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Dan Haren, Francisco Liriano take mound in Twins vs Angels tilt

Los Angeles AngelsMinnesota Twins
April 12, 1:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Los Angeles Angels vs Minnesota Twins Odds

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The Twins get a visit from the Los Angeles Angels in baseball action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Francisco Liriano gets the call for the Minnesota Twins and he will try to build on a 0-1 mark. In the other dugout, Dan Haren brings a 0-1 ledger to the game for the Angels as he tries to quiet the Twins bats.

View LA Angels vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Minnesota sat as +145 underdogs. The total was set at 8.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Twins at No. 7 in the American League and the Angels at No. 8 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Minnesota's American League No. 14-ranked scoring average of 2.4 runs per game, against a Angels offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Twins have averaged 5.8 hits per game to date this season, less than the Angels hitters have managed (8.6 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Minnesota has the American League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Angels own the American League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Twins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Twins at +157 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Angels endured a 6-5 loss at the hands of the Twins on Wednesday, with Jered Weaver throwing 6 innings of 7-hit ball at Target Field.

Los Angeles Angels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 7-3
After playing LA Angels are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

A few Angels at Twins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of LA Angels' last 11 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 18 of LA Angels' last 25 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 17 of LA Angels' last 25 games on the road
LA Angels are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Minnesota's last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games when playing at home against LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Minnesota's last 25 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Minnesota's last 20 games

Next up:
LA Angels at NY Yankees, Friday, April 13
Minnesota home to Texas, Friday, April 13

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