4:05 p.m. PT at New York
Yankees -125 vs Twins (10½)
The high 10½ projected total can be attributed to the new Yankee Stadium’s growing reputation as a bandbox and Phil Hughes coming off a two-inning, eight-run debacle in his last start at Baltimore. Hughes is 1-2 with an 8.49 ERA in his three outings since being called up from the minors. The Yanks have a losing record (6-7) at home, but do return off two straight wins at first place Toronto.
The Twins are also on a high after sweeping a three-game series against Detroit at the Metrodome. Minnesota is now 18-17 and a different team since the return of Joe Mauer, who already has four homers after hitting just nine all last year. Francisco Liriano is also coming around, having won his last two starts after beginning the season 0-4. The southpaw is making his first-ever start against the Yankees, which could be a big advantage facing lefty hitters Johnny Damon, Nick Swisher, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano, who haven’t seen him. Minny at a plus price is too good to pass up. TWINS.
Round robin play: Twins, Reds, Braves, A’s-Tigers under 9