Terry Francona led the Red Sox to two World Series titles during his eight-year stint as the club's skipper.
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The Cleveland Indians' bats made Terry Francona's return to Fenway Park as an opposing manager a resounding success.
Mark Reynolds and Drew Stubbs each had three hits with three RBI in Cleveland's 12-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox.
Francona led the Red Sox to two World Series titles during his eight-year stint as the club's skipper. He was let go after Boston's late-season collapse in 2011 left them out of the playoffs.
The Indians pounded out 16 hits in the opener of a four-game series. Michael Bourn and Yan Gomes knocked in two runs apiece, while Carlos Santana drew a career-high four walks and scored three times.
Lean Toward Big Dogs More than Big Chalk
By Jim Feist, Contributing Analyst
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April and May means that many novice sports bettors may look at the matchups and lean toward ace pitchers and lay the big price. But let me give you three words of advice: Don't do it. Baseball is unique from football and basketball in that there is no point spread. Instead you bet merely on which team will win the game and this translates into a money-line wager.
When betting baseball, most professional handicappers look for prices that are close to even money (for example, -120, -135 favorites or +105, +130 underdogs). Or bettors will play baseball totals where, like NFL and NBA totals, there is a point spread set on each game and the line is usually minus-110 OVER or UNDER.
The reason is simple: You need to pay serious attention to money-management when wagering on sports. You may like to bet on Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright and C.C. Sabathia because they win a lot, but you end up laying roughly three dollars for every one you hope to win and, over the long haul, you are very likely to lose money. This is why you rarely find professional handicappers giving out ace pitchers that are priced as a two-dollar or more favorites.