Friday's American League betting notes and tips

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

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays (128, 8.5))


Hot pitching stat: Rays lefty David Price has a 1.08 ERA in his three starts since returning from the DL.

Hot batting stat: Jays slugger Jose Bautista is batting .353 with four homers in 34 career at-bats versus Price.

Weather: Roof could be closed due to a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Key betting note: The Rays are 7-0 in Price's last seven road starts vs. Blue Jays.


New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (-145, 9.5)


Cold pitching stat: Yanks starter Andy Pettitte owns a 5.35 ERA in his last six starts and has surrendered 49 hits in 37 innings during that span.

Hot batting stat: Red Sox veteran slugger David Ortiz is 21-for-56 versus Pettitte in his career.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-80s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 13 mph.

Key betting note: The Yankees are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Boston.


Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers (-135, 9.5)


Hot pitching stat: Rangers starter Derek Holland is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 28 2-3 innings over his last four starts.

Hot batting stat: Orioles slugger Chris Davis' major league-leading 37 homers tied the AL record for the most before the All-Star break, set by Reggie Jackson in 1969.

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

Key betting note: The Rangers are 24-6 in Holland's last 30 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.


Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals (120, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Facing the Tigers for the first time with Kansas City, starter Ervin Santana was 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his last seven starts against them as a former member of the Los Angeles Angels.

Hot batting stat: Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera leads the majors in average (.365), RBIs (95) and is second in home runs (30). He's hit .397 in his last 16 games at Kansas City.

Weather:
Temperatures in the low-90s and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow out to center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 16-5-1 in the last 22 meetings in Kansas City.


Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros (111, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Mariners starter Joe Saunders went 0-4 with an 11.25 ERA in his first five road starts, but has since gone 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA in five starts away from Safeco Field.

Hot batting stat: The Mariners' 37 homers and .481 slugging percentage since June 20 are the best in the majors.

Weather:
Retractable roof could be closed due to a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Key betting note: The Mariners are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings.


Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins (105, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Indians starter Scott Kazmir surrendered three earned runs or less in each of his last five starts and beat Kansas City on Saturday while allowing two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Hot batting stat: Twins 3B Jamey Carroll is 7-for-12 (.583) in his career versus Kazmir.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and clear skies. Winds will blow out to center field at 11 mph.

Key betting note: The Twins are 0-4 in SP Mike Pelfrey's last four starts vs. a team with a winning record.


Oakland A's at Los Angeles Angels (-131, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Oakland has a 2.76 staff ERA in winning 12 of 17 since last losing a series at Seattle from June 21-23.

Hot batting stat: Angels starter Jered Weaver has thrown 18 straight scoreless innings versus Oakland.

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

Key betting note:
The Athletics are 9-2 in SP A.J. Griffin's last 11 starts vs. American League West.


Interleague

Atlanta Braves at Chicago White Sox (115, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Braves starter Tim Hudson has posted back-to-back wins after failing to pick up a victory in his previous 10 starts.

Hot batting stat: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is hitting a hearty .433 with runners in scoring position.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-80s and a slight 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will blow out to left field at 14 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 12-3-1 in Chicago SP John Danks' last 16 starts vs. a team with a winning record

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