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Saturday's American League betting cheat sheet

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


New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (-129, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda threw seven sensational innings in a win over the Red Sox on July 20, and has strung together five consecutive quality starts overall.

Cold batting stat: New York OF Vernon Wells is hitting just .207 in 222 at-bats against right-handers.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-70s under partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
The Yankees are 18-4 in Kuroda's last 22 starts when working on four days' rest.


Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (-194, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat
: Royals right-hander Wade Davis is allowing opponents to hit .315 against him - the second-highest mark among American League pitchers with at least 20 starts.

Cold batting stat: Tigers 1B Prince Fielder is hitting just .195 with one home run in 41 at-bats against the Royals this season.

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

Key betting note: The under is 17-5-3 in the Royals' last 25 games.


Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays (-148, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat:
Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez has allowed three runs or more in 11 of his last 12 starts - including a June 26 loss to Toronto.

Hot batting stat: Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie leads the American League with 24 hits in August.

Weather: Dome.

Key betting note:
The under is 7-0 in Tampa Bay's last seven Saturday games.


Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins  (+116, 7)

Hot pitching stat: Twins right-hander Andrew Albers is coming off a complete-game two-hit shutout in his second major-league start and has yet to surrender a run in 17 1/3 innings.

Hot batting stat: Minnesota leads the majors with 23 home runs in August.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with sunny skies. Wind will blow in from right field at 13 mph.

Key betting note:
Minnesota is 1-7 in its last eight games with umpire Todd Tichenor behind home plate.


Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers  (-106, 8)

Cold pitching stat: Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez is 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA in two starts against the Rangers in 2013.

Cold batting stat: Seattle 2B Dustin Ackley has just one homer in 264 at-bats this season after going deep 12 times in 2012.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with sunny skies. Wind will blow from left field to right field at 8 mph.
 
Key betting note:
Seattle has won 11 of its last 12 games against American League West opponents.


Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels  (-199, 8)

Cold pitching stat: Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel has surrendered 16 runs over his last 18 1/3 innings, surrendering three home runs in that span.

Hot batting stat: Angels OF Mike Trout is hitting .366 with six home runs and six steals in 93 at-bats since the All-Star break.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s under sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 6 mph.

Key betting note:
Los Angeles is 6-15 in its last 21 games against teams with winning percentages below .400.


Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics  (-140, 8)

Cold pitching stat: Indians RH Ubaldo Jimenez leads the American League with 65 walks, and has issued at least two free passes in 15 of his last 16 starts.

Hot batting stat: Athletics OF Josh Reddick is batting just .195 with two homers in 159 at-bats at home.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 11 mph.

Key betting note:
The under is 13-3-1 in Oakland's last 17 games against an AL Central opponent.


Interleague

Colorado Rockies at Baltimore Orioles (-192, 9)

Hot pitching stat: Orioles right-hander Bud Norris has allowed eight earned runs over his last four starts, a span of 23 1/3 innings.

Cold batting stat: Baltimore 3B Manny Machado is batting .233 with three doubles in 103 at-bats since the All-Star break; Machado hit .310 and had 39 doubles in the first half.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with overcast skies. Wind will blow from right to left field at 10 mph.

Key betting note:
The Orioles are 1-5 in their last six versus the National League West.


** Odds, stats, probable starters and weather forecast as of 12:39 p.m. ET.

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