MLB Picks previews the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians opening a three-game series at Progressive Field on Monday (6:35 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Yankees as a -130 moneyline favorite, the Indians a +110 underdog, and the over/under total at 8.5.

The Yankees will start righthander AJ Burnett, who is 8-6 with a 4.05 ERA. He last started Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, when he went seven innings in a 5-2 win. The Indians will counter with righthander Josh Tomlin, who is 9-4 with a 3.86 ERA. Tomlin’s last start was Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, when he went seven innings in a 6-4 loss.

Both teams lead their respective American League divisions.

New York (50-31 SU) is in first place in the AL East and have been red-hot recently, winning seven straight and going 8-2 SU in their past 10. Cleveland (44-37 SU) leads the AL Central by a half-game and have been mediocre lately, going 5-5 SU in their past 10.

This is the second meeting between the teams this season. New York won a four-game set June 10-13 by a 3-1 count. The Yankees dominated the first three games, outscoring the Indians 24-8, before losing the finale 1-0. New York is 8-2 SU in the past 10 meetings.

The Yankees finished off the latest edition of the Subway Series on Sunday. The Yankees won the first two games against the New York Mets and the finale went into extra innings. Cleveland won the first two games of a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds before losing the finale Sunday.

Baseball Picks previews the finale of the latest edition of the Freeway Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels battle in interleague play Sunday at Angel Stadium (8:10 pm ET, ESPN).

MLB Odds have the Angels as a -140 moneyline favorite, the Dodgers a +120 moneyline underdog, and the over/under total at 7.5.

The Dodgers will start Chad Billingsley, who is 7-6 with a 4.22 ERA. The righthander last started June 27, going six innings in a 15-0 rout of the Minnesota Twins. The Angels will have Ervin Santana on the mound. The righthander is 3-8 with a 4.08 ERA, and last pitched on Monday against the Washington Nationals, going eight innings in a 4-3 win.

The Dodgers opened the series with a 5-0 win on Friday, cashing as a -115 road favorite. The score went under the total of 7. The teams’ first meeting of the season was just 10 days ago, when the Angels won a three-game set 2-1.

The Dodgers are 37-46 SU so far this season. They are in last place of the NL West division, 10 games back of the first-place San Francisco Giants, and are 5-5 SU in the past 10 games.

The Angels are 42-41 SU and sit in second in the AL West, two games back of the division-leading Texas Rangers. The Angels are 7-3 SU in their past 10 games.

Sports Picks sets up the second game of the latest installment of the Subway Series as the New York Yankees and the New York Mets clash on Saturday at Citi Field (4:10 pm ET, FOX).

The Bronx Bombers are 48-31 SU and are one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball, and have moved past the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East division. New York has a 2.5-game lead over the slumping Red Sox.  The Yankees are 8-2 SU in their past 10 games and have won five straight.

The Mets are 41-39 SU and are in third place in the NL East division, 10 games back of the first-place Philadelphia Phillies. They are 6-4 in their past 10 and had a four-game win streal snapped Thursday by the Detroit Tigers.

The Yankees will give the ball to Bartolo Colon, who is 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA. The righthander’s last start was back on June 11 when he went six and two-thirds innings in a 4-0 win over the Cleveland Indians. The Mets will have Dillon Gee, who is 8-1 with a 3.01 ERA, on the mound. Gee’s last start was Sunday against the Texas Rangers, when he went six innings in an 8-5 win.  

This is the second time the crosstown rivals have met this season. The Yankees won the first series 2-1 in May. In the past 10 games of the head-to-head series, the Yankees are 6-4 SU.

Sports Picks takes a look at a pair of crosstown MLB rivalries this weekend, starting with the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs opening a three-game interleague series Friday at Wrigley Field (2:20 pm ET, FOX).

The White Sox will give the ball to righthander Edwin Jackson, who is 4-6 with a 4.13 ERA. He last started Friday, going seven innings in a 9-5 loss against the Washington Nationals. The Cubs will start Randy Wells, who is 1-2 with a 6.25 ERA. The righthander last pitched Sunday when he faced the Kansas City Royals, going six innings in a 6-3 loss.

The White Sox (39-42 SU) are third in the AL Central division, four games behind both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. The Cubs (33-48 SU) are fifth in the NL Central division, 11 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.

Later Friday, the New York Yankees and the New York Mets meet in the opener of the latest Subway Series at Citi Field (7:10 pm ET, FOX).

The Yankees will start Ivan Nova, who is 7-3 with a 4.19 ERA. The righthander last started Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, going six innings in a 6-4 win. The Mets will give the ball to Jonathon Niese, who is 7-6 with a 3.67 ERA. The lefty got his last start Saturday against the Texas Rangers, going five and two-thirds innings in a 14-5 win.

The Yankees (47-31 SU) are 8-2 SU in their past 10 games and have won four straight. They have a 2.5-game lead atop the AL East division. The Mets (41-39 SU) are 7-3 in their past 10, and have also won four straight. They are third in the NL Central, 9.5 games back of the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.

MLB Picks previews the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies opening a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday (7:05 pm ET, FOX).

MLB odds have the Phillies as a -125 money line favorite and the over/under total at 7.

Boston will start right-hander Josh Beckett, who is 6-2 with a league-best 1.86 ERA. After suffering through the stomach flu the past 10 days, Beckett hasn’t started since June 15, when he faced the division trival Tampa Bay Rays and went the full nine innings in a 3-0 win. The Phillies will go with lefthander Cliff Lee, who is 8-5 with a 2.87 ERA. Lee also went the full nine innings and gave up no runs in his last outing, a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

This matchup features two of the top teams in MLB. The Red Sox (45-32 SU) are second place in the AL East, a half game behind of the New York Yankees. Boston has slipped a bit in recent games, going 5-5 SU in their past 10, but has the same number of wins as the Yankees. The Phillies (49-30 SU) have the best overall record in the majors and lead the NL East division by five games over the Atlanta Braves. Philadelphia is 6-4 SU in its past 10 games and

Head-to-head, Boston has dominated the past 10 meetings at 7-3 SU. The teams last met in a three-game set last June, won 2-1 by the Red Sox.

MLB Picks sets up the Cincinnati Reds and the Tampa Bay Rays clashing in the opener of a three-game interleague series on Monday at Tropicana Field (7:10 pm ET, ESPN).

MLB Odds opened with the game a -110 moneyline pick’em and the over/under total at 7.5.

The Reds will give the ball to Mike Leake, who is 6-3 with a 4.18 ERA this season. The righthander last started Wednesday against the New York Yankees, when he went six innings in a 4-2 loss. The Rays will have righthander Jeremy Hellickson on the mound. He is 7-6 with a 3.09 ERA, and his last start was Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers when he went six innings in a 5-1 loss to the Brewers.

Cincinnati (40-38 SU) is in fourth place in the tightly packed National League Central division, three games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds are 5-5 SU in the past 10 games. Tampa Bay (43-34 SU) is in third place in the American league East division, two games back of the first-place Boston Red Sox. The Rays are 7-3 SU in the past 10 and had won three straight heading into play Sunday.

The teams haven’t squared off since 2005, when Cincinnati swept a three-game series. The Reads are a perfect 6-0 SU in the past six games of the head-to-head series.

The Reds hammered the Baltimore Orioles 10-5 in the second game of a three-game set Saturday, covering as a -110 road favorite and evening the series at 1-1. The Rays beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Saturday as a -115 road favorite.

MLB Picks previews the New York Mets and the Texas Rangers closing out a three-game set on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark (3:05 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Rangers as a -130 moneyline favorite and the over/under total at 9.5.

Texas got off to a great start in this interleague series on Friday, hammering the Mets 8-1. The Rangers covered the spread as a -165 moneyline favorite, while the score just barely stayed under the over/under total of 9.5.

The Mets will give the ball to righthander Dillon Gee, who is 7-1 SU and has a 2.88 ERA this season. Gee last started Tuesday against the Oakland A’s, going just four innings in a 7-3 loss. The Rangers will start lefthander Derek Holland, who is 6-2 and has an ERA of 4.69. Holland’s last start was Monday when he went seven and one-third innings in an 8-3 win against the Houston Astros.

New York (37-39 SU) is in fourth place in the NL East division, and 10 games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets are 5-5 SU in the past 10 games. Texas (41-36 SU) is in first place in the AL West division, and two games in front of both the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers are 5-5 SU in the past 10 games.

Before kicking off the series Friday, New York won a three-game set against the A’s 2-1. Texas beat the Houston Astros 2-1 in their three-game set last week.

MLB Picks previews the Cleveland Indians and the San Francisco Giants clashing Saturday in the second tilt of a three-game interleague series at AT&T Park (4:10 pm ET, FOX).

The Indians will start righthander Justin Masterson, who is 5-5 with a 3.18 ERA this season. Masterson’s last start was Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, when he went five innings in a 5-2 win. The Giants will counter with righthander Matt Cain, who is 6-4 with a 3.44 ERA. His last start was Sunday against the Oakland A’s. He went seven innings in a 2-1 loss.

Cleveland (40-33 SU) leads the AL Central division by one game over the Detroit Tigers, while San Francisco (41-34 SU) is a half game behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West division.

Head-to-head, the teams last met in June, 2008, when San Francisco won a three-game series 2-1. All three games stayed under the over/under total.

Also Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels clash in the second game of a three-game interleague series at Dodger Stadium (4:10 pm ET, FOX).

The Angels will give the ball to righthander Tyler Chatwood, who is 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA so far this season. Chatwood’s last start was Sunday against the New York Mets. He went seven innings in a 7-3 win. The Dodgers will counter with righthander Hiroki Kuroda, who is 5-8 with a 3.07 ERA. Kuroda’s last start was Sunday, when he went seven innings in a 1-0 win against the Houston Astros.

Sports Picks previews the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers meeting Friday to open a three-game interleague set at Dodger Stadium (10:10 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Betting has the Angels as a -140 moneyline favorite and the over/under total at 6.5.

The Angels (37-39 SU) are 6-4 SU in their past 10 games and sit third in the AL West, three games behind the first-place Texas Rangers. The Dodgers (34-42 SU) are 4-6 SU in their past 10 and are fourth in the NL West, 7.5 games back of the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Angels will have righthander Dan Haren on the mound. Haren is 5-5 with a 2.99 ERA this season, and got his last start Sunday against the New York Mets, lasting just four innings in a 6-1 loss. The Dodgers will go with Rubby De La Rosa, who is 2-1 with a 5.52 ERA. The righthander’s last start was Sunday against the Houston Astros, when he went four and two-thirds innings in a 7-0 loss.

Also Friday, the Colorado Rockies and the New York Yankees open a three game interleague series at Yankee Stadium (7:05 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Yankees as a -145 moneyline favorite and the over/under total at 9.

The Rockies (37-37 SU) are in third place in the NL West division, 3.5 games back of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks, while the Yankees (43-30 SU) are second in the AL East, but are just a half-game of the first-place Boston Red Sox.

Colorado will start righthander Ubaldo Jimenez, who is 2-7 with a 4.68 ERA. New York will start righthander AJ Burnett, who is 7-5 with a 4.05 ERA.

Baseball Picks previews the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Kansas City Royals squaring off in the finale of a three-game interleague set on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium (8:10 pm ET, FOX).

MLB odds have the Diamondbacks as a -130 moneyline favorite and the over/under total at 8.5.

Arizona (40-34 SU) is 6-4 SU in its past 10 games, and is in first place in the NL West division, but held just a slight, half-game lead over the second-place San Francisco Giants heading into action Wednesday.

Kansas City (31-42 SU) has struggled mightily, sitting in last place in the AL Central division, 8.5 games off the pace. The Royals have lost three straight and five of their past six games.

Arizona will give the ball to righthanded pitcher Daniel Hudson, who is 8-5 with a 3.56 ERA. He last pitched Friday against the Chicago White Sox, when he went the full nine innings in a 4-1 win.

Kansas City will counter with righthander Felipe Paulino, who has a 0-0 record and a 2.78 ERA this season. He last pitched on Friday, when he went six innings in a 5-4 win against the division rival St. Louis Cardinals.

Arizona won the opener 7-2 on Tuesday. This is the first series between the teams since a three-game set in June, 2009, which the Diamondbacks won 2-1. After getting shut out 5-0 in the opener of that series, the D-Backs blasted the Royals in the final two games, outscoring them 24-10.

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