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Monday Interleague Betting Preview

It's a slow day in Major League Baseball with only three games on the schedule, including an interleague tilt between the Yankees and Diamondbacks. This is the fourth time that New York and Arizona have met up since the Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees in the 2001 World Series.

The Yanks may have lost that Fall Classic but they've owned the interleague matchup ever since with a 7-2 record against the D-Backs. In today's series opener the Yankees are a -170 road favorite and climbing steadily at Bovada with fireballer A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.33) on the hill. The Diamondbacks respond with the struggling Rodrigo Lopez (2-6, 4.70).

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There was a chance Burnett could have missed this start after a sore foot caused him to miss a throwing session late last week, but it appears the injury has let up enough to let him start tonight. The foot may be one of the reasons Burnett has pitched so poorly lately.

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He's lost his last three starts, including his last outing against Philadelphia in which he was ripped for six runs on six hits in 3 1-3 innings. In five career starts against Arizona, all while he was with the Marlins, Burnett is 3-2 with a 3.67 ERA. Lopez is a lousy 0-4 in his last six starts and hasn't recorded a win since May 15. Last time out against the Red Sox he was pummeled for six runs on 10 hits in seven innings. He's had little luck against the Yankees in his career with an 8-8 record and 5.90 ERA in 24 appearances.

In those 24 appearances he been lit up for 31 home runs. The other two games on today's schedule are Kansas City (+130) at Washington (-150) and Cincinnati (+100) at Oakland (-120). The Nationals are in a funk right now having lost their last six games. They'll hope that starter Livan Hernandez (5-4, 2.94) can turn things around tonight. The Royals are on a three-game losing streak and hand the ball to journeyman Bruce Chen (3-1, 4.15). Hernandez was blasted for eight runs in 6 2-3 innings against Detroit in his last start.

In three career starts against the Royals he is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA. Chen took the loss versus Houston last time out after allowing four runs in 5 2-3 innings. He's come up against the Nationals/Expos 11 times and posted a 2-1 record and 5.29 ERA. The Reds are also stumbling right now having lost three in a row and six of their last seven. Mike Leake (5-1, 3.02) gets the call tonight to try and stop the bleeding, while Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 4.21) opposes him for the Athletics.

Leake surrendered five runs on nine hits in six innings in his last start, a loss to the Dodgers. Tonight's game will be the first interleague start for the rookie. Gonzalez was roughed up by the Cubs for six runs over five innings in his last start. He's never faced the Reds, but is 1-2 in interleague starts this season.