Friday's betting tips: Four is the magic number for D-backs
Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday’s tilt between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. There is a 72 percent chance of rain for Turner Field.
San Antonio Silver Stars – The WNBA is back from the Olympic break and the Silver Stars are trying to pick up where they left off, winning nine in a row and posting an 8-1 ATS mark in that span. San Antonio is an 8-point road favorite in Tulsa Friday.Who’s not?
Toronto Blue Jays – The Jays have lost three straight heading into Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers. Toronto was without top hitter Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder) Thursday and is still missing the big bats of Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie.Game of the dayTampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels
(-165, 7)Injury that should not be ignored
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox – Ellsbury is serving as Boston’s DH while he deals with a leg injury. Manager Bobby Valentine says the move is a precaution to protect the Red Sox center fielder. Ellsbury went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the leadoff spot against Baltimore Thursday. Scott Podsednik started in center, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Notable quotable“I’m definitely excited. I don’t think we’re too far apart, Tom Brady and myself.”
– Penn State QB Matt McGloin talking about head coach Bill O’Brien’s experience with the Patriots’ star pivot.Betting news and notes
-- The Miami Dolphins will start rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill over Matt Moore in Friday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. Tannehill passed for 167 yards and one touchdown in Week 1 of the preseason.
-- Toronto has scored just 53 runs in losing 14 of its last 18 games. The Blue Jays are 9-9 over/under in that span and have a total of 9 runs versus Texas Friday.
-- Atlanta has won 15 of its past 20 games, sitting at a season-high 20 games above .500 and just four games behind NL East leader Washington.
-- Kansas City has jumped on its opponents early this month, scoring 16 first-inning runs while allowing only two. Most books offer 5-inning lines as well as first-inning props on whether a run will be scored.
-- The Diamondbacks are 55-15 when scoring four runs or more and improved to 4-44 when held to three or less with Thursday‘s triumph.