The Philadelphia Phillies (29-31) and Baltimore Orioles (32-26) will continue a three-game interleague series on Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 ET

Philadelphia Phillies at Baltimore Orioles

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The Rangers have a seemingly insurmountable lead in the AL West division, but tonight’s opponent looks to start chopping it down in Arlington.

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers

Oakland opened up its 10-game road trip in Cleveland and missed an opportunity to collect a sweep with a 3-2 loss on Thursday night.  “We’ll get on the flight and go get ‘em on Friday,” manager Bob Geren said.  “We have to be ready.”  The Athleticis have won six of their last nine games overall and are 22-17 since July 10, which is the fourth-best record in the American League over that span.  The starting staff has been key in the team’s success over the last 18 games, allowing three earned runs or less and tossing six innings in all of those contests.  The club fell a game below .500 in August with last night’s loss (11-12, -190) and is 35-47 overall during the month the past three seasons (-560).  Oakland has produced a winning 19-18 record against divisional opponents in 2010, but has gone 68-83 versus Western foes over the last three campaigns (-1,060).

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Both teams are coming off disappointing defeats in starting a crucial three-game series in Arlington.

Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers

Boston will look to rebound from a disappointing 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday in Toronto, as closer Jonathan Papelbon suffered his sixth blown save of the season.  “I didn’t have much power or energy in my delivery today,” said Papelbon.  The Red Sox are now 4-3 on their current 10-game road trip and have fallen four games back in the wild card race behind the Rays.  The collapse of the bullpen was unusual, with the unit posting a 1.57 ERA over its last 15 games and the closer’s 0.75 ERA in 24 previous appearances against the Blue Jays.  The club is 10-5 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season (+600) and the total is 7-7 O/U in those contests.  Boston is just 7-6 over the course of this month, but is a fantastic 41-27 in August the last three years (+900).

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The Tigers dominating win streak over the Rangers at Comerica Park ended last night, but the team may be primed to start another.

Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers

Texas has won 13 of its last 16 games on the road and snapped an 11-game losing streak in Detroit with an 8-6 victory.  Outfielder Nelson Cruz’s 14th inning home run allowed the Rangers to win their fourth in five games and extend their lead to five games in the AL West.  The club is 7-9 in July (-1,100), but still carry the league’s third-best overall record and fifth in the Majors.  Despite Monday’s victory, it’s important to note the team has still been outscored 90-35 in its last 12 games at Comerica Park.  The Rangers have been a road favorite of -125 to -150 just seven times this season (4-3, Even) and 15 times over the last three years (8-7, -130).

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One of the biggest mistakes baseball bettors – and especially those who only play the sport casually – make is to only pay attention to the pitchers with names and reputations that they know when baseball betting. Sometimes starting pitchers with names don’t perform up to those names. More significantly, there are a lot of pitchers out there that casual fans have never heard of who are providing serious boosts to the wallets of fans. Here’s a look at eight guys who aren’t exactly household names, but who should be based on the profits they have been producing this year:

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The Rangers are marked as a home underdog on Saturday afternoon, as they host the best team in Major League Baseball.

Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers

Tampa Bay is currently 2-2 on its current road trip after dropping the series opener at Texas, 9-6, at the Ballpark in Arlington.  Friday night’s defeat dropped the team to 26-3 on the year when producing five or more runs at the plate.  The Rays are still a dominating 21-7 on the road (+1,400), as only six major league teams have had a better road record after 28 games since 1900.  The team has outscored opponents 166-89 away from Tropicana Field.  Tampa is now 2-1 this month, but has compiled an impressive 37-18 record over the last three years during June (+1,790).  Total bettors need to be aware that the pitching staff has allowed only 198 runs this season, the fewest in the American League (25-28 O/U).

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