The Rays will look to regain sole possession of first place in the AL East standings in the series finale against the Twins.

Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays

Minnesota captured a 2-1 victory in the third game of this four-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field, overcoming a blown save in the ninth from new closer Matt Capps.  “An exciting baseball game,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.  “Well pitched by both sides.”  Catcher Joe Mauer was back in the lineup for a second straight day, after missing two games with a shoulder injury.  The win last night snapped a four-game losing streak for the Twins against the Rays, which was their longest losing streak against Tampa Bay since August 2001.  The club is 21-18 in day games this season (-50) and the total is 17-18 O/U in those contests.  Minnesota has also played just three games this season in domes due to moving into Target Field from the Metrodome this year, posting a 1-2 mark in this series thus far (-40).  The Twins are still a dismal 13-18 against AL East opponents.

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Minnesota comes into this interleague series having lost five of its last seven games and getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers.  It was just the second time the club had been swept in a series this season, with the only other time coming in a two-game series against Boston on May 19-20.  The Twins are now just 7-8 on the season during interleague play (-180) and are watching the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers gain ground on them in the divisional race.  “I didn’t like our energy today,” 1B Justin Morneau said.  Minnesota has a losing 9-12 record in the month of June (-380).

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Every year at about this team I like to take a look at the stats to see the pitchers that have been very good to bettors. There are always several big names that you would expect -Halladay , Santana, and so on. What I find more interesting, though, are the players that no one is talking about, and in many cases that few people even know about who are turning out serious money. It happens every year like clockwork – no name guys are wildly profitable. Determining in advance who those guys will be is very tough, of course, but you can profit by recognizing who is being successful ahead of the betting public. With that in mind, here’s a look at five guys who are doing much better than they are widely getting credit for:

Matt Palmer, Angels
– After breaking in with San Francisco last year, Palmer moved south for this season. He gets almost no national attention, but he is the single-most profitable pitcher in the entire league. He’s 5-0 in seven starts, and the team is 6-1 behind him. He’s not fancy – his ERA is over four, and he has as many career walks as strikeouts – but he has got the job done consistently, and the lines he’s facing haven’t yet caught up to how he is playing.

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