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Tuesday's American League betting cheat sheet

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

Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians (-108, 7.5)


Cold pitching stat: Tigers righty Justin Verlander has picked up a pair of wins over the Tribe this year, but has given up 23 hits and 11 earned runs for a 5.82 ERA against the Central Division rivals.

Cold batting stat: Indians 2B Jason Kipnis is 3-for-19 (.158) with eight strikeouts in his career versus Verlander.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with partly cloudy skies. There is a 20 percent chance of rain in the forecast and wind will blow out to left field at 7 mph.

Key betting note:
The Indians are 9-2 in starting pitcher Justin Masterson's last 11 home starts.


New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox (-119, 7)

Cold pitching stat: White Sox starter Chris Sale is coming off one of his worst outings of the season. The lefty lasted just five innings, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits in a 6-1 loss to the Indians on August 1.

Hot batting stat:
White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez is 4-for-11 (.364) with a double, homer and four RBIs in his career versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s and there will be a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Wind will blow from right field to left field at 9 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 10-1 in Kuroda's last 11 starts versus American League Central.


Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals (-192, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Royals starter James Shields is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two outings.

Hot batting stat: Twins 1B Justin Morneau is 13-for-35 (.371) with six doubles, three homers and eight RBIs in his career versus Shields.

Weather: There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast. Temperatures will be in the low-90s with wind blowing from right field to left field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The Royals are 5-0 in Shields' last five starts versus a team with a losing record.


Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros (+160, 9)

Cold pitching stat: The Astros have lost SP Jordan Lyles' previous seven starts.

Hot batting stat:
Prior to Monday's game, Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is 14-for-25 (.560) in his career at Houston's MinuteMaid Park.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-90s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 13 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 34-16-6 in Lyles' last 56 starts overall.


Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels (+137, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: Rangers ace Yu Darvish is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his two starts versus the Angels this season. He has fanned 17 Angels hitters in his 11 innings of work.

Cold batting stat:
Angels 2B Howie Kendrick is 0-for-14 with seven K's in his career versus Darvish.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
The over is 8-3-1 in Angels' stater Garrett Richards' last 12 starts overall.


Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners (-176, 7)


Hot pitching stat: In his previous outing versus the Jays on May 3, Felix Hernandez went eight innings, striking out seven and giving up five hits en route to a 4-0 victory.

Cold batting stat: Mariners OF Raul Ibanez is 4-for-17 (.235) with five strikeouts in his career versus Jays starter Josh Johnson.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from left field to right field at 7 mph.

Key betting note: The Blue Jays are 0-7 in Johnson's last seven starts.


* Odds courtesy of BetOnline.com

** Odds, probable starting pitchers, stats and weather forecast as of 10:17 p.m. ET Monday.
 

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