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Monday's American League betting cheat sheet

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

Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals (+105, 8.5)

Cold pitching stat: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson is 0-4 in his last five starts and surrendered eight runs over 5 2/3 innings in his last encounter with the Royals.

Hot batting stat: Tampa Bay OF Matt Joyce is 11-for-30 with two home runs and seven RBIs against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low-90s with sunny skies. Wind will blow out toward left field at 14 mph.

Key betting note: Kansas City is 12-1 in Guthrie's last 13 home starts against a team with a winning record.


New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays (-111, 9)

Cold pitching stat: Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes is 0-5 in his last eight starts, including a no-decision in his last meeting with Toronto six days ago.

Hot batting stat: New York OF Alfonso Soriano has homered twice in nine career at-bats against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Weather: Due to a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, the roof could be closed at Rogers Centre.

Key betting note: The under is 10-2 in Toronto's last 12 games against the American League East.


Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers (-171, 8)

Hot pitching stat: Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez has allowed just one home run in 70 1/3 innings at Comerica Park.

Hot batting stat: Miguel Cabrera has a double and a homer in his only two at-bats against Athletics righty A.J. Griffin.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with a 25 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind will blow from right to left field at 9 mph.

Key betting note: The under is 10-1 in Griffin's last 11 starts against teams with winning records.


Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox (-150, 8.5)

Hot pitching stat: Astros left-hander Brett Oberholtzer has recorded four straight quality starts since entering the rotation July 31.

Cold batting stat: Houston OF Chris Carter is 2-for-20 with 14 strikeouts over his last six games.

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high-80s with partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from right to left field at 11 mph.

Key betting note: Chicago is 2-8 in its last 10 games against opponents who scored two or fewer runs in their previous game.


Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners (+123, 8.5)


Cold pitching stat: Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders is 4-9 with a 6.17 ERA in 15 career starts against the Rangers.

Hot batting stat:
Texas 2B Ian Kinsler is 11-for-33 with four home runs against Saunders.

Weather: Due to a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, the roof could be closed at Safeco Field.

Key betting note: The over is 11-0 in Seattle's last 11 games as a home underdog.


** Odds, probable starters and weather forecast as of 9:20 a.m. ET Monday.

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