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Minnesota Twins host Tampa Bay Rays in baseball action

Tampa Bay RaysMinnesota Twins
Aug 12, 2:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins Odds

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The Twins get a visit from the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball action on Sunday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Scott Diamond will take the mound for Minnesota, and he'll carry a 10-5 record into the contest. James Shields gets the ball for Tampa Bay; he's 10-7 so far this season.

View Tampa Bay vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Twins in this one will find them as +100 underdogs on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Twins at No. 12 in the American League and the Rays at No. 4 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Minnesota's American League No. 8-ranked scoring average of 4.5 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 12 and scoring 4.1 runs per game in the league. The Twins have averaged 9.1 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (7.7 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 4.1 runs per game on the highway. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

Tampa Bay was a 4-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Twins. They won as -192 favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Rays grabbed a win last time out, defeating Nick Blackburn and the Twins 4-2 on Saturday at Target Field.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Seattle are 9-1
After playing Minnesota are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few Rays at Twins trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Tampa Bay is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Seattle, Monday, August 13
Minnesota home to Detroit, Monday, August 13