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On 06/22/2012 05:06 PM in MLB

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Dodgers And Angels Meet In Freeway Series

Are we seeing a World Series preview this weekend when the Los Angeles Dodgers trek southwest along I-5 into Anaheim to meet the Angels?

It certainly isn't a matchup that FOX Sports would like to see in the Fall Classic since it would take away a big chunk of the viewers east of the Mississippi River. Then again, maybe that's all the more reason to root for the Dodgers and Angels to meet in the end.

Whether they meet in October or not, this weekend set at the Big A remains critical to both squads as the interleague portion of the 2012 regular season schedule comes to an end. The Dodgers begin the series with the best record in the National League (42-28) and nursing a 4-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The Angels (38-32) have been among the hottest teams in the majors the past four weeks, turning around a slow start with a 20-7 stretch that finds them five games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West.

Two of those recent wins for the Halos came at the expense of the Dodgers when the clubs played three at Chavez Ravine earlier this month. Oddly enough, the Angels were favored in all three despite the Dodgers owning the best home record in the bigs at 24-12 as they continue a 9-game road trip along the left coast that started in Oakland this week and ends in San Francisco next week.

All three games at Dodger Stadium went 'under' the total, bringing that trend to six of the last seven clashes failing to reach the scoreboard hurdle. The Angels also continued their recent winning ways in this matchup as Mike Scioscia's squad has taken 11 of the last 14 overall, a string that includes four of the last six played in Anaheim.

The weekend gets underway Friday night (10:05 p.m. ET) with a matchup of right-handers on the mound. Chad Billingsley takes the ball for the Dodgers and will face Dan Haren who is a 165 favorite on the Don Best odds screen. Friday's total is 7-7½ depending which baseball betting window you go to.

Billingsley missed the Angels when they were in LA previously, and maybe that was for the better considering his track record vs. the Halos. Six career starts have netted the Dodgers just one win, though Billingsley's 4.10 ERA (including some relief outings) is respectable.

Haren's turn in the rotation also didn't come up in the June 11-13 series, but he has seen the Dodgers often over his career that includes his days in Oakland and Arizona. The big righty out of Pepperdine has made 15 previous starts against the Dodgers with a lifetime 3.27 ERA.

The teams reconvene Saturday afternoon (4:15 p.m. local time) for a contest that will among the MLB on FOX regional broadcasts with television coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Chris Capuano will get the ball from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly with Ervin Santana slated to pitch for the home team. Very early numbers put a -135 price on the Halos with a 7½-run total.

Santana is coming off his best performance of the season by far, a 1-hit, complete game shutout against the Diamondbacks last Saturday. The outing followed successive starts in which he allowed seven runs to both the Rockies and Mariners in a combined 10-1/3 innings. Santana's offense bailed him out in the assignment at Coors Field with enough runs to offset the right-hander's performance, and get the Angels a win as +110 underdogs.

Both of his last two starts vs. the Dodgers have gone into Santana's win column, though one bat that has given him trouble over the years is Andre Ethier (5-for-15, 1 HR).

Capuano is also coming off a solid effort with a season-high 12 strikeouts over eight innings last Sunday vs. the White Sox. The southpaw allowed just one run, but didn't factor into the decision as the Dodgers needed 10 innings to post the 2-1 triumph. He faced the Angels in Los Angeles on June 11 and was charged with two runs during his five innings of work. Capuano also registered a no-decision in that tilt which ended 3-2 in the Angels' favor.

The series comes to an end Sunday afternoon (3:35 p.m. ET) when Aaron Harang squares off against Garrett Richards of the Angels. Harang limited the Halos to two unearned runs on June 12 in the only game the Dodgers won in that series. Richards opposed Capuano in the June 11 game and was charged with two runs (one earned) in five innings. This will be his fourth start of the campaign after being called up at the end of May, and the Angels have won his three previous assignments.

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06/22/2012 05:08 PM

Oswalt Makes Rangers Debut Against Rockies

Friday night will mark a double-debut for Roy Oswalt who is set to begin his 2012 season as well as appear in a Rangers uniform for the first time when Texas opens a 3-game home series against the Colorado Rockies.

Oswalt is scheduled to deliver the first pitch at 8:05 p.m. (ET) at Rangers Ballpark, and he'll be opposed by Colorado rookie Christian Friedrich. Oddsmakers aren't too concerned with this being Oswalt's first start of the campaign by installing him and the Rangers as 1/2 favorites. Early numbers on the Don Best odds screen suggested an offensive affair with a 10½-run total.

We last saw Oswalt in a Phillies uniform during Game 4 of the NLDS vs. the St. Louis Cardinals this past October. It didn't go well for either Oswalt (6 IP, 5 ER) or Philadelphia who dropped a 5-4 road decision to the Cards and were dismissed from the postseason two days later at home.

With Texas' rotation hit by the injury bug in the past few weeks, the Rangers inked the idle Oswalt on May 29 and sent him to the minors where he made four tune-ups at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. He worked up to 100 pitches even and six innings in his last assignment for Round Rock on Sunday, ending with a 5.87 ERA in 15-1/3 innings all told.

Oswalt made eight interleague starts at Rangers Ballpark during his days with the Houston Astros who won the first three before losing the last five. His lifetime ERA over 52+ innings at the stadium is 4.78.

Friedrich was called up to the Rockies in early May and has mixed some pretty good outings around two very ugly assignments. Five walks in five innings hurt him in a 4-1 loss at Detroit last Saturday which followed a whipping at Coors Field by the Angels his previous start. The Rockies are 4-4 overall in his eight appearances, 3-2 when the southpaw is on the road where Friedrich has a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings compared to a 12.60 mark in 15 innings at home.

Texas will begin the series with the best record in the American League (43-27) and owns a nice 13-8 record when facing left-handed starters. Colorado was completing a series in Philadelphia on Thursday, and entered that contest having lost four straight to fall 16 games behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Colorado has won 10 of 19 from the Rangers in interleague play with Texas 5-3 in games played in the Lone Star State. The clubs are meeting for the first time since 2006 when the Rockies took two of three in Denver.

Yankees Take 7-Train To Meet Mets In Queens
The Mets and Yankees renew acquaintances for the 88th time in the regular season with Friday's series opener at Citi Field in Queens (7:10 p.m. ET). Game 1 of the weekend affair pits a pair of lefties with Andy Pettitte taking his turn in the Yanks' rotation against Jonathon Niese.

Playing the role of road chalk will be the Yankees who opened as $1.40 favorites. Friday's total was 8-8½ at various shops.

This is a series that has been dominated by the Pinstripe Posse who is 52-35 (.598) after sweeping the Mets in the Bronx earlier this month. The broom job gave the Yankees a 9-2 record in the last 11 clashes, and they're 7-4 in the last 11 played in Queens.

Pettitte and Niese squared off in the series finale at Yankee Stadium on June 10, and both pitched well only to take no-decisions in the Yanks' eventual 5-4 triumph. Niese allowed two unearned runs in his seven innings while Pettitte was touched for three runs (two earned) in six frames.

Niese has eight quality starts among his 13 assignments, but the Mets are just 6-7 (-0.9 unit) with him on the hill, 3-4 on the road. Backing Pettitte has bettors up a couple of units with the Yankees winning five times in seven games, including his last three starts.

Mets right-fielder Lucas Duda is listed as probable for Friday as he nurses a slight hamstring pull. Mark Teixeira is battling a sore left heel that was struck by a line drive on Tuesday, but is expected to play in the series opener.

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06/22/2012 05:11 PM

Friday's Interleague Tips

June 21, 2012

Interleague play wraps up this weekend before the next round comes in October for the World Series. The theme for the Friday card is a handful of veteran pitchers looking to get on track before heading into the dog days of summer. One of those former Cy Young Award winners is actually seeking his first win of the season in the City of Brotherly Love.

Rays at Phillies - 7:05 PM EST

Tampa Bay is making its first trip back to Citizens Bank Park after losing Game 5 of the 2008 World Series to Philadelphia. These two teams are currently going in different directions as the Phillies try to dig out of a last-place hole, while the Rays attempt to cut a short deficit inside the AL East behind the Yankees.

Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48 ERA) is making his 11th start of the season, but somehow the Phillies have struggled with the southpaw on the mound by winning just three times in his outings. Each of his last three trips to the mound have been decided by one run apiece, including a 6-5 setback at Toronto in which he allowed a season-high 12 hits and five earned runs in seven innings. Lee shut down the Rays twice as a member of the Rangers in the 2010 ALDS, giving up a total of two earned runs in two starts, including a victory in the series-clinching Game 5 at Tropicana Field.

The Rays send out James Shields (7-4, 3.72 ERA), who has picked up only one victory in his last seven starts. Shields is fresh off a no-decision last Saturday, as the Rays dropped a 15-inning decision to the Marlins as $1.35 home favorites, even though the righty allowed three runs (no earned) in 7.2 innings of work. Tampa Bay has cashed the 'under' in five of Shields' seven road starts, while the Rays own a solid 5-2 record in his outings away from Tropicana Field.

Braves at Red Sox - 7:10 PM EST

Atlanta looks to stay on a winning track on Friday night after taking the final two games at Yankee Stadium over a red-hot New York club. Boston is slowly heating up as the Red Sox captured their third straight interleague series by knocking off the Marlins twice at Fenway Park, as Bobby Valentine's team has won six of seven games.

The Braves lost young ace Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery, as Jair Jurrjens heads back into the Atlanta rotation. Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37 ERA) makes his first start since April 23, as the righty was immediately demoted to Triple-A Gwinett after putting together four consecutive non-quality outings. Heading to the minors didn't help matters for the former All-Star, who compiled a 5.27 ERA in nine starts at Gwinett. The Braves lost both of Jurrjens' starts against the Red Sox in 2009, including a 6-5 defeat at Fenway Park as a short underdog.

Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53 ERA) isn't exactly the best bet this season when pitching at home, putting together a 1-2 mark and ERA of 5.98 at Fenway (2-5 team record). Four of those defeats have come as a $1.45 favorite or higher, including an interleague loss to the Nationals on June 10 by a 4-3 count. Lester rebounded from that setback with a 4-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, while cashing for the fourth time in his last five road starts. These two clubs are meeting for the first time since 2009, when the Red Sox grabbed four of six meetings from the Braves, including two of three at Fenway.

Rockies at Rangers - 8:05 PM EST

It's a battle of the haves against the have-nots in Arlington, as Texas attempts to improve on a league-best 43-27 record as well as extend its winning streak to seven. Colorado can't catch a break in interleague action, posting a disappointing 1-11 mark against American League competition with the only win coming in extra innings at Detroit. The Rangers will turn to an old arm making his season debut in the Texas heat.

Roy Oswalt signed with the Rangers in late May after spending last season in Philadelphia. The former Astros standout made four minor league starts, including a victory for Triple A-Round Rock on Sunday. Last season, the Phillies lost six times as a $1.50 favorite or higher with Oswalt on the mound, including a pair of defeats when laying at least $2.00. Oswalt has lost each of his last five starts at Ameriquest Field since 2005, but he also was given a grand total of six runs in support as a member of the Astros.

The Rockies counter with rookie Christian Friedrich (4-3, 5.60 ERA), who looks to build some consistency after losing at Detroit in his last start. Friedrich has turned in three road starts (2-1) in which he has allowed one earned run or less, but also the southpaw has given up five earned runs or more in three other outings (all at home). Even though Colorado has struggled for most of this season, the Rockies own a 7-4 record on Fridays, including a 4-1 mark away from Coors Field.

Giants at Athletics - 10:05 PM EST

Who would have thought one of the hottest teams in June is the Oakland A's? Bob Melvin's club is riding a 7-1 run, while winning three consecutive interleague series over the Rockies, Padres, and Dodgers. San Francisco heads back to the Bay Area after dropping two of three to the Angels, as their diminutive Cy Young Award winner hopes to get back in the win column.

Tim Lincecum (2-8, 6.19 ERA) is winless in his last nine starts, including a defeat in his hometown of Seattle last Saturday, 7-4 as $1.15 road favorite. Lincecum has put together just one quality start in this stretch, while the Giants are 1-6 in his seven road outings this season. The last time Lincecum faced the A's on May 20 at AT&T Park, the righty allowed four earned runs in four innings of a 6-2 loss. San Francisco is 2-1 in his three career starts at O.Co Coliseum, while losing to the A's last June, 5-2.

The A's send out Jarrod Parker (3-3, 2.82 ERA), who has given up one earned run or less in four of his last five trips to the mound. Parker's last home start came against the Rangers, as the right-hander pitched a gem by allowing just one hit in eight scoreless innings of a 12-1 blowout of the two-time defending AL champions. This is only the third time Parker is listed as a favorite, as the A's lost as 'chalk' on the road to the Twins and Giants, including an 8-6 defeat at AT&T Park last month.

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06/22/2012 05:12 PM

Diamond Trends - Friday

June 22, 2012


The Indians are 14-0 since April 05, 2011 after a 5+ run win where line was within -125-125 for a net profit of $1523.


The Cubs are 10-0 OU since April 10, 2011 as a 140+ dog after a 5+ run loss in a night game for a net profit of $1000 when playing the over.


The Giants are 0-12 since August 18, 2011 when Tim Lincecum starts after his team lost the last time he started vs this opponent for a net profit of $1475 when playing against.


The Reds are 1-17 (-2.7 rpg) in database history between game 20 and 100 of the season with a total under 10 after a game where they left no more than two men on base as a team.


The Yankees are 9-0 since May 28, 2008 when Andy Pettitte starts on the road vs a team that lost their starters last two starts for a net profit of $970.

The Tigers are 0-7 OU since August 09, 2011 when Doug Fister starts after going at least 6 innings and giving up no home runs for a net profit of $700 when playing the under.

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06/22/2012 05:19 PM

Interleague Results (1997-2012)

American League Results Team Overall 2009 2010 2011 2012

Baltimore Orioles 124-156 11-7 7-11 7-11 9-6
Boston Red Sox 159-121 11-7 13-5 10-8 9-6
Chicago White Sox 160-119 11-6 15-3 11-7 7-8
Cleveland Indians 136-144 5-13 5-13 11-7 7-8
Detroit Tigers 151-129 10-8 11-7 7-11 10-5
Kansas City Royals 128-160 8-10 8-10 5-13 8-7
Los Angeles Angels 162-120 14-4 11-7 13-5 10-5
Minnesota Twins 155-124 12-6 8-10 8-10 7-8
New York Yankees 168-111 10-8 11-7 13-5 11-4
Oakland Athletics 153-128 5-13 8-10 8-10 9-6
Seattle Mariners 153-128 11-7 9-9 9-9 7-8
Tampa Bay Rays 125-140 13-5 7-11 12-6 7-8
Texas Rangers 147-134 9-9 14-4 9-9 12-3
Toronto Blue Jays 130-150 7-11 7-11 8-10 7-8
AL Totals 2,089-1,889 137-114 134-118 131-121 119-91

National League Results Team Overall 2009 2010 2011 2012
Arizona Diamondbacks 109-126 5-10 6-9 10-8 9-6
Atlanta Braves 136-120 7-8 9-6 10-5 7-8
Chicago Cubs 108-126 7-7 8-10 5-10 5-10
Cincinnati Reds 103-129 6-9 8-7 6-12 6-6
Colorado Rockies 112-123 11-4 9-6 8-7 1-11
Houston Astros 111-131 6-9 3-12 4-11 4-8
Los Angeles Dodgers 114-137 9-9 4-11 6-9 5-7
Miami Marlins 139-128 10-8 7-8 8-10 4-11
Milwaukee Brewers 104-122 5-10 9-6 6-9 5-7
New York Mets 134-125 5-10 13-5 9-9 7-5
Philadelphia Phillies 119-143 6-12 8-7 9-6 4-
Pittsburgh Pirates 89-137 8-7 2-13 8-7 8-7
St. Louis Cardinals 120-112 9-6 9-6 8-7 5-7
San Diego Padres 111-140 5-10 9-6 6-9 6-6
San Francisco Giants 128-123 9-6 7-8 10-5 5-7
Washington Nationals 134-143 7-11 5-13 8-7 9-6
NL Totals 1,889-2,089 114-137 118-134 121-131 91-119

* Milwaukee's 1997 W-L record (8-7) is reflected in the AL totals

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06/22/2012 05:21 PM

Freeway Series begins Friday in Anaheim



First pitch: Friday, 10:05 p.m. EDT
Line: Angels -130, Dodgers +120, Total: 7

This season’s second part of the battle for Los Angeles takes place this weekend with the Angels hosting the Dodgers for a three-game set opening Friday night.

The Angels enter this game on a 9-3 run, winning four out of their past five games. They will send Dan Haren to the mound to try to improve his 3.97 ERA and 1.31 ERA as a starter this season. He sports a strong 77 K-to-19 BB ratio even though the team is only 4-10 in his starts. Haren has not pitched in a week to get some extra rest after three poor starts (5.94 ERA, 1.80 WHIP), but that hasn’t always helped. With 6+ days of rest in his career, Haren is 5-11 with a 5.03 ERA. Chad Billingsley will counter him for the Dodgers, with a 3.75 ERA on the season that drops to 3.11 on the road. He has a strong 2.70 ERA in his past three starts, including two seven-inning one-run performances on the road. Furthermore, the Dodgers have done great versus righties this season with a 26-15 record (.634). Take the underdog DODGERS to win this game on the road.

This three-star FoxSheets trend also backs the Dodgers:

Play On - All teams when the money line is +125 to -125 (L.A. DODGERS) - with an on base percentage of .260 or worse over their last 3 games, with a well rested bullpen who did not throw an inning last game. (35-13 over the last 5 seasons.) (72.9%, +23.2 units. Rating = 3*).

The Dodgers enter this game having lost four out of their past five, including three in a row where they have a total of two runs and eight hits. The last series was a sweep to the Oakland A’s, leaving the Dodgers at 3-6 so far this season against AL West opponents. Billinglsey has a strong bullpen to support him, with Dodgers relievers sporting a 3.25 ERA and 1.26 WHIP this season. Billinsgley is 1-4 in his career versus the Angels but his numbers aren’t terrible with a 4.42 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. His last start against them (July 3, 2011) was pretty strong, as he went eight innings, allowing three runs on just three hits. Take him to win this one on the road.

Haren has been extremely hittable lately, allowing 25 hits (.347 opponents’ BA) in his past three starts, including five home runs and nine doubles. Still, he pitches for an Angels squad that has owned the Dodgers lately with an 11-4 record against them in the past three seasons, including 4-2 at home. The Angels bullpen is even better than their opponents, as they sport a 3.22 ERA, a figure that drops to 2.70 at home. Still, Haren does not inspire confidence—play against in this one.

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06/22/2012 05:22 PM

Friday's betting tips: Oswalt a huge fave in Texas debut

Who’s hot

MLB :Yankees are 7-1 in their last eight meetings with the Mets.

MLB: Orioles are 10-1 in their last 11 games following an off day.

WNBA: San Antonio Silver Stars are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.

Who’s not

MLB: Giants are 0-6 in the last six meetings in Oakland.

MLB: Rockies are 0-11 in their last 11 vs. American League West.

WNBA: Over is 7-21 in the Seattle Storm's last 28 home games.

Key stat

19 – Germany has scored at least one goal in 19 straight games, its longest streak since a 20-game stretch from 1989 to 1991.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers – Texas’ first baseman is considered questionable for Friday’s game with a leg injury after sitting out Wednesday’s contest against the Padres. He’s hitting .272 with 10 homers and 25 RBI.

Game of the day

Germany (-275) vs. Greece (+995), Draw (+410)

Notable quotable

"Self-sacrifice – it's our main characteristic. We will give it all on the field. It will take a minor miracle on Friday. Germany are the favourites, we are the underdogs, but think about it: we will not play against the Germans ten times to see who wins the most. It's one match and we will fight to the end." – Greece midfielder Kostas Katsouranis ahead of Friday’s match with Germany. Katsouranis will wear the captain’s arm band with Giorgos Karagounis suspended.

Notes and tips

Roy Oswalt makes his Texas Rangers debut Friday against the Colorado Rockies as a big -200 favorite. Oswalt, who signed with Texas on May 29, will replace Scott Feldman in the rotation. The decision gets Oswalt to the majors immediately, allows the club to move Feldman back to the bullpen, and also allows the team to give every other member of the rotation at least one extra day of rest due to Thursday's off day. Oswalt allowed two runs in six innings for Class AAA Round Rock on Sunday in a win over Oklahoma City. He also pushed his pitch count to 100 pitches.

Webb Simpson is trading his shot at becoming the seventh man to win the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year to witness the birth of his second child, according to an Orlando Sentinel report. "After winning, it's certainly a little bit harder to not go," Simpson told reporters at the Travelers Championship, according to the paper. "But in the grand scheme of life, it's a decision I know I'll always be happy I made." He opened at +4000 in British Open odds before pulling out.

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to search for a bat to protect Andre Either in the lineup as Matt Kemp is expected to be out of action for another three weeks. The latest rumor has the Dodgers targeting Houston’s Carlos Lee. "He's really the only true, true threat," manager Don Mattingly told reporters. "They're going to stay away from him. All there is to it. As long as he's battling, I have no issues with him.” Either leads the league in RBI, but has just one homer in the last month.

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06/22/2012 05:25 PM

Armadillo: Friday's six-pack

-- Miami Heat steamrolled the Thunder, winning their second title, giving Lebron James his first NBA title. No joy in Cleveland today.

-- Plenty of joy in Seattle though, since people there are still very upset the league took the Sonics away and sent them to Oklahoma.

-- Is it too late to bring Jack McKeon back? Marlins are 33-36 and look lifeless most of the time.

-- Cardinals are 35-35, despite scoring 51 more runs than they've allowed. Pirates are 36-32, despite allowing 10 more runs than they've scored.

-- AL teams are 120-90 in interleague play this season, with this weekend the last of the interleague games until the World Series.

-- A's won eight of their last nine games; can we move to the NL?


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

13) Larry Ellison owns the Oracle company, a bigtime tech firm; he’s supposedly worth $36B, that’s billion with a B, the 6th-wealthiest guy on the planet, but he hasn’t been able to buy an NBA team yet, having failed in trying to buy the Grizzlies and Warriors.

So what did Ellison buy this week? The island of Lanai in Hawai’i , an island with 50 miles of coastline and no traffic lights. Dole Pineapple used to own this island. I bought myself a hooded sweatshirt for my birthday LY. Ellison bought himself a Hawaii’an island. Cool.

12) Guy named Warde Manuel is the new AD at UConn; his #1 job is to plot the course of the basketball program now that Jim Calhoun has turned 70 and most of the team has transferred out, since they’re ineligible for postseason next year. Calhoun is an icon, no brand-new AD is going to fire him, but how do you keep a program thriving with a dim outlook for this season and a 70-year old coach? Ain’t going to be easy.

11) Calhoun missed 11 games LY with a bad back, but is healthier now; he rode 25 miles on a bike one day this week. If I rode 25 miles on an actual moving bicycle, the last 24 would probably be in an ambulance or a hearse.

10) Troy Tulowitzki’s unusual leg injury left the Colorado Rockies without a competent big league shortstop; Marco Scutaro is trying to fill in, but at this stage of his career, he’s no SS. Colorado’s 9th-inning meltdown in Philly Wednesday was the worst inning I’ve seen a big league team play in a very long time. They need to plug someone in there who can at least throw the ball to first with some zip on it.

9) US Open champ Webb Simpson is skipping the British Open to be with his pregnant wife, who is due around that time. I’ve always wondered if there are any golfers who would rather not cross the pond to play. If I remember right, Scott Hoch seemed reluctant at times to go over there.

8) Florida coach Billy Donovan’s 18U All-Star team won their tournament down in Brazil, beating the host team 81-56 in the title game. VCU’s Shaka Smart and Gonzaga’s Mark Few were his assistants.

7) Someone better warn the Royal Family; Dick Vitale is headed to England to watch tennis at Wimbledon next week. So much for quiet and serenity. Wimbledon is on Vitale’s bucket list, so its excellent that he’s getting to go.

6) Dan Rooney owns the Steelers and is the US Ambassador to Ireland; he’d like the Steelers to play a regular season game in Ireland. They played a preseason game there once, but its tough to take a regular season home game away from Pittsburgh’s loyal fans.

5) Oakland’s Tommy Milone is 5-1, 0.99 at home, 2-4, 7.42 on foreign soil. It really makes very little sense. Oakland Coliseum is a good pitcher’s park, but it ain’t that good.

4) South Carolina is the first College World Series team to play two games in one day since 1980, and they won both. Wednesday’s rainout forced the twinbill to be played.

3) If you’re headed to watch the Hartford Open golf tournament this weekend, I suggest sitting by the green at the 15th hole, the driveable par-4. There’s a good hamburger stand down the fairway, and the 18th tee is right behind the green. Can see a lot staying right there.

2) Before the NBA Finals, ESPN’s Chris Broussard did a survey of 52 NBA types as to who would win, and Oklahoma City had a 33-19 edge in support, so I'm not the only one who was dead wrong about the Finals.

1) NHL’s New Jersey Devils are having money problems similar to what the Phoenix Coyotes recently went through. Maybe Larry Ellison can buy the Devils, as long as he promises not to move the team to Hawai’i.

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06/22/2012 05:26 PM

Public consensus: Bettors keep fading Cubs

Consensus percentages and odds current as of 9 p.m. ET.


Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks (-140, 9)

Poor run support isn’t helping Jeff Samardzija at all on the hill. He has allowed more than three runs just once over his last six outings, but Chicago has won just once over that span. The Cubs rank 27th in the bigs averaging just 3.72 runs per game.

Consensus: Diamondbacks, 72 percent


San Antonio Silver Stars at Seattle Storm (-4, 141.5)

Seattle owns the league’s second best scoring defense, holding opponents to just 72.3 points per game and the Storm have had San Antonio’s number for a long time. The Storm are 9-1-1 against the spread in the last 11 meetings between the two teams.

Consensus: Storm, 60 percent

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06/22/2012 05:26 PM


Washington at Baltimore
The Nationals look to build on their 6-0 record in their last 6 road games. Washington is the pick (+105) according to Dunkel, which has the Nationals favored by 1/2 a run. Dunkel Pick: Washington (+105). Here are all of today's picks.


Game 901-902: Chicago Cubs at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Samardzija) 14.370; Arizona (Saunders) 16.153
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 2; 10
Vegas Line: Arizona (-145); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-145); Over

Game 903-904: Washington at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Zimmermann) 16.153; Baltimore (Hammel) 15.556
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-125); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+105); Under

Game 905-906: Detroit at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Fister) 14.971; Pittsburgh (Burnett) 15.351
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Detroit (-130); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (+110); Under

Game 907-908: Tampa Bay at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Shields) 15.215; Philadelphia (Lee) 14.135
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-140); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (+120); Over

Game 909-910: Toronto at Miami (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Romero) 15.261; Miami (Sanchez) 13.634
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Miami (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+100); Under

Game 911-912: NY Yankees at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Pettitte) 16.595; NY Mets (Niese) 16.854
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-145); 8
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (+125); Over

Game 913-914: Minnesota at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Blackburn) 13.456; Cincinnati (Bailey) 15.188
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1 1/2; 10 1/2
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-180); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-180); Over

Game 915-916: Atlanta at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Jurrjens) 16.519; Boston (Lester) 15.452
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Boston (-175); 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+155); Under

Game 917-918: Cleveland at Houston (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Jimenez) 14.877; Houston (Harrell) 13.638
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-130); 9
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-130); Under

Game 919-920: Colorado at Texas (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Friedrich) 13.962; Texas (Oswalt) 16.467
Dunkel Line: Texas by 2 1/2; 11 1/2
Vegas Line: Texas (-200); 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-200); Over

Game 921-922: Milwaukee at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Greinke) 15.545; White Sox (Sale) 15.074
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-140); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+120); Over

Game 923-924: St. Louis at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Kelly) 14.648; Kansas City (Mazzaro) 15.506
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-115); 9
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (-115); Under

Game 925-926: Seattle at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Millwood) 15.446; San Diego (Richard) 14.615
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1; 5
Vegas Line: San Diego (-120); 6
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (-120); Under

Game 927-928: San Francisco at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Lincecum) 14.939; Oakland (Parker) 14.636
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Oakland (-120); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (+100); Over

Game 929-930: LA Dodgers at LA Angels (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Billingsley) 15.308; LA Angels (Haren) 16.540
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 7
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

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