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05/06/2013 11:04 AM

MLB

Monday, May 6

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Three slumping pitchers on the mound Monday
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Monday features a fairly light schedule in the bigs with nine games on the agenda. Some familiar names take the mound, but these guys find themselves in a bit of slump. Here, we take a look at three pitchers who get the call and whose teams have strung together losses in their recent outings.

Paul Maholm, Atlanta Braves (3-3, 3.08 ERA)

Its been a bit of a rough patch for Maholm after he started the year 3-0. He was excellent to start the year and did not give up an earned run in those first three starts. The lefty went on to lose his next three starts and will look to get in the winning as he heads into Monday's matchup versus Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds. Maholm has given up 13 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings pitched in his three straight losses. His last outing versus the Washington Nationals was a bright spot, however. He did his job going eight innings and surrendering two earned runs on just three hits.

Maholm threw six innings and gave up one earned run in his lone start against the Reds in 2012.

Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays (1-2, 4.71 ERA)

The Tampa Bay Rays are struggling out of the gate with a 13-16 record as of Sunday. The pitching staff is partly to blame as it ranks 12th in the American League in ERA (4.35) and owns the second-worst bullpen ERA (4.72) in the AL. Hellickson has certainly not been immune to the slow start. He has a 1.21 WHIP and a 4.71 ERA which ranks him 11th from the bottom for qualified pitchers. He is coming off a no-decision in the Rays' 9-8 loss against the Kansas City Royals. Tampa Bay has lost four of Hellickson's six starts this season.

Hellickson will take the hill against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday. He was 2-2 with a 2.19 ERA in four starts versus the Jays in 2012.

Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies (2-2, 3.46 ERA)

Lee got off to a great start this season winning his first two outings versus the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. Its been downhill since as the Phillies have lost each of his next four starts. After giving up just three earned runs in his first two stellar outings, Lee has given up 14 in his next four. The veteran last pitched on May 1. He lasted six innings in a 6-0 loss versus the red-hot Cleveland Indians.

The Phillies travel to the Bay to face the San Francisco Giants who counter with Madison Bumgarner. Lee pitched 10 innings of shutout ball in his only start versus the Giants in 2012. He gave up seven in the Phillies' 1-0 victory.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/06/2013 11:06 AM

MLB

Monday, May 6

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Monday's MLB weather watch: rainy in California
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Rain is expected in many parts of California on Monday, which could impact games played in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

Here's the rest of Monday's notable weather in baseball:

Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds (-123, 7.5)
Site: Great American Ball Park

There's a 70 percent chance of rain in Cincinnati.

Texas Rangers vs. Chicago Cubs (+117, NA)
Site: Wrigley Field

The wind will blow at 10 mph in from left field. The Cubs were 1-5 in 2012 at Wrigley Field when the wind blew in from left field.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (-105, 7)
Site: Dodger Stadium

There's a 65 percent chance or rain with possible thunderstorms in the forecast in Los Angeles.

Miami Marlins vs. San Diego Padres (-173, 7.5)
Site: Petco Park

There's a 70 percent chance of rain in San Diego.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants (-144, 6)
Site: AT&T Park

The wind will blow out to left field at 14 mph. The Giants were 3-0 in 2012 at home when the wind blew out to left field. There is also a 20 percent chance of rain.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/06/2013 11:07 AM

MLB

Monday, May 6

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Rounding the bases: The best bets in the bigs
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Every week we take a look at the hottest and coldest teams as well as the best over and under bets in Major League Baseball.

For the week of April 29-May 5.

Hot team: Detroit Tigers
Last week: 6-1
Season: 18-11
Upcoming schedule: at Nationals, vs. Indians
Skinny: The Tigers outscored the opposition last week 49-18.

Cold team: Houston Astros
Last week: 1-6
Season: 8-23
Upcoming schedule: vs. Angels, vs. Rangers
Skinny: The Astros averaged 2.7 runs scored per game last week, below the team's average of 3.97 per game.

Over team: Colorado Rockies
Last week: 6-0 over/under
Season: 18-12-1 over/under
Upcoming schedule: vs. Yankees, at Cardinals
Skinny: Colorado has the third-highest scoring team in baseball (5.29 runs per game) and are 20th in baseball in quality starts (20).

Under team: Texas Rangers
Last week: 1-5 over/under
Season: 9-20-2
Upcoming schedule: at Cubs, at Brewers, at Astros
Skinny: The Rangers' pitching staff has a 3.02 ERA, best in baseball.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/06/2013 11:08 AM

MLB
Long Sheet

Monday, May 6

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ATLANTA (18 - 12) at CINCINNATI (18 - 14) - 7:10 PM
PAUL MAHOLM (L) vs. BRONSON ARROYO (R)
Top Trends for this game.
ATLANTA is 7-17 (-15.5 Units) against the money line when playing on Monday over the last 2 seasons.
MAHOLM is 21-51 (-22.9 Units) against the money line in road games in night games since 1997. (Team's Record)
CINCINNATI is 117-82 (+16.3 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
CINCINNATI is 117-82 (+16.3 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 74-47 (+19.5 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 70-41 (+21.4 Units) against the money line after a win over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 30-22 (+12.4 Units) against the money line in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 112-81 (+18.6 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 55-42 (+14.9 Units) against the money line in road games over the last 2 seasons.
ATLANTA is 110-80 (+17.1 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
CINCINNATI is 315-338 (-79.2 Units) against the money line in home games after a win since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

PAUL MAHOLM vs. CINCINNATI since 1997
MAHOLM is 7-4 when starting against CINCINNATI with an ERA of 3.70 and a WHIP of 1.338.
His team's record is 12-8 (+6.6 units) in these starts. The OVER is 9-10. (-2.0 units)

BRONSON ARROYO vs. ATLANTA since 1997
ARROYO is 6-3 when starting against ATLANTA with an ERA of 5.36 and a WHIP of 1.640.
His team's record is 9-6 (+6.5 units) in these starts. The OVER is 9-6. (+2.8 units)

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MIAMI (10 - 22) at SAN DIEGO (13 - 18) - 10:10 PM
WADE LEBLANC (L) vs. ANDREW CASHNER (R)
Top Trends for this game.
MIAMI is 78-113 (-31.6 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 102-144 (-36.4 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters over the last 3 seasons.
MIAMI is 79-115 (-32.5 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
MIAMI is 23-11 (+11.3 Units) against the money line in May games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

WADE LEBLANC vs. SAN DIEGO since 1997
No recent starts.

ANDREW CASHNER vs. MIAMI since 1997
No recent starts.

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ARIZONA (16 - 15) at LA DODGERS (13 - 17) - 10:10 PM
TREVOR CAHILL (R) vs. CHRIS CAPUANO (L)
Top Trends for this game.
ARIZONA is 66-72 (-17.4 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons.
CAHILL is 18-8 (+12.7 Units) against the money line in road games against division opponents since 1997. (Team's Record)
LA DODGERS are 43-50 (-15.1 Units) against the money line after a loss over the last 2 seasons.
LA DODGERS are 5-13 (-13.2 Units) against the money line against division opponents this season.
LA DODGERS are 8-14 (-11.2 Units) against the money line in night games this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
ARIZONA is 2-1 (+1.2 Units) against LA DODGERS this season
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL this season . (Under=+1.0 Units)

TREVOR CAHILL vs. LA DODGERS since 1997
CAHILL is 4-0 when starting against LA DODGERS with an ERA of 2.03 and a WHIP of 1.105.
His team's record is 6-1 (+5.4 units) in these starts. The OVER is 3-4. (-1.5 units)

CHRIS CAPUANO vs. ARIZONA since 1997
CAPUANO is 2-5 when starting against ARIZONA with an ERA of 4.74 and a WHIP of 1.351.
His team's record is 4-6 (-3.0 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 6-4. (+1.9 units)

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PHILADELPHIA (14 - 18) at SAN FRANCISCO (19 - 12) - 10:15 PM
CLIFF LEE (L) vs. MADISON BUMGARNER (L)
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 95-96 (-22.8 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 25-33 (-14.5 Units) against the money line against left-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 43-53 (-20.5 Units) against the money line after a loss over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 44-57 (-23.3 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 95-99 (-25.8 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 3-10 (-10.1 Units) against the money line when the total is 7 or less this season.
LEE is 14-22 (-17.0 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
LEE is 14-21 (-16.0 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
LEE is 8-15 (-13.6 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
LEE is 6-14 (-13.2 Units) against the money line after a loss over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
SAN FRANCISCO is 14-4 (+9.5 Units) against the money line after a win this season.
SAN FRANCISCO is 70-43 (+18.4 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO is 124-85 (+32.1 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO is 172-104 (+65.2 Units) against the money line when playing on Monday since 1997.
SAN FRANCISCO is 124-85 (+32.1 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO is 80-46 (+31.9 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO is 47-22 (+26.0 Units) against the money line against left-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

CLIFF LEE vs. SAN FRANCISCO since 1997
LEE is 4-2 when starting against SAN FRANCISCO with an ERA of 1.98 and a WHIP of 0.841.
His team's record is 4-3 (-0.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 1-6. (-5.3 units)

MADISON BUMGARNER vs. PHILADELPHIA since 1997
BUMGARNER is 1-1 when starting against PHILADELPHIA with an ERA of 3.37 and a WHIP of 1.232.
His team's record is 2-1 (+1.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 1-2. (-1.3 units)

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/06/2013 11:08 AM

OAKLAND (18 - 14) at CLEVELAND (14 - 14) - 7:05 PM
JARROD PARKER (R) vs. UBALDO JIMENEZ (R)
Top Trends for this game.
OAKLAND is 76-52 (+31.9 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 71-42 (+34.1 Units) against the money line after a win over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 114-85 (+40.2 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 34-24 (+12.3 Units) against the money line when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 53-45 (+20.2 Units) against the money line in road games over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 108-79 (+38.0 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 79-50 (+38.0 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

JARROD PARKER vs. CLEVELAND since 1997
PARKER is 2-0 when starting against CLEVELAND with an ERA of 3.46 and a WHIP of 1.385.
His team's record is 2-0 (+2.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 1-1. (-0.1 units)

UBALDO JIMENEZ vs. OAKLAND since 1997
JIMENEZ is 1-0 when starting against OAKLAND with an ERA of 3.75 and a WHIP of 1.583.
His team's record is 2-0 (+2.0 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 2-0. (+2.0 units)

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MINNESOTA (13 - 14) at BOSTON (20 - 11) - 7:10 PM
VANCE WORLEY (R) vs. CLAY BUCHHOLZ (R)
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 14-3 (+11.1 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
BOSTON is 57-75 (-30.4 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 56-75 (-30.6 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 43-59 (-25.4 Units) against the money line after a loss over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 89-104 (-29.9 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 45-52 (-22.4 Units) against the money line in home games over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 75-94 (-35.8 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

VANCE WORLEY vs. BOSTON since 1997
WORLEY is 1-0 when starting against BOSTON with an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 1.000.
His team's record is 1-0 (+1.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 0-1. (-1.0 units)

CLAY BUCHHOLZ vs. MINNESOTA since 1997
BUCHHOLZ is 3-1 when starting against MINNESOTA with an ERA of 4.25 and a WHIP of 1.450.
His team's record is 3-2 (-0.4 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 2-2. (-0.3 units)

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TORONTO (11 - 21) at TAMPA BAY (14 - 16) - 7:10 PM
MARK BUEHRLE (L) vs. JEREMY HELLICKSON (R)
Top Trends for this game.
TORONTO is 6-13 (-9.7 Units) against the money line in night games this season.
TORONTO is 8-16 (-10.1 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters this season.
TORONTO is 1-9 (-9.2 Units) against the money line after a win this season.
TORONTO is 11-21 (-13.2 Units) against the money line in all games this season.
TORONTO is 4-12 (-9.1 Units) against the money line against division opponents this season.
TAMPA BAY is 66-46 (+20.2 Units) against the money line against left-handed starters over the last 3 seasons.
TAMPA BAY is 92-39 (+28.7 Units) against the money line as a home favorite of -150 to -175 since 1997.
TAMPA BAY is 480-570 (+21.0 Units) against the money line against division opponents since 1997.
BUEHRLE is 43-23 (+18.6 Units) against the money line in May games since 1997. (Team's Record)

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

MARK BUEHRLE vs. TAMPA BAY since 1997
BUEHRLE is 6-4 when starting against TAMPA BAY with an ERA of 4.33 and a WHIP of 1.259.
His team's record is 9-5 (+3.8 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 6-8. (-2.7 units)

JEREMY HELLICKSON vs. TORONTO since 1997
HELLICKSON is 3-2 when starting against TORONTO with an ERA of 2.89 and a WHIP of 1.232.
His team's record is 3-3 (-0.6 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 2-3. (-1.4 units)

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TEXAS (20 - 11) at CHICAGO CUBS (11 - 20) - 8:05 PM
NICK TEPESCH (R) vs. SCOTT FELDMAN (R)
Top Trends for this game.
TEXAS is 58-54 (-19.4 Units) against the money line after a win over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO CUBS are 72-121 (-34.3 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO CUBS are 677-645 (-152.1 Units) against the money line in home games since 1997.
CHICAGO CUBS are 72-121 (-34.3 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO CUBS are 33-62 (-20.8 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO CUBS are 51-89 (-26.7 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.
FELDMAN is 9-17 (-14.7 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
FELDMAN is 20-33 (-23.8 Units) against the money line in home games since 1997. (Team's Record)
FELDMAN is 9-17 (-14.7 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
FELDMAN is 15-26 (-20.3 Units) against the money line in home games in night games since 1997. (Team's Record)

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO CUBS is 1-1 (+0.3 Units) against TEXAS this season
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL this season . (Under=+2.0 Units)

NICK TEPESCH vs. CHICAGO CUBS since 1997
No recent starts.

SCOTT FELDMAN vs. TEXAS since 1997
No recent starts.

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CHI WHITE SOX (12 - 17) at KANSAS CITY (17 - 10) - 2:10 PM
CHRIS SALE (L) vs. JAMES SHIELDS (R)
Top Trends for this game.
CHI WHITE SOX are 73-84 (-25.9 Units) against the money line against division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
KANSAS CITY is 10-3 (+8.9 Units) against the money line in day games this season.
SHIELDS is 11-2 (+10.7 Units) against the money line when the total is 7 or less over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
SHIELDS is 19-5 (+13.4 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons. (Team's Record)
CHI WHITE SOX are 479-485 (+44.1 Units) against the money line in road games against right-handed starters since 1997.
KANSAS CITY is 3-13 (-11.0 Units) against the money line in home games when playing on Monday over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
KANSAS CITY is 3-2 (+1.1 Units) against CHI WHITE SOX this season
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL this season . (Under=+2.8 Units)

CHRIS SALE vs. KANSAS CITY since 1997
SALE is 4-3 when starting against KANSAS CITY with an ERA of 2.62 and a WHIP of 1.333.
His team's record is 4-3 (-0.6 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 6-1. (+4.9 units)

JAMES SHIELDS vs. CHI WHITE SOX since 1997
SHIELDS is 4-4 when starting against CHI WHITE SOX with an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.361.
His team's record is 7-6 (-0.9 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 6-7. (-1.7 units)

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/06/2013 11:11 AM

Diamond Trends - Monday

May 6, 2013

SU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Royals are 13-0 since September 15, 2008 as a home 140+ favorite when they are off a win in which they came back from a deficit for a net profit of $1300.


OU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Royals are 0-11 OU since May 04, 2009 as a 140+ favorite when they won the last two games their starter started for a net profit of $1100 when playing the under.

PITCHER TREND OF THE DAY:

-- When Madison Bumgarner starts the Giants are 13-0 since July 06, 2011 at home after throwing more than 100 pitches last start as between a -170 favorite and +130 dog for a net profit of $1300.

MLB BIBLE ACTIVE TREND:

-- The Marlins are 8-0 OU since 2010 after two straight wins where they never trailed and the last win was by 5+ runs.

ACTIVE TRENDS:

-- The Twins are 0-8 since June 12, 2008 as a 170+ dog when they are off a win in which they never trailed for a net profit of $800 when playing against.

-- When Trevor Cahill starts the Diamondbacks are 0-7 OU since May 28, 2012 after a quality start at home for a net profit of $700 when playing the under.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/06/2013 11:13 AM

Preview: Braves (18-12) at Reds (18-14)

Game: 1
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Date: May 06, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


The Atlanta Braves have had trouble recapturing the magic from their best start in 19 years but should get a big boost in the opener to a lengthy road trip.

Brian McCann is expected to make his season debut Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds, who have dominated the Braves lately and own the best home record in the majors.

Atlanta (18-12) heads into its 10-game trek after avoiding a fourth straight loss Sunday with a 9-4 win over the New York Mets. Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs, and Reed Johnson also had three RBIs as the Braves plated their most runs since a 10-2 win in Colorado on April 23.

Sunday's victory was only the sixth in 17 games for Atlanta following a 12-1 start, its best since opening 13-1 in 1994. The Braves won their first seven road games this year before dropping seven of the last nine.

McCann will try to help them turn around those road woes in his return from shoulder surgery. The six-time All-Star catcher wrapped up his rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.

"That's huge," Freeman said. "That's like trading for an All-Star."

McCann has hit at least 20 homers in five of his last six seasons but batted a career-low .230 in 2012.

"I feel great. I feel like I did before I had my surgery," he told the team's website. "I'm ready to go and get the season started."

One issue with McCann's return, however, is that he plays the same position as Evan Gattis, the NL rookie of the month for April. Gattis, who had two hits Sunday, is second on the team with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He's expected to play behind McCann and may see time at first base or in the outfield.

The Braves have been limited to 20 runs while dropping seven of eight to Cincinnati. They've lost six straight at Great American Ballpark, where the Reds are 12-4 this season and have a major league-best 2.32 ERA.

Cincinnati (18-14) enters this series after a 5-5 road trip, capped by a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field this weekend. Though the Reds beat the Cubs 7-4 on Sunday, they lost second baseman Brandon Phillips to an undisclosed injury.

"I'm just happy we won the game and won the series," Phillips said. "I play hurt all the time. Things happen. I'll be in there tomorrow."

He surely won't want to sit out Monday considering he's batting .370 with six RBIs in his last seven games, and he's a career .353 hitter (18 for 51) with four homers against Braves scheduled starter Paul Maholm (3-3, 3.08 ERA).

Maholm is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in his past five starts against the Reds and 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA in the last 12.

The left-hander has received one run of support over his past three outings and lost them all, but only one of them was bad - eight runs in 3 2-3 innings at Detroit on April 26. Maholm went a season-high eight innings Wednesday against Washington, giving up two runs and three hits in a 2-0 loss.

Like Maholm, Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo (2-3, 3.95) was a hard-luck loser in his most recent outing. He gave up two runs over seven innings in a 2-1 defeat at St. Louis on Tuesday.

Arroyo is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in three home starts this season, and he's 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA in his past five matchups with the Braves.

McCann is 9 for 18 with four home runs all-time against Arroyo and has hit .364 with seven longballs in his last 13 games versus Cincinnati.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/06/2013 11:16 AM

Preview: White Sox (12-17) at Royals (17-10)

Game: 4
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: May 06, 2013 2:10 PM EDT


With Jake Peavy's back spasms still causing him trouble, the Chicago White Sox will turn to Chris Sale to try to end their recent woes in Kansas City.

Having beaten the streaking Royals on opening day, Sale will try to produce another splendid start Monday afternoon while once again pitching opposite James Shields.

Sale (3-2, 3.83 ERA) will pitch on his usual four days' rest when the White Sox (12-17) close out their three-game set against the Royals (17-10), who seek their first five-game win streak since taking seven straight Sept. 10-17, 2011. The teams are playing Monday because Friday's game was postponed due to freezing rain.

Sale will try to lead Chicago to only its second win in the past nine games in Kansas City. The Royals have also won 12 of 16 overall matchups after rallying for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings Sunday.

Billy Butler hit a tying two-run double in the ninth and Alex Gordon singled in the winning run in the extra frame.

"We continue to fight," Butler said. "We just don't give up. We never lost focus or our desire to come back. It's not going to happen every night, but we just continue to put pretty good at_bats together."

Sale has allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out seven while winning each of his last two starts, the most recent a 5-2 victory in Texas on Wednesday. Sale also fanned seven Kansas City batters on April 1 and tossed 7 2-3 innings in a 1-0 season-opening win.

Shields (2-2, 3.00) gave up a solo homer to Tyler Flowers over his six innings.

"It's always fun getting their best guy," Sale told the team's website. "It's what you want. It's not going to be easy, but it's a challenge and we look forward to challenges. That's the nature of the game."

Shields enters this game having pitched at least six innings in each of his first six outings with Kansas City. He's allowed three runs or fewer in five of those starts and gave up two over seven innings in an 8-2 win against his former team, Tampa Bay, on Tuesday.

After giving up both runs in the opening frame, Shields retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced, including 13 in a row.

"The guys had my back, they always do," Shields told the team's website. "That's what this team is all about. We're real resilient."

Shields hasn't earned a win over the White Sox since April 19, 2011, and is 0-2 with a 3.93 ERA in his last three matchups. He has received a combined four runs of support in those games.

Sale is 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA in his last two starts in Kansas City and has gotten a combined two runs of support. He gave up one run and scattered 10 hits over eight innings in his first start there, a 2-1 win July 15.

Alcides Escobar, batting .356 in his last 14 games, is 12 for 27 (.444) against Sale. Alexei Ramirez is 11 for 26 (.423) with two home runs off Shields.

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05/06/2013 11:18 AM

Preview: Athletics (18-14) at Indians (14-14)

Game: 1
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: May 06, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


After a successful start to their longest road trip of the season, the Oakland Athletics will try to keep their momentum going by continuing their recent dominance of the Cleveland Indians.

The A's seek a ninth consecutive victory over the Indians on Monday night, while Ubaldo Jimenez will try to help Cleveland bounce back a day after its lengthy winning streak ended.

After dropping five of its previous six road games, Oakland took two of three from the New York Yankees over the weekend to kick off its 10-game trek. The A's blew a three-run lead in Sunday's series finale, but Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning in a 5-4 victory

"We got contributions across the board today in different ways," manager Bob Melvin told the team's official website. "Sometimes it takes a whole group to win a ballgame, and today, that was the case."

Oakland (18-14) will try to continue rolling against Cleveland (14-14), which had a six-game win streak snapped Sunday with a 4-2 loss to Minnesota. After batting .373 and scoring 53 runs during the streak, the Indians had six hits and struck out 11 times in the series finale.

"We still took two out of three in this series, and if we keep doing that, we're going to be in a pretty good place at the end of the year," infielder Mark Reynolds said. "We've got some momentum, so hopefully we can carry it over (against Oakland)."

Jimenez (1-2, 7.13 ERA) will try to help his team rebound by building on his best outing of the season. After putting up a 10.06 ERA in his first four games, the right-hander pitched seven innings of three-hit ball last Monday at Kansas City in a 9-0 win, his first since Aug. 9.

"You're always looking to be encouraged," manager Terry Francona told the team's official website. "I think we flew past encouraged and got excited."

Jimenez will next try to help Cleveland avoid its longest losing streak against Oakland since dropping 10 in a row from July 31, 1971-Aug. 18, 1972. The Indians have lost five straight at home to the A's, including a four-game sweep Aug. 27-30.

Jimenez is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in his two starts against Oakland.

Like Jimenez, Jarrod Parker (1-4, 7.36) will try to build on his first win of the season. The right-hander, though, wasn't nearly as dominant as his Cleveland counterpart, giving up four runs over six innings Tuesday in a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

He avoided becoming the first A's pitcher to lose five games in April.

"I felt good," Parker told the team's official website. "I was able to forget about what's done and focus in on each pitch. There's a reason for my success and I didn't want to get away from who I am. I didn't want to fight myself."

Parker has won both of his starts against Cleveland but had vastly different performances. He pitched eight innings in a 7-0 home win Aug. 19 and gave up five runs over five innings in a 12-7 road victory 11 days later.

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05/06/2013 11:20 AM

Preview: Twins (13-14) at Red Sox (20-11)

Game: 1
Venue: Fenway Park
Date: May 06, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


Clay Buchholz has been among baseball's best pitchers this season. Monday night will be the first time he'll get the ball since an allegation of cheating clouded his last start.

Buchholz can match the best start by a Boston pitcher since 2007 as he tries to become baseball's first seven-game winner in the opener of a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (20-11) are coming off a sweep at the hands of Texas - including a 4-3 loss Sunday that saw their batters match a season high with 16 strikeouts.

"Despite the early success that we've had, we knew this would be a tough series," manager John Farrell said.

Farrell should feel good about their chances to bounce back as his team has yet to lose with Buchholz on the hill.

Buchholz is 6-0 with a major league-leading 1.01 ERA and has gone at least seven innings in all six outings. However, his latest gem - seven shutout innings in a 10-1 win at Toronto on Wednesday - was followed by Blue Jays broadcast analyst Dick Hayhurst accusing him of having an illegal substance on his forearm and applying it to the baseball.

Buchholz said he applies only rosin to his arm.

"I put a little bit of water on my hip just to get it a little moist, because sometimes the balls they throw to you feel like cue balls off a pool table," Buchholz told the team's official website. "You have to find a way to get grip. Definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm."

With a victory Monday, Buchholz will match the 7-0 mark by Josh Beckett through his first seven starts in 2007 for Boston.

Fenway is the last stop on a 10-game road trip that will match a season long for the Twins (13-14), who started their travels 1-4 before a 4-2 win at Cleveland on Sunday. Minnesota starters were 1-3 with a 7.18 ERA in the first five games of the trip but were picked up by Mike Pelfrey, who allowed one run and four hits in six innings against the Indians as the team avoided a sweep.

"No one wants to get swept," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'd like to start winning series. That's our goal."

The Twins hope for a similar performance Monday from Vance Worley (0-4, 7.22 ERA), but he's shown few promising signs in his first season with Minnesota. The struggles continued Tuesday for the right-hander, who gave up six runs and 10 hits - including a career-high three homers - in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-1 loss at Detroit.

He'll now have to deal with David Ortiz, who owns a 25-game hitting streak dating back to last season and has recorded an extra-base hit in 11 of his 12 games this year, including his fourth homer Sunday. Ortiz is also hitting .335 in 47 career games against Minnesota, his original team.

Justin Morneau is batting .500 with four doubles over his last five against the Red Sox and .342 for his career. He's also 7 for 14 against Buchholz, who is 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four starts against Minnesota.

Worley won his only career start against Boston, allowing one run, five hits and two walks over seven innings while with Philadelphia on June 29, 2011.

The Red Sox have won nine of 13 in the series but the Twins took three of four in Boston last year.

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