Sunday's American League betting notes and tips

Jul 6, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on Sunday's American League games:

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (-131, 9)

Hot pitcher: Orioles reliever Troy Patton has not given up a run since June 5. His ERA has dropped from 5.00 to 3.79 in that stretch.

Cold pitcher: Yanks starter Hiroki Kuroda is 1-4 over his last eight starts - a slump that started when he was pounded by Baltimore for five runs in two-plus innings on May 22.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-90s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 11 mph.

Key betting stat:
The Orioles are 0-6 in Jason Hammel's last six starts.

Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians (130, 8.5)

Hot pitcher:
Tigers starter Doug Fister is 5-3 with a 2.24 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 12 career outings versus Cleveland.

Cold pitcher:
Indians starter Corey Kluber is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA against the Tigers this season and 1-3 with a 7.88 ERA in five all-time appearances (four starts) against them.

Weather: Temperatures in the high-70s and a 40 percent chance of showers. Winds will blow out to right field at 10 mph.

Key betting stat: The Tigers are 7-0 in the last seven meetings.

Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays (-164, 9.5)

Hot pitcher: Jays closer Casey Janssen has converted all five save opportunities since blowing his first save of the season against the Texas Rangers on June 8.

Cold pitcher: Twins starter Scott Diamond has a 6.26 ERA in his last five starts.

Weather: Dome could be closed due to 50 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Key betting stat: The Twins are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Toronto.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays (-214, 7.5)

Hot pitcher: Rays starter David Price tossed just 70 pitches over seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks and striking out 10 against Houston last Tuesday.

Cold pitcher: Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom, who leads the club in appearances with 40, has an ERA of 10.46 versus the Rays over the past two seasons.

Weather: Dome.

Key betting stat:
The over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings.

Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals (126, 9)

Hot pitcher: Royals closer Greg Holland struck out the side as he picked up his 20th save of the season versus Oakland Saturday. He has not blown a save since May 6.

Cold pitcher: A's starter A.J. Griffin was tagged for seven runs and a season-high 10 hits his last start.

Weather: Temperatures in the low-90s and partly cloudy skies. Winds will blow out to left field at 20 mph.

Key betting stat: The under is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings in Kansas City.

Houston Astros at Texas Rangers (-191, 9.5)

Hot pitcher: Astros starter Erik Bedard has a 2.16 ERA in two appearances against Texas this season, including a 3 1/3-inning relief appearance in which he recorded his first major-league save.

Cold pitcher:
Rangers starter Justin Grimm has an unsightly 9.31 ERA over his last six starts and has pitched five or fewer innings in four of them.

Temperatures in the low-90s and sunny skies. Winds will blow in from left field at 8 mph.

Key betting stat:
The Rangers are 19-7 in their last 26 games with umpire Jeff Nelson behind home plate.

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels (-131, 8)

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