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American League Preview from The Sports Network

Saturday, June 14 (All times Eastern)

New York Yankees (35-31) at Oakland Athletics (40-27), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Hiroki Kuroda (4-4, 4.12) Oakland - Scott Kazmir (7-2, 2.20)

( - The New York Yankees will try for their fifth straight win as well as a series victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night at the Coliseum.

Hiroki Kuroda is set to throw for the Yankees, as he attempts to improve upon his 4-4 record and 4.12 ERA.

Kuroda was the hard-luck loser his last time out, earning the loss against the Royals on June 8 despite allowing just two earned runs over seven innings of work.

The veteran from Japan had a dominant outing against the Athletics on June 3, yielding just two hits, a walk and an earned run in 6 2/3 innings, but he posted a no-decision as the Yankees eventually fell, 5-2.

Kuroda is 1-2 in five career starts against the A's and 1-2 in six road assignments this season.

For Oakland, Scott Kazmir will attempt to continue his career resurgence. The veteran southpaw is on the fast track to an All-Star bid at 7-2 while ranking third in the American League in ERA (2.20) and second in WHIP (0.98).

Kazmir was masterful in his latest outing, pitching seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a convincing 11-1 victory over the Orioles.

"When you get a lead like that, you have to attack the hitters," Kazmir said. "You have to get strike one."

"Kazmir is having about as good a year as anybody in baseball," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said afterward.

Kazmir has been especially great in recent weeks, going 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA over his last three starts, which includes a 10-strikeout performance against the Yankees on June 3.

In the series opener on Friday night, the Yankees barely broke a sweat as they captured a 7-0 triumph.

David Phelps (2-4) enjoyed his best outing of the season, earning the victory after tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out four.

The Yankees collected 12 hits on the evening, with Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and Brian Roberts each tallying two hits and an RBI.

Sonny Gray (6-3) was handed the loss for the Athletics after yielding seven hits and three earned runs over six innings of work to go with seven strikeouts.

Jed Lowrie and Derek Norris were responsible for the only two hits for the home team.

The season series between the squads is now split at two games apiece.

06/14 10:24:59 ET

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