The Washington Nationals (19-17) and Oakland Athletics (22-15) will close out a MLB interleague series Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET

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The Detroit Tigers (48-39) and Cleveland Indians (46-42) will close out a four-game American League Central series Monday night at Progressive Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET

Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians 

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The Cleveland Indians (30-27) and New York Yankees (32-25) will continue a three-game American League series Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees 

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Two second-place teams do battle in the first game of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field

Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

Los Angeles starts a seven-game road trip tonight leading into the All-Star break, after posting a dominating 11-0 home victory over the Kansas City Royals on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.  The Angels also made some moves to boost the team’s offense over the weekend, but will play out the week with a shorter pitching staff.  “We’re looking right now to get through the week with 11 pitchers,” manager Mike Scioscia said.  The Halos have won five of their last six road games and are an MLB-best 12-3 in their last 15 road contests.  Overall, the team is an incredible 122-86 on the road the past three years (+4,330).  Los Angeles also brings a 25-12 record into this contest since May 25, which is the best mark in the American League.  The club leads the season series 2-0 over the White Sox, picking up a two-game sweep on May 19-20.

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Saturday MLB Handicapper Report – (Complete)

Baltimore Orioles

  • Baltimore would capture its first road series victory of the year with a win today or tomorrow.  The Orioles are 0-9-1 in road series since September 11-13, 2009.
  • The Orioles are now 13-12 in the all-time series against Washington.  They won the season series in 2009, 4-2, taking two of three in D.C.
  • OF Adam Jones has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-53 and raising his average from .218 to .254.
  • Baltimore is 10-20 this year against right-handed starters (-710).  The team has compiled a .257 batting average against righties while scoring 3.7 runs per game.
  • Pitching staff has allowed at least one run in the eighth inning or later in 24 of their 43 games this season.  The Orioles have allowed the tying or go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning or later 10 times.
  • SP Brad Bergesen has allowed just 22 runners in 19.1 innings in his last three starts, compared to 27 runners in 10.1 innings of work in his first three starts of the season.
  • Bergesen is just 1-5 with a 4.45 ERA in his career away from Camden Yards.

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The Angels and Cardinals prepare for Game 2 of an interleague clash, with both scheduled starters looking to turn around their season.

Los Angeles Angels at St. Louis Cardinals

Los Angeles struggled to shut down St. Louis’ offense in the first three innings on Friday night, ultimately falling, 9-5, in the first game of the series.  The Angels started the year 4-2 on the road, but are now 4-11 in their last 15 road games (-320 overall).  One of the main problems for the team offensively is producing extra-base hits, as the team has just 123 compared to 168 by their opponents this season.  The starting rotation has been the team’s main barometer in the first 44 games this season, posting a 1.70 ERA in 20 wins and a 7.65 ERA in 24 losses.  The Angels are in the middle of a stretch of playing 21 of 27 games on the road, as they will fly the most air miles of any team in 2010 (50,509).

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It’s amazing to me how uncompetitive this round of the NHL playoffs is. I felt confident that the finals this year was going to be a rematch of last year, but I thought that Detroit and Pittsburgh would at least have to fight for their berth. The game this afternoon was so one-sided it wasn’t even entertaining. I actually felt bad for the Blackhawks. Yesterday was just as bad – Pittsburgh never gave Carolina a chance. You never want a team to look past their current opponent, but I’m certainly looking to the next round. I definitely like Pittsburgh to win it all – Detroit is beat up, and Pittsburgh’s top two players are playing truly spectacular hockey right now.

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