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Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays meet at Tropicana Field.

The Orioles will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Jason Hammel in this game. Hammel has a 7-3 record and a 5.43 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it'll be Chris Archer who starts for the Rays. Righthander Archer is 0-1 with a 11.25 ERA so far this season.

Last time out for Baltimore, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at -155 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Tigers on June 6. Bettors who backed the Tigers at -200 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Team records:
Baltimore: 34-26 SU
Tampa Bay: 32-27 SU

Baltimore most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Baltimore's last 14 games on the road
Baltimore is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Baltimore's last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Baltimore's last 25 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Baltimore
Tampa Bay is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Tampa Bay is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Baltimore, Saturday, June 8