Friday's American League betting cheat sheet and tips

Jun 14, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Friday’s American League games.

Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (-110, 9.5)

Weather: High-70s. A 10 percent chance of showers. Winds will blow from left to right at eight mph.

Probable starters: Red Sox RH Ryan Dempster (4-6, 4.40 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Chris Tillman (6-2, 3.89)

Dempster has put together three straight quality starts and has gotten plenty of support in the last two, with the Boston offense busting out for a total of 27 runs in those games. Tillman has had his own problems keeping the ball in the yard with 16 home runs allowed in 76 1/3 total innings. The BoSox are 0-4 in the last four meetings in Baltimore.

Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays (-170, 8)

Weather: Dome

Probable starters: Royals RH Luis Mendoza (1-3, 4.19 ERA) vs. LH Matt Moore (8-2, 3.78 ERA)

Mendoza has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his last seven starts but is just 1-2 in that span. Moore has been knocked around in his last two outings, surrendering 15 runs (14 earned) over seven innings to suffer his first two defeats. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings at Tropicana Field.

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers (-131, 10)

Weather: Mid-90s. Mostly cloudy skies winds blowing in from center field at six mph.

Probable starters: Blue Jays LH Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.06 ERA) vs. RH Justin Grimm (5-4, 5.25 ERA)

Buehrle has registered five quality outings over his last six starts - including a seven-inning stint last time out that saw him limit Texas to a run on four hits. Control will be a key for Grimm, who has issued six walks over his last two starts after surrendering only one free pass in his three previous outings combined. Eric Cooper will be the umpire behind the plate and the under is 4-1 in his last five behind the dish.

Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros (+165, 7.5)

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Probable starters: Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68 ERA) vs. Erik Bedard (1-3, 5.34 ERA)

Sale is looking to rebound after suffering back-to-back losses to the Oakland Athletics. Bedard was handed his first loss since April 26 on Saturday as he surrendered six runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings at Kansas City. The over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins (+126, 9)

Weather: A 30 percent chance of showers by game time and temperatures in the mid-70s. Winds will blow in from center field at 11 mph.

Probable starters: Tigers RH Rick Porcello (3-3, 4.86 ERA) vs. Twins LH Scott Diamond (4-5, 5.19)

Porcello was roughed up for five runs and 10 hits over five innings in a no-decision against Minnesota on May 23. Diamond is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against Detroit this season and 2-2 with a 2.98 ERA in seven career outings against the Tigers. The Tigers are 16-6 in the last 22 meetings in Minnesota.

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels (-148, 8)

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s. Winds blowing out to right field at 6 mph.

Probable starters: Yankees LH Andy Pettitte (5-3, 3.82 ERA) vs. Angels LH C.J. Wilson (4-5, 4.02)

Pettitte picked up his 250th career victory in style, allowing just one run on three hits in 7 1/3 innings in a 3-1 triumph over Seattle Saturday. Wilson suffered his second straight loss and fifth in his last six decisions after allowing four runs in five innings against Boston Saturday. The Yankees are 1-6 in Pettitte's last seven road starts vs. Angels and they could be fatigued from an 18-inning affair last night in Oakland.

Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (-185, 7.5)

Weather: Sunny skies and temperatures in the low-60s. Winds will blow out to right field at 10 mph.

Probable starters: Mariners LH Joe Saunders (4-6, 5.12 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Tommy Milone (6-5, 3.69)

Saunders has a 3.47 ERA in 22 career starts against the Athletics and is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA in two outings this year. Milone is 3-0 in his last five starts after giving up five runs and six hits over five innings in a loss to Seattle on May 12. The under is 6-1 in Milone's last seven starts vs. the Mariners.

Note: The A's used seven pitchers in an 18-inning victory over the Yankees Thursday.


Washington Nationals at Cleveland Indians (-135, 7.5)

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-60s and winds blowing in from center field at 9 mph.

Probable pitchers: Nationals LH Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.59 ERA) vs. Indians RH Justin Masterson (8-5, 3.68)

Gonzalez saw his winless streak stretch to six starts with a no-decision Saturday in a 4-3 setback against the Minnesota Twins. At Progressive Field, Masterson is 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA this season. The under is 5-0 in Masterson's last fave interleague starts.

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