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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Friday when the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays meet at Tropicana Field.

The Yankees will give the ball to starter Hiroki Kuroda in this one. Righthander Kuroda is 11-8 this season with a 2.41 ERA.

It'll be Chris Archer toeing the rubber for the Rays in this contest. Righthander Archer is 6-5 with a 2.95 ERA so far this season.

The Yankees were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jays. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -147 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 4-2 loser on the road against the Orioles. Bettors on Baltimore at -121 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Current streak:
New York has won 5 straight games.

Team records:
New York: 68-59 SU
Tampa Bay: 72-53 SU

New York most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing Baltimore are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
NY Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees's last 6 games
NY Yankees are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Tampa Bay's last 17 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to NY Yankees, Saturday, August 24