Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, July 13

Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, July 13

DUNKEL INDEX

MLB

Toronto at Baltimore
The Blue Jays look to take advantage of a Baltimore team that is 0-4 in Jason Hammel's last 4 starts as a favorite. Toronto is the pick (+130) according to Dunkel, which has the Blue Jays favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+130)

Game 951-952: Cincinnati at Atlanta (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Bailey) 15.569; Atlanta (Minor) 16.935
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-135); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-135); Over

Game 953-954: St. Louis at Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Lynn) 16.824; Cubs (Garza) 15.728
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1; 7
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-120); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-120); N/A

Game 955-956: NY Mets at Pittsburgh (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Torres) 15.519; Pittsburgh (Burnett) 17.006
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-180); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-180); Under

Game 957-958: Washington at Miami (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Haren) 16.047; Miami (Fernandez) 15.173
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Miami (-130); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+110); Over

Game 959-960: Colorado at LA Dodgers (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Chatwood) 13.955; LA Dodgers (Greinke) 16.093
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 2; 6
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-165); 7
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-165); Under

Game 961-962: San Francisco at San Diego (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Lincecum) 13.858; San Diego (Volquez) 12.244
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: San Diego (-110); 8
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-110); Over

Game 963-964: Milwaukee at Arizona (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Lohse) 13.802; Arizona (Delgado) 15.282
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Arizona (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-120); Under

Game 965-966: Minnesota at NY Yankees (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Deduno) 15.860; NY Yankees (Hughes) 14.761
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1; 9
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-160); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+140); Over

Game 967-968: Toronto at Baltimore (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Redmond) 15.503; Baltimore (Hammel) 14.378
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1; 11
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-150); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+130); Over

Game 969-970: Houston at Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Keuchel) 14.365; Tampa Bay (Hernandez) 15.699
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-240); 9
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-240); Under

Game 971-972: Kansas City at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Guthrie) 15.567; Cleveland (Kazmir) 14.607
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-135); 9
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+115); Over

Game 973-974: Texas at Detroit (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Holland) 14.209; Detroit (Scherzer) 15.871
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Detroit (-165); 8
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-165); Under

Game 975-976: Boston at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Lester) 16.424; Oakland (Griffin) 15.394
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Oakland (-135); 8
Dunkel Pick: Boston (+115); Under

Game 977-978: LA Angels at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Weaver) 15.801; Seattle (Hernandez) 16.782
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1; 7
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-115); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-105); Over

Game 979-980: Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia (8:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Santiago) 15.639; Philadelphia (Lannan) 14.622
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1; 9
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 981-982: Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia (3:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Danks) 14.139; Philadelphia (Pettibone) 15.505
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

CFL

Winnipeg at Hamilton
The Tiger-Cats look to to build on their 4-0 ATS record in their last 4 games in Week 3. Hamilton is the pick (-3 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Tiger-Cats favored by 5 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Hamilton (-3 1/2)

Game 125-126: Winnipeg at Hamilton (6:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Winnipeg 107.860; Hamilton 113.386
Dunkel Line: Hamilton by 5 1/2; 58
Vegas Line: Hamilton by 3 1/2; 54
Dunkel Pick: Hamilton (-3 1/2); Over

Game 127-128: BC at Edmonton (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: BC 117.660; Edmonton 109.521
Dunkel Line: BC by 8; 46
Vegas Line: BC by 3 1/2; 49 1/2
Dunkel Pick: BC (-3 1/2); Under

WNBA

Indiana at New York
The Liberty look to take advantage of an Indiana team that is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games in New York. New York is the pick (-2) according to Dunkel, which has the Liberty favored by 7 1/2. Dunkel Pick: New York (-2)

Game 651-652: Indiana at New York (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 106.102; New York 113.488
Dunkel Line & Total: New York by 7 1/2; 145
Vegas Line & Total: New York by 2; 139
Dunkel Pick: New York (-2); Over

Game 653-654: Minnesota at Tulsa (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 118.861; Tulsa 106.140
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 12 1/2; 155
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota by 10; 160
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-10); Under

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Edmonton (1-1) enters this game coming off an upset 30-26 win at Hamilton last week -- but that game was played in torrential downpours that changed the entire atmosphere for both teams so it is difficult to discern too much from that effort. The Eskimos were just 7-11 last season and they are in a rebuilding mode under head coach Kavis Reed and general manager Ed Hervey in their first year in those positions. Edmonton is banking on their off-season acquisition of quarterback Mike Reilly but the signal caller has completed only 54.4% of his passes while accumulating just 395 passing yards and tossing three interceptions already. Furthermore, the offensive line took a big hit during the offseason with their top lineman Orrin Thompson to injury. That does not bode well for their offensive efficiency when now facing this Lions team that returns most of their defense from last season that led the league in points allowed, yards allowed, passing yards allowed, rushing yards allowed and the most second down-and-outs. British Columbia (1-1) looks to build off the momentum of their 24-16 victory over the reigning Grey Cup champions last November in the Toronto Argonauts. The Lions followed up their 2011 Grey Cup winning campaign by being the best overall team in the CFL for most of the year last season before faltering in the West Division finals against Calgary. The modus operandi for British Columbia on the road is to play conservatively on offense while leaning heavily on their stout defense to survive the challenge of playing in hostile environments and the proof is in the pudding since the Lions have seen the Under go 36-14-1 in their last 51 games away from home. Take the Under in this one.

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Jimmy Boyd

Minnesota Twins +150

There is a lot of value on Minnesota in today's matchup against the Yankees. Sam Deduno has been solid this season posting a 3.90 ERA. Phil Hughes on the other hand has a 5.74 ERA at home this season and a 1-6 record in nine starts.

As far as hitting ability is concerned the Twins match up evenly against the Yankees. Neither team has been lighting up the scoreboard recently. Minnesota averages 4.1 runs per game this season with a .245 batting average and the Yankees are scoring 4 runs per game on a .243 batting average. The Twins have a great advantage at the starting pitcher position making this pick an easy call.

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Rob Vinciletti

Milwaukee vs. Arizona
Play: Under 8½

This is a 3 unit regular play here tonight as we have a solid league wide 80% totals system that plays to the under for home favorites like Arizona that are off a 1 run home favored win at -140 or higher and scored 2 or less runs on 4 or less hits, and are taking on an opponent off a +140 or higher 1 run road dog loss and scored 2 or less runs on 5 or more hits. These games barely average 6 runs per game. Arizona as a team has played under in 15 straight games at home if they are off a 1 run win. When installed as a home favorite from -125 to -150 they have played under in 13 of 16 games. In the series here 6 of the last 8 have stayed under. The Brewers have played under in 7 straight vs winning teams. In the Pitching matchup we also see some solid under scenarios as we note that Milwaukee Starter Kyle Lohse has been solid in his last 3 road starts allowing just 3 earned runs in 21 innings. He has stayed under in 7 of 8 on the road. Over his last 3 starts vs Arizona he has been stellar allowing just 2 runs in 17 innings. Delgado for Arizona has gone under in 9 of his last 10 home starts. Both teams have bullpen Earned runs averages in the low threes when looking at home to road splits. In Computer Simulations this game averaged just under 7 runs. Based on the aforementioned indicators we will recommend to take the Under in this game.

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Art Aronson

Giants vs. Padres
Play: Over 8

Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.61 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Lincecum struck out 11 Mets on Monday, giving up three runs off six hits with one walk over seven innings in a no-decision. Lincecum has struggled with consistency all season and will take his brutal 1-6, 5.21 ERA road record into San Diego to throw opposite Edinson Volquez (6-7, 5.33 ERA) who gave up four earned runs off eight hits and four walks over 5 1/3's innings of work while striking out three in his team's eventual 4-2 loss to Colorado on Monday. Like Lincecum, Volquez has looked extremely pedestrian this season and is just 3-5 with a 4.94 ERA in front of the home town crowd this year. Coming into Friday night's series opener, three of these team's last five in the series have soared above the posted number and with these two confirmed "gas cans" facing off on Saturday night, I'll recommend taking a second look at the "over" in this one.

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Cleveland Indians -138

Jeremy Guthrie
- Last Game vs. CLE: 6.1 IP, 5 ER, 7.11 ERA, .208 OBA
- Career vs. CLE: 39.1 IP, 5.72 ERA, .250 OBA
- Away: 63 IP, 4.00 ERA, .299 OBA
- Coming off good start @ NYY: 6.2 IP, 1 ER
- Indians hitters vs. Guthrie in his career: .279 BA

Scott Kazmir
- Last Game vs. KAN: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 5.40 ERA, .300 OBA
- Career vs. KAN: 63.1 IP, 5.12 ERA, .276 OBA
- Home: 37.1 IP, 4.10 ERA, .262 OBA
- Coming off solid start vs. DET: 5.2 IP, 2 ER
- Royals hitters vs. Kazmir in his career: .293 BA


Red Sox / A's Over 8

Jon Lester
- Last Game vs. OAK: 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 4.76 ERA, .286 OBA
- Career vs. OAK: 62.0 IP, 4.21 ERA, .270 OBA
- Away: 70.2 IP, 5.73 ERA, .283 OBA
- Coming off rough start @ SEA: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER
- A's hitters vs. Lester in his career: .214 BA

A.J. Griffin
- Last Game vs. BOS: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 15.75 ERA, .364 OBA
- Career vs. BOS: 17.0 IP, 10 ER, 5.29 ERA, .221 OBA
- Home: 52.2 IP, 3.93 ERA, .247 OBA
- Coming off good start @ KAN: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER
- Red Sox hitters vs. Griffin in his career: .271 BA


Los Angeles Angels +102

Jered Weaver
- Career vs. SEA: 3.21 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .253 OBA
- Away: 23.2 IP, 4.18 ERA, .224 OBA
- Coming off good start vs. BOS: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER
- Mariners hitters vs. Weaver in his career: .263 BA

Felix Hernandez
- Last Game vs. LAA: 5.0 IP, 10.80 ERA, .480 OBA
- Career vs. LAA: 4.12 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, .266 OBA
- Home: 3.02 ERA, .251 OBA
- Coming off good start vs. BOS: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER
- Angels hitters vs. Hernandez in his career: .252 BA


St. Louis Cardinals -127

- Last Game vs. CHC: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 1.50 ERA, .143 OBA
- Career vs. CHC: 2.52 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .207 OBA
- Away: 5.03 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, .239 OBA
- Coming off quality start vs. MIA: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER
- Cubs hitters vs. Lynn in his career: .218 BA

Matt Garza
- Career vs. STL: 32.0 IP, 4.22 ERA, .271 OBA
- Home: 20.0 IP, 5.40 ERA, .257 OBA
- Coming off quality start @ CHW: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER
- Cards hitters vs. Garza in his career: .239 BA


Atlanta Braves -134

- Last Game vs. ATL: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 7.20 ERA, .263 OBA
- Career vs. ATL: 3.42 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .227 OBA
- Away: 4.61 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .276 OBA
- Coming off rough start @ MIL: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 ER
- Braves hitters vs. Bailey in his career: .218 BA

Mike Minor
- Last Game vs. CIN: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1.29 ERA, .167 OBA
- Career vs. CIN: 13.0 IP, 3.46 ERA, .188 OBA
- Home: 3.61 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, .224 OBA
- Coming off quality start @ MIA: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER
- Reds hitters vs. Minor in his career: .156 BA

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Bruce Marshall

New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates
Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5

The recent return of staff ace A.J. Burnett from the DL works almost like a trade deadline deal for the Pirates...without having to relinquish anything. Now making his second start since reinstated to the active roster, Burnett is also back at home in PNC Park, where he usually fares well (2.73 ERA this season as host). Not sure what we're getting tonight from the Mets, who give Carlos Torres his first start since 2010 when he was with the White Sox, taking the turn in the rotation of Matt Harvey, supposedly dealing with a blister and/or on a strict innings count (take your pick). Some believe this is instead a way to help the chances of Harvey starting the All-Star Game at home in Citi Field on Tuesday...if so, that likely doesn't help the Mets tonight, especially against a Bucs staff that has allowed just six runs in its last four games this week.

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Jesse Schule

Toronto at Baltimore
Pick: Over 1st Half

These two teams wasted no time scoring runs yesterday at Camden Yards, and they combined to hit five balls out of the park. This shouldn't really be much of a surprise, with Chris Davis leading the Majors in home runs, and Bautista and Encarnacion not far behind. Both lineups feature plenty of power, and that's not good news for pitcher's. especially in a ballpark that's known to favor hitters. Toronto will throw Todd Redmond into the fire, making just his second big league start. He was the winning pitcher in his debut, going five innings allowing a pair of runs on a single hit, which happened to be a home run. It was the second home run he's allowed in just 12 2/3 innings pitched since joining the team. Chris Davis is likely salivating at the chance to take on an inexperienced pitcher who's getting thrown into a tough spot here today. The Orioles will hand the ball to Jason Hammel, and he was already roughed up by the Blue Jays once this year. Hammel (7-5, 5.03 ERA) allowed four runs on as many hits, including two long balls in six innings in a loss at Rogers Center. He hasn't had much luck pitching at home this season, where he has just one win in seven starts and a rather swollen 6.30 ERA. Edwin Encarnacion has absolutely owned Hammel, hitting .429 with a pair of home runs in just 14 career at bats. Rajai Davis, Colby Rasmus and Adam Lind have all hit home runs off Hammel, while Jose Reyes has gone 4-for-11 with a pair of extra-base hits. I'm expecting another slugfest in Baltimore today..

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Marc Lawrence

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
Pick: San Francisco Giants

When former Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum opposes Edinson Volquez and the Padres in San Diego Saturday evening, the Giants will take the field knowing Lincecum is back in solid KW form with 23 strikeouts and 4 walks in his last three starts. Meanwhile, the diminutive right-hander is also 8-4 in his last twelve team starts in this series, and 6-3 his last nine away team starts during July. With Volquez 5-9 at night and 2-6 against N. L. West division foes this season, look for Volquez to fall to 1-6 in his last seven-team starts against the Giants here tonight. We recommend a 1-unit play on San Francisco.

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Jim Feist

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
Pick: Miami Marlins

It isn't very often that I look to play on the lowly Marlins. Only Houston has fewer wins than Miami does. Washington has faded a bit in the NL East, now six games back of first place Atlanta. So why do I like Miami? Mainly because of today's starter, Jose Fernandez. Fernandez has been excellent of late, posting a 1-1 record his last three starts with a 1.89 ERA. Overall he's just 5-5, but has an outstanding 2.83 ERA. He's also allowed just seven home runs in 98.2 innings. Compare that to Nat's starter Dan Haren, who has allowed 19 home runs in 87 innings. Haren is 4-10 on the season with a 6.00 ERA and his last three starts is 0-2 with a 7.52 ERA. Moreover, the Nationals are 0-9 in Haren's last nine starts. The Nats also haven't fared well on the road against right-handed pitchers, going just 4-11 their last 15. Conversely, Miami is 5-2 in Fernandez's last seven starts and overall have won seven of their last 10 games at home. Certain spots you can play on the poor teams and this is one.

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Texas Rangers +150

The Rangers have a better record and have hit more homers than Tigers. Yet, the Rangers find themselves huge 'dogs in this road matchup.

The reason is Max Scherzer. He's going for Detroit and has yet to lose this season going 13-0. Scherzer has been the near nuts at Comerica Park going 15-1 with a 2.99 ERA during his past 20 home starts.

But he also has an above 3.00 ERA on the season and has been given the best run support of any pitcher in baseball at 7.5 runs. Scherzer also is facing lefty Derek Holland. Detroit is 9-12 versus southpaws.

The Rangers have their own impressive records going with Holland, including a 5-0 mark against the Tigers. Holland is 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA during his last seven road starts.

Texas has won 20 of Holland's last 28 road outings. The Rangers have won 69 percent of Holland's last 52 starts.

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Bryan Power

Angels vs. Mariners
Pick: Under

My free pick was on an Under yesterday, and despite the game (Mets/Pirates) going 11 innings, it was still an easy winner.  I see even less runs being scored in this matchup between the Angels and Mariners with Jered Weaver and Felix Hernandez pitching....

Without question, Weaver has regained his old form w/ a 0.87 ERA and 0.919 WHIP his last three starts. Over that time, he's allowed just two runs in 20+ innings.  All three games went Under as have eight of Weaver's 10 starts overall this year.  Facing a Seattle lineup that averages just 3.7 runs per game vs. righties (entering Friday) should not be much of a problem.  The Under has also cashed eight of the last nine times Weaver has started on the road and the total was 6 or 6.5.

For Seattle, Hernandez has a 2.69 ERA in 19 starts. He has gone seven innings and allowed just two runs in three straight starts. The last time he faced the Angels, the result was a stunning 10-9 final in favor of the Angels.  Stunning not in that the Angels won, but stunning in that many runs were scored.  But that was on the road. When Hernandez faced the Halos here at Safeco Field earlier this year, the final score was 3-2 in favor of Seattle with King Felix allowing only one earned run.  With two pitchers this good, it very well could be a 1-0 final tonight.

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Texas vs. Detroit
Pick: Detroit

Max Scherzer hasn't lost yet, so why go against him now?  The Tigers starter enters Saturday at 13-0 in 18 starts with a 3.06 ERA and a 0.946 WHIP.  Tonight he will face the Texas Rangers, who they beat Friday 7-2.  With the Rangers offense having scored only four runs the last three games, this is a daunting matchup with Scherzer.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Scherzer - It's been 10 straight quality starts and counting.  The last three have all come on the road.  He has never lost to Texas in seven regular season meetings.  One more win and he ties Rogers Clemens' record (set in 1986) for most wins without a loss before the All-Star Break.  Overall, the team is 15-3 in his 18 starts, including 8-1 here at Comerica Park.  Over his last 20 home starts, Scherzer is 15-1 with a 2.99 ERA.

2. Texas Offense - Just four runs the last three games, and they are averaging just 4.2 runs per game on the road this season.

3. X-Factor - Rangers starter Derek Holland allowed five runs and 10 hits his last start.  Both were season worsts. He also allowed four runs in just 4 2/3 innings when he faced the Tigers earlier this year.  While his career TSR vs. Detroit is 5-0, Holland's ERA is 4.94 and he's never received a decision.

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New York Yankees -142

The Yankees have absolutely owned the Twins. They have won six straight and 41 of 53 against Minnesota. The Yanks have also won 40 of their last 52 at home in the series. Minnesota's Sam Deduno has struggled on the road where he has an ERA of 5.40. New York's Phil Hughes has shown signs of coming around, posting a 2.37 ERA over his last three starts. He has an outstanding track record against the Twins. He's 4-1 with an ERA of 2.56 in six starts against them with the Yanks winning five of those. The Yankees are a perfect 3-0 in his three home starts against Minnesota.

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Texas Rangers +150

The Rangers are showing value at this price against a team they have defeated five times in the last seven meetings. I like their chances of handing Max Scherzer his first loss because of how good Derek Holland has been on the road. He's 5-1 (8-2 on the money line) with an ERA of 3.06 in 10 road starts this season. Scherzer's 4.01 home ERA is nearly a run higher. It is also worth noting that the Rangers are 5-0 all-time in Holland's starts against the Tigers. Detroit, on the other hand, has dropped two of Scherzer's last three starts against Texas. Take the Rangers.

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Craig Davis

I gave you a close-call 50-dime winner on the Yankees last night and I'm going to give them to you again today... but this time as a free selection.

It's hard to ignore the fact that the Twins are 1-9 over their last 10 games and have lost 75% of their games vs. the Yankees over the last five years.

Even when they get good pitching like last night, they still can't find a way to win because Hiroki Kuroda and four other pitchers blanked the Twins to the tune of a 2-0 loss for Minnesota.

Now today they've got to muster up the energy to get back on the field in the Bronx and find a way to produce some offense, while hoping they can get more pitching like they did last night.

The Twins have now fallen to the bottom of the AL Central division and pretty much out of contention for the playoffs yet again. This is a team seemingly rebuilding and so it's not a big surprise or even a bother when they lose.

Ryan Pressly gave up a pair of 5th inning runs last night after Scott Diamond left the game with some tightness in his quad.

Like I said, the Twins pitched well and yet they just can't figure out how to take advantage of solid pitching or hitting outings.

While Phil Hughes isn't the greatest pitcher on the Yankees staff, but he'll be good enough to get the job done today.

3♦ N.Y. YANKEES -1.5

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Jeff Benton

Your Saturday freebie is the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals.

Miami's Jose Fernandez was just named to the All-Star team, so expect the rookie to be bringing a little something extra to the feeble-hitting Nationals.

Fernandez is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA his last 8 starts in his home ball park, and he will oppose a pitcher in Dan Haren who sure looks like he has lost his way.

Haren is on an 0-7 slide his last 9 starts with a whopping 6.66 ERA in those 9 starts. For the year, Haren is just 4-10, so do not expect him to be keeping pace for too long with the newly-minted All-Star Fernandez.

Washington is on a 1-4 slide their past 5, while Miami has gone a respectable 10-7 since the end of June.

Going to take the Marlins to hand the Nationals another defeat on Saturday night.

3♦ MIAMI

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Brad Wilton

I have won 6 straight comp play releases, and I am going to the well one more time with Over the total in the L.A. Angels-Seattle Mariners contest tonight at Safeco Field.

I know Jered Weaver and Felix Hernandez are two of the better pitchers in the game, but it is hard to overlook the fact that with last night's 8-3 final score, the Mariners have now played Over the total in 12 of their last 13 home games!

The Angels have also picked up the pace scoring-wise, as Los Angeles is on a 5-2-1 Over run their last 8 games played.

The Over has also cashed in in 4 of the last 7 series meetings, including the last pair. As I said, Weaver and Hernandez are more than capable of stopping this offensive barrage, but with this total sitting right around 6 1/2 runs, why not respect the 12-1 Over clip and look for one more Over in Seattle this Saturday night.

1♦ L.A. ANEGLS-SEATTLE OVER

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, July 13

Chris Jordan

My free winner is on the Minnesota Twins over the New York Yankees and I want you listing both Samuel Deduno and Phil Hughes in a pitching rematch from  July 2, when Hughes tossed seven innings of one-run ball. This time around I like Deduno to get revenge. The Twins' righty is in after suffering his second straight loss Monday at Tampa Bay, where he allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks over six innings.

But the thing is, Deduno pitched well enough to beat the Yankees at Target Field on July 2, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings.

Take the road pup here as revenge is the key factor.

2♦ MINNESOTA

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, July 13

Brad Diamond

Rockies at Dodgers
Play: Dodgers

On Thursday, the hot Dodgers came through again for their backers crushing struggling Colorado 6-1. LA has now eclipsed the .500 mark for the first time dating back to April 15th. Los Angeles has been a play on team in Las Vegas where the coast herd is swimming in cash after a spectacular 16-3 run going into Friday action. They are 11-1 vs. RHP during their streak. So, Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood will have a difficult time trying to contain this emerging unit, especially considering a sensational +37 run differential during the winning streak by LA. Colorados 18-42 record as road underdog will give more strength to this already obvious selection LA Dodgers!

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