Sports Betting Tips sets up the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins clashing in the first game of a three-game series Monday at Target Field (8:10 pm ET, ESPN).

MLB Odds have the Red Sox as a -125 moneyline favorite, the Twins a +105 home underdog, and the over/under total at 9.

Boston will have Tim Wakefield, who is 6-4 with a 5.03 ERA this season, on the mound for the opener. The righthander last started on Wednesday, going six and two-thirds innings in a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Minnesota will counter with Scott Baker, who is 8-6 with a 3.01 ERA. The righthander last started Aug. 3 against the Los Angeles Angels, when he went three innings in an 11-4 rout.

The Red Sox (69-43 SU) faced the New York Yankees in the finale of their three-game series Sunday night with first place in the AL East on the line. The teams split the first two games. Boston has been average recently, going 5-5 SU in their past 10 games.

The Twins (51-62 SU) are in fourth place in the AL Central division standings and fell 10.5 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers after getting swept by the Chicago White Sox on the weekend. It was Minnesota’s fourth straight loss and the team is 2-8 SU in its past 10.

Sports Picks bettors should know that the teams have met in one series already this season, a four-game set May 6 to 9 won 3-1 by the Red Sox. Head-to-head, the Red Sox have dominated the past 10 meetings, winning seven.

Sports Picks previews the opening of a three-game set as the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox clash on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field (8:10 pm ET, MLB).

MLB Odds have this matchup as a -110 pick’em and the over/under total at 9.5.

The Red Sox will start Tim Wakefield, who is 6-3 with a 5.22 ERA. The righthander last started Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, when he went six innings in a 12-8 win. The White Sox will counter with Gavin Floyd. The righthander is 8-8 with a 4.07 ERA and last started July 22 against the Cleveland Indians, when he went eight innings in a 3-0 win.

Boston (64-38 SU) leads the AL East division by three games over the second place New York Yankees. The Red Sox have the best record in the American League and are 8-2 SU in their past 10 games.

Chicago (51-52 SU) is in third place in the AL Central division, and is 6-4 SU in its past 10 games. The White Sox are 3.5 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers.

Chicago has dominated the Red Sox in the past 10 head-to-head meetings at 9-1 SU. The teams met once previously this year when the White Sox swept a three-game series May 30 to June 1.

The Red Sox are coming off a split of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals, losing the finale 4-3 on Thursday, while the White Sox won a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

MLB Picks previews the slumping Seattle Mariners and the streaking Boston Red Sox clashing in the second game of a three-game set on Saturday at Fenway Park (7:10 pm ET, FOX).

MLB Odds have the Red Sox as a -250 moneyline favorite, the Mariners a +210 road underdog, and the over/under total at 8.5.

The Mariners will start righthander Blake Beaven, who is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Beaven last pitched Sunday against the Texas Rangers, going six and two-third innings in a 3-1 loss. The Red Sox will counter with righthander Josh Beckett, who is 8-3 with a 2.12 ERA this season. Beckett’s last start was July 17 against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he went eight innings in a 1-0 win.

Seattle (43-55 SU) is in a season-worst losing streak, having dropped 12 straight heading into the series opener on Friday. The Mariners are tied for last place in the AL West division with the Oakland A’s.

Boston (59-37 SU) is 8-2 SU in its past 10 games, and in first place in the AL East, two games ahead of the New York Yankees.

The Mariners and Red Sox have met once previously this season. The Mariners won the three-game series April 29 to May 1. But Boston has the edge in the head-to-head series, going 7-3 SU in the past 10 games.

Seattle is coming off a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays in which they were swept, while Boston won two of three against the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB Picks sets up AL East division foes the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays opening a three-game set on Friday at Tropicana Field (7:10 pm ET, MLB).

The Red Sox will have southpaw Andrew Miller on the mound. Miller is 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA this season and last pitched July 7 against the Baltimore Orioles, going five innings in a 10-4 win. The Rays will start fellow lefthander David Price, who is 8-7 with a 3.70 ERA. Price last pitched July 9 against the New York Yankees, going five innings in a 5-4 loss.

Boston (55-35 SU) is once again on top of the AL East thanks to a 9-1 SU run in its past 10 games, which includes a six-game winning streak heading into this series against the Rays. The Red Sox lead the division by one game over the New York Yankees, and now have the second-best record in MLB behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tampa Bay (49-41 SU) sits in third place in the AL East, six games behind the Red Sox. Tampa Bay has been slumping lately, losing two straight and going 4-6 SU in their last 10 games.

The division foes have squared off in two series previously this season, a two-game and three-game set. The Rays are 3-2 SU in the five meetings.

Heading into the All-Star break, the Red Sox swept the Baltimore Orioles in a four-game set. The Rays dropped the final two games of a three-game set against the Yankees.

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game break kicks off Monday with the Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix (8 pm ET, ESPN).

This year, MLB changed things up a bit by naming two captains to represent each league, with those players hand picking the players that would takes part. Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers is the National League captain while David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox is the American League captain.

Fielder is having another stellar season with 22 homers and didn’t go far for his first selection, choosing Milwaukee teammate Rickie Weeks, who has 17 homers so far this season.

Other selections for the Home Run Derby team include Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals, who has 14 home runs this season but has been very good recently, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, who has 22.

Ortiz, the defending Home Run Derby champion, has 19 home runs this season and like Fielder, he went to a teammate for his first choice, taking Adrian Gonzalez, who has 17 homes runs. Gonzalez also leads the majors with 77 RBIs and has a solid .352 batting average.

Ortiz then picked Robinson Cano from the AL East division rival New York Yankees. Cano has just 15 homers but like Matt Holliday, has been hot lately.

Another AL slugger taking part in the Derby is Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, who leads the majors with 31 dingers after taking the home run crown last season with 54.

MLB Betting previews a battle between two of the best teams in MLB as the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in the second game of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday (7 pm ET, ESPN).

MLB Odds have the Phillies as a slight, -110 moneyline favorite, the Red Sox at even (+100) and the over/under total at 10.

Boston will start righthanded pitcher John Lackey, who is 5-6 with a 7.36 ERA on the season. Lackey had a poor showing in his last start last Wednesday, getting pulled after just three and one-third innings in a 5-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Philadelphia will start righthander Vance Worley, who is 2-1 with a 2.90 ERA. Worley’s last action was Friday when he went six innings in a 1-0 win over the Oakland A’s.

Boston is 45-32 SU and has rebounded from a dreadful start to the season, and is just 1.5 games back of the first-place New York Yankees in the American League East division. But the Red Sox have been sub-par recently at 4-6 SU in their past 10 games, including 1-4 SU in their past five.

Philadelphia is 49-30 SU, the best overall record in the majors. The Phillies lead the NL East division by 4.5 games over the Atlanta Braves and are 6-4 SU in their past 10.

The Phillies won the opener 5-0 on Tuesday, cashing as a -140 home favorite. The Red Sox lead the head-to-head series, going 6-4 SU in the past 10 meetings.

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 previews the finale of a three-game interleague series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park (1:35 pm ET, TBS).

MLB Odds have the Red Sox as a -115 moneyline favorite and the over/under total at 9.5.

The Brewers will start Yovani Gallardo, who has an ERA of 3.76 and an 8-3 record, and last pitched on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, going seven innings in a 5-4 loss. The Red Sox will have Tim Wakefield on the mound. The righthander is 3-2 with a 4.29 ERA, and last started Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he went seven innings in a 4-0 loss.

Both the Brewers (39-32 SU) and the Red Sox (42-27 SU) are leading their respective divisions, Milwaukee sitting atop the National League Central division, one game ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals, and Boston leading the second-place New York Yankees by 2.5 games in the AL East.

The Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball, going 9-1 SU in their past 10 games. They had reeled off nine straight wins before having their streak snapped by the Tampa Bay Rays last week. Boston has won three straight since that setback. Milwaukee is 5-5 SU in its past 10.

Boston beat the Brewers 10-4 in the series opener on Friday, covering as a -128 home favorite. The teams had not squared off since May, 2008, when Boston swept a three-game set. The Red Sox have won six straight against Milwaukee.

MLB Picks previews the opening of a three-game set between AL East division rivals the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field (7:10 pm ET, FOX, NESN).

MLB Odds will have the Red Sox as favorites for the opener.

Boston (39-26 SU) is the best team in baseball right now, having won nine straight games. The Red Sox have a 2-game lead atop the AL East over the second-place New York Yankees, and a 4-game lead over the Rays. Tampa Bay (35-30 SU) is 6-4 SU in its past 10 and has won two in a row.

The Red Sox will give the ball to righthander Tim Wakefield, who is 3-1 with a 4.89 ERA this season. His last start was Wednesday against the New York Yankees, when he went five and one-third innings in an 11-6 win. The Rays will counter with righthander James Shields, who is 5-4 with a 2.85 ERA. His last start was against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, when he went seven innings in a 4-3 victory.

Boston swept the AL East rival Toronto Blue Jays on the weekend, destroying the Blue Jays by a combined 30-5 score in the final two games. Tampa Bay beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in their three-game set.

Boston will be looking for payback after the Rays swept a two-game series April 11-12 in which the Red Sox were pounded 19-7 in the two games, including a 16-5 loss in the first game.

MLB Picks previews the second game of a three-game series between bitter AL East division rivals the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium (7 pm ET, ESPN).

MLB Odds have the Yankees as a -130 moneyline favorite and the over/under at 10.

This is the third head-to-head series of the season between the longtime foes, but unlike the previous two series this season, this time first place in the division will be on the line. Boston (33-26 SU) went into the opener Tuesday with three straight wins, and were one game back of the first-place Yankees (33-24 SU), who had won two straight.

The Red Sox will give the ball to Tim Wakefield, who is 2-1 with a 4.25 ERA. The righthander last pitched June 1, going six innings in a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees will have righthander A.J. Burnett, who is 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA, on the mound. He last pitched against the Oakland A’s last Wednesday, going seven innings in a 4-2 win.

Head-to-head, Boston has dominated the season series so far, winning five of the six meetings. That includes a sweep of the three-game set May 13 to May 15. The Red Sox won the last game 7-5 and cashed as a +125 road underdog. Boston is 6-1 SU in the last seven meetings in New York.

The total has gone over in all five of Boston’s last five games overall, and in all five of the Yankees’ last five at home.

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