Wednesday's AL Action
July 31, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
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Night games played in AL parks
Astros at Orioles - 7:05 PM EST
Probables: E. Bedard (3-8, 4.28 ERA) vs. M. Gonzalez (8-4, 3.69 ERA)
Series recap: Baltimore overcame an early 3-0 deficit to stun Houston, 4-3 as $2.50 home favorites. The game finished 'under' the total of 8 ½, while the Astros cashed for the second straight game in the +1 ½ role on the run-line.
Current streaks: Since upsetting the Rangers as nearly $3.00 underdogs earlier this month, Houston has won just two of its last nine games on the highway. Despite last night's victory, the Orioles own a 2-5 record the previous seven contests, while their powerful offense has plated just seven runs the last three games.
White Sox at Indians - 7:05 PM EST
Probables: J. Quintana (5-3, 3.55 ERA) vs. C. Kluber (7-5, 3.74 ERA)
Series recap: Cleveland rallied for the second straight night to beat struggling Chicago, 7-4. The Tribe cashed as $1.90 'chalk' one night after a walk-off homer to beat the Sox on Monday, 3-2.
Current streaks: The Indians have beaten the White Sox six consecutive times, while taking eight of ten meetings this season. Chicago is just 1-8 the last nine games, while Cleveland is riding a nine-game winning streak at Progressive Field.
Mariners at Red Sox - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: H. Iwakuma (10-4, 2.87 ERA) vs. J. Lackey (7-8, 3.19 ERA)
Series recap: Boston rebounded from Monday's defeat to Tampa Bay by beating Seattle in the series opener, 8-2. The Sox beat the M's for the fourth straight time, while the game 'pushed' with a closing total of 10.
Current streaks: Since winning eight consecutive games, the Mariners have dropped four of their past six contests. In the four losses, the Seattle offense has scored two runs or less, while the M's own a 2-7 record the last nine games against AL East foes. The Red Sox are riding an 11-1-1 stretch to the 'under' the past 13 contests at Fenway Park, while Boston is 11-3 against the AL West at home this season.
Diamondbacks at Rays - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: W. Miley (7-8, 3.86 ERA) vs. J. Hellickson (10-3, 4.48 ERA)
Series recap: Tampa Bay keeps winning by holding off Arizona, 5-2 in the Rays' first home game since the All-Star break. The Rays cashed as $1.65 favorites, while improving to 12-1 the last 13 games at Tropicana Field.
Current streaks: The 'under' has hit in seven straight games for the Rays at Tropicana Field, while winning 23 of their last 27 games overall. Since July 5, the D-Backs have played only four road contests, as Arizona is 0-6 in its last Game 2's of an away series.
Angels at Rangers - 8:05 PM EST
Probables: J. Williams (5-7, 4.85 ERA) vs. M. Perez (3-3, 4.37 ERA)
Series recap: Texas rallied again to stun Los Angeles, 14-11 in 10 innings on Tuesday. The Rangers won it for a second straight night with a walk-off homer, while overcoming a late four-run deficit.
Current streaks: The Rangers improved to 6-2 in eight meetings with the Angels this season, including a 4-1 mark in Arlington. Los Angeles has dropped eight of its last 10 contests, while posting a 1-8 record in its previous nine road games within the division.
Royals at Twins - 8:10 PM EST
Probables: J. Guthrie (10-7, 4.27 ERA) vs. K. Correia (7-7, 4.56 ERA)
Series recap: Kansas City won its seventh straight game on Tuesday by dominating Minnesota, 7-2. The Royals brought home the money as $1.25 road favorites, while eclipsing the 'over' of 7 ½ with several late runs.
Current streaks: The Royals have won six of their last seven games against AL Central opponents, while owning a season-best four-game road winning streak. The Twins have compiled a 5-2 record in their previous seven Game 2's of a home series, but have split their last eight games against division foes.
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