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The Los Angeles Angels will attempt to avoid a complete sweep by the Oriole when they visit Camden Yards in Baltimore in the finale of their three-game series on Thursday night.

LAA: Tyler Skaggs (L) (5-5, 4.49 ERA) v BAL: Bud Norris (R) (8-7, 3.94 ERA)
Date/Time: 7:05 pm ET Thursday, July 31, 2014
Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Broadcast: MLB Network
Line: Orioles 107
Total: 9

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The Angels (63-43) dropped two of three at home last week to Baltimore, then lost in 12 innings in Tuesday’s opener before losing 4-3 one night later.

Counting those loses the Halos trail first-place Oakland by 2 1/2 games in the AL West, bit despite the setbacks, still holds a 5 1/2-game advantage over Toronto for the first wild-card spot in the AL.

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Meanwhile, Baltimore (60-46) got a two-run homer from Adam Jones and a solid pitching effort to jump out to a 4-0 lead before holding on for their third straight one-run win on Wednesday.

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It was the seventh victory in nine contests for Baltimore, which maintained its 2 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the American League East.

The O’s will look to gain some ground by sending left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the mound in the series finale.

The 23-year-old rebounded from a pair of rough outings to hold the Tigers to one run and five hits in his last outing after posting only a single win at Texas on July 13, in his last eight outings, Skaggs has never has faced Baltimore.

Los Angeles will counter with Bud Norris, who lost for the second time in three outings on Saturday yielding four runs on six hits and three walks in five innings at Seattle.

The 29-year-old is 6-3 over his last nine outings, following a four-start winning streak. Norris is 4-0 with a 0.52 ERA in five career games against the Angels including his last start versus LA on July 21, when he gave up one earned run in 6 2/3 frames.

MLB Betting Trends

  • Over is 7-2 in LAA last 9 Thu. games.
  • LAA are 17-5 in their last 22 Thu. games.
  • LAA are 25-10 in their last 35 overall.
  • Under is 8-1 in BAL last 9 overall.
  • Under is 8-1 in BAL last 9 on grass.
  • Under is 18-6-2 in BAL last 26 Thu. games.
  • LAA are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings.

Notes:

1. Jones has hit 11 of his 21 home runs this season in the first inning.
2. Angels LHP C.J. Wilson (ankle) completed a bullpen session Wednesday and could be activated from the disabled list to start at Tampa Bay on Saturday.
3. Baltimore LHP Zach Britton has not allowed a run at home this season, limiting the opposition to 14 hits and striking out 25 over 29 2/3 innings in 24 appearances.

Matt’s Free Prediction: Orioles-

The Orioles pitching staff has been in a groove lately, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last nine games and are 9-3 in Norris’ last 12 home starts.

If you just look at Norris’ career numbers against the Angels, you have to go with the O’s here.

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