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Friday's American League betting cheat sheet

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

Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles
(-126, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Athletics right-hander Dan Straily lost his only prior start against Baltimore, allowing four runs over 4 2/3 innings last Sept. 16.

Cold batting stat: Members of the Oakland roster are batting just .216 in 74 at-bats against Orioles starter Bud Norris.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow in from left field at 6 mph.

Key betting note: Oakland is 20-8 in its last 28 series-opening games.


Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (-162, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno was rocked in his last start against Cleveland on Aug. 13, charged with five runs on five hits over six innings of a 5-2 loss.

Cold batting stat: Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting just .136 with one home run and three RBIs in August.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with sunny skies. Wind will blow in from center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 10-1-1 in Deduno's last 12 starts against the American League Central.


New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (-108, 7)

Cold pitching stat: Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA - his highest against any major-league team other than the Yankees - in three starts versus the Rays.

Hot batting stat: New York OF Brett Gardner is batting .300 with four doubles and two homers in 50 at-bats against Tampa Bay this season.

Weather: Dome.

Key betting note: The under is 22-4-1 in Kuroda's last 27 road starts.


Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros
(+126, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Toronto right-hander Todd Redmond hasn't registered a decision since July 7, but has a 2.70 ERA over his last five outings.

Cold batting stat: Astros hitters have struck out a league-high 1,195 times this season - over 100 times more than the next closest team.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-90s with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow out to left field at 5 mph.

Key betting note: The over is 6-0 in the Blue Jays' last six Friday games.


Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox (-121, 7.5)

Hot pitching stat: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale has won three consecutive starts, surrendering five runs over 23 1/3 innings in that span.

Hot batting stat: Rangers SS Adam Rosales is 4-for-7 with a homer against Sale.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s under sunny skies. Wind will blow from left to right field at 9 mph.

Key betting note: Texas has lost five straight games in Chicago.   


Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners (-176, 7)

Cold pitching stat: Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez has struggled against the Angels in his career, going 8-12 with a 3.97 ERA - nearly a run higher than his career mark.

Hot batting stat: Seattle 2B Dustin Ackley is batting .309 since the All-Star break after hitting just .205 in the first half.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with mostly cloudy skies. Wind will blow out to center field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: Seattle has won 14 of its last 17 games against divisional opponents.


Interleague

Washington Nationals at Kansas City Royals (-104, 7.5)

Cold pitching stat: Royals right-hander Bruce Chen is coming off his worst outing of the season, getting torched for six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to Detroit.

batting stat: Kansas City DH Billy Butler is just 3-for-15 lifetime against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-90s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from right to left field at 8 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 4-0-2 in the Royals' last six interleague home games.


** Odds, probable starters and weather forecast as of 1:04 p.m. ET.

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