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Luckily enough for those of us sitting state-side, Monday isn’t the usual return to the daily boredom of the work week, as the 4th of July gives us yet another day of rest and relaxation, and plenty of exciting action in the online sportsbooks as the festivities extend into the Major League Baseball parks around the U.S. I for one wouldn’t mind if every weekend was like this, however all good things must come to an end, and at least for this long weekend it will certainly end with a bang…or two, or three. For sports fans today however, regardless of where you live and what you’re doing on this Monday afternoon, it’s back to Major League Baseball action as the center point for a couple of sportsbook bets, with normal league play returning for the week ahead of the All-Star break, and teams playing hitting the half way point in the season. It’s hard to believe that the MLB has already surpassed the 81-game midway point, and is well on its way towards the final couple of months left in the regular season, however for betting on sports, the further into the season we get, the more predictable the betting lines are, and the easier it is to capitalize on match-ups based on good solid data and well-established team comparisons. For today, you can be sure to have a bit of baseball on the tube coming home after work, or if you’re lucky enough to have the day off, you’ll be able to find great MLB action throughout the day, along with one exciting Major League Soccer showdown for the 4th as the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders duel it out in a battle between the top two teams in the Western Conference. With a couple of good games to watch, and plenty of good games to wager on, anyone betting on sports should consider dropping a bet or two tonight, and there’s never any better place to do it than at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed right here such as the Bookmaker Sportsbook (read the review of Bookmaker Sportsbook).

For action in the National League games getting underway today, check out the series getting underway in California as the San Francisco Giants host the San Diego Padres, with Tim Lincecum getting the nod as a favorite to win against Clayton Richard. With Lincecum settling back down after a sluggish June, look for the Giants to emerge victorious at home, and we’ll expect low run production from both sides with good pitching on hand. If there is one team I like at home right now, it’s the Atlanta Braves, and while they slipped up yesterday getting a loss from the Orioles to snap a five-game winning streak, expect them to jump right back into the win column with Tommy Hanson starting and seeking his 10th victory on the year, against Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been struggling to find run support lately. In another fun and drama-filled match-up, find the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the Cincinnati Reds for a classic series, and with neither team liking the other at all this should make for a great series to wager on. As Chris Carpenter continues to find form, and Johnny Cueto simply continues to be outstanding in the entire first half (5-2, 1.77 ERA), this should be another low-scoring affair in St. Louis to start the series, and we’re looking for the under wager on total points to be the marker for this game. Make sure to find other solid NL match-ups today including Washington hosting the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia at Florida, and the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the New York Mets, all of which should find some interesting wagering items at one of the top sports betting websites reviewed.

In the AL, it’s more of the same great betting opportunities at the top sportsbooks reviewed here on our site. The LA Angels match up against the Detroit Tigers for an early week series, the Texas Rangers host the Baltimore Orioles and the Mariners head to Oakland in an AL West battle, meanwhile another triplicate of games include the New York Yankees at Cleveland to face the Indians, a slugfest on the horizon as Toronto heads to Boston (Brandon Morrow vs. Jon Lackey = runs, runs, runs!), and the Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins with a great duel between David Price and Brian Duensing. With plenty of great chances to cash in on some online sports betting, check out the great MLB games, and all other betting types at the great websites available here. Enjoy the evening after work, and thanks for stopping by!

Aaron G.