If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty tonight when the Minnesota Twins meet the Indians meet at Jacobs Field in Cleveland.
RHP Carlos Silva will toe the rubber starting for the Twins today. for the Twins on this day. Silva is 10-12 this season with a 4.15 ERA. Silva's opponent in this one will be Paul Byrd. The Indians righthander has a 4.73 ERA to go along with a 12-5 record this season.
Oddsmakers at online wagering leader Sportsbook.com currently have the Indians listed as -129 money line favorites versus the Twins, while the game's total is sitting at 9½. Oddsmakers also favor the Indians to win the three game series with a -150 chalk. Twins backers will be getting +120 juice if they can win the best of three.
The Twins cruised to an 11-3 win over the Orioles last time out, as +170 underdogs at Camden Yards in a sweep of the four-game set. The 14 runs sailed OVER the posted over/under (8).
Jason Bartlett was 2-for-5 with two RBI in leading the Twins, and Rondell White was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer. Scott Baker tossed six innings for the win, allowing seven hits and three runs over six innings.
Travis Hafner drove in the winning run , as the Indians snuck past the Royals 5-3 in 11 innings last time out. The Indians won the game as -145 favorites, and the eight runs were UNDER the posted over/under (8.5).Casey Blake led the Indians with one RBI from two hits in four at bats. Rafael Betancourt tossed two shutout innings for the win, and Joe Borowski closed out the game with his 37th save.
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