Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (8-5, 3.70).
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (3-4, 5.18).
TIME/TV: 3:35 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have lost two straight and are 3-2 on a road trip that ends today. The Yankees have won six of their last nine but have dropped three of their last six. They are two games out of first.
PITCHING PROBLEMS: The Angels have hit 29 of 75 (.387) in the first two games of the series with 24 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits (four home runs), six stolen bases and six walks.
MATSUI MANIA: Hideki Matsui is 12 of his last 30 with four homers and 12 RBI.
DEVIL OF A TIME WITH THE ANGELS: The Yankees are 2-3 against Los Angeles and 38-48 since the start of the 2000 season. They are 5-16 at Anaheim in the last five years, 2-9 in the last three.
TROUBLE WITH THE TOP TEAMS: The Yankees are 5-14 against the four division leaders they have played this season — the Red Sox, Tigers, Angels and Phillies.
DON’T YOU KNOW: Robinson Cano is 17 of 46 this month, 8 of 19 on the road trip. He has had two or more hits in seven of the last 12 games.
A-ROD UPDATE: Alex Rodriguez is 22 of his last 54 (.407) with eight homers, 22 RBI and 17 runs scored. He is up to a season-best .263.
A-ROD IN ANAHEIM: Alex has hit 35 homers in 85 games at Angel Stadium.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR: The Yankees were 46-42 and nine games out after 88 games last season.
SLOPPY PLAY: The Yankees have committed six errors in the last four games.
GOOD DEAL: Eric Hinske is 4 of 8 with three home runs as a Yankee.
LIVING IN THE FUTURE: Catcher Jesus Montero and LHP Manny Banuelos will play for the World Team in the Futures Game today in St. Louis. Montero will start and hit fifth. The game is at 2 p.m. ET.
OH, SERGIO: Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start for Triple-A Scranton today against Buffalo at Syracuse. If he pitches well, he could be named the No. 5 starter in the majors and start a week from Monday.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Interesting lineup, eh? Swisher has bad numbers against Lackey, Damon has been struggling this month and it’s pretty evident that CC doesn’t want to throw to Posada. Girardi said he wanted to control’s Anaheim’s running game. But a few days ago he said Posada would play all three games here. Something is fishy. Posada has been hitting, too.
Girardi sort of said that Hinske would play more than was first expected. It’ll be a matchup thing. His poor defense makes that a tricky proposition one would think.
Meanwhile, some news:
• Sergio Mitre was terrific today for Scranton (8 6 0 0 0 5). He threw 82 pitches, 64 strikes. You can bet he’ll be in the rotation as the fifth guy. That will allow them to use Aceves in the bullpen. Girardi said they needed to talk about it over the break but Mitre had to have impressed today.
• West Coast scout David Keith was in the clubhouse with Chad Thompson, their 17th-round pick. He is from nearby El Toro HS, where Austin Romine attended. He had Tommy John surgery on May 1. Prior to that, he was likely going to be a high-round pick.
Thompson had signed with Arizona State but the Yankees are very hopeful of signing him. He was introduced to a bunch of players and coaches today, sort of a recruiting trip. Thompson certainly has a projectable body. He is 6-7 and could easily added 20 pounds of muscle.
“I think we can get him and he would be a great addition,” Keith said.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: We’re underway at Angel Stadium. 86 degrees and not a cloud in the bright blue sky. Hope you enjoy the game wherever you are.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Hey, the Yankees lead the Angels. No chance Anaheim can come back.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: Pop-ups are A-Rod’s kryptonite. He does everything else well accept catch pop-ups. Meanwhile, the scorer here did not give him an error despite the ball nearly landing on his head.
UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: Ah, A-Rod starts a 5-4-3 to make up for his little mistake. Still 1-0.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: The Yankees were right not to offer Bobby Abreu arbitration. But he is wearing them out this weekend.
For $5 million, he’s a tremendous value.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Hinske just wasn’t fast enough to get to that ball. Maybe MLB would let the Yankees forfeit these games in Anaheim and let the players go to the beach instead. Or have the Gulf Coast League kids play.
UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: I’ll be shocked if the Yankees get back in this game. It’s the day before a break, they all have planes to catch and people to go see. These next four innings could fly by. I’m not saying they’ll quit, but look for quick at-bats and see you next week.
The players will say they’re not concerned about being 2-12 against the Angels and Red Sox. But that is not a good sign.
UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: If he played every game against the Yankees, Mike Napoli would be known as Future Hall of Famer Mike Napoli. He is 6 for 11 in the series with four extra-base hits.
UPDATE, 5:31 p.m.: Angels bring Kendry Morales in for defense and he throws a double-play ball into left field.
This could be the best shot the Yankees have. Down 4-2, first and second, nobody out and Jeter up with Tex and A-Rod on deck.
UPDATE, 5:36 p.m.: Loaded for Tex.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: Wow, epic disaster there. Tex K’s on a slow hook and A-Rod grounds into a DP. Had to get more than one run out of all that.
UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: Starters in this series: 15.1 innings, 25 hits, 15 earned runs, 6 walks, 10 strikeouts. An 8.80 ERA. Yikes.
UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: Justin Speier invited the Yankees back into the game by walking Matsui and hitting Hinske. Here we go again, bases loaded, one run in, nobody out and Posada, Gardner and Jeter due up.
Maybe the Yankees can turn the table on this team for once.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Wow. After a sac fly, Swisher hits a rocket up the middle that Oliver catches and turns into a double play.
Swisher crushed it, too. That was targeted for center field and one run would have scored. 5-4 Angels as the Yankees can’t catch a break.
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: Angels have committed two errors, walked four and hit two. They’ve all but begged the Yankees to get back in the game and they just can’t get over the hump.
Jeter, Tex and A-Rod in the ninth against Fuentes.
UPDATE, 6:33 p.m.: Phil Hughes in relief: 18.1 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks, 19 Ks.
Down a run and three outs to go.
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Angels 5, Yankees 4 and a sweep headed into the break. Bad three days in the O.C. Back later with some more.