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MLB Baseball American League probable pitching matchup and odds

 Wednesday October 3rd, 2012

MLB Baseball American League probable pitching matchup and odds

Ryan Dempster has been mostly good in the American League since arriving from the Cubs other than when he faces the Angels. Dempster takes the mound Wednesday in the regular-season finale against Oakland, which has won the first two games of this series. All that’s on the line is the AL West title, with the loser of Wednesday’s game stuck playing in the one-game wild-card playoff on Friday. Bet on Rangers-A’s and every game at

Texas at Oakland – Rangers RHP Ryan Dempster (12-8, 3.18) vs. A’s RHP A.J. Griffin (7-1, 2.71): Dempster allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Angels on Friday but is still 6-2 with a 3.33 ERA in his last eight starts. He is 7-3 with a 4.64 ERA in 11 starts since being acquired from the Cubs. … Griffin takes the mound against the Rangers in the final game of the season, with the rookie saying he envisioned such scenarios while playing backyard whiffle ball with his brother. Griffin is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA at home this season.

LA Angels at Seattle – Angels RHP Jered Weaver (20-4, 2.73) vs. Mariners RHP Blake Beavan (10-11, 4.68): Weaver reached 20 wins for the first time in his seven-year career on Friday, by limiting the Rangers to two runs in seven innings despite not really having his best stuff. He’s 0-2 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against the Mariners this season. … The 23-year-old Beavan starts the Mariners’ finale, coming off his shortest start of the second half when he lasted just 4 2/3 innings while giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in Oakland. Beavan is 7-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 13 starts since his midseason recall.

Boston at NY Yankees – Red Sox RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-6, 7.68) vs. Yankees RHP H iroki Kuroda (15-11, 3.34): The Japanese righty will end his shortened season — and perhaps his Red Sox career — by pitching the regular-season finale. Opponents have a .295 average against Dice-K on the season. This is his first start of 2012 against the Yankees. … Kuroda seems to be lagging a bit after totaling a new career high with 212 2/3 innings. The Yankees say they aren’t concerned, but he skipped a between-starts session to save bullets last outing, which he won despite allowing 10 Blue Jays hits.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland – White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd (11-11, 4.47) vs. Indians LHP David Huff (3-0, 2.86): The honor of the final start of 2012, barring an astounding turn of events, goes to Floyd. He makes his 29th start overall, and it could be the last in a White Sox uniform if the team doesn’t pick up his option. … Huff has gone 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts since moving out of the ‘pen. On Friday, the lefty beat the Royals at home behind six solid innings (three runs, eight hits, five strikeouts).

Minnesota at Toronto – Twins LHP Scott Diamond (12-8, 3.54) vs. Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (9-7, 3.09): After struggling through five starts with a 1-3 record and 7.36 ERA, Diamond has allowed just three runs in 14 1/3 innings over his last two outings. This will be his first career start in his native Canada. … Morrow will get the ball for the final game of the season and is coming off his best outing in seven starts since returning from the DL. The righty effectively used a four-pitch mix to throw seven scoreless innings to beat the Yanks on Thursday.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay – Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (9-2, 2.78) vs. Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (9-11, 3.20): The 24-year-old Tillman tossed eight innings of one-run ball Friday vs. the Red Sox, giving up just one hit and two walks with four strikeouts. …. Hellickson allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the White Sox on Friday night en route to his 11th loss. If Hellickson can pick up his 10th win, the Rays will have five 10-game winners for the third consecutive year.

Detroit at Kansas City – Tigers RHP Luis Marte (0-0, 3.32) vs. Royals RHP Luis Mendoza (8-9, 4.36): Marte was tabbed as the starter due to a right ankle injury to Max Scherzer. Marte has made 16 career appearances but has never started a game in the Majors. However, he has made 51 starts in the Minors. … Mendoza gets a chance to even his record in the last game of the season. He did well against the Tigers last Thursday at Detroit, giving up four runs (only two earned) in the first two innings and then facing the minimum 15 batters in his last five.

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