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MLB: The under is 9-3-2 in the Chicago Cubs’ last 14 home games.
MLB: The Chicago White Sox are 17-5 in their last 22 games as a favorite.
WNBA: Indiana is 10-2 against the spread in its last 12 home games.
MLB: Washington has won three of its last 13 overall.
MLB: Pittsburgh is 2-8 in its last 10 games as a favorite.
WNBA: Washington is 1-7 against the spread in its last eight overall.
26 – With their second-half surge, the Arizona Diamondbacks are running away with the lead in Covers.com’s MLB team money standings. Heading into Tuesday’s game the 81-60 Diamondbacks had earned supporters about 26 units on the year.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints – Moore was held out of practice again Tuesday and is officially listed as questionable for Thursday’s opener at Green Bay with a groin injury. Moore had 763 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last year. The Saints are currently pegged as 4-point underdogs.
Game of the day
Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (-140, 8)
“You knew they had the pitching, but you knew unless they got hot and a little lucky, no one had them winning it. But they got hot and they got lucky, and they were a great underdog story. They really were.” – an unnamed National League scout told Sportingnews.com about the San Francisco Giants’ title run last season. The Giants sat seven games back of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks ahead of Tuesday’s action.
Notes and tips
MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa set odds for UFC 141’s main event between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem, which goes Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. For now at least, both fighters are set at -115, though Oddessa doesn’t rule out action on Overeem moving the line in the ex-Strikeforce titleholder’s favor. Lesnar hasn’t fought since losing his belt to Cain Velasquez in Oct. 2010.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday he is changing quarterbacks, replacing senior Dayne Crist with sophomore Tommy Rees for Saturday's game at Michigan.Kelly announced the change during his weekly news conference. The Irish are coming off a season-opening 23-20 home loss to South Florida in which Crist started but was benched at halftime and replaced by Rees. Crist won the job in training camp but was just 7-of-15 for 95 yards and an interception that was returned for a score, helping the Irish dig a 16-0 halftime hole. Rees came on and was 24-of-34 for 296 yards, two TDs and two picks. Notre Dame is currently set as a 3.5-point underdog at the Big House.
Thanks to a rain delay, Tuesday's matchup between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles didn't get started until about 11 p.m. ET. The two clubs are back at it Wednesday for an afternoon matinee currently scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. New York is set as a -200 favorite.
Price’s numbers aren’t what his supporters were hoping for this season, but he’s been fantastic lately. The lefty has 25 strikeouts over his last two starts, the most of any MLB starter over consecutive outings this season. What’s changed? The big guy found his change-up.
"[Having the changeup] gives me a lot more confidence out there. ... That's what I've been looking for for about 26 years,” Price told reporters. “I finally have a feel for a changeup and it really makes me feel good."
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers (21-5, 2.34 ERA)
Total no-brainer here. Verlander has won nine straight starts, allowing more than three runs just twice over that span. Verlander has been great for the bullpen, going at least seven innings in all but one of those starts, including his last outing, an 8-1 win over the White Sox. The big right-hander struck out six and walked just one and now ranks fourth in MLB starter money standings, earning more than 11 units for his supporters.
Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays (9-10, 4.78 ERA)
There’s little doubt that Morrow has the tools to be a solid MLB starter - he has 172 strikeouts in 148 innings this season. The problem’s been consistency. The Jays have lost five of his last six starts and he has served up six dingers over his last three trips to the hill.
Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals (8-9, 3.92 ERA)
You used to be able to pencil Carpenter in for 15 wins and a 3.00 ERA every year, but those days appear to have passed him by. While he’ll still come around with a gem every now and then, you have to temper your expectations. The Cardinals have lost each of his last four starts and he has allowed 12 runs over his last two starts.