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Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta Braves snapped a 12-game home losing streak Tuesday, and now will try to give Shelby Miller his first victory in nearly four months when they host the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday

Miller’s winless streak sits at 21 and in 13 of those outings the Braves have not scored a run while he has been in the game, but Atlanta found a way in the series opener to keep the American League East-leading Blue Jays from extending their division lead. Miller faces David Price in a matchup of two of the better pitchers in baseball this season.

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Much like the last series, this three-game set between the Atlanta Bravesand Toronto Blue Jays features two teams trending in opposite directions. Toronto took three out of four from the New York Yankees over the weekend to open up a three-game lead in the American League East. Atlanta found a way to lose Sunday to cap off a four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets.

Before being shutout Sunday, the Blue Jays scored 11, 9, and 10 runs against the Yankees. Against a Braves pitching staff that has struggled mightily in recent months, this does not bode well. Toronto boasts three of the top nine home run hitters in the American League in Josh Donaldson (38), Jose Bautista (35), and Edwin Encarnacion (32). Encarnacion has been especially hot as of late, hitting .341 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in the last month. Speedy outfielder Ben Revere has been going well in recent days too, hitting .435 (10-for-23) during the past week.

The Braves, on the other hand, are in the midst of a miserable stretch. They lead theMets 7-4 with two outs in the ninth inning and the bases empty on Sunday. Three batters, later, Daniel Murphy tied the game with a three-run homer. New York scored three more runs with two outs in the tenth inning, to win 10-7. Atlanta has lost what is believed to be a franchise record 12 straight games at Turner Field. On a brighter note, Andrelton Simmons is hitting .375 (9-for-24) over the last week, and Michael Bourn has reversed some of his bad luck, batting .333 (7-for-21) over that same time.

The Blue Jays lead the Yankees by three games in the AL East and are 37-16 since the All-Star break, fueled by a high-powered offense. Toronto’s top three home-run hitters (Josh Donaldson, 38; Jose Bautista, 35; Edwin Encarnacion, 32) have combined for 105 homers, while the Braves as a team have belted just 89. Encarnacion missed his second consecutive game Tuesday with an injured middle finger on his left hand, and the Blue Jays hope he will be available at some point in the three-game series.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Blue Jays LH David Price (6-1, 2.28 ERA) vs. Braves RH Shelby Miller (5-14, 2.86)

Price has been outstanding in eight starts since being dealt from Detroit to Toronto at the trade deadline, winning four of his last five outings. He beat the Yankees on Friday, striking out seven with two runs allowed on six hits in five innings, and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any start with the Blue Jays. Price has averaged 8.1 strikeouts in his Toronto starts, allowing only three homers in 55 1/3 innings. Miller has taken the loss in his past five outings, even though he has allowed more than four earned runs just once in that stretch. He held the Mets to three runs on seven hits in six innings last time out, but again got no support in a 7-2 defeat. The Braves have averaged 2.37 runs in Miller’s starts this season, the lowest total for any qualifying starter in the majors.

WALK-OFFS

  1. Atlanta has won just four times in its past 28 games but held the top five hitters in Toronto’s lineup to one hit in 19 at-bats with eight strikeouts in the series opener.
  2. Toronto 1B Justin Smoak started for Encarnacion and homered Tuesday, the 95th homer the Blue Jays have slugged on the road this season – second in the majors to Seattle’s 96.
  3. Blue Jays CF Ben Revere is hitless in his past eight at-bats after going 10-for-19 in his previous four games; Revere is hitting .325 in 40 games since being traded from Philadelphia to Toronto.

 

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Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers

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Date: Sept. 14, 2015

Time: 10:20 p.m. EDT

Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Minnesota Vikings kicking off their 2015 NFL season at Levi’s Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers.

The game will mark the official beginning of the Jim Tomsula regime in San Francisco, as the first-year head coach will try to guide quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the rest of his squad to victory in the primetime matchup.

It’s happening a year late, but the Minnesota Vikings will finally see their all-league running back and young quarterback side by side in a game in Monday night’s opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Peterson and Bridgewater are at opposite ends of their careers but figure to overlap the middle portion enough to make Minnesota relevant in the NFC North.

Last year, the team finished 7-9 and are looking to turn things around for football to be exciting again in Minnesota.

On the other hand, the 49ers have also had their share of problems during the summer.

There have been a lot of changes in the team, headlined by a change in the head coaching department as Jim Harbaugh has moved on and Jim Tomsula has come to take his place.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick returns for his fifth season in San Francisco, but he will be protected by an almost entirely different offensive line and distributing the football to a handful of new skill-position players.

Longtime San Francisco running back Frank Gore will be receiving his carries from Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Andrew Luck this season, and the 49ers’ 2009 first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree is across the Bay Bridge hauling in passes from Oakland Raiders second-year quarterback Derek Carr.

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Miami (FL) Hurricanes at Florida Atlantic Owls

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The Miami Hurricanes will take on the Florida Atlantic Owls in one of the college football games on Friday, start time at 8:00 PM ET, at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL. The first time that FAU Stadium will host an opponent from one of the “Power Five” conferences and a game so big that the campus will be closed seven hours before kickoff.

“This is a game that we have had on our calendar,” Partridge said. “You can’t help it. Knowing what the history of Miami has been, to have them in Palm Beach County and knowing what this event is going to be … our kids, our coaches, our staff, our university are excited for this opportunity.”

Miami is a 17-point favorite, and the Hurricanes rolled past FAU 34-6 when the teams met for the first time two years ago. The Hurricanes opened this season with a 45-0 win over Bethune-Cookman, while FAU opened with a 47-44 overtime loss at Tulsa.

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The Miami Hurricanes are coming from a 45-0 victory over Bethune Cookman in Week 1. Brad Kaaya completed 16 of 27 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Mark Walton rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown in 10 attempts while Trayone Gray added 77 yards and one touchdown in eight attempts.

The Florida Atlantic Owls are coming from a 47-44 loss to Tulsa in Week One. Jaquez Johnson completed 23 of 34 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns and added 97 yards in 22 attempts in rushing. On the ground, Greg Howell rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns in 22 attempts. In the receiving end, Jenson Stoshak had 114 yards and one touchdown in seven receptions.

Last week, the Florida Atlantic Owls garnered 263 yards in passing and 300 yards in rushing. Defensively, the Florida Atlantic Owls allowed 424 yards in passing and 194 yards in rushing.

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Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field after a long nine-game road trip to start a ten-game home stand. Tampa Bay, who entered the road trip 64-66 and 4.5 games back of the second wild card, did not help their chances during the trip that started off with such high hopes. After winning the first two games of the road trip in Baltimore, they lost 5 of the next 7 games, losing 2 out of 3 to both the Yankees and Tigers. The end results are a road trip of 4-5, which is even more heartbreaking with two losses coming in extra innings.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have played well for the most part this season but they are going to fall short of the post-season. The Rays are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 33-35 at home, and they are 11 games back in the AL East. As a team the Rays are hitting .250 with Logan Forsythe hitting .287, Evan Longoria hitting .273, and Asdrubal Cabrera hitting .264. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.68 with the starters at 3.65 and the bullpen at 3.74. For game one against the Red Sox the Rays start Chris Archer who has allowed 148 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 228 over 187.1 innings for a 12-11 record and a 2.88 ERA
The Boston Red Sox are in last place in the American League East but they have been more competitive since the All Star Break. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 27-38 on the road, and they are 13 games back in the AL East. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .267 with Xander Bogaerts hitting .318, Mookie Betts hitting .286, and Brock Holt hitting .279. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.50 with the starters at 4.57 and the bullpen at 4.39. For game one against the Rays the Red Sox start Wade Miley who has allowed 174 hits and 83 earned runs while striking out 129 over 168.2 innings for an 11-10 record and a 4.43 ERA.

Tampa Bay is 8-1 at home against a left-handed starter, 2-5 in their last seven games, and 2-5 in Archer’s last seven starts in game one of a series. Boston is 5-1 in their last six games, 2-7 in their last nine road games against a team with a losing home record, and 0-5 in Miley’s last five road starts. Tampa Bay is 0-4 in Archer’s last four starts against the Red Sox.

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Thursday Night College Football. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start time.

A pair of potential giant killers this season, both Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky will be on the road next week against power five conference teams.Western Kentucky isn’t looking for “revenge,” so much as they’re looking to play a good game against a good football team. Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, is coming off an offensive show out against Southern, where the Bulldogs dropped 52 points in the first half, Jeff Driskel threw for 247 yards on 12-of-15 passing and Kenneth Dixon rushed for 106 yards on only nine touches.

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The Hilltoppers already went on the road against Vanderbilt last week, knocking off an SEC team while holding them to just 12 points. Leon Allen didn’t have a big day from out of the backfield, but the defense was able to do just enough to help the sputtering Hilltopper offense find a way to win. The Hilltoppers played well down the stretch, as well, but had to make a stop on the Commodores 2-point conversion that would have tied the game with right around 30 seconds left in the game.

Louisiana Tech looks solid with Florida graduate transfer Jeff Driskel, who threw four touchdowns and ran for another one against Southern in a 62-15 opening win.

Both of these teams piled up points a season ago, ranking in the Top 15 nationally. Western Kentucky’s defense kept them from being great, the Bulldog defense helped them reach nine victories. That defense should play a big role in this contest, but Western Kentucky’s offense certainly dynamic.

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Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Yankees square off for four games starting Thursday, separated in the American League East by 1.5 games, Toronto with the advantage.

After the rubber match Wednesday night against the Red Sox, the Blue Jays continue their 10-game road trip with a pivotal four-game series at Yankee Stadium against their closest rival.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: LH David Price (14-5, 2.43) vs RH Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04)

Friday, 7 p.m.: RH Marco Estrada (11-8, 3.36) vs. RH Ivan Nova (6-7, 4.50)

Saturday, 1 p.m.: RH Marcus Stroman (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.15)

Sunday, 1 p.m.: RH R.A. Dickey (10-10, 4.01) vs. RH Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.57)

This is the biggest series of the season for both clubs, who have been separated by fewer than two games for the better part of a month now. Prior to Wednesday night’s action, the Jays held a slim, 1.5 game lead atop the division. Despite a number of key injuries, the Yankees have showed no signs they are prepared to concede the pennant. The Jays and Yankees are first and second in runs scored this season, and first and fourth in run differential.

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On Thursday, New York rookie Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04) will face lefty David Price (14-5, 2.43).

Severino struck out nine Blue Jays on August 16 over 6.0 innings and Price, who the Blue Jays nabbed from Detroit at the trade deadline, has allowed three earned runs in 14.1 innings against New York this season.

But beyond Severino, the Yankees’ rotation is in flux. With Nathan Eovaldi out possibly the rest of the season with elbow trouble, New York hasn’t yet named any starters for the next three games, though they’re likely to stay in rotation

The Blue Jays sport among the league’s best offense; since August 1 they have baseball’s top on-base percentage (.348) with the third-most homers (56.)

But Yankees aren’t exactly slouching: they have 47 homers and the third-most walks, 127, in that time.

While it will likely feel like a playoff atmosphere at 161st street in the Bronx, Girardi said in terms of the rotation, it will be probably be decided in the next day or so. Losing the first two games wouldn’t effect Saturday or Sunday in that regard.

Rain began to fall late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning in New York City, and the forecast for the first of a four-game series between the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays doesn’t look promising.

Several forecasts early Thursday morning have rain falling steadily through the morning and then picking up in the afternoon and evening.

That is not good news for those hoping to see some baseball. If the game is rained out, it would be the first Yanks’ washout all season.

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How to Pick Your Winning Horse

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Most people do not win at horse racing. They do not study horse racing and handicapping information. They do not have a game play for handicapping and betting on horse races.

Get familiar with reading the race day program. 

Your ability to successfully handicap horses will depend upon your ability to read the race day program. The program is crammed with information that you can use to make smarter bets.

Equibase, the company that creates all the race day programs for every track in the U.S., has a great interactive guide on how to read their race day programs. If you’ve never been to the horse races before, play around with it before you go.

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Look at what class levels the horse has been racing at. 

There are different levels of competition, or classes, in horse racing.  As you go up in class, you’ll find better performing horses and higher purses. There are four race classes: maiden races, claiming races, allowance races, and stakes race

Past performance on surface type. 

Racetracks have different surfaces that the horses run on. Some have natural dirt and grass tracks while others have artificial “all-weather” tracks. Horses perform differently on each type of surface. Some horses love dirt tracks, but don’t like the feel of artificial tracks and vice versa. The program tells you each horse’s past performance on the different surface types.

History with jockey. 

I like to look at a jockey’s performance history in the program. If a jockey consistently places in first, second, or third no matter what horse he or she is riding, it’s a good indicator of talent.

Consider the odds.

For every race, each horse will have the odds of it winning next to its name in the program. The favorite to win is the horse with the lowest odds. While past performance doesn’t guarantee future results, the statistics show that over time going for the race favorite pays off. If you:

  • Bet the race favorite to win, he pays off 33% of the time.
  • Bet the race favorite to place (comes in 1st or 2nd), the favorite pays off 53% of the time.
  • Bet the race favorite to show (comes in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd), the favorite pays off 67% of the time.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to handicap horses that gives you a good chance of a small return on your money, just bet the race favorite to show.

Watch the horse in the paddock. 

Before every race, the horses are paraded around in an area of the track called the paddock. It gives you a chance to see how the horse looks and is behaving before the race starts.

 

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Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox

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(espn.go.com)- They came out of the Boston Red Sox’ bullpen in numbers typically seen only spilling out of a circus clown car. Jean Machi, Tommy Layne, Noe Ramirez, Junichi Tazawa, Robbie Ross Jr., all in the span of 13 batters.

And for four taut innings, it worked. Torey Lovullo was using more pitchers (six) than the Toronto Blue Jays had hits (three), and the Red Sox had pushed the Jays into extra innings.

But Sox pitcher No. 7, Alexi Ogando, proved one too many, as the Blue Jays scored four times in a 10th inning that featured three hits, an intentional walk, a wild pitch, a balk, a sacrifice fly and two crew-chief reviews on the same play.

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The 5-1 win enabled the Jays to gain a full game on the New York Yankees, 2-1 losers in the Bronx on a ninth-inning home run by Baltimore’s Chris Davis. The Jays lead the AL East by 1.5 games with 24 games to play, one fewer than the Yanks have left.

The play that got all the attention in the New York City video room was Josh Donaldson’s high drive that hit the top of the Green Monster. The ball caromed back onto the field as Donaldson high-tailed it into third, his head-first slide just beating the throw from shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who had hustled to back up the play.

The first review determined that the ball had indeed remained in play and hit off the lip of the wall, not the top of it, which would have made it a home run.

The second review confirmed that Donaldson was indeed safe at third, his triple Toronto’s first hit since Troy Tulowitzki’s single in the sixth.

Jose Bautista flied out to shallow center field for the first out, Donaldson holding, and the Sox elected to issue an intentional walk to Edwin Encarnacion. But Tulowitzki crossed up the strategy by shooting a ground-ball single through the shortstop hole to score Donaldson, and then Ogando became unglued.

Chris Colabello followed with another ground-ball single that glanced off the glove of Bogaerts and continued into center field, the hit scoring pinch-runnerDalton Pompey and sending Tulowitzki to third.

Ogando balked him home, threw a wild pitch that put Colabello on third, and Kevin Pillar followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Jays had scored their first run in the first without the benefit of a hit. Leadoff man Ben Revere was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch by Sox starter Henry Owens, stole third and scored on Encarnacion’s infield out.

The Sox tied it in the second, when Travis Shaw lined his ninth home run of the season into the right-field seats in the second off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Dickey went six. Owens, who hit two batters, threw two wild pitches and committed a balk, was lifted after a walk and single with one out in the sixth. Machi entered and ended the threat when Pillar hit into a double play, and the Sox’s pen held Toronto hitless until Ogando appeared.

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Types of Horse Racing Bets

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You have two categories of wagers to choose from when you bet on the ponies: straight wagers and exotic wagers.

Straight Bets

With straight bets, you are betting on one horse to do a specific thing – Win, Place, or Show. Straight bets require a minimum risk of $2 on track, or you can bet as little as $1 through a betting outlet such as Pinnacle. Below are the types of straight bets as well as a brief description of each. Go to our betting strategy page for a more complete description of each type of bet.

  • Win – You win if your horse finishes 1st.
  • Place – You win if your horse finishes 1st or 2nd.
  • Show – You win if your horse finishes 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.
  • Across The Board– When you bet across the board, you’re betting your horse to win, place, AND show.
  • Win/Place, Place/Show– Similar to an across-the-board bet in that you’re making multiple straight wagers in a single bet

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Exotic Wagers

Exotic wagers allow you to bet on multiple horses in a single bet, allowing you to increase your profit potential.

  • Exacta – You win if you select the 1st and 2nd place horses in a race in the “exact” order.
  • Trifecta – You win if you select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place horses in a race in the correct order of finish.
  • Superfecta – You win if you select the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place horses in a race in the correct order of finish.
  • Daily Double – Daily Doubles require that you pick the winner of two consecutive races before the running of the first race in the sequence of races. Daily Doubles are usually offered on the first and last two races of each racing card.
  • Pick 3 – You win if you select the winner of three consecutive races. The bet must be placed prior to the running of the first race in the sequence.
  • Pick 4 – You win if you select the winner of four consecutive races. The bets must be placed prior to the running of the first race of the Pick 4 sequence.
  • Head-to-Head – Some tracks offer a head-to-head (H2H) wager. The H2H wager is a race within a race. You pick one of the two designated horses in the race. If your horse finishes in front of the other horse, you win.

 

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Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

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Sonny Gray (12-7, 2.36 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (59-79) take on Scott Kazmir (7-9, 2.50 ERA) and the Houston Astros (75-63) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 10-9 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on CSCA and RTSW.

Gray pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 9-4 defeat to the Angels. Kazmir went 4.1 innings, surrendering two runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in an 8-3 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Carlos Correa (.281, 39 Rs, 17 HRs, 50 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.

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Oakland is a slim -110 favorite at home against Houston. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -2,876 and a record as the favorite of 32-36. Oakland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 16-17 and 26-32 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.7 runs per game. They average 4.2 runs per game on the season. Oakland’s pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.2 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.2. The Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.3 hits per game so far this season.

In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 30-28 record and an overall money line of +573. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 5-5 SU record over the same span. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 188 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 103 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston’s pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.29 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.18 for the season.

The Athletics have a bad 12-28 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 49-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

 

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