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Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox
Prediction: Chicago White Sox

Reason: I lost with the White Sox yesterday (*Editor's Note: That was Ben's only loss in last 11 plays) but feel they should be able to bounce back this afternoon. Danks has a 2.67 ERA and 1.151 WHIP in 19 starts this season. That gives him the third best ERA in the American League. On the other hand, Bannister has also made 19 starts but has a poor 5.24 ERA. That only tells half the story about the Royals' righthander though. While he's been generally solid at home, Bannister has been terrible on the road. In eight starts away from KC, he has gone 2-5 (Royals are 2-6) with a brutal 8.14 ERA and 1.691 WHIP.

Bannister was roughed up by these same Sox in his last outing and now has a 9.91 ERA and 1.775 WHIP his last three starts. In his last three starts vs. the White Sox, Bannister is 0-1 with a 11.68 ERA. Conversely, Danks has a 1.98 ERA and 0.951 WHIP in his two career starts vs. the Royals. While we didn't see it yesterday, the Chisox are also the much better hitting club AND they've got an advantage in the bullpen. Even with yesterday's loss, the Sox are still 27-13 against division opponents this season and an impressive 33-14 at home. Consider a play on CHICAGO

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SFG -132

The Brewers have thrown their "one-two punch" at the Giants in the first two games of this series, the newly -acquired CC Sabathia and the team's old stand-by, Ben Sheets. Sabathia was dominating on Friday in a 9-1 win, while Sheets struggled a little (5 IP / 9 hits / 4 runs of which two were earned) Saturday but was bailed out by the offense, which scored eight runs. Now the Brewers will try and pull off the three-game road sweep against the Giants ace, Tim Lincecum. Lincecum comes in 11-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 20 appearances (19 starts) in '08, as the Giants are 13-6 in his starts. While he has pitched better on the road (2.11 ERA) than at home (3.23 ERA) this year, I'm willing to play him in this one. I realize that the Giants own MLB's worst home record (17-30) but I'm not completely sold on Manny Parra or on the Brewers on the road. Parra has surprised with an 8-2 mark in this first half (3.69 ERA) but like so many of Milwaukee's starters (save Sheets and now Sabathia), he's struggled away from home with 4.91 road ERA, compared to his 2.87 ERA at Miller Park. Lincecum hasn't pitched since last Sunday (sat out the All Star game with flu-like symptoms) when he gave up one run in eight innings (nine Ks) in Wrigley Field against the NL's top-scoring team in the Cubs. Go with the Giants.

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Detroit @ Baltimore
PLAY ON DETROIT -1.5 +120

Tigers lineup geared to facing lefties, as they have a 19-7 record, averaging over 5 runs a game.Verlander is in great forum, 2.70 era in his last three starts.Burres hasn't made past the 6th inning in his last 3 starts, and against this Tigers lineup look for that trend to continue. 

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Play: Detroit -130 (15*)

The Tigers are a very profitable 18-7 versus a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The Detroit starter Justin Verlander enters the game in excellent form off of his last 7 starts posting a stellar 2.54 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and the Tigers have won 6 of the 7. The Baltimore southpaw starter Burres has been horrible in 9 home starts posting a lofty 6.14 ERA while allowing 11 home runs in just 49.1 innings. Burres is 3-12 in his last 15 team starts as an underdog of 1.50 or less. The Orioles are 1-6 in their last 7 as an underdog while the Tigers are 22-6 in their last 22 as a favorite including 9-1 in the last 10 as a road favorite. Play on the Detroit Tigers as my MLB 15* American League Game of the Week.

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San Diego Padres @ St. Louis
PICK: St. Louis 4*

We have already cashed a couple of tickets with the Cardinals in this series, taking advantage of a matchup that the oddsmakers are simply not pricing properly. Now it is more of the same. A team with the 6th best record in the Major League’s, filled with the energy boost of now being only two games behind the Cubs in the N.L. Central, should be in an entirely different range against a team that is now tied for the worst record at this level. So of course we will play again.

San Diego has caught down with Washington at 37-61, but there needs to be an asterisk next to that tie - the Padres are at that level despite being in a division in which all teams sport losing records, with the N.L. West a collective 60 games under .500 vs. outside opponents. And the Padres have certainly contributed to that, falling to 5-22 on the road against non-division opponents. Now with Cha Seung Baek making his first start in 12 days, having had one truly dismal relief appearance since then, the atmosphere is hardly conducive for a turnaround. And Baek has to take on an offense that not only has Albert Pujols at the top of his game, but also brings the red-hot bats of Troy Glaus (17-32, with an eight-game win streak); Ryan Ludwick (10-23 with four home runs); and Rick Ankiel (home runs in five of his last 10 starts) to the table.

Jaime Garcia gets the ideal setting for his first start, facing a San Diego offense that took advantage of sloppy St. Louis defense to score early yesterday, then went flat once again. In 103.2 innings in the Minor’s he earned his way up by posting as many strikeouts as hits allowed, and he brings the usual advantage of a left-hander that the opposition has no scouting report on. That is more than enough for us to once again back the far superior lineup at this short price.

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Toronto at Tampa Bay
Pick: Tampa Bay -150

The Blue Jays have not been able to get anything going on the road where they are just 4-15 over their last 19 games. They have sunk to the bottom of the AL East, and although they have been five games over .500 against RHP, they have not been able to get anything done against the lefties where they stand at 9-17. Today they face a Tampa Bay team that is recovering from a seven-game losing streak by taking the first two in this series, and has Scott Kazmir on the mound looking for the sweep. The Rays have been mighty tough at home producing a 38-14 mark. The rays have also been 6-1 at home when Kazmir gets the ball, and we look for them to add one more to the win column at home in this one.

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8* - Tigers -135

7* - Cubs -140

7* - Phillies Minus 1- (+115)

7* - Mets +110

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Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins

The hot Twins have won seven straight at home and eight of the last 10 against Texas in Minnesota. Look for Minnesota to stifle the highest scoring team in the league and take a three-game sweep of the Rangers this afternoon at the Metrodome. Twins' Scott Baker is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in his last five starts.

Minnesota Twins -140

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Dodgers have won six of its last 8 on the road, but have lost eight of their last 11 games against Arizona and four of its last 5 at Chase Field.

Take the Diamondbacks at home with their ace Brandon Webb (13-4, 3.23 ERA), on the hill. The right-hander is 9-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 14 career starts against the Dodgers and has won the last five at home against Los Angeles. The Diamondbacks have won Webb’s last 7 starts versus the Dodgers. Los Angeles' right-hander Derek Lowe (7-8, 3.85), is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA in his last three starts, but has not been successful in Arizona, 0-3 with a 4.71 ERA in six career starts at Chase Field.

Arizona Diamondbacks -145

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#1 NL TOTAL OF THE MONTH *5-0 L5 MLB Totals, 10-1 L11 overall!
Giants and Brewers to finish UNDER the total

BLUE CHIP CFL Total **86% YTD! (Day Game)
Argos and Eskimos to finish UNDER the total

Afternoon Annihilator *5-0 L5 MLB TOTALS (EARLY)
Detroit and Baltimore to finish UNDER the total

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CFL KNOCKOUT GAME OF THE YEAR! *12-1, 92% Run!
Argos minus points over Edmonton

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TIP OF THE DAY

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels

Prediction: Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox will be fighting to snap a losing streak on Sunday when they take on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium.

Righthander Tim Wakefield will take the mound for the Red Sox to start this game. Wakefield is 6-6 this season with a 3.61 ERA.

It'll be Jon Garland toeing the rubber for the Angels in this contest. Righthander Garland is 8-6 with a 4.20 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Red Sox listed as 105-moneyline favorites versus the Angels, while the game's total is sitting at 9.

The Angels scored four runs in the seventh inning on Saturday, to rally for a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox as +105 underdogs. The game's six runs went UNDER the day's posted over/under (8).

Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple to lead the way for the Angels. Jose Arredondo tossed one out to earn his fourth straight win, and Francisco Rodriguez notched his 39th save.

Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer and finished 2-for-4 at the plate for the Red Sox, who were favored at -115 in that game. Josh Beckett tossed eight innings in the loss, allowing four runs off nine hits.

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DETROIT TIGERS @ BALTIMORE Orioles
2** BEST BET on: DETROIT TIGERS

To start things off, here's that 21-1 angle that we mentioned in our promo. For some reason, this particular day of the week is VERY favorable for the "Kitty Kats".... while the "Orange Birds" do very poorly. BALTIMORE is already 1-14 on SUNDAYS this season. Meanwhile, the TIGERS are a PERFECT 7-0 in their last 7 SUNDAY games (21-1).

After starting the season in poor form with some hard-luck losses, right-hander JUSTIN VERLANDER of Detroit is in top-notch 'Play ON' form these days. He's gone a PERFECT 5-0 in his last 5 starts dating back to late June. His current K/BB ratio of 18-6 in his last three starts is a complete mismatch over his opponent (Burres only 7-7) this afternoon. In his last 10 starts, Verlander has allowed 3 or less earned runs NINE times.... and 2 or less earned runs in EACH of his last 7 starts (2.54 ERA). He also NEVER lost to Baltimore in his career, going 2-0 since 1996 with an ERA of 2.02. And BOTH Of those starts were on the road in Baltimore.... so his numbers "In the Park" are impeccable. His counterpart is BRIAN BURRES, who has struggled with his control lately (see above K/BB ratio). In his last 8 starts, he's made it to the 6th inning only one time... with a pretty high ERA of 7.65. He actually a WORSE pitcher this year in HOME (6.02 ERA) vs road starts.... and in DAY (5.40 ERA) vs night starts.

Detroit is a very good ROAD FAVORITE. They are 9-1 in their last 10 games as road chalk. They also have top-notch numbers against Southpaws.... going 18-7 vs lefties on the year and 6-1 in their last 7 on the road vs lefties. Verlander has beat up on poor competition in his career, going 28-11 vs losing teams. He's also 9-3 on Sundays... and a PERFECT 6-0 in his last 6 roles as a favorite. Meanwhile, the Orioles (as mentioned above) have had their problems on Sundays (1-14 this year). Also 3-9 in Game Four of a series... 2-7 off a win... 2-6 in their last 8 vs righties... 1-5 in their last 6 HOME DOG roles... and a PERFECT 0-4 in their last 4 vs losing teams.

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Beat your Bookie

100 - Colorado
50 - Tampa Bay
50 - St.Louis

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901 PHILLY-145
903 NYM+120
UNDER 9
914 SAN FRAN-130
UNDER 7.5
916 AZ-140
UNDER 7.5
922 RAYS-140
924 CWS-160
927 TRIBE-130
930 ANGELS-110

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Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros    
Play: Houston Astros     

The Chicago Cubs will send Ryan Dempster to the mound this afternoon to avoid a sweep at the hands of the inconsistent Houston Astros. The problem for the Cubs is, Dempster and his teammates have to get it done on the road, a place where they continue to struggle.

The Cubs are everybody's favorite to represent the National League in the World Series and have been dominant at home. But they have struggled mightily on the road this year with their road record sitting 20-28. They are just 4-11 in their last 15 road games and will send a pitcher to the mound who has yet to earn a road win this season. Ryan Dempster is 0-3 on the road this season with his team going 3-5 in his road starts. In fact he's lost his last three starts against the Astros including a 4-2 defeat at Minute Maid Park earlier this season.

Brandon Backe will get the call for the Astros as they look to complete the sweep. We feel good about Backe toeing the slab this afternoon as he has not allowed an earned run in his last 10 innings pitched. He was solid in his only appearance this season against the Cubs going six innings allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs but was tagged with loss in the 3-2 defeat at Wrigley back on April 6th. The Astros are 6-1 in Backe's last 7 home starts against a team with a winning record. The Cubs are just 2-9 in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning record. The Astros have won four straight in Houston against the Cubs.Play on the Houston Astros for 1 unit.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners    
Play: Over     

Play the Over is 5-2-1 in Lee's last 8 road starts vs. a team with a losing record & Those Mariners have played the over in 3 of their last 4 games. The over is 5-0-1 in Silva's last 4 starts as a home dog. The team's have played the over in 4 of their 5 meetings this season and this one will do the same. 1-11 with a 6.93 ERA since the beginning of May. His .317 opponent batting average for the year ranks among the top 5 worst in the BIGS!!!!!!!!!!

Play the OVER

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Marco D'Angelo

BOS vs ANA

Tonight the Red Sox and the Angels battle on ESPN in what just might be a Preview to the ALCS in October. Boston starter Wakefield has been brilliant in his last 3 starts sporting a 2.21 ERA. Expect Wakefield's Knuckleball to frustrate the free swinging Angels in the twilight of a 3:00 start. Boston has a winning percentage of 67% in Day Games the last two Seasons. TAKE BOSTON as MARCO'S UNDERDOG GAME OF THE WEEK and make them a DOUBLE DIME PLAY.

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