Sunday’s betting tips: Pettitte favored in MLB return

May 12, 2012 |
Who’s hot

NBA: The over is 4-1 in Clippers last five road games.

NBA: The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite.

MLB: Cincinnati is 6-2 in Bronson Arroyo's last eight starts.

Who’s not

NBA: Grizzlies are 3-10-2 ATS in their last 15 games overall.

NBA: The under is 2-6 in the Pacers' last eight road games.

MLB: Minnesota has won just 14 of its last 57 games overall.

Key stat

0 – The Los Angeles Kings didn’t allow a single power play goal in their four-game sweep of St. Louis. The Kings shut down all 17 power plays they faced  and lead the league killing 92.1 percent of their penalties in the playoffs.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics - The Oakland A's placed rookie outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle in his left hand. Cespedes is hitting .245 with five home runs and 21 RBI.

Game of the day

Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (-8, 178)

Notable quotable

"Come on, man, there's still a lot of games left. You're trying to create or write something negative like everybody else has already. It's just one game. We just need to come back tomorrow and put ourselves in a situation to try and win the series on Sunday." – Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols, is hitting just .192, after the Angels were pounded 10-3 by Texas Friday. The Angels were tied for last place in the AL West heading into Saturday’s action.

Notes and tips

Andy Pettitte makes his first MLB start since 2010 Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. Oddsmakers have Pettitte and the Yankees set as -140 favorites. The veteran lefty was 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA in four minor league starts and is expected to be on a 100-pitch count Sunday.

The Angels have traded away two major league catchers in the last two years -- Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis. They'd take either one of them back right now.  Chris Iannetta underwent a 40-minute procedure to remove the pisiform bone in his right wrist Friday. The small bone was fractured on May 2 when Iannetta was hit by a pitch. The projected recovery time is six to eight weeks. Iannetta was acquired in a trade with the Rockies last winter to be their primary catcher and inject some offense into the position. With him out, the Angels will turn to Bobby Wilson and John Hester, neither of whom has ever been a front-line catcher in the majors.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is urging teammate, running back LeSean McCoy, to not hold out of training camp this summer. McCoy is entering the final year of his contract, much like Jackson last year when he held out following the lockout. Jackson was heavily criticized for the approach he took and he does not want the same thing to happen to McCoy. Both players are represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus. "I think it would be in his best interest to come" to offseason practices and camp, Jackson told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday. "Looking back now it really hurt me more than I thought it helped me. Hopefully he saw everything I went through, and hopefully Drew won't have him go through the same thing."

The Chicago Cubs placed right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, the club announced Saturday. In his place, the Cubs brought up right-hander Casey Coleman from Class AAA Iowa. Marmol, who recently lost his job as the team's closer, is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA and two saves in 15 appearances this season. Coleman is 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA in seven games (six starts) for Iowa this year.

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