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Preview: Mariners (52-49) at Angels (59-41)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: June 20, 2013 10:05 PM EDT
  

Another desperate adjustment by the Los Angeles Angels seemingly wasn't enough to spark Josh Hamilton on Wednesday. Fortunately for them, a great pitching performance neutralized his latest disappointing game.

Now Hamilton takes on the pitcher he's faced more than any other, an ace against which he's badly struggled - just like his team did in one meeting this season after shelling him last year.

Los Angeles aims for its sixth win in eight games Thursday night against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners.

C.J. Wilson held Seattle (32-41) to two hits over seven innings in a 1-0 win for the Angels (32-40) Wednesday. The only run came on Joe Saunders' first wild pitch of the season, allowing Mike Trout to score. Saunders' ninth career complete game was all for naught.

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Hamilton, meanwhile, continues to struggle, so much so that manager Mike Scioscia slotted him seventh in his batting order Wednesday after he grounded into three double plays in Seattle's 3-2 win Tuesday. The slugger was 0 for 3 and struck out twice for the third consecutive game Wednesday, lowering his batting average to .210 as he hit seventh for the first time since 2009.

Hamilton's .657 OPS is a career low. He slugged .633 in his MVP season of 2010.

"We've got to figure out something," said Hamilton, hitting .152 in his last 13 home games. "Some players wear emotions on their sleeves and break things, but I'm not going to break my bat on the field because there's kids watching. If they don't think I care, they're mistaken because it hurts me more than it hurts anybody not to be performing."

Hamilton may not do much better Thursday as he's 8 for 51 (.157) with 16 strikeouts versus Hernandez and hitless in his last 10 at_bats against him.

Hernandez (8-4, 2.32 ERA) did have some troubles in five starts versus the Angels last year, collecting an 0-3 record and 6.25 ERA. However, he beat them on April 27 as he gave up two runs - one earned - and five hits in eight innings during a 3-2 win.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his last four starts and brings a 12-inning scoreless streak into Thursday after going seven in a 4-0 win at Oakland on Saturday.

Trout has hit .407 (11 for 27) against him and enters this matchup on a roll, going 9 for 20 with eight walks in his last six games.

Hernandez will be opposed by Tommy Hanson (4-2, 3.94), who has won his last two outings while allowing four runs in 11 1-3 innings. He struck out a season-high eight against the Yankees in a 6-2 win Saturday.

"This was the most confident I've felt all year. Obviously, I needed a little time to deal with what I was dealing with, but I feel like I'm getting back to a rhythm," said Hanson, who took nearly a month off in May as he dealt with the death of his stepbrother. "I'm back to a normal routine."

Hanson won his only previous start versus Seattle, going six innings and giving up three runs in a 5-4 victory while with Atlanta on June 28, 2011.

Michael Morse is 5 for 13 with two homers against Hanson.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Mariners at Angels
Mon, Jun 17 Final 3 to 11
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Mariners at Angels
Tue, Jun 18 Final 3 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Mariners at Angels
Wed, Jun 19 Final 0 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Mariners at Angels
Thu, Jun 20 Final 9 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  -105   +155   7 
 LAA  -105   -175   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  -109   +155   7 
 LAA  -101   -175   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SEA  59%   30%   47% 
 LAA  41%   70%   53% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 0 Under: 1 
 LAA 1 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 3 Cover: +180 
 LAA 2 Under: 5 
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 Jun 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 3 Over: 14 
 LAA 11 Cover: +100 
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 May 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 1 Under: 8 
 LAA 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 0 Over: 12 
 LAA 12 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 1 Under: 3 
 SEA 2 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 2 Under: 5 
 SEA 3 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 6 Cover: +100 
 SEA 3 Over: 9 
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 Apr 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 0 Under: 6 
 SEA 6 Cover: +117 
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 Feb 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 8 Over: 17 
 SEA 9 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Jun 20
 
    Pirates at Reds
12:35 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
1:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
2:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Mariners at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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