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Preview: Tigers (83-68) at Angels (94-57)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: July 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT
  

The Los Angeles Angels finally have consecutive victories on their 10-game homestand, though closing out the stay with another one could be difficult against one of the AL's win leaders.

As Los Angeles looks to win this four-game set Sunday, Detroit's Rick Porcello will try become the league's first 13-game winner while helping the Tigers avoid their ninth loss in 10 games in Anaheim.

Although they have the majors' second-best home record at 37-19, the Angels (62-41) dropped four of seven to begin this homestand before regrouping to take the last two versus the AL Central leaders.

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Five Los Angeles pitchers held the Tigers to six hits in Friday's 2-1 victory before Matt Shoemaker and two relievers limited them to a month-low four in Saturday's 4-0 win.

Detroit (57-44), however, might not need much more scoring to bounce back.

Porcello (12-5, 3.42 ERA) has gone 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in his last six outings. He's among 10 pitchers tied for the major league lead in wins, but St. Louis' Adam Wainwright is the only other one of that group scheduled to start Sunday.

Porcello also leads the AL in road wins with eight after going 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last four starts away from home. The right-hander did not factor in Tuesday's 5-4 loss at Arizona despite surrendering three runs over seven innings.

His two career starts at Angel Stadium haven't gone nearly as well. He allowed six runs over 4 1-3 innings in a 6-5 loss in April 2010 before giving up a career-worst nine earned runs while recording only two outs in a 10-0 defeat in April 2013.

All-Star Mike Trout hit a grand slam off Porcello in that game and is 4 for 12 lifetime against him.

"I think I'm a different pitcher now than when they got to me," Porcello told MLB's official website. "Nine runs in one inning, it's one of those days where you just kind of don't even remember that."

Porcello, 4-4 with a 7.39 ERA in 10 career meetings, snapped a three-start losing streak to the Angels on April 20 when he held them to one run over seven innings in a 2-1 win.

Josh Hamilton has given Porcello trouble with six hits, including two home runs, in 13 at_bats. The outfielder is expected to return after missing most of the last two games because of a sore left knee.

Los Angeles' Hector Santiago (2-7, 4.02) hasn't given up a run in two games since the All-Star break, throwing 2 2-3 innings of relief before pitching five innings of two-hit ball in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Baltimore.

After going 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA in his first seven starts, getting demoted to the bullpen and eventually the minors, the left-hander has a 3.45 ERA in six starts since being recalled June 10.

"He's given us a big boost since coming back into the rotation," manager Mike Scioscia said.

Santiago is 0-3 despite a 2.28 ERA in four career starts versus Detroit. In his only start against the Tigers in 2014, he held them to two hits and two unearned runs while fanning seven over 5 2-3 innings in a 2-1 road loss.

He's limited Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to a combined 5 for 34 (.147). Jackson has had at least two hits in 12 of his last 15 games, hitting .406 over that span.

Alex Avila is 0 for 8 against Santiago and enters in a 1-for-24 slump.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Tigers at Angels
Thu, Jul 24 Final 6 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Tigers at Angels
Fri, Jul 25 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Tigers at Angels
Sat, Jul 26 Final 0 to 4
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GAME 4
Tigers at Angels
Sun, Jul 27 Final 1 to 2
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 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  +115   -180   8.5 
 LAA  -125   +160   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  +118   -170   8.5 
 LAA  -128   +150   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  54%   20%   75% 
 LAA  46%   80%   25% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 26, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 0 Under: 4 
 LAA 4 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 25, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 1 Under: 3 
 LAA 2 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 24, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 6 Cover: +108 
 LAA 4 Over: 10 
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 Apr 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 1 Under: 3 
 DET 2 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 19, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 2 Under: 7 
 DET 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 18, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 11 Cover: +115 
 DET 6 Over: 17 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Jul 27
 
    Blue Jays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Indians at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Tigers at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Orioles at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Braves
5:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Giants
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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