Tigers rely on Porcello vs. Rays

Rick Porcello is 13-8 with a 3.28 ERA this season.
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Porcello will try to avoid a fourth straight losing decision on Wednesday night when the Detroit Tigers continue a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Porcello is now 13-8 on the year with a 3.28 earned run average. The 25-year-old has a 3.96 ERA in six previous meetings with the Rays, producing a 2-3 record. The Rays hope to be even in this set ahead of that reunion and will start 24- year-old Jake Odorizzi tonight. Odorizzi has won consecutive starts and five of his last six outings, getting to 9-9 on the year with a 3.82 ERA.  Full Story

The Big 12 Report
The AP Top-25 came out Sunday and - as you might have noticed - there were a pair of Big 12 teams listed among the top 10 with Oklahoma (4) and Baylor (10), but something tells us the Big 12 team ranked #20 will be a really big story this year. No. 20 Kansas State is always a "live item" to win it all with venerable head coach Bill Snyder running the show and this year the QB/WR combo of Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett could make major noise for a team that normally prefers to run the football and chew up clock/yards that way. continue>>
Oregon tops wide open Pac-12
The Pac-12 conference has six teams in the preseason AP Top 25 with Oregon topping the list at No. 3. Only the SEC has more with eight. Speaking of the Ducks, they have a myriad of statistical nuggets that should play in their favor this year, so watch for them to improve on last season's 10-2 regular season record and win the conference title for the first time since 2011.  continue>>
NBA Championship Futures - A look at some solid wagers
We all witnessed the dramatic line movements prior to and just after the confirmation that LeBron James would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Prior to that announcement, or should I correctly say 'Tweet', the Heat were still the odds on favorite at about 6/1 to win the NBA Championship.  continue>>