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Betting preview: ASG and Home Run Derby
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July 14, 2014, 3:30 pm

Major League Baseball's elite gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota this week for the annual All-Star Game and its related festivities.

Of course, if there's competition of any kind, there will be wagering, so here is a sample of MLB All-Star Game betting options at the sportsbooks.

The action begins on Monday night with the annual Home Run Derby. Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who is tied for the National League lead in home runs at the break with 21, is favored to win the Home Run Derby at odds of 3/1.

He is followed on that board by, among others, Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Yoenis Cespedes of the Athletics each at 5/1, Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays at 11/2, and former Twins star Justin Morneau at 10/1.

Home Run Derby bettors at the sportsbooks can also get +100 on an American Leaguer winning the Derby; 11/4 on Stanton hitting the longest homer of the first round; and +500 on Morneau making the Home Run Derby finals.  

The main event takes place Tuesday night at Target Field. In the early betting action the American League, with its lineup of bombers, was a slight favorite of -107 over the pitching-rich National League, with an 'over/under' on runs of eight.

Of note, the past eight games have all played UNDER the total, according to

Both sides have also been pegged with team 'over/unders' of 3.5 runs and 8.5 hits; and the 'over/under' on total hits in the game sat at 16.5 on Monday morning.

Alternative betting lines include the American League at -2 runs at odds of 13/4, and the National League at -2 runs at 11/4. Alternative totals include five runs or less at 21/10, and 12 or more runs at 9/2.

Bettors who might like to take a shot at predicting the exact winning margin of the game can get the AL to win by one run at 7/2; by two runs at 15/2; by three runs at 9/1; and by four or more runs at 5/1.

Finally, bettors can get 27/4 on the chance the All-Star Game goes into extra innings on Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

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