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L.A. Dodgers +125 at PHILADELPHIA

We back the Dodgers to get the win in Philadelphia.

Will history repeat itself for the Dodgers? Two seasons ago they got Greg Maddux in a late-season acquisition and he delivered for them and they got to the playoffs. They send the veteran Maddux (6-9, 3.99 ERA) to the hill tonight in Philadelphia with thoughts of the same thing happening as they are trying to run down and pass the D'Backs.

When he was a Dodger in 2006 Maddux went 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA and Los Angeles won the NL West crown. Maddux faced the Phillies as a San Diego Padre a week ago and held them to one run on five hits over seven innings but lost 1-0.

The Dodgers swept the Phillies four games in Los Angeles last week and Philadelphia just isn't scoring runs lately, putting up just 61 in August for the third fewest in baseball.

Kyle Kendrick (10-7, 5.01) goes for the Phillies and he has been crushed in his last two starts, givign up seven runs in just 3.1 innings of an 8-6 loss to the Dodgers on Aug. 11 and then following it up by allowing six runs in 3.2 innings to the Padres on Saturday with an 8-3 loss.

Los Angeles has won six straight against the Phillies and we don't expect much to change tonight. Play the Dodgers and Maddux in this one.

3♦ L.A. DODGERS


Tennessee +3 at ATLANTA

Today on the gridiron we're going with the Titans in Atlanta to take care of the Falcons.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher wants his starters to get significant playing time tonight and we're going to trust they can put up some numbers against the Atlanta defense

Vince Young didn't look good last week against the Raiders, going just 4-for-13 for 37 yards in the Titans' 17-16 victory. Young has led the Titans on seven drives in two preseason games and only has three points to show for it. He'll get plenty of chances tonight and expect him to show something positive

Tennessee is 12-3-1 ATS in the last eight years of preseason action and 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games when they've been an underdog in August. Veteran Kerry Collins will play most of the second half with maybe Ingle Martin getting a series or two late in the game.

Atlanta lost to the Colts last week, 16-9 as a 3 1/2 point favorite and committed five turnovers. This team is just 1-3-1 ATS as a preseason favorite and tonight they will be giving a long look to rookie Matt Ryan who will QB into the third quarter.

We like the fact the Titans are going with Young and the starters for a while in this one. He's got something to prove in this preseason. Play Tennessee.

3♦ TENNESSEE

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Chicago White Sox
Play on: Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox has an outstanding 73-53 record so far this year, and they are on quite a roll of late going 8-1 in their last nine games. The Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Danks is a perfect 3-0 with a nice 2.50era vs the Tampa Bay Devil Rays since 1997, and he also has a very nice 10-5 record with a 3.11era overall this year. We look for the Chicago White Sox to roll over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in this key American League showdown for the home win tonight.

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1* on New York Yankees -169

The Yankees are a great bet no matter how much juice you have to lay down tonight. Mike Mussina is one of the few starters that can be counted upon at this time of the year for New York. Mussina is 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA this year, but he’s been even better on the road. Mussina is 6-1 with a 3.05 ERA in nine road starts. The key here is how badly his opponent, Radhames Liz, has pitched for the Orioles. Liz features a 7.49 ERA in all starts and an 11.19 ERA in his last 3 starts. Liz cannot hang with Mussina here. Take the Yankees on the Money Line.

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3* on Braves/Cardinals OVER 9

Adam Wainwright comes off the DL to make his first start since June 7th. Wainwright will be rusty in his first start back, and Charlie Morton will continue to be terrible for the Braves. Morton is 3-7 with a 5.95 ERA as a starter this season. The OVER is 4-0 in four games between the Cards and Braves this season. The OVER is 12-3 in all meetings between these teams over the last 3 seasons. Atlanta is 14-3 OVER vs. an NL team with a batting average of .275 or better in the second half of the season over the last 3 seasons. The Braves are 9-0 OVER vs. an NL team with an on base percentage of .340 or better in the second half of the season this season. Both teams put up plenty of runs tonight. Bet the OVER 9 runs.

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NY Yankees at Baltimore   
The Orioles open a series with the Yankees looking to take advantage of New York's 1-10 record on the road when the total is listed from 10 to 10 1/2.  Baltimore is the underdog pick (+165) according to Dunkel, which has the Orioles favored straight up by 1/2 a run.  Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+165).  Here are all of today's games.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22

Game 951-952: Washington at Chicago Cubs
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Lannan) 15.866; Cubs (Marquis) 15.570
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-270); No Run Line
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+235); N/A

Game 953-954: LA Dodgers at Philadelphia
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Maddux) 14.380; Philadelphia (Kendrick) 15.272
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-130); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-130); Under

Game 955-956: Houston at NY Mets
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Oswalt) 14.227; NY Mets (Santana) 15.998
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 2; 7
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-200); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-200); Under

Game 957-958: Pittsburgh at Milwaukee
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Duke) 14.191; Milwaukee (Bush) 15.891
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-240); 9
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-240); Under

Game 959-960: Atlanta at St. Louis
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Morton) 12.992; St. Louis (Wainwright) 15.335
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 2 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-180); 9
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-180); Under

Game 961-962: Cincinnati at Colorado
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Harang) 14.942; Colorado (Hernandez) 16.244
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1 1/2; 11 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 963-964: Florida at Arizona
Dunkel Ratings: Florida (Sanchez) 15.071; Arizona (Johnson) 17.118
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Arizona (-200); 9
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-200); Under

Game 965-966: San Diego at San Francisco
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Baek) 13.839; San Francisco (Lincecum) 15.607
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 2; 8
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-215); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-215); Over

Game 967-968: NY Yankees at Baltimore
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Mussina) 15.517; Baltimore (Liz) 16.072
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-175) 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+165); Under

Game 969-970: Boston at Toronto
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Byrd) 15.687; Toronto (Marcum) 15.319
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Toronto (-110); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (+100); Over

Game 971-972: Cleveland at Texas
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Carmona) 15.148; Texas (Harrison) 15.727
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1/2; 12 1/2
Vegas Line: Texas (-120); 11 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-120); Over

Game 973-974: Detroit at Kansas City
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Verlander) 13.603; Kansas City (Bannister) 14.000
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Detroit (-175); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+165); Under

Game 975-976: Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Jackson) 16.099; White Sox (Danks) 17.769
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-155); 9
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-155); Under

Game 977-978: Minnesota at LA Angels
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Perkins) 16.485; LA Angels (Saunders) 16.050
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-155); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+145); Under

Game 979-980: Oakland at Seattle
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Gonzalez) 13.349; Seattle (Feierabend) 14.764
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1 1/2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Seattle (-110); 9
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-110); Over

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Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto is playing some of its best baseball of the season and despite being out of the American League East race, it is still in the mix of the Wild Card. The Blue Jays took two of three against the Yankees and now trail Boston by seven games so this three-game series could be a make or break for the remainder of the season. Toronto has won four of its last five, seven of its last nine and dating back to July 22nd, it is 18-10 over its last 28 games. Pitching remains the strength of this team with an ERA of 3.12 at home and 2.93 over its last 10 games.

Boston took two of three in Baltimore to remain 4.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the division while staying tied with the Twins in the Wild Card race. Boston is 30-36 away from home and even though it has been winning on the road more of late, it remains very erratic. The pitching is at the top of that list as the staff has a 6.24 ERA over the last 10 games and has allowed run totals of 11, 15 and 17 over the last eight games. The Red Sox are 6-13 in their last 19 road games against a team with a winning home record.

Shawn Marcum had a rough start after coming off the disabled list on July 22nd. He went 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in his first three starts but he has once again found his groove that he had prior to his DL stint. Over his past three starts, he is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA and the third would have been a quality outing but he was removed after five innings due to having a 10-1 lead. That game was against Boston and he is now 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his career against Boston with Toronto winning all five of his starts.

Paul Byrd counters for Boston and his first start in a Red Sox uniform was anything but a good one. He allowed four runs in 7.1 innings which isn?t horrible but he allowed 10 hits in the process. He has not been very effective on the road this season as he went 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 14 starts with the Indians. Cleveland went 4-10 in those games and while the Indians are no Red Sox, that is not good pitching either way. Over his last five starts against Toronto, he has a 4.73 ERA. Play Toronto Blue Jays 1.5 Units

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Tom Stryker

Texas vs Cleveland
Pick: OVER

With the way Cleveland's Carmona is throwing the ball right now and having him face a Texas offense that can pound out runs with ease, this over investment should sail over the posted number.

The last time Carmona faced the Rangers (back on May 23rd) he was crushed for six earned runs and five hits in only 2.0 innings of work. Overall, in his last six trips to the bump, Fausto was tagged for 30 earned runs, 19 walks and 32 hits in only 28.0 innings of work. That adds up to a lofty 9.64 ERA!  History won't be on Carmona's side either. In four starts against the Rangers, No. 55 owns a soft 1-3 mark and an elevated 5.56 ERA!

There is solid technical support that backs this selection too. Texas has gone over the mark in 26 of their last 35 against teams from the AL Central division (1 tie) and 17 of their last 25 when matched up against an opponent that carries a won/loss percentage less than .500.

The last four meetings in this series have produced 13, 24, 19 and 22 runs respectively. That's an average of 19.5 runs per game! Take the OVER. 


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2 Units Each

Texans
Philly/NE Over
GB/Den Under
Titans/Atl Under

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Dwayne Bryant

Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers
Play: Milwaukee Brewers -1.5

Milwaukee has taken 20 of the last 26 meetings at Miller Park, including the last nine in a row. Milwaukee will send a hot pitcher to the mound in Dave Bush, who's 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in his last three starts. The right-hander has pitched at least seven innings in five of his last seven games, going 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in that span.

Pittsburgh will hand the ball to Zach Duke (4-11, 5.26), who's 0-7 with a 6.65 ERA in his last 12 starts and has allowed 13 homers in his last eight. The rough stretch includes an 11-6 loss at Milwaukee on July 6, when the left-hander gave up six runs in 2.1 innings. Duke is 0-3 with a 7.76 ERA in six games at Miller Park.

Take Milwaukee -1.5

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VEGAS EXPERTS

Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots

New England has looked very bad without Tom Brady thus far getting outscored 43-25 in BB SU/ATS losses to Baltimore and Tampa Bay. Matt Cassel, Matt Gutierrez and and rookie Kevin O' Connell have all taken turns looking awful and there are major issues with this team on the offensive line as they only have 11 lineman total. The fact that we can get points with Philadelphia is too attractive a proposition to pass up.

Play on: Philadelphia

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Maddux Sports

Denver -2.5


Dime Players Club

WHITE SOX -1.5 +120


Rocco Spacamuro

50* Denver -3


PlayByPlayInc.

PHILADELPHIA/NEW ENGLAND Over 36


MIGHTY QUINN

Red Sox


ARMVIN SPORTS

GREEN BAY/DENVER Under 38
TAMPA BAY RAYS +148


Lance's Lock

Falcons


Totals4u

Rays/Chisox Over


Jack Clayton

Phillies


Hawkeye Sports

Cards/ Braves Under


lasvegassportsadvisors

Chi Cubs -1.5    


JerseySteveWins

Philadelphia    


JIM'S HOT PICKS

Boston/Toronto Under 9.5


Cappers Access

Eagles
Texans
W. Sox


Vernon Croy

Cubs -1.5


LPW Sports Forecast

PHI / LOS Over 9.5


floridabookybusters    

Tampa Bay


Steve Janus
   
Boston Red Sox


SUPER SCOUT 

Tigers -174


MIKE WYNN

Yankees -170


RAZOR SHARP

SAN DIEGO/SAN FRANCISCO OVER


COMPUTER SPORTS

PHILLIES-135


BIG TIME SPORTS

EAGLES/PATRIOTS OVER 37


EASY MONEY SPORTS

BOSTON


ARTHUR RALPH

TEXANS


Tv Hotline

Philly/New England Over 37.5


VEGAS STEAMLINE

LA ANGELS -150


Insider Sports Report

Boston/Toronto Under 9


#1 SPORTS

ATHLETICS


HUDDLE UP

Cincinnati +205


Tony Stevens

White Sox     


Joe Wiz

Rangers
Mariners


Glen Mcgrew

Titans/Falcons Under


Templer's Sports Picks

Florida/Arizona Over 9    

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WILD BILL

Patriots -3 (5 units)
Houston +3 (5 units)
Houston-Dallas Over 40½ (5 units)
Denver -3 (5 units)


Los Angeles Dodgers +115 (5 units)
White Sox -165 (5 units)
Braves +180 (5 units)
Reds +220 (5 units) 
Marlins +175 (5 units)
Twins +170 (5 units)
Padres +205 (5 units)
Phils-Dodgers Over 9½ (5 units)
Jays-Red Sox Under 9 (5 units)
Mets-Astros Under 7½ (5 units)
Rangers-Indians Under 11½ (5 units
White SoxRays Under 9 (5 units)
Giants-Padres Under 7 (5 units)

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Green Bay Packers vs. Denver Broncos     
Play: Green Bay Packer +127     

Love taking NFLX underdogs. Craig is 3-1 with preseason underdogs. Take GB over DEN today. GB is the better team here and have much better skilled position players. Expect both 1st team to play into the 3rd quarter. Rogers for GB needs to bounce back after a disappointing last game. Preseason record is not important but no one wants to go 0-4. Expect GB to play to win this win. SCORE GB 27 - DEN 17!

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1 Unit on LA Angels -1.5 +120

I like the Angels to bounce back big after a 1-run extra innings loss to start this series. The Twins are just 2-7 in the last 9 meetings and 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles. The Angels are 17-4 in Saunders' last 21 starts following a team loss in their previous game, 23-8 in Saunders' last 31 home starts, and 7-1 in Saunders' last 8 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Angels are a dominant 82-39 in their last 121 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game and facing a lefty plays right into their hand here as LA is 23-9 in its 32 games vs. a left-handed starter. Take the Halos on the run line as they get big time revenge tonight.'

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CHARLIES SPORTS

Tenn / Atlanta Under 36 (500*)
Houston / Dallas Under 41 (30*)
Denver -3 (20*)
New England -2½ (20*)
Houston +5 (10)
Atlanta -3 (10*) free play

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1 Unit on Milwaukee Brewers -1.5 -124

PITTSBURGH is 2-18 against the money line in road games vs. teams whose hitters strike out 7 or more times/game in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons, losing these games by 3.5 runs per game on average.  DUKE is 1-10 against the money line when playing on Friday over the last 2 seasons, losing these games by 2.7 runs per game on average. MILWAUKEE is 16-2 against the money line in home games with a hot bullpen whose ERA is under 3.00 the last 15 games over the last 2 seasons, winning these contests by 4 runs per game on average.  We'll take the Brew Crew on the run line.

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LEE KOSTROSKI

Minnesota Twins @ Los Angeles Angels
PICK: Minnesota Twins

The Twins are 9-0 in the last nine games against left-handed starters and 12-1 in the last 13 games against southpaws with the lone loss being a one-run game to likely Cy Young winner Cliff Lee (who Minnesota handed one of his two losses this season). Over the last ten games the Twins are hitting .360 as a team against left-handed pitchers. The Twins are 17-7 overall in the last 24 games and unlike the first place Angels the pressure is still on Minnesota to keep winning and stay in the playoff hunt.

Joe Saunders has an impressive record for the Angels but his numbers are fairly average in recent weeks. Saunders has allowed three or more runs in six of his last nine starts and his home ERA is nearly a full point higher than in his numbers on the road. Saunders is averaging just over three strikeouts per game so he has been far from dominant and facing one of the top hitting teams in baseball could be problematic.

While the Twins have hit left-handers well, Los Angeles has struggled. The Angels are just 3-3 in the last six games against southpaws while hitting only .251 in the past ten games. The Angels enter this series having lost five of the last seven games overall and Minnesota will look to redeem a rocky opening series against the Angels in April. The Twins are 6-2 in the last eight starts from Glen Perkins and the Twins have been the better team in the past 56 games with a 38-18 record.

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Wash.Cubs Over 12
LA/Phil Over 9.5
Cin/Col Over 11.5

Tennessee +3

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Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys 
Play: Over     

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