Top baseball matchups lead off the sports betting opportunities this week, with Wimbledon ongoing in England and the Euro 2012 tournament staging its final three matches. As well, the CFL season gets underway and the Sprint Cup Series takes on Kentucky Speedway as we look at all of the top wagering opportunities for the week ahead (all times Eastern):
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1. Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers (Tuesday, 8:05 pm)
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will be looking to pay off on the MLB betting odds for the third straight game on Tuesday night as his club hosts the Tigers in the second game of a three-game series. The righthander is 9-4 with a solid 3.45 ERA on the season, and over his last two outings against the Padres and Astros he surrendered just four combined runs on 12 hits over 16 innings while fanning 19 batters. The Tigers will go with lefthander Drew Smyly, who is 2-2 with a 3.96 ERA on the season, on Tuesday night.
2. Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles (Wednesday, 7:05 pm)
The Angels and Orioles will close out a short two-game set in Baltimore on Wednesday night with a strong pitching matchup – Los Angeles' Jered Weaver is scheduled to take on Baltimore's Jason Hammel. Righthander Weaver ran his record to 7-1 and dropped his ERA to just 2.40 last time out by holding the Giants scoreless over six innings of work. Righthander Hammel is now 8-2 on the season with a 2.61 ERA, and he's given up just one unearned run over his last two starts – picking up wins over the Nationals and Braves.
3. Germany vs. Italy (Thursday, 2:45 pm)
The Germans are the 3/2 favorites on the soccer futures at Bovada to win Euro 2012, and they'll get a chance to advance to the finals of the tournament on Thursday as they take on Italy (5/1) in the second semifinal match. Undefeated in group play, Germany knocked off Greece 4-2 in the quarterfinals and are listed as -130 favorites to beat Italy on Thursday, with the Italians set as +400 underdogs and draw odds of +250. Italy needed penalty kicks to get past England in the quarterfinals on Sunday in Kiev.
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers at B.C. Lions (Friday, 10:00 pm)
Last year's Grey Cup participants will hit the gridiron in British Columbia once again on Friday night as the CFL kicks off its 2012 season. The Lions came out on top at last year's championship game, getting past the Blue Bombers 34-23, and they'll be favorites again for Friday night when the first CFL lines of the season are posted this week. The Lions have won six of their last 10 games against the Bombers, covering the posted spread five times.
5. Quaker State 400 @ Kentucky (Saturday, 6:30 pm)
Kyle Busch will be looking to pick up his second consecutive victory at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night as the Sprint Cup Series hits the track at the Quaker State 400. Busch won the first Sprint Cup race at Kentucky last season, paying off on the NASCAR betting lines at Bovada by holding off David Reutimann for the title. Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, and Carl Edwards also managed to pick up Top-5 results at that race. Busch is back in 12th place in the current driver standings; he has one victory so far in 2012.
Tennis: 2012 Wimbledon Championships (ongoing)
Soccer: Portugal vs. Spain (Wednesday, 2:45 pm)
Golf: AT&T National @ Congressional (Thursday to Sunday)
Soccer: Euro 2012 Championship (Sunday, 2:45 pm)
CFL: Montreal Alouettes at Calgary Stampeders (Sunday, 7:00 pm)
MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (Sunday, 8:05 pm)
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