Saturday's betting tips: Villanueva perfect at home

Aug 18, 2012 |

Weather to watch

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees: A 40 percent chance of thunderstorms at first pitch with the threat of precipitation decreasing throughout the evening hours.

Who’s hot?

The Tampa Bay Rays have put together back-to-back wins after dropping consecutive contests to the Mariners. The Rays are the hottest team in baseball with nine victories over their last 11 games.

Who’s not?

The Los Angeles Angels have only two wins in their last seven games and find themselves 2.5 games out of the final wild-card spot.

Key stat

Webb Simpson's last 10 rounds at the Wyndham Championship: 45-under, 65.5 scoring average, +17.6 strokes gained putting.

Game of the day

Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves (-145, 8)

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford suffered a foot injury in Friday night's preseason game and was spotted on crutches in the locker room afterwards. Ford missed significant time with a foot injury last year. The Raiders will update his condition early next week.

Notable quotable

“A manager is not something you can go and change like you change your underwear. It can happen at some point, but the possibility of it happening, especially in the middle of the season, is a small percent, so that's not our case."- Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz on manager Bobby Valentine.

Betting news and notes

-Blue Jays hurler Carlos Villanueva is perfect at the Rogers Centre this season, going 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in five starts and 11 relief appearances.

-The San Francisco Giants have won 10 of their last 14 road games since the All-Star break, outscoring opponents by a 103-45 margin.

-The Arizona Diamondbacks were just 3-44 when scoring three runs or fewer going into Thursday but have won the last two games by scores of 2-1 and 3-1.

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