American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 14th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (37-29) at LA Angels of Anaheim (29-38), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Andy Pettitte (5-3, 3.82)
LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (4-5, 4.02)
(Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte tries to get the New York Yankees back into
the win column on Friday when they play the first of three games against the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.
New York started its 10-game road trip in successful fashion by taking three
of four in Seattle. However, the Yanks stumbled after that, as they were swept
in a three-game set by the Oakland Athletics and saw their offense disappear
in Thursday's 3-2, 18-inning loss.
"We had two runs in the first, and that was it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. "We had a ton of opportunities and weren't able to cash in. It's
frustrating, but you've got to turn the page."
Robinson Cano went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer for the Yankees, who went 1-
for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base. Mark
Teixeira, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells were a combined 0-
for-28 with three walks and 12 strikeouts in the game.
Hoping for a little more support on Friday will be Pettitte, who picked up
career win No. 250 on Saturday against the Mariners. Pettitte allowed a run
and three hits over 7 1/3 innings of that one to run his record to 5-3 this
season, while lowering his ERA to 3.82.
Pettitte, though, has struggled against the Angels of late, posting a mere 2-5
mark with a 5.83 ERA in nine regular-season starts since 2008. For his
career, he is 14-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 31 career starts against them.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with a left-hander of its own in C.J.
Wilson, who is 4-5 with a 4.02 ERA. Wilson lost his second straight start on
Saturday in Boston, as the Red Sox reached him for four runs (3 earned) and
eight hits in just five innings.
"That's pretty garbage," Wilson said. "It's disappointing."
Wilson is 1-3 lifetime versus the Yankees with a 3.43 ERA in 23 games (6
Los Angeles salvaged the finale of its set with Baltimore on Wednesday, as
Erick Aybar hit a three-run triple and Albert Pujols smacked a two-run homer
as part of a six-run seventh inning to power the Angels to 9-5 victory at
Hank Conger hit a solo homer, while Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick each
drove in one run for the Angels, who put an end to a four-game skid.
"Definitely makes the road trip a lot better," Conger said. "We had a rough
series and for us to try to end on a win right there, go back home and face
the Yankees, that's going to be big for us."
Jerome Williams (5-2) allowed four runs on nine hits over six frames and
struck out four in the victory.
New York won five of its nine meetings with the Angels last season.
06/14 10:29:33 ET