Sports Betting Week: Streaking Yankees get AL Pennant Odds Boost

The New York Yankees kick off a three-game series against the Oakland A's on Tuesday night looking to boost their strong 17/2 odds to win this year's American League Pennant on the baseball betting futures at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

New York saw a three-game win streak come to an end on Sunday when they dropped an 8-1 decision to the rival Tampa Bay Rays, but enter Tuesday's A's vs. Yankees betting matchup at Yankee Stadium in control of a slim one-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the hotly-contested AL East.

Overall, New York has struggled to maintain top spot in the division, losing seven of 10 prior to their recent three-game win streak, but have been helped by the Rays, Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, who each failed to close out June on a winning note.

The Rays, who opened a four-game road set against the Kansas City Royals on Monday, ended a seven-game losing streak with their win over the Yankees on Sunday, while the Orioles, who open the week against the Minnesota Twins, have struggled with consistency since winning seven of eight two weeks ago.

Toronto faces a crucial test this week as they continue a lengthy road trip with four contests against the Chicago White Sox. The Blue Jays are 3-5 in their last eight as favorites at the sportsbooks following their torrid 14-2 run in early June.

The Yankees then wrap up the week with a visit to Fenway Park for three games against the surging Boston Red Sox.

Pegged as preseason betting favorites to win this year's AL Pennant, the Red Sox have languished in the AL East basement but have recently shown signs of life, entering their current series against the Miami Marlins with six wins in their previous eight games, drawing to within six games of the division-leading Yankees.

Action heats up in the Octagon this weekend at UFC 189 when UFC Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler puts his belt on the line against Rory MacDonald as a +150 moneyline underdog.

Lawler, who earned a split decision over MacDonald when the two last met at UFC 167, will defend his Welterweight crown for the first time since winning the title by a split decision over the hard-hitting Johny Hendricks at UFC 181.

MacDonald improved to 18-2 with a third-round TKO of Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night 54 back in October, and has moved to a surprising -185 favorite ahead of Saturday's fight after opening at a strong -140 on those betting lines.


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