utlaw betting on Spring Training games and was denied.But it begs the question that Darren Rovell tries to answer -- with such little interest and low limits C.C. Sabathia Jersey , why even ask?On Monday, Major League Baseball was denied its request by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to prohibit gambling on Spring Training games.Thankfully.MLB claimed that these games have “heightened integrity risks,” essentially because players are less motivated. And the reason MLB is acting this year is because seven states joined Nevada in permitting legal bets since last Spring Training, when PASPA was still in place.Before we go there, let’s explore what’s going to happen.It’s true that there is a heightened security risk. It’s not necessarily that players won’t try as hard. It’s more that there are players in games that are likely going back to the minor leagues to make $2,500 a month.Point MLB, right?Well, not necessarily.Players in that position, especially during Spring Training, are ultra motivated to make the team and fulfill the dream than to make money.Secondly, especially in baseball http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , playing awful is hard to do. It would have to be a pitcher. What exactly would you do? Tip pitches? Walk three batters in a row?How long could you get away with it before being yanked?And here’s the final point that shows that baseball has absolutely no case.HARDLY ANYONE BETS ON SPRING TRAINING GAMES.THERE IS NO BIG MONEY!!There isn’t much demand, either.2019 MLB Cheat Sheet: Betting Previews for All 30 Teams, Futures, Props, Picks and AnalysisRead nowThe sports bettor likes to bet when he or she feels that he or she has inside information or knows something that makes the bet make more sense.Spring Training doesn’t make sense.The Orioles went 17-12 in Spring Training last year and finished 47-115, the worst season since 2003 TigersIn 2017, the top-four teams in Cactus League standings failed to make the playoffs.When the Cubs won their first World Series in 2016, they went 11-19 in Spring Training that year, which was 2nd worst in Cactus League.All of that helps explain why books don’t want to take on big wagers for spring training. In fact, max bets at most places are just $1,000 on a side and $500 on totals.So if anyone is trying to pound a side through a series of bets Andy Pettitte Jersey , it’s going to be seen.“We have such low limits that they don’t even hit the microscope,” said one sportsbook director. “Any suspicious bets on exhibition baseball would stick out like snow in Vegas.”I understand the idea that baseball was going for. But there’s a not really a sound case to be made here.And it’s strange they wouldn’t go down the road I did and truly analyze how something nefarious would actually come to be.What’s the harm? Well, they’ve decided to go down the road of embracing sports betting with their official deal with MGM. And I agree that legalized gambling could help baseball attract new audience, perhaps more than any other sport.Why take a step back for this? TORONTO — The Houston Astros are on the verge of clinching first in the American League West.They moved one step closer by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre.The 2017 World Series champions own a 4 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the division.Article continues below ...They Astros (99-57) will start rookie right-hander Josh James (1-0, 2.81 ERA) Tuesday in the second game. The Blue Jays (71-86) will start right-hander Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.16).James has never faced the Blue Jays. He will be making his third start in his fifth big-league appearance.Gaviglio has not won since Aug. 21 and in four starts since is 0-2 with a 6.38 ERA. In two career starts against the Astros, both last season, he is 0-2, 5.25.“I think everybody’s really excited about us closing in on 100 wins, closing in on the division title,” said Astros third baseman Alex Bregman who had an RBI double Monday and has reached base safely in 52 straight road games Gary Sanchez Jersey , a club record. “But there’s only one thing on our minds, that’s winning the World Series again.”In addition to the division race, there were other story lines to the series.One of them received a jolt after the first inning Monday when Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. left the game with a tight left hamstring after hitting into a double play.The 24-year-old Cuban was playing against his older brother Yuli for the first time in the majors Monday and it is not certain whether he will return to play in the series.Yuli, 34, extended his hit streak to 10 games with an RBI single in the first. The Astros first baseman went 2-for-4 and is batting .439 (18-for-41) during his streak.The other story involved Roberto Osuna, the former Blue Jays closer who was booed all during the ninth when he pitched around a single for his 10th save since he was traded to the Astros July 30 and his 19th overall this season. Osuna faces an assault charge that brought a 75-game suspension from major league baseball.“It was really weird,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “Kind of mixed emotions, but I knew there was a good chance he was probably going to get it done. I’ve seen him do it too many times.”“I think he wanted the save,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think he wanted the ball like he always does. I’m sure it was emotional for him.”As for the crowd reaction, Hinch said: “It was pretty expected.”Closer, Ken Giles http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , who was traded by the Astros to the Blue Jays as part of the deal for Osuna, did not pitch Monday.The Astros continued to play without shortstop Carlos Correa Monday. He was shut down during the Astros’ recent homestand with lingering back and oblique tightness. Hinch said the earliest he could return is Wednesday.“He’s feeling a little bit better,” Hinch said. “I’m encouraged by the fact that he’s doing baseball activities and feeling pain-free, which is the key.”The Astros reinstated right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. from the 10-day disabled list Monday and recalled left-hander Reymin Guduan.The Astros are 17-4 during September, the best record in the majors. They are 53-22 away from home, matching their club-record road win total set last season.Houston is 3-1 against Toronto this season. The Blue Jays outhit the Astros 11-10 Monday. It was the second time in as many games that they have lost while outhitting the opposition and the 10th time this season overall.