Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Cleveland.
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Cleveland.|AP Photo/Tony Dejak
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Eckel's Friday baseball picks: Twins vs Royals, White Sox vs Cubs, Rangers vs Mariners, plus long balls from Soler, Merrifield, Bryant

Tonight's first game starts at 8:05 pm EDT.

Mark Eckel

Finally.

After coming close all week, Thursday was a perfect day for the picks.

The White Sox/Tigers game went over (all by the White Sox); the Giants beat the Angels and Oakland beat Arizona.

Let’s take those winnings and do it again Friday with three home underdogs.

Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals, 8:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Jake Odorizzi vs. Danny Duffy

Odds: Twins -135; Royals +125

Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs, 8:15 p.m.

Pitchers: Dallas Kuechel vs. Jon Lester

Odds: White Sox -120; Cubs Even

Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners, 9:10

Pitchers: Kolby Allard vs. Nick Margevicius

Odds: Rangers -125; Mariners +105

THE CYCLE

Single: This will be the third straight weekend the Twins and Royals have played each other. KC swept at home; and Minnesota took three of four at home. Well, they’re back in KC and Duffy has been better than Odorizzi this year. Take the Royals.

Double: The best game of the night is the battle of Chicago. Both teams are playing well but we like Lester. He’s 2-0 with a 2.74 ERA this year and is 11-6, including two wins last season against the ChiSox. Take the Cubs.

Triple: Margevicius has pitched well enough this season to have a few wins. Instead he’s 0-1. He’ll get his first win Friday against the slumping Rangers. Take the Mariners.

Home Run: I like two Royals, Jorge Soler and Whit Merrifield, to go deep against the Twins. We’ll add Kris Bryant, of the Cubs, as well.

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