Rhode Island is joining the states getting into the sports betting game.
Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday signed the state’s fiscal year budget, which includes provisions for the state’s two Twin River casinos — located in Lincoln and Tiverton — to offer sports betting through the Rhode Island lottery.
Rhode Island Senate president Dominick J. Ruggerio said in a statement that the budget provides Rhode Island with the highest percentage of state revenue in the nation for sports wagering.
Mississippi and West Virginia adopted sports betting regulations Thursday and plan to be up and running before football season.
A comprehensive sports betting bill in New York did not make it through before the legislative session ended earlier this week. The New York State Gaming Commission, however, is working on regulations that could allow the state’s four casinos to offer sports betting. A gaming commissioner spokesperson told ESPN on Thursday that the commission hopes to finalize the regulations in the short term.
Cleveland’s offense is led by third baseman Jose Ramirez, who finished third in the MVP voting last season, and is having another monster year. Ramirez is in the top six in the American League in many of the key offensive categories.
Ramirez is third in home runs (22), fifth in on-base percentage (.398), fourth in slugging percentage (.609), sixth in RBI (50), and fourth in walks (49).
He wasn’t swinging the bat well in spring training, but once the season started — wow, said Indians manager Terry Francona. It’s his power. His consistent contact. He doesn’t strike out. He’s a good baserunner. It’s the whole package. He’s really exciting to watch.
So is the Indians’ Saturday starter Trevor Bauer (6-5, 2.50 ERA), who had a career year last season, and seems intent on eclipsing it this year.
In his last start, a 6-2 win over the White Sox on Monday, Bauer pitched seven scoreless innings on three hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks. That’s the latest in a two-month hot streak for Bauer. In his last seven starts he is 4-2 with a 1.99 ERA, and a .199 opponents’ batting average, while averaging 13 strikeouts per nine innings (72 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings).