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Vegas Play of the Day: Tampa Bay at Cincinnati

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning of a game Monday, March 31, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.

Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.

Tampa Bay -110 at Cincinnati: $440 to win $400: Tampa Bay starter David Price is one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball. He’ll face a Reds lineup that relies heavily on left-handed batters. Advantage, Tampa.

Lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce and switch-hitter Billy Hamilton will struggle to make contact, giving Tampa Bay a big-time edge. Bruce, the Reds’ best home run threat, has been awful in the initial two weeks of the season in batting just .188. It’s one reason why the Reds are 3-6.

Tampa Bay is one of the favorites to win the the American League East, which is arguably baseball’s best league top to bottom. Cincinnati is from the National League Central, one of the worst divisions in baseball. The divisions will meet in interleague play this season, giving a significant advantage to Tampa Bay’s division. I’m a Pirates fan — I’m not exactly looking forward to games at New York, Boston and other AL East cities.

Let’s start the weekend off right by cashing a ticket. Happy Friday, friends.

Standings: Bern (18-14, $10,060), Keefer (15-16, $9,027), Brewer (11-17-3, $6,280)

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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