Bettors’ best friend (BFF): Tuesday’s wagering tips
Lines to keep an eye on
White Sox at Indians – Cleveland opened as a -145 favorite with the total at 9, but is now around -130 at some books with the total hovering between 8 and 8.5.
Red Sox at Orioles – Boston opened as a -150 but is now at -135.
Mets at Braves – Atlanta opened as a -155 favorite but is now listed at -150. The total is down to 8.5 from 9 at the open.
Cardinals at Astros – Houston is listed at -160 after opening at -170.
Padres at Diamondbacks – Total is up to 9.5 from 9 at the open.
Angels at Mariners – Seattle is a -130 favorite after opening at -140.
Weather to watch
Rangers at Royals – 60 percent chance of precipitation. Thunderstorms likely.
Atlanta is 41-14 in its last 55 home games.
Cincinnati is 11-4 over its last 15 games.
New York Yankees are 83-32 in their last 115 home games.
Colorado is 5-14 in its last 19 road games.
Los Angeles Angels are 7-19 over their last 26 road games.
Washington is 14-37 in its 51 road games.
.438 – Stephen Drew’s batting average over the last seven games for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Drew has four home runs and nine RBIs over that stretch.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was back in the lineup Monday after giving the team a scare over the weekend. He left Sunday’s game in the third inning after feeling light-headed while running the bases. Ramirez is hitting .299 with 18 home runs, 67 RBIs with 27 stolen bases on the year.
Game of the day
Colorado at San Francisco
"People have the wrong idea about Manny. I don't think Manny is a bad guy or a pain in the butt. It's funny how people say Manny is being Manny. Manny is being real. I never see anyone on his team get mad at him because he goes about his business."
-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on newly-acquired Manny Ramirez.
Tips and notes
Manny Ramirez is expected to join the Chicago White Sox in time for Tuesday’s game at Cleveland. Ramirez hit .311 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 66 games. He was on the DL from July 20-Aug. 22 with a strained calf, missing 33 games. Word has it the White Sox are looking to bat him sixth in the lineup.
Mark Teixeira returned to the Yankees’ lineup Monday after suffering a bruised thumb over the weekend. He left Saturday’s game early and didn’t play Sunday.