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Friday's American League betting cheat sheet and notes

Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Friday's action in the American League:

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (-121, 9)

Hot pitcher: Twins closer Glen Perkins has converted his last eight save opportunities and has given up one hit in his last eight innings pitched.

Cold pitcher: Indians starter Scott Kazmir gave up five earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings in his last outing. The Tribe have lost four of his last five starts.

Weather: Temperatures in the high-70s and sunny skies. Winds will blow from right field to left field at four mph.

Key betting stat: The over is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Cleveland.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (-116, 9)

Hot pitcher: After a rough May where he blew four saves, Rays closer Fernando Rodney has converted all three of his save chances in June.

Cold pitcher: Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain has given up three home runs in his last 4 2/3 innings pitched.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-70s. Winds blowing from right field to left field at nine mph.

Key betting stat: The Yankees are 0-4 in their last four games with umpire Greg Gibson behind home plate.

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (-123, 9)

Hot pitcher: Jays reliever Brett Cecil has not allowed a run since May 10. In that time, his ERA has dropped from 2.79 to 1.46.

Cold pitcher: Orioles starter Jason Hammel has an ERA of 6.32 in his last three starts. The Orioles have lost all three.

Weather: Retractable roof

Key betting stat: The Blue Jays have won eight straight games.

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers (-138, 8.5)

Hot pitcher: Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara has surrendered just three hits in nine innings of work in the month of June.

Cold pitcher: Red Sox starter Jon Lester has lost his last four decisions.

Weather: Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low-80s. Wind will blow in from center field at nine mph.

Key betting stat: The Tigers are 9-2 in Fister's last 11 starts as a home favorite.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (-139, 8.5)


Hot pitcher: White Sox reliever Jesse Crain set the club record with his 28th consecutive appearance without allowing a run Thursday.

Cold pitcher: White Sox closer Addison Reed has an ERA of 7.00 and one blown save in June.

Weather: Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-90s. Winds will blow out to left field at 16 mph.

Key betting stat: The White Sox are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings.



Oakland A's at Seattle Mariners (-106, 6.5)

Hot pitcher: A's starter Bartolo Colon has won six straight starts and has an ERA of 1.04 in that stretch.

Cold pitcher:
Mariners reliever Carter Capps has given up eight earned runs in his last three appearances.

Weather:
Retractable roof

Key betting stat: The A's are 10-1 in Colon's last 11 starts vs. a team with a losing record.

Interleague

Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels (-156, 7.5)

Hot pitcher:
Pirates reliever Mark Melancon leads the majors in holds with 22.

Cold pitcher: Angels starter Jered Weaver has an ERA of 6.94 and is 0-2 in his last two starts.

Weather:
Sunny skies and temperatures in the low-70s. Winds blowing out to right field at six mph.

Key betting stat:
The Pirates are 8-31 in their last 39 vs. American League West.

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