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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 9/25/13

Chicago White Sox (62-95) at Cleveland Indians (87-70)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)

Dylan Axelrod (R) (3-7) (5.810) vs. Danny Salazar (R) (1-3) (3.085)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -238 / Chicago White Sox +223 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, SportsTime Ohio

The Cleveland Indians hope to continue their playoff drive against the White Sox at Progressive Field.

The White Sox have dropped numerous games in late innings, but Tuesday's 5-4 loss was as painful as any when they took a 4-3 lead into the 9th only to watch the Indians win it with a walk off two run jack. Gone in one swing of the bat was a three-game winning streak and a wasted effort on the mound from Hector Santiago, who allowed three runs on six hits over 6.1 frames. Addison Reed was tagged with the loss when served up the homer with two outs. The bats put up a spirited performance with Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Vicedo clubbing solo homers in the top of the 9th to give Chicago a 4-3 lead. The White Sox are scheduled to give Dylan Axlerod his second straight start against the Indians. Axlerod will have to rebound from 12-5 loss at Detroit where he gave up seven run in 2.2 frames.

Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 9/25/13

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The late inning heroics Tuesday gave the Indians wins in nine of eleven and kept them in line for a Wild Card berth. In this stretch it's almost as if every thing the Tribe does turns out well, but at the end of the day solid hitting and pitching is always a winning combination. Cleveland got just enough of both Tuesday, with starter Ubaldo Jimenez continuing to throw the ball well with a pair of runs given up through 6.1 innings before Chris Perez served up back to back bombs to blow the save. Michael Brantley homered and knocked in two runs with Jason Giambi slugging a two out, two run jack in the 9th to snatch victory from defeat. Rookie Danny Salazar makes the biggest start of his short career when he faces the White Sox, with the Indians trying to secure the Wild Card. Salazar dropped a 7-2 decision to KC last time out with four runs scored in six innings.

When I looked at this game initially I had to do a double take with the massive chalk on a rookie hurler. I'll take the red-hot Tribe, but no value to me equals no bet...

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