08/11/2012 - Minneapolis, MN (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - B.J. Upton and Matt Joyce homered in a three-run first inning, helping David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, at Target Field.
Upton finished with a pair of homers and drove in three runs for the Rays, who have won five straight at a critical juncture to get back into the AL Wild Card race. Ben Zobrist added three hits in the victory.
Price (15-4) won his seventh straight decision, giving up two runs and seven hits in seven solid innings. Fernando Rodney locked down his 35th save with a perfect ninth inning.
Brian Dozier homered for the Twins, losers of three straight. Nick Blackburn (4-8) was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs on 11 hits and a walk in six-plus frames.
All the offense Tampa Bay needed to support Price on Saturday came not only in the opening inning, but with the first three batters.
Desmond Jennings laced the first pitch of the game into center for a single, and Upton provided a 2-0 lead with a homer one pitch after attempting to bunt.
Joyce went back-to-back with his 14th homer of the season, and Price went to work from there.
He got into a little jam in the second, when Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau singled consecutively to start the inning. Willingham scored on Darin Mastroianni's infield hit, but Price induced a double play to prevent further damage and preserve a two-run lead.
Price got through the next two innings without a baserunner, and Upton restored the three-run margin with a two-out solo homer in the fifth.
It's the third career multi-homer game for Upton and the first since April 14, 2010.
Dozier's solo shot in the fifth brought the Twins back to within two, but Price was able to slam the door shut on Minnesota. The Twins put runners on first and second with one out in the seventh, but Price struck out Dozier and Ryan Doumit to maintain the lead.
Joel Peralta and Rodney combined to retire the final six Minnesota batters in order to close out the victory.
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It’s time to see how the biggest NFL free agent signings will perform for their news teams. Some will work out and could be the difference that makes a difference in the win column.
We look at the best off-season signings and if they should influence your NFL betting this season. Julius Peppers – Peppers was the biggest prize available on the 2010 NFL free agent market and the Chicago Bears opened the bank to bring his talents to the south side.
Peppers is explosive, he can get around blockers and cause quarterbacks to lose their minds. We all remember the classic Peppers game last year against the Vikings where he hounded Brett Favre into his worst game of the season. Peppers joining the Bears could be the reason Favre retired for good Tuesday morning. In addition to Peppers, the Bears added Chester Taylor to back up Matt Forte, Forte didn’t have the same intensity in 2009 compared to 2008 and bringing in Taylor will challenge Forte to bring it every game or he’ll risk losing carries to Taylor.
Betting on the Bears is a good option this season because of Julius Peppers and to a lesser extent Taylor. Antonio Bryant and Terrell Owens – The Cincinnati Bengals signed two former number one wide receivers to line up with Chad Ocho Cinco. Antonio Bryant had a huge season in 2008 catching 83 passes for over 1200 yards but regressed last season. Playing for the Tampa Bay Bucs last season was a large part of the regression, everyone was bad in TB last season.
Bryant should have a bounce back season if he can win the number two spot from Terrell Owens. If Bryant wins the number 2 WR spot, it will open up a completely new set of problems for the Bengals. If Owens is forced to the bench in favor of Bryant, his attitude will create trouble for Carson Palmer and head coach Marv Lewis. If Owens is the number two receiver, it means Bryant can’t live up to his past numbers and the Bengals are still limited in the passing game. NFL bettors should be wary of laying their money down on what could potentially be the biggest gong show in the league in 2010. 2010 football betting lines for this can be found at this top online sportsbook. Karlos Danby – The Miami Dolphins have a great running back tandem in Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, a good young QB in Chad Henne and now the Bill Parcells regime is building a solid defense.
NFL bettors should be wary of laying their money down on what could potentially be the biggest gong show in the league in 2010. Karlos Danby – The Miami Dolphins have a great running back tandem in Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, a good young QB in Chad Henne and now the Bill Parcells regime is building a solid defense. They signed away the Arizona Cardinals top linebacker Karlos Danby. In the past two seasons, Danby has totaled 228 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. The Dolphins are the forgotten team of the AFC East with the second longest odds to win the division but with the addition of Karlos Danby and a trade for WR Brandon Marshall makes the Miami Dolphins legitimate contenders in the AFC East and in the NFL’s Eastern Conference.
The Dolphins will make NFL wagering fans a lot of money this season, get in early and enjoy the cash.