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TONY WESTON

The Sox were down then up then down. It was an absolutely tough loss to swallow, but theyre erasing that tonight.

Taking the mound for Boston will be ace Josh Beckett, who?s 3-1 his last four starts. The Sox are also 3-1 in that stretch and have scored 23 runs in support of Beckett.

Now Boston, which has scored 46 runs and averaged more than seven runs a game over its last six games, gets a shot at Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who is 1-6 this season with a 6.28 ERA.

Before last nights win the Tigers had lost five straight games, while the Sox had won five straight. Boston is 7-2 its last nine games and will improve to 8-2 with a win over the Tigers.

Take Boston on the road tonight.

3* RED SOX

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I know Matt Cain is a promising young hurler, but let's face facts, Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm just doesn't lose at home!

The southpaw is 2-0 in his 3 starts in the Steel City, and his ERA is a measly 0.89. No issue today in laying the small home wood with Pittsburgh as they look for the 3-game series sweep over the slumping Giants.

San Francisco has lost their last 3, and 5 of their last 7. They are also 6-12 on the road this year, and the G-Man has a feeling that after today you can drop their road ledger for the season to 6-13.

Maholm pitched a complete game win over San Fran last season, allowing just 1 earned run to cross the plate.

It is getaway day, and the Giants can't getaway too soon in this one.

G-Man says to go with Maholm at home to notch another "W", as the Bucs complete the series sweep.

4* PITTSBURGH

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Game 3, best-of-7
SAN ANTONIO 93, New Orleans 92

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The Brewers have struggled in Florida, going just 2-9 in their last 11 meetings in South Beach. But we're going to play them tonight as they take on the Marlins and lefty Mark Hendrickson (5-1, 3.71 ERA).

Milwaukee's Carlos Villanueva (1-3, 5.56) is on the hill who has had four strong starts this season and two terrible ones. He's coming off his worst outing of the season on Friday when he gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings of a 7-4 loss in Houston.

Villanueva's best outing of the season came back on April 26 when he handled this Marlins' lineup with ease. He gave up two runs on six hits in six innings of a 4-3 Milwaukee victory.

Hendrickson's lone loss this season came against these Brewers against Villanueva when he allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of a 4-3 loss. He is 0-2 in his career against Milwaukee as back in 2--6 they got to him for five runs on seven hits in four innings of a 9-0 win when Hendrickson was a member of the Dodgers.

The Brewers are 7-3 in their last 10 games against left-handed starters and will improve on that number today as they get to the Marlins tall lefty. Go with Milwaukee tonight.

3* MILWAUKEE

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Going for total winner #3 in a row tonight as we like the Hornets-Spurs game to hold UNDER the posted price.

Thus far the Hornets have had their way, netting triple-digits in both wins at home - one going UNDER, the last going OVER. Tonight we feel the Spurs defense must keep New Orleans in the 80's if they are to have a chance to win this game. Eaiser said then done, but we like it to happen with San Antonio back on their home hardwood for this one.

The last 7 times these teams have met, it has been a 4-2-1 UNDERA clip, and prior to this series, the Hornets had played UNDER the posted price in the last 3 games in the Dallas series, while the Spurs had been UNDER in the last 2 games in the Phoenix series.

Points are hard to come by tonight, play the LOW!

1* UNDER

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MLB EARLY RELEASES FOR THURS

BOSTON-111
TORONTO-124
ST. LOUIS+104

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WAS Nationals and HOU Astros.
Take "HOU Astros".

The best way to handicapp the last place Washington Nationals is to look to play on them at home, where they have a winning record, but fade them on the road, where they are 4-11. They are 2-7 their last nine road games. Despite throwing in a great pitcher's park, Washington starter John Lannan has allowed more hits than innings pitched. He also has 5.40 ERA against the Astros, and Houston is a hitter's park. Houston has struggled badly on the road, but started 10-5 at home, where they average almost 6 runs per game. A cheap price on the home team, play the Houston Astros!

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WAS Nationals and HOU Astros.
Take "WAS Nationals".

John Lannan has been a very pleasant surprise for the Nationals. He's been much more good than bad in the early going and may well emerge as the ace of the Washington staff. Brandon Backe has good numbers at home so far, but he's really struggling with his control and that's going to eventually catch up. I think the Nats are live as road dogs in this series wrapup."

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Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles

Selection: Baltimore Orioles

Explanation: We will side with the Baltimore Orioles as they face-off against the Kansas City Royals in Thursday's MLB contest.

The Baltimore Orioles will use starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera. Daniel Cabrera has pitched well as of late. In fact, Daniel Cabrera has a 2.91 ERA in his last 3 starts. We see Daniel Cabrera having another solid start today.

The Kansas City Royals will use starting pitcher Luke Hochevar. Luke Hochevar has been struggling as of late. This is shown by Luke Hochevar's 4.86 ERA in his last 3 starts. We see Luke Hochevar giving up many runs once again today.

The Baltimore Orioles have proven success against the Kansas City Royals. In fact, the Baltimore Orioles are a Perfect 10-0 in their last 10 meetings against the Kansas City Royals.

Take Baltimore Orioles!

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3 STAR PARLAY: (916) CHICAGO (-$139) and (908) ARIZONA (-$146)
(Listing Danks and Webb only)
(Risking $300 to win $569)

2 STAR: (902) PITTSBURGH (-$121) over San Francisco
(Action)
(Risking $242 to win $200)

2 STAR: (906) COLORADO (-$110) over St. Louis
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N.Y. YANKEES -150       

BOSTON -135             

ST. LOUIS -120         

ARIZONA -170           

FLORIDA -110           

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BOSTON -8             

SAN ANTONIO OVER 183   

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100* Inside Info Selection - Arizona -$150

The Dbacks are sending arguably the best pitcher in baseball right now to the mound. Brandon Webb is a perfect 7-0 - +$714 this season. That Rank's Webb as the #1 starter in the National League. On the Mound for the Phillies is Brett Meyers. Meyers is ranked #86 in the National League. The Phillies are 3-4 -$301 in Meyers 7 starts this season. We clearly have the pitching advantage here. It is also important to note the the DBacks have the #1 Bullpen in Baseball with a 2.67 ERA. My Selection here is based on the fact that Arizona has the clear Pitching Advantage! Brandon Webb has been a cash cow. The DBacks are a remarkable 18-4 in Webb's last 22 starts. Want More? The Fighting Phils are only 3-9 in Meyers Last 12 starts.. 100* Inside Info - DBacks -$150

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Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners
PICK: Texas Rangers

REASON FOR PICK: Things are not going good in Seattle and it is starting to boil over with some frustrations. Seattle has dropped seven of its last eight games and 11 of its last 14 as both the offense and the pitching is causing the problems. The bats have mustered two runs or fewer in six of the last seven games and the Mariners have averaged a mere 3.1 rpg over their last 18 games. The pitching has not been quite as bad but it has allowed five runs or more in five of the last eight games.

While Seattle can’t seem to shake its slump, the Rangers have done just that. Texas had dropped 12 of 14 games but since then it has gone a very solid 8-4 including wins in six of its last eight games. The pitching was getting lit up on a nightly basis but that pitching has turned the corner is a big way, allowing three runs or fewer in six of the last seven games. The offense has been up and down but the Rangers are hitting .289 against right-handed pitching over their last 10 games.

Felix Hernandez was clearly miffed as he has been vocal about the lack of run support the starting pitching is receiving. He has received four runs or fewer in six of his seven starts on the season so he does have some room to complain but it should not be public. Also, it should not come out when you allow six runs on 12 hits and three walks in just 5.2 innings. This was the line in Hernandez’ last outing and it was one of the worst in his young career in Seattle. He is just 4-4 with a 4-10 ERA in 11 starts against the Rangers.

The Rangers sent Kason Gabbard to the hill following his return from the disabled list. He has been pitching well enough to keep the Rangers in games as he stays out of trouble. He is coming off a medical rehabilitation assignment in Double-A on Saturday and allowed one run on one hit and three walks in four innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in his four starts this year and the Rangers have gone 3-1 in those contests and he is once again getting a very favorable price. Play Texas Rangers 1.5 Units

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Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners
PICK: Seattle Mariners

REASON FOR PICK: After a 10-1 drubbing on Tuesday, I resisted the urge to lay the big price with Seattle yesterday. That turned out to be a good thing, as the Mariners lost again. With that defeat, things are beginning to get desperate in Seattle. Tonight's price is again a little steep and that's what has kept me from releasing this as a "pay" selection. That being said, the matchup offers an excellent opportunity for the Mainers to turn things around and I feel the current price is more than justified. While he hasn't been at his best of late, Felix Hernandez is still capable of being one of the top young pitchers in the game. His team really needs him to come up big tonight and I expect him to do just that. He'll face a Texas lineup which came into last night's game, hitting just .249 as a team on the road, while averaging 4.4 runs. Despite a victory, those numbers have now dipped to 4.3 runs with a .243 average.

Gabbard gets the call for the visitors and he was solid for the Rangers to begin the season. He had to go on the disabled list with a sore back though and this is his first (big league) start since coming back. He was quoted as saying: "That sharp pain isn't there anymore. There's still a little stiffness in the morning when I wake up, but when I come to the ballpark and do all my work, it loosens up." That doesn't exactly sound like a ringing endorsement to me and I suspect that the back is a little more stiff than he's admitting. Regardless of whether or not that's true, Gabbard will be facing a Seattle lineup which has given him real trouble in the past, one which is desperate to break out of hits offensive slumber and one which has hit extremely well against left-handers.

The Mariners entered last night's game against right-hander Vincente Padilla hitting just .245 against right-handers, while averaging just 3.7 runs. What happened? They got shutout! However, facing southpaws has been an entirely different matter. Indeed, the Mariners are hitting .266 against left-handers while averaging a healthy 5.6 runs over eight games. While they haven't had much success in those games, it's been due to poor pitching, not because they haven't been able to hit the left-handed pitching.

The Mariners have won 12 of Hernandez's last 17 home starts. In his last four starts vs. Texas, he has allowed a mere four earned runs through 28 2/3 innings. That's a 1.26 ERA! Not surprisingly, the Mariners won three of those games. Conversely, Gabbard has made two starts vs. Seattle and he allowed six runs in just 8 2/3 innings. That's a 6.24 ERA and his 2.540 WHIP shows that he was actually fortunate to "only" surrender the six runs.

Look for Hernandez, who is supported by the much better bullpen, to outlast and outptich Gabbard as the highly motivated Mariners manage to salvage the series split.

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BALTIMORE ORIOLES -105


MIKE WYNN

Houston w/Backe -125


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DETROIT w/ Verlander +115


HUDDLE UP

St Louis


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BREWERS / MARLINS UNDER 9.5


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St. Louis/Colorado OVER 10.5


PLATINUM PLAYS

KANSAS CITY ROYALS - 105


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SEATTLE-165


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CLEVELAND/BOSTON Under 177.5


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COLORADO ROCKIES OVER


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MLB 3* Pirates

NBA 3* Cavs

NBA 5* Spurs

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Giants/Pirates Under 7.5 -105 4 units

Yankees -138 5 units

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Over 5 Detroit/Dallas

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CAVS/CELTICS OVER 177 , 5 UNITS ( PLAYOFF TOTAL OF YEAR )

MLB

SF GIANTS + 105 , 2 UNITS

DETROIT TIGERS + 105 , 1 UNIT

HOUSTON ASTROS - 125 , 1 UNIT

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St. Louis @ Colorado Rockies
PICK: Over

On a warm and humid afternoon in Denver the usual dry Front Range air is not a factor in this one, and that means plenty of opportunities for the hitters to make good contact against the mediocre pitches that they are going to see, particularly from today’s starters.

We did not waste any time getting in play against Jorge de la Rosa, cashing an easy 4* against him with the Dodgers on Saturday night when he was every bit as bad as projected - nine runs in four innings, all earned, with nine hits and three walks allowed, and a laborious count of 98 pitches. It did not take long at all for the Dodgers to figure out what to do with his “stuff”, and now the Cardinals bring the advantage of having seen him once in a starting role, and five times in relief, the last three seasons. That means a a scouting report that will have them patiently waiting him out, taking advantage of his inability to find the strike zone, and then sitting on his fastballs after he falls behind in the counts. It means a likely early exit again, and plenty of early work for a mediocre Colorado middle relief corps.

Our play is to the Over, and not to the St. Louis side, however, because the timing is not good at all for Kyle Lohse. The Twins, Reds and Phillies have all given up on him over the last three seasons, and after getting out to a 2-0/1.48 through his first four starts as a Cardinal, the anticipated correction is taking place - a 7.31 ERA over his last three starts in which he has allowed 21 hits in 16 innings, while striking out only four batters. For the season he has only 14 K’s in 40.1 innings, and if you can not miss bats Coors Field in the daytime can be a tough place to compete. His 3-1/3.79 in the pitching forms still gives us a fair price to work with, but even that should come with an * - there are 59 N.L. pitchers that have worked at least 30 innings so far this season, and his difficulty of batters faced is an uninspiring 53rd. Having faced the top of the St. Louis rotation in Braden Looper and Adam Wainwright the last two nights, the Rockies will enjoy stepping way down in class here, and that means some good swings and solid contact.

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