Hot lines: Tuesday's best MLB bets

Aug 15, 2011 |
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (-155, 8)

James Shields wasn’t very pleased that Sunday’s rainout cost him a chance to go up against the Yankees.

"I was ready to go," Shields told reporters. "I feel really good right now, and I wanted to face these guys."

Instead, his start was bumped back so that he’ll open Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox and considering his history against the BoSox, he probably isn’t overly pleased about that either.

Shields, who is coming off a complete-game shutout of the Royals, is 1-7 with a 7.71 ERA in Fenway Park over his career and gave up six runs in a home loss to Boston the last time he faced the Red Sox.

We’re expecting some crooked numbers on the board to get this doubleheader started.

Pick: Over

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (-255, 8)

In need of some pop and a bit of protection for Miguel Cabrera in the batting order, the Detroit Tigers looked no further than the opposing dugout in swinging a deal for Minnesota’s Delmon Young on Monday.

"We like Delmon's bat," Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters. "He's been swinging a lot better the second half of the year, had some injury factors early in the year. As you know, he drove in 112 runs last year. He's a guy that we fear[ed] a great deal, from an offensive perspective. We think that he can give us a little lift here from an offensive part of the game as we go forward the rest of the season and help us win this thing."

Young was hitting just .266 with four homers and 32 RBIs in 84 games with the Twins, but has been better since the All-Star break. Even though he homered in his first swing as a Tiger, he won’t be the center of attention on Tuesday as Justin Verlander takes the hill.

The Twins had just one win in 13 meetings with the Tigers heading into Monday’s action and we can’t see them getting much done against Verlander. Looks like the under is where the value is.

Pick: Under

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