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Baseball Matchup - Pittsburgh Pirates Philadelphia Phillies Odds Preview

Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh Pirates
April 5, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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MLB wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia battle on Thursday at PNC Park as the Pirates try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Pirates will turn to Erik Bedard and his 0-0 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Phillies send Roy Halladay (0-0) to the hill.

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Tommy Hanson, Johan Santana take mound in Mets vs Braves tilt

Atlanta BravesNew York Mets
April 5, 1:10 PM | GrassCiti Field

Atlanta Braves vs New York Mets Odds

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The New York Mets battle the visiting Atlanta Braves on Thursday in MLB betting action at Citi Field.

New York hands the ball to starter Johan Santana in this one and he'll try to improve on his 0-0 mark on the year. Atlanta counters with Tommy Hanson, who will try to quiet the fans and the Mets bats at the same time.

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Detroit Tigers battle vs Boston Red Sox highlights MLB odds menu

Boston Red SoxDetroit Tigers
April 5, 1:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Boston duelling Detroit on Thursday at Comerica Park.

The Tigers will rely on Justin Verlander to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Jon Lester will be his counterpart for the Red Sox. Justin Verlander is 0-0 this season, and Jon Lester is 0-0.

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Bud Black: First Manager Fired Odds

It’s nice to be at the top, but when that recognition stems from the fact people figure you will fail, it’s not quite as much fun.

Such is the quandary of San Diego Padres manager Bud Black, who tops the ‘Which MLB manager will be fired first in 2012’ odds at one online sportsbook.

Two years removed from NL Manager of the Year honors, Black is 3/1 at Bovada to be the first manager canned. The Padre roster is thin.

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Miami Marlins St. Louis Cardinals Preview

The Miami Marlins open their new stadium against the St. Louis on Wednesday in Part II of a three-part MLB season opener.

Last week, Oakland and Seattle played in Japan and today, MLB gives the former Florida Marlins the stage to showcase its there park. Tomorrow, action starts for real.

It's a pitching duel between Josh Johnson for the Marlins and Kyle Lohse for St. Louis.

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National League Pennant Betting

It's been the general feeling that the Philadelphia Phillies have had the best team in the National League for about the last four seasons.

Philly won back-to-back pennants a couple years ago, but they've lost in the NL playoffs the last two seasons. This year the Phillies are again the favorites to win the NL, but as we've seen that guarantees nothing.

Here's a preview of the upcoming National League pennant race, and futures prices courtesy of 5Dimes.com.

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American League Pennant Race Betting

The Texas Rangers are the two-time defending American League champions, but they'll have their hands full going for a three-peat this season. The New York Yankees won 97 games last year, and got better over the off-season. The Detroit Tigers made it to the ALCS last year, then signed Prince Fielder. And the Los Angeles Angels, perennial contenders, made the biggest off-season splash, signing one of the great bats of our time, Albert Pujols.

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NL Central Betting Preview

According to most online sportsbooks, the National League Central race will be a three-team affair this year between the defending division champion Milwaukee Brewers, the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.

The other three NL Central Division teams seem destined for also-ran status.

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NL West Betting Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks emerged as a longshot division champion last year and will now try to parlay their combination of good pitching and timely hitting into back-to-back crowns.

But they'll have their hands full with the still pitching-rich San Francisco Giants and possibly even the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are hoping to put the McCourt era behind them.

Here's a quick summary of the upcoming season in the NL West, and a look at the NL West betting board posted at Bovada.

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NL East Betting Preview

The National League East has been in the sole possession of the Philadelphia Phillies for the last five years ans they are favored to win it again this year.

But the Miami Marlins might have something to say about that, as well as the Atlanta Braves and maybe even the Washington Nationals.

In other words, we might get a good race in the NL East this year.

Here's a look at the upcoming season in the NL East, and divisional futures odds courtesy of TopBet.com.

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