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Manny return sparks wagering action

The favorites dominated on Thursday, except when it came to the Yankees and Mets, while on Friday night Dodgers’ slugger Manny Ramirez returns from his long suspension.

On the light Thursday night baseball wagering schedule the favorites paid off in seven of nine games. The only games in which the underdog provided an upset involved the Yankees and the Mets. The Yankees were riding a seven-game winning streak heading into Thursday’s tilt with Seattle and looked to be headed for win No. 8 with CC Sabathia on the mound.

Over at Bovada the Yankees were a -315 favorite. The Mariners got the bats going early and tagged Sabathia for six runs in 5 2-3 innings on the way to an 8-4 win. Franklin Gutierrez and Russell Branyan clubbed home runs for the Mariners and Ichiro was 2-4 with a couple RBI. The result was a huge underdog win.

The Mets rolled into Pittsburgh on Thursday night for a make-up game with the Pirates having won only once in their last six games. It looked like the losing was going to continue after the Mets fell behind 5-0 early on. But, a quick eight runs later New York carried an 8-6 lead into the ninth.

With the game in the capable hands of closer Francisco Rodriguez everything looked good, until K-Rod was ripped for two runs sending the game to extras. A RBI single from Ryan Church in the tenth game the Mets the lead back and this time they finally held on win 9-8 as a +130 underdog.

He's Back

The game everyone will be keeping an eye on Friday night is the Dodgers at Padres where Manny Ramirez returns from his 50-game suspension. It’s likely a given that the San Diego faithful will shower Manny with boos.

Bettors should likely showed the Dodger with bets, as they’re a -140 road favorite at Bovada with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound. However, there is one reason you might want to take the Padres – starter Chad Gaudin. In his last two starts Gaudin has been nasty, allowing only two runs in 15 innings with 20 strikeouts.

Back to Daytona

Looking ahead to Saturday night NASCAR heads back to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400. In the season opener at Daytona, the famous Daytona 500, Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag. He’s a big underdog to complete the Daytona sweep at +1800 at Bovada The favorite at +500 is Kyle Busch, who won last year’s Coke Zero 400, while points leader Tony Stewart can be had at +700.

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