tossed 158 innings at the Double-A level in 2010 over a career-high 27 assignments.

He blanked Chicago through eight innings in an April clash at Oakland, but that stadium is far more forgiving for a fly ball pitcher than The Cell on the Windy City's South Side. His road ERA this season (5.77) is more than 3.5 runs higher than his 2.13 mark at home.

Liriano is making his third start for the White Sox since coming over from Minnesota in a late-July trade. His two previous outings have both ended in Chicago victories, though Liriano didn't figure into either decision.

Last Sunday's outing was cut short after just five innings due to a quick grounder back through the box that caught the upper part of his right leg. Liriano completed the fifth frame after being hit, and checked a potent Angels lineup to just four hits and a run at the time of his exit.

He faced Oakland twice this season at Target Field in Minneapolis, splitting the two games with nice all-around work (14 IP, 3 ER). The Dominican lefty struck out 24 against just three walks in the two outings combined.

There's no word yet on the availability of Chicago 1B Paul Konerko for Saturday's matchup. The slugger was expected to miss Friday's series opener with what has been diagnosed as a mild concussion. Konerko is hitting .316 on the season with 18 HR and 54 RBI.

Game 1 of the series was still pending with the White Sox priced at -115 after opening -130. Brandon McCarthy was making his first start in about two months for Oakland following a DL stint for a shoulder injury. Gavin Floyd was scheduled to pitch for Chicago.

Chicago began the series with a fragile 1-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central race. The A's were sandwiched between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels in the AL West, 5.5-games behind front-running Texas and 1.5 ahead of the Halos in third.

Oakland took two of three from the Pale Hose at home in April the first time the clubs met. The White Sox claimed four of the seven games played at US Cellular Field a year ago, the 'over' cashing five times.

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08/11/2012 10:04 AM

Preview: Tigers (61-52) at Rangers (65-46)

Game: 2

Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Date: August 11, 2012 8:05 PM EDT

The Detroit Tigers hope Justin Verlander's latest outing will give him the momentum he needs to get back on track away from home.

Looking to avoid losing three straight road starts for the first time in more than four years, Verlander tries to help the Tigers to a second straight victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Though Verlander (12-7, 2.51 ERA) has pitched well after winning the AL MVP and Cy Young Award in 2011, the right-hander has a 5.25 ERA while losing his last two road starts to fall to 6-5 with a 3.36 ERA away from Comerica Park. He has not dropped three straight starts on the road since a five-game skid to open the 2008 season.

Verlander, however, gave up two runs and matched a career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings of a 7-2 home win over New York on Monday.

"(My last start) felt night-and-day different from my last couple of starts," Verlander told the Tigers' official website. "I really felt much more in sync from the get-go."

That's certainly something positive to build on in Arlington, where he had a 1.29 ERA in his first three starts before giving up three runs in four innings of a 3-2 loss in Game 1 of the 2011 AL championship series.

He'll try to help the Tigers (61-52) take this three-game set after winning 6-2 on Friday. Prince Fielder hit a three-run home run and Austin Jackson added an inside-the-park homer as Detroit rallied from an early two-run deficit to avoid a third straight loss.

Fielder has batted .455 (15 for 33) with four homers and 12 RBIs in nine August games after going 0 for 12 in the final four of July.

"When you have Prince in your lineup, you're always one swing away from getting the game back in your favor," winning pitcher Max Scherzer said.

Catcher Alex Avila is batting .457 during an 11-game hitting streak. He's 7 for 14 in his last four versus Texas (65-46), which can use a good start from Derek Holland (7-6, 5.18) to help even the set.

The left-hander is 1-2 with a 7.00 ERA in his last four starts and has allowed six runs in three of those outings, including Sunday in a 7-6, 10-inning loss at Kansas City.

"It's pathetic," Holland told the Rangers' official website. "I'm very upset with myself. I'm supposed to be stepping up and I look like garbage out there."

Holland also has struggled to keep the ball in the park at home, giving up eight homers while going 1-2 with an 8.18 ERA in his last four starts there.

He does not have a decision while posting a 6.35 ERA in three starts - all at home - against the Tigers, including two in the ALCS last season.

Texas' Nelson Cruz had two hits Friday but left with lower back stiffness. He is 8 for 14 in his last four games.

"I think he'll be a player (Saturday), we've just got to wait and see," manager Ron Washington said.

Teammate Michael Young is batting .357 (15 for 42) during a 10-game hitting streak. Including playoffs, he is 8 for 33 (.242) with 10 strikeouts against Verlander.




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08/11/2012 10:04 AM

Preview: Tigers (61-52) at Rangers (65-46)

Game: 2

Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Date: August 11, 2012 8:05 PM EDT

The Detroit Tigers hope Justin Verlander's latest outing will give him the momentum he needs to get back on track away from home.

Looking to avoid losing three straight road starts for the first time in more than four years, Verlander tries to help the Tigers to a second straight victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Though Verlander (12-7, 2.51 ERA) has pitched well after winning the AL MVP and Cy Young Award in 2011, the right-hander has a 5.25 ERA while losing his last two road starts to fall to 6-5 with a 3.36 ERA away from Comerica Park. He has not dropped three straight starts on the road since a five-game skid to open the 2008 season.

Verlander, however, gave up two runs and matched a career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings of a 7-2 home win over New York on Monday.

"(My last start) felt night-and-day different from my last couple of starts," Verlander told the Tigers' official website. "I really felt much more in sync from the get-go."

That's certainly something positive to build on in Arlington, where he had a 1.29 ERA in his first three starts before giving up three runs in four innings of a 3-2 loss in Game 1 of the 2011 AL championship series.

He'll try to help the Tigers (61-52) take this three-game set after winning 6-2 on Friday. Prince Fielder hit a three-run home run and Austin Jackson added an inside-the-park homer as Detroit rallied from an early two-run deficit to avoid a third straight loss.

Fielder has batted .455 (15 for 33) with four homers and 12 RBIs in nine August games after going 0 for 12 in the final four of July.

"When you have Prince in your lineup, you're always one swing away from getting the game back in your favor," winning pitcher Max Scherzer said.

Catcher Alex Avila is batting .457 during an 11-game hitting streak. He's 7 for 14 in his last four versus Texas (65-46), which can use a good start from Derek Holland (7-6, 5.18) to help even the set.

The left-hander is 1-2 with a 7.00 ERA in his last four starts and has allowed six runs in three of those outings, including Sunday in a 7-6, 10-inning loss at Kansas City.

"It's pathetic," Holland told the Rangers' official website. "I'm very upset with myself. I'm supposed to be stepping up and I look like garbage out there."

Holland also has struggled to keep the ball in the park at home, giving up eight homers while going 1-2 with an 8.18 ERA in his last four starts there.

He does not have a decision while posting a 6.35 ERA in three starts - all at home - against the Tigers, including two in the ALCS last season.

Texas' Nelson Cruz had two hits Friday but left with lower back stiffness. He is 8 for 14 in his last four games.

"I think he'll be a player (Saturday), we've just got to wait and see," manager Ron Washington said.

Teammate Michael Young is batting .357 (15 for 42) during a 10-game hitting streak. Including playoffs, he is 8 for 33 (.242) with 10 strikeouts against Verlander.




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08/11/2012 10:07 AM

MLB
Armadillo's Write-Up

Saturday, August 11

Hot pitchers
-- Burnett is 4-0, 1.38 in his last four starts. Padres won four of last five Marquis starts, scoring 35 runs.
-- Westbrook is 4-0, 3.81 in his last four starts. Lee is 1-0, 2.40 in his last two outings.
-- Estrada has a 2.77 RA in his last two starts, but is winless in 13 starts.
-- Medlen is 1-0, 1.74 in his two starts this season.
-- Blanton is 1-1, 2.79 in his last four starts.
-- Miley is 2-2, 2.05 in his last four starts. Jackson is 1-2, 2.16 in his.

-- Morales is 2-0, 0.82 in his last couple starts.
-- Tillman is 4-0, 3.24 in his last four starts.
-- Liriano is 0-0, 2.45 in two starts for the White Sox. Blackley is 2-1, 2.97 in his last six starts.
-- Price is 6-0, 2.09 in his last nine starts.
-- Haren is 2-0, 2.00 in three starts since coming off the DL. Iwakuma is 1-1, 3.00 in his last four starts.

Cold pitchers
-- Wood is 0-5, 9.11 in his last five starts. Arroyo is 1-1, 7.15 in his last couple starts.
-- Cain is 0-2, 5.26 in his last four starts. Pomeranz is 0-3, 7.59 in his last five starts.
-- Keuchel is 0-4, 9.72 in his last five starts.
-- JSantana was 0-3, 13.50 in his last three starts before going on DL.
-- Nolasco is 0-5, 7.24 in his last five starts.

-- Nova is 0-3, 8.36 in his last five starts. Laffey is 1-1, 8.27 in his last three outings.
-- McAllister is 0-3, 8.31 in his last four starts.
-- Mendoza is 2-4, 4.12 in his last six starts.
-- Blackburn is 0-2, 7.27 in his last three starts.
-- Verlander is 1-3, 4.50 in his last four road starts. Holland is 1-2, 5.91 in his last four starts overall.

Hot Teams
-- Cardinals won seven of their last eleven games. Philly won eight of last 11 home games.
-- San Diego won its last five games, allowing 15 runs.
-- Dodgers won eight of their last eleven road games.
-- Braves won 13 of their last 16 games.
-- Milwaukee won three of its last four games. .
-- Washington won 17 of its last 21 games.
-- Rockies won three of their last four games.

-- Bronx won its last three games, scoring 26 runs.
-- Baltimore won nine of its last twelve games. Royals won four of six.
-- White Sox won 14 of their last 18 at home.
-- Rays won nine of their last 12 games.
-- Tigers won seven of their last nine games.

Cold Teams
-- Cubs lost nine of their last ten games. Cincinnati lost five of six.
-- Pirates lost three of their last four games.
-- Miami lost 16 of its last 23 games.
-- Mets lost ten of their last eleven home games.
-- Astros lost 34 of their last 39 games.
-- Diamondbacks lost five of their last even games.
-- Giants lost their last three home games, scoring 1-1-0 runs.

-- Blue Jays lost ten of their last 12 games.
-- Indians lost 12 of their last 14 games. Boston lost seven of last ten.
-- Minnesota lost its last three home games.
-- Oakland is 5-7 in its last twelve games.
-- Texas is 7-8 in its last 15 home games.
-- Seattle lost its last five games, allowing 32 runs. Angels lost six of nine.

Totals
-- Under is 11-5-1 in last seventeen games at Wrigley Field.
-- Nine of last twelve Cardinal road games stayed under.
-- 12 of last 16 San Diego games went over the total.
-- Over is 7-3-1 in last eleven Dodger road games.
-- Nine of last ten Atlanta games stayed under total.
-- Seven of last eight Houston games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 4-2-1 in Arizona's last seven home games.
-- Under is 6-1-1 in Colorado's last eight road games.

-- Six of last eight Kansas City games stayed under total.
-- Under is 8-2-1 in Cleveland's last eleven home games.
-- Four of last five Toronto games went over the total
-- Six of last nine Detroit game went over the total.
-- Over is 6-3-1 in last ten Oakland road games.
-- 15 of last 20 Tampa Bay games stayed under total.
-- Under is 7-3-1 in last eleven Seattle road games.

Umpires
-- Cin-Chi-- Four of last five Wolf games stayed under total.
-- Col-SF-- Five of last six Gibson games stayed under total.
-- SD-Pitt-- Eight of last ten Winters games stayed under total.
-- StL-Phil-- Five of last seven Eddings games stayed under.
-- Mil-Hst-- Underdogs are 8-6 in last fourteen Darling games.
-- Atl-NY-- Underdogs won 10 of last 16 Fairchild games.
-- LA-Mia-- Under is 4-0-1 in last five Carlson games.
-- Wsh-Az-- Injuries to umps make plate ump for this game a ???

-- NY-Tor-- Nine of last eleven Joyce games went over total.
-- Bos-Cle-- Under is 9-2-1 in last twelve Kellogg games.
-- KC-Blt-- Home team won 14 of last 18 Guccione games.
-- A's-Chi-- Umderdogs are 5-5 in last ten Davidson games.
-- TB-Min-- All eight Baker games stayed under the total.
-- Det-Tex-- Six of last eight Cederstrom games stayed under.
-- Sea-LA-- Six of last eight Diaz games stayed under the total.

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08/11/2012 10:09 AM

MLB

Saturday, August 11

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Trend Report
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1:07 PM
NY YANKEES vs. TORONTO
NY Yankees are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees's last 9 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games at home

4:05 PM
COLORADO vs. SAN FRANCISCO
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Colorado is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
The total has gone UNDER in 18 of San Francisco's last 22 games when playing at home against Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games at home

4:05 PM
CINCINNATI vs. CHI CUBS
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games when playing at home against Cincinnati

6:05 PM
BOSTON vs. CLEVELAND
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston

7:05 PM
ST. LOUIS vs. PHILADELPHIA
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 7 games
St. Louis is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games

7:05 PM
KANSAS CITY vs. BALTIMORE
Kansas City is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore's last 7 games when playing Kansas City
Baltimore is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

7:05 PM
SAN DIEGO vs. PITTSBURGH
San Diego is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Diego's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Diego

7:05 PM
MILWAUKEE vs. HOUSTON
Milwaukee is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston
Milwaukee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 3-21 SU in its last 24 games
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee

7:10 PM
TAMPA BAY vs. MINNESOTA
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

7:10 PM
OAKLAND vs. CHI WHITE SOX
Oakland is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
Oakland is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Chi White Sox's last 24 games when playing at home against Oakland
Chi White Sox are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland

7:10 PM
LA DODGERS vs. MIAMI
The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 8 games when playing on the road against Miami
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road
Miami is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers

7:10 PM
ATLANTA vs. NY METS
Atlanta is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Mets
NY Mets are 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
NY Mets are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

8:05 PM
DETROIT vs. TEXAS
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Texas
Detroit is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games when playing Detroit
Texas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Detroit

8:10 PM
WASHINGTON vs. ARIZONA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games when playing Arizona
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Arizona's last 12 games when playing Washington
Arizona is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home

9:05 PM
SEATTLE vs. LA ANGELS
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games when playing LA Angels
Seattle is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of LA Angels's last 9 games
LA Angels are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games


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08/11/2012 10:10 AM

MLB

Saturday, August 11

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Saturday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
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STREAKING

David Price, Tampa Bay Rays (14-4, 2.49 ERA)

Price allowed one run over seven innings and struck out 10 batters in his last start against the Orioles on Wednesday. He’s now tossed seven innings or more in seven straight starts, winning six of those outings. The lefty hasn’t taken a loss since June 13 and has to be considered as one of the frontrunners for the AL CY Young award. His next start is against the Twins at Target Field.

A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates (14-3, 3.19 ERA)

Burnett held the high-powered Reds to two runs over 8 2/3 innings in his last start and the former Yankee took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his previous outing against the Cubs. The righty has quickly emerged as the ace of the Pirates' staff and takes the mound against the lowly Padres in his next outing

SLUMPING

Ivan Nova, New York Yankees (10-6, 4.81 ERA)

Nova was rocked again Monday in a loss to the Tigers as he pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs. The righty has surrendered 23 long balls and 160 hits in just over 138 innings this season. Nova looks to pick up his first win since July 8 in Toronto on Saturday.

Tommy Milone, Oakland Athletics (9-9, 3.91 ERA)

Milone surrendered six runs on nine hits over six innings of a 6-5 loss to Toronto on Sunday. The lefty has allowed 16 runs over his last 19 innings after a string of six starts where he allowed two or fewer runs. He takes the hill in Chicago against the White sox next time out.


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08/11/2012 10:11 AM

MLB
Dunkel

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs
The Reds look to build on their 11-1 record in their last 12 Saturday games. Cincinnati is the pick (-135) according to Dunkel, which has the Reds favored by 1/2 a run. Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-135). Here are all of today's picks.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

Game 901-902: Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Arroyo) 14.673; Cubs (Wood) 14.066
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-135); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-135); N/A

Game 903-904: Colorado at San Francisco (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Pomeranz) 14.685; San Francisco (Cain) 15.258
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-230); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-230); Over

Game 905-906: San Diego at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Marquis) 14.710; Pittsburgh (Burnett) 16.452
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-170); 8
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-170); Over

Game 907-908: St. Louis at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Westbrook) 16.652; Philadelphia (Lee) 15.527
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-135); 8
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (+115); Under

Game 909-910: Milwaukee at Houston (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Estrada) 15.041; Houston (Keuchel) 13.718
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-175); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-175); Under

Game 911-912: Atlanta at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Medlen) 14.607; NY Mets (Santana) 15.411
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-115); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-105); Under

Game 913-914: LA Dodgers at Miami (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Blanton) 14.837; Miami (Nolasco) 16.016
Dunkel Line: Miami by 1; 7
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-120); 8
Dunkel Pick: Miami (+100); Under

Game 915-916: Washington at Arizona (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Jackson) 15.399; Arizona (Miley) 16.494
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Arizona (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-125); Over

Game 917-918: NY Yankees at Toronto (1:07 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Nova) 14.784; Toronto (Laffey) 15.447
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-150); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+130); Over

Game 919-920: Boston at Cleveland (6:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Morales) 14.452; Cleveland (McAllister) 13.684
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Boston (-140); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-140); Under

Game 921-922: Kansas City at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Mendoza) 16.278; Baltimore (Tillman) 15.490
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-130); 9
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+110); Under

Game 923-924: Oakland at Chicago White Sox (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Blackley) 15.068; White Sox (Liriano) 16.072
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-150); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-150); Over

Game 925-926: Tampa Bay at Minnesota (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Price) 14.915; Minnesota (Blackburn) 15.496
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-200); 8
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+170); Over

Game 927-928: Detroit at Texas (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Verlander) 16.032; Texas (Holland) 14.834
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Detroit (-150); 9
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-150); Under

Game 929-930: Seattle at LA Angels (9:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Iwakuma) 15.810; LA Angels (Haren) 15.057
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-230); 8
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+190); Over

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08/11/2012 10:13 AM

Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack

-- Reason #4,598 why you shouldn't bet on exhibition football; Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis asked the Jets not to run any Wildcat offense in the game last night. What good is Tebow if he doesn't run the Wildcat?

--Jordan Palmer was 9-13 for 110 yards, rallying Jacksonville from behind to beat the Giants 32-31, after Big Blue had led 24-7. Palmer played ball at UTEP; he's Carson Palmer's younger brother.

-- Boise State QB Kellen Moore was dismal in his pro debut, 4-14 for 40 yards. Detroit led 14-3 at the half, wound up losing 19-17.

-- Giants were shut out in a Lincecum start for the sixth time this season, losing 3-0 at home to the immortal Tyler Chatwood Friday night.

-- Kevin Kolb was 1-5 for 21 yards in Cardinals' 27-17 loss to the Chiefs; Arizona spent lot of money on him- they're not getting much in return.

-- Umpires Bill Miller/Dale Scott were both KO'd from games this week after being hit by foul balls; when CB Bucknor/Dan Iassogna are a crew's best umpires, well, lets just say chaos isn't very far away.


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Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but...........

13) You could almost hear former Saints’ QB Bobby Hebert throwing his remote at the TV; what in the name of Les Miles was going on out there?

Packers-Chargers Thursday night, and LSU alum Jarrett Lee is under center for the Chargers, because #2 QB Charlie Whitehurst is hurt. Lee didn’t even get in the LSU-Alabama national title game LY, presumably because he was so bad the Tigers had zero chance with him against Bama’s great defense.

Hebert, now a radio talk show host, is also the father of LSU center T-Bob (now with the Rams); he blistered LSU coach Miles after the game for not giving Lee a chance to relieve starting QB Jordan Jefferson. Now wee know why; Lee isn't as bad as he looked in LSU's games.

12) Now Lee had done nothing in games in his career to suggest he was a pro player, but on Thursday, after being coached in camp by QB wizard Norv Turner, Lee was 15-22 for 235 yards, one TD and one lousy INT, but dammit, he looked pretty good for a rookie, better than he ever looked in college. Go figure.

11) Laker coach Mike Brown should go buy a lottery ticket; first he gets to coach Lebron James, and despite not winning a title in Cleveland, he gets hired by the Lakers, where he gets to coach Kobe Bryant/Pau Gasol, and now this season, Steve Nash/Dwight Howard, though if you ask Stan Van Gundy, coaching Howard isn’t all its cracked up to be. Brown should win at least one title, in LA, though.

10) Was weird seeing ads on the Internet for a Lakers’ jersey #10, which is Steve Nash’s new number. Now we know why he went for #10 and not #12 (Lakers’ #13 is retired for Wilt Chamberlain).

Department of irony: Howard will wear #12 for the Lakers, a number once worn by a Lakers' backup guard named.......Pat Riley.

9) I don’t pay much attention to exhibition football scores; if I remember right, the Rams were 4-0 last summer. Look how that turned out.

8) Turns out that Urban Meyer’s wife is a psych nurse, which is a good match for a bigtime coach. ESPN.com’s article on Meyer is worth reading, even if it is pretty disturbing at times.

7) Mainstream media makes a lot out of baseball hitting streaks, but no one ever talks about a consecutive games streak of getting on base, which is just the hitting streak with walks added in. To me, thats a more significant mark than a simple hitting streak.

Turns out that Ted Williams has three of the four longest streaks in baseball history (Joe Dimaggio has the 4th). Williams’ career walk stats are amazing.

6) The 1960/70’s Cubs never won a damn thing, but they have four guys in the Hall of Fame (Banks-Jenkins-BWilliams-Santo), plus skipper Leo Durocher. 1971-75 Oakland A’s won five straight division titles and three World Series in a row, but only have Hunter-Fingers-Jackson in, along with manager Dick Williams—well, Billy Williams was in Oakland as a DH for a while, but nothing he did there got him into Cooperstown.

I’m thinking SS Bert Campaneris would be a HOF candidate, had he done what he did in New York or LA.

5) Interesting segment on Showtime’s reality show about the Marlins; when Miami decided to take struggling pitcher Carlos Zambrano out of the rotation, it was GM Larry Beinfest who mandated the change, not manager Ozzie Guillen. Guillen didn’t object, but it wasn’t his move.

4) Umpire charts can be helpful in betting baseball totals, but remember this; if a pitcher has nothing that day and is getting pounded, there’s very little an ump can do to bail him out. It’s the guys who have electric stuff who need help on marginal pitches- that’s where a pitcher-friendly umpire can be huge.

3) Jay Cutler should enjoy playing QB more this season; he gets to audible at the line now. In LY’s offense, the Mike Martz offense, QBs aren’t allowed to change the play at the line. Will be very interesting if Martz works a Bear game on FOX this season.

2) USA basketball opened at -26 over Argentina, got bet down to -23; the sportsbooks fared well, as the Americans won by 26.

1) It would be the greatest thing in sports history if the Lakers didn’t win the championship next year, then fired Mike Brown and replaced him with Stan Van Gundy. I’m just sayin’…...it sickens me to see a guy like Dwight Howard stab a coach in the back, especially a successful coach, then blatantly lie about it in the media.

Players are running the NBA, not a recent or a positive development.

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