American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 28th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (26-21) at LA Angels of Anaheim (23-25), 9:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Phil Hughes (4-5, 4.94)
LA Angels - Jered Weaver (6-1, 2.61)
(Sports Network) - Jered Weaver eyes his seventh win of the season this
evening when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim try to extend their season-best
winning streak to seven games in the opener of a three-game set with the New
York Yankees at Angel Stadium.
While the Angels may have stumbled out of the gates, the one consistent piece
for them has been Weaver, who is 6-1 with a 2.61 earned run average and, of
course, tossed a no-hitter back on May 2.
Weaver, though, failed to get win No. 7 on Wednesday, but through no fault of
his own, as the right-hander allowed just one run in eight innings, but did
not factor in the decision of his team's 3-1 win.
He has faced the Yankees nine times and is 5-2 with a 4.79 ERA against them.
The Angels continued to put their early season struggles behind them on Sunday
with a 4-2 win over Seattle, as Kendrys Morales collected three hits,
including a home run, and drove in two, while C.J. Wilson pitched six solid
innings to help Los Angeles complete a four-game sweep of the Mariners.
Mark Trumbo also hit a solo homer and Howie Kendrick added another RBI for the
Angels, winners in seven of their last 10 to get within two games of .500
Wilson (6-4) allowed just two hits and a run with two walks, fanning five
before leaving with a blister on his left hand. Scott Downs turned in a
scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
"The rotation sets the tone. If we go out there and prevent scoring right out
of the gate then it gives the offense a lot of confidence," Wilson said of the
rotation's role in his team's success. "As you see, we don't need to score
five runs in an inning, we score one run, [then] one run, [then] one run, and
that's what we all envisioned during spring training."
New York, meanwhile, also enters this series playing its best baseball of the
season after a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics that pushed their
winning streak to five games. On Sunday, Hiroki Kuroda gave up just four hits
in eight innings and the Yankees rolled to a 2-0 win.
Kuroda (4-6) snapped a two-start losing streak, striking out three and walking
one while throwing 67 of his 104 pitches for strikes.
The 37-year-old righty wasn't given the chance to pick up his first shutout in
almost four years. Rafael Soriano worked around a Josh Reddick single for his
fifth save of the season.
Hoping for the same type of effort tonight, the Yanks turn to righty Phil
Hughes, who has won three of his last four starts. Hughes beat the Kansas City
Royals on Tuesday, holding them to a pair of runs in six innings to run his
record to 4-5, while lowering his ERA to 4.94.
Hughes, though, was roughed up by the Angels back on April 14 to the tune of
six runs in just 3 1/3 frames. He is 3-2 lifetime against them with a 7.61 ERA
in seven games (four starts).
The Yankees took two of three from the Halos earlier in the season.
05/28 10:47:03 ET