Sunday's American League betting notes and tips

Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Sunday's American League games:

Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians (-113, 8)

Cold pitching stat: Royals starter James Shields owns a 1-5 career mark versus Cleveland and yielded five runs on nine hits for a no-decision on July 4 against the Tribe.

Hot batting stat:
Cleveland 2B Jason Kipnis had three hits Saturday and has hit safely in 21 of his last 23 games. He is 3-for-9 in his career versus Shields.

Weather:
Temperatures in the low-90s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow in from right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: The Royals are 8-0 in Shields' last eight starts.


Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees (-220, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Yanks starter C.C. Sabathia has given up 20 homers this season – tied for the third-highest total in the majors.

Cold batting stat: The Yankees have homered in only 11 of their last 34 games.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-90s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to center field at 10 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 5-1 in Sabathia's last six starts vs. Twins.


Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers (-168, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Rangers lefty Martin Perez improved to 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA over his last four starts since being recalled on June 22.

Cold batting stat: Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler is batting .154 (4-for-26) in his career versus Tigers starter Justin Verlander.

Weather: Temperatures in the high-80s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow in from left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 5-1 in Verlander's last six home starts.


Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles (-123, 9.5)


Cold pitching stat: Orioles righty Scott Feldman has struggled in 12 career appearances (six starts) against Toronto, going 0-4 with a 6.11 ERA.

Hot batting stat: Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista is 5-for-11 with a home run and two doubles against Feldman.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-90s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.


Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays (-250, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Astros lefty Erik Bedard lost his two starts in July, allowing nine runs (eight earned) in 11 2/3 innings after going 3-1 in five June outings.

Cold batting stat: Rays 3B Evan Longoria has just four hits in 33 at-bats (nine games) during Tampa Bay's current home stand.

Weather: Dome.

Key betting note: The under is 7-1 in Rays starter Chris Archer's last eight starts.


Boston Red Sox at Oakland A's (-149, 8.5)


Hot pitching stat: A's starter Bartolo Colon has won nine of his last 10 outings after limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a run in seven frames on Monday.

Cold batting stat: Boston DH David Ortiz is 6-for-46 with 15 strikeouts against Colon.

Weather: Temperatures in the high-60s and sunny skies. Winds will blow out to right field at 13 mph.

Key betting note: The Red Sox are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings.


Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners (-127, 8)


Cold pitching stat: Angels starter Joe Blanton is coming off a rough outing in Chicago, where he surrendered six runs and eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Hot batting stat: Seattle's home run streak is the longest in the American League since Texas set the major-league record in 2002 with a 27-game run.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-70s and sunny skies. Winds will blow from left field to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting stat: The over is 9-1-1 in Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma's last 11 starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5.

** Odds, probable starters and weather as of 12:15 p.m. ET.

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