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MLB BASEBALL

Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays

A winning streak will be on the line for the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday when they battle the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field.

The Twins will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Michael Pelfrey in this game. Pelfrey has a 4-6 record and a 5.64 ERA this season.

It'll be Matt Moore toeing the rubber for the Rays in this contest. Lefthander Moore is 12-3 with a 3.42 ERA so far this season.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 4-3 loser on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -183 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Current streak:
Minnesota has lost 4 straight games.
Tampa Bay has won 7 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 37-51 SU
Tampa Bay: 52-40 SU

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Minnesota are 10-0
After a win are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at NY Yankees, Friday, July 12
Tampa Bay home to Houston, Friday, July 12