MLB Betting: Tigers, Tribe continue AL Central duel

It's not surprising that the Detroit Tigers sit in first place in the American League Central standings heading into the start of the second half of the season this weekend, but their main competitor for first place in the division is unexpected – the Cleveland Indians. Those teams continue their fight for top spot in the AL Central this weekend.

Detroit comes out of the All-Star Break with a 52-42 record and a 1.5-game lead on Cleveland in the AL Central standings, and they will return to action on Friday night as they open up a three-game MLB betting series against the Royals in Kansas City.

The Royals are eight games back of the Tigers in the division race, but they've managed to pay out on the baseball betting lines in three of their five matchups so far this season. The Royals and Tigers split a pair of games in Detroit back in late April, with Kansas City then winning two of three games at home in a series in the middle of June. The UNDER has paid out in each of the last three games between the teams.

Cleveland returns from the break on Friday night in the opener of their three-game series on the road against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are 12 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central standings, and 10.5 games behind the Indians in the division.

And the Tribe have managed to pay off against the Twins for baseball bettors so far in 2013, picking up the win in four of their six meetings – with all the games in Cleveland.

Cleveland will then head out to Seattle for a three-game road series against the Mariners starting next Monday night, while Detroit will play a four-game series in Chicago against the White Sox early next week. The Tigers and ChiSox have only met three times so far this season, with Chicago getting the win in two of those contests.

Elsewhere around the American League this weekend it'll be Tampa Bay at Toronto, the Yankees at Boston, Seattle at Houston, Oakland at the Angels, and Baltimore at Texas, with the Rangers trailing the Athletics by two games in the AL West standings coming out of the All-Star Break. Texas is just 2-2 against Baltimore so far this season.

The Rangers then host the Yankees starting on Monday night, with New York in fourth place in the AL East standings heading into the weekend – six games back of the first-place Red Sox. Texas won two of three games in New York when they met in June.

Also on the AL slate early next week are Tampa Bay at Boston, Baltimore at Kansas City, Oakland at Houston, and Minnesota at the Angels, with the Blue Jays playing host to the Dodgers in interleague MLB betting action at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.


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