Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc throws a pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. Today the O's go for a sweep. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc throws a pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. Today the O's go for a sweep. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)|Associated Press
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MLB Picks: After a big Saturday, Eckel has Rays at Orioles, White Sox at Royals, Rangers at Giants and likes Gallo and Choi to homer Sunday

Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals, 2:05 p.m., Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants, 4:05 p.m.

Mark Eckel

You made some money if you followed Saturday’s picks.

Three winners — the Yankees, Braves and A's — a push — Tampa Bay/Baltimore over — and just for good measure Ronald Acuna homered as predicted.

Let’s try to do it again Sunday.

Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles, 1:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Vonny Chirinos vs. Tommy Millone

Odds: Rays -185; Orioles +170

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals, 2:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Dylan Cease vs. Jakob Junis

Odds: White Sox -125; Royals +105

Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants, 4:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Robby Allard vs. Jeff Samardzija

Odds: Rangers even; Giants -110

The Cycle

Single: Junis was supposed to be one of the Royals top two starters but tested positive for COVID-19 and makes his debut today. He’s ready. In Cease’s only start against the Royals a year ago he lost 11-0. Take the Royals.

Double: The Rangers/Giants game matches pitchers with a 13-year age difference. Robby Allard, 22, pitched well in his debut this season and will try to avoid a sweep today. Samardzjia, the 35-year-old, one-time football player, is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in his career vs. Texas.

Triple: I can’t believe the Rays will be swept by the Orioles. Put them in parlays with the Royals and Rangers.

Home Run: Let’s go with Texas’ Joey Gallo and Tampa Bay’s JI-Man Choi.

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