Sunday's key MLB games to watch

Sep 30, 2012 |
Only four games remain for most MLB teams heading into action Sunday and playoff races are heating up.

Here are the key matchups with playoff implications that bettors should be aware of:

Angels at Rangers – Game 1 (-122, 8.5), Game 2 (-120, 10.5)-Orleans Hotel and Casino

The Angels sit 2 1/2 games back of the A's for the second AL Wild Card spot heading into Sunday’s doubleheader with Texas. Meanwhile, the Rangers' magic number to clinch the division is three.

Yankees at Blue Jays (196, 9)

The Yankees are tied atop the AL East with the Orioles and turn to starting pitcher Phil Hughes on Sunday for a big win. The Blue Jays counter with Henderson Alvarez.

Red Sox at Orioles (-230, 9)

The O’s are counting on lefty Joe Saunders to put them one game up on the Yankees and take sole possession of first in the AL East.

Tigers at Twins (161, 9)

The Tigers have a two-game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central and look to pad the lead when they send Anibal Sanchez to the mound against Twins starter Liam Hendriks.

Rays at White Sox (149, 7.5)

Both clubs desperately need win to keep their respective playoff hopes alive. The Rays sit three games back of Oakland for the final AL playoff spot as David Price looks for his 20th win. Chicago counters with Jose Quintana.

Nationals at Cardinals (-133, 8)

The Cardinals hold a two-game lead over the Dodgers for the final NL Wild Card spot. They send 17-game winner Lance Lynn to the mound opposite Nats starter Ross Detwiler.

Mariners at Athletics (-185, 7.5)

The A’s send Tommy Milone to the hill in an attempt to bolster their chances of clinching an AL Wild Card spot. The Mariners counter with Erasmo Ramirez.

Rockies at Dodgers (-230, 7.5)

The Dodgers are counting on right-hander Josh Beckett to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Rockies and lefty Jorge De La Rosa look to play spoiler.

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