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Lefty Matt Harrison has become the ace of the World Series favorite Texas Rangers and was the pitcher of the month in June. He could be in line to start Tuesday’s All-Star game as well. Harrison makes his final start of the first half Thursday in the series finale at the White Sox. Bet on Rangers-White Sox and every game at WagerWeb.com.
Minnesota at Detroit – Twins LHP Scott Diamond (7-3, 2.63) vs. Tigers RHP Rick Porcello (6-5, 4.35): Diamond has continued to be the club’s most consistent starter and had another strong start against the Royals on Saturday. He went eight innings for a second straight start and gave up just two runs on six hits. … Porcello has allowed three runs over 20 innings in his past three starts, including seven scoreless frames on four hits last Saturday against the Rays. The stretch has lowered his ERA by nearly a full run and might have solidified his rotation spot.
Texas at Chicago White Sox – Rangers LHP Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16) vs. White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19): Harrison won his seventh straight decision Friday, giving up two runs in eight innings, throwing a season-high 121 pitches. He threw six shutout innings in a win over the White Sox April 8, improving to 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA against them in his career. … The left-handed rookie Quintana actually is human, having seen his scoreless-innings streak of 16 in a row end via a four-run Yankees first inning his last time out. But Quintana settled down to work six innings and pick up the win behind 14 runs of support.
Tampa Bay at Cleveland – Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 3.44) vs. Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (4-5, 5.85): Hellickson was pulled after 2 2/3 innings because of a bruised right shin after being hit with a line drive. X-rays were negative, and the Rays expect him to make his next start. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk before exiting. … Tomlin wasn’t sharp in his last start at Baltimore, but he got the win because of solid run support. Tomlin allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings in the outing, the third time he’s allowed five or more runs in his last four starts.
Kansas City at Toronto – Royals RHP Luke Hochevar (5-8, 5.23) vs. Jays RHP Henderson Alvarez (5-6, 4.15): With his breaking pitches looping more than biting, Hochevar gave up three home runs in a 5-1 loss at Minnesota on Saturday. His string of 16 2/3 scoreless innings was snapped and, oddly, he didn’t have a single strikeout in his six-inning outing. … Alvarez won for the second consecutive outing and picked up his team-leading ninth quality start in a win over the Angels on Saturday. The righty turned in one of his best performances of the year, allowing just one run over seven frames.
Baltimore at LA Angels – Orioles RHP Jake Arrieta (3-9, 5.81) vs. Angels RHP Garrett Richards (2-1, 2.81): Laboring through 100-degree heat and a critical defensive miscue behind him, Arrieta allowed five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings on Saturday, snapping a streak of three consecutive solid outings. … Richards was shelled Saturday, allowing 10 runs (five earned) on nine hits, while walking four and striking out three over just 4.1 innings of an 11-2 blowout loss to Toronto.