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July 07, 2017

American League West action highlights the Friday Major League Baseball calendar when the Los Angeles Angels visit the Texas Rangers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Texas favored at -158, Los Angeles at +143 and the over-under run total on 10.

Entering this game, Los Angeles on the season is 44-45 overall and 21-26 on the road. The Angels are 4-6 in their last 10 games played. Texas on the season is 41-44 overall and 23-19 at home. The Rangers are 3-7 in their last 10 games played.

Texas’ southpaw Cole Hamels will pitch on Friday in his third start since returning from seven weeks on the Rangers’ disabled list. This game is the first of three for the two AL West rivals and will take them to the All-Star Game break.

Both teams are battling for second place in the division behind first place Houston. The Angels ended a losing streak of three games with a win on Wednesday over Minnesota 2-1. Ricky Nolasco will start on the mound for the Angels.

Nolasco appeared close to being replaced in the rotation after he lost seven straight starts. However, the veteran right-hander has pitched superbly in his last two outings.

Angels right-hander Nolasco is 4-9 with an ERA of 4.42, while Hamels for the Rangers is 3-0 with an ERA of 4.12.

Hamels in six starts during his career versus the Angels is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.93. This past April, Hamels pitched 7 innings allowing one run but did not get the decision for the Rangers against the Angels.

Nolasco ended a winless drought of 10 starts with shutout work over 6 1/3 innings against the Dodgers June 26. That strong effort was followed by pitching a complete game shutout against Seattle allowing three hits.

Angels’ designated hitter Albert Pujols on Wednesday became just the 40th MLB player to reach 2,900 hits for his career.

Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus should miss Friday’s game due to being on the team’s paternity list.

Angels right-handed pitcher Bud Norris is 12 for 14 in save opportunities.

Los Angeles is 2-5 in its last 7 games played.

Texas is 2-6 in its last 8 games played.

With this free pick, we like Texas to win.

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Friday, July 7th, 2017 2017, Baseball

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