Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

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Major League Baseball returns to National Television on Friday night as two games will be regionally covered to satisfy the appetite of betting enthusiasts. The action gets started at 7PM Eastern Time over the MLB Network.

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Most of the nation will be treated to the American League East showdown as the Boston Red Sox visit the New York Yankees to open a three game series. Both teams bullpens should be rested tonight as the Red Sox and Yankees are coming off an off day on Thursday. The scheduled pitching matchup for game one of this series will feature Aaron Cook of the Red Sox on the hill as he will oppose Phil Hughes of the Yankees. Over his past five starts Cook for Boston has allowed just 8 earned runs in 33 1/3rd innings of work. He has one career start against the Yankees and is 0-1 with an ERA of nearly eight runs. Hughes takes the mound for the 20th time this season and has a 9-8 record. He has pitched well of late giving up just 11 earned runs over his past five starts pitching 36 innings. He has one start against the Red Sox this season and is 0-1 with an ERA of over 5 and a WHIP over two. Boston got to Hughes for three earned runs and ten hits over 5 1/3rd innings.

Viewers in New York and Boston will see an American League battle as the Detroit Tigers travel north of the border to face the Toronto Blue Jays. On the mound for the Tigers in the series opener will be Rick Porcello as he faces Carlos Villanueva for the Blue Jays. Villanueva was converted from the bullpen and the right hander has pitched well enough to keep his spot in the Toronto rotation. In four starts Villanueva has given up six earned runs throwing 23 1/3rd innings. Season to date he has an ERA of just 2.86 and opposing hitters bat just .213 against him. Porcello had ridden a roller coaster ride in the 2012 campaign. The veteran right hander is 7-5 in his 19 starts this year with an ERA of 4.40. Batters hit .311 against Porcello this season. He bounced back from a poor outing on July 16th by allowing just one earned run and five hits to the Twins in victory on Saturday.

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