Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (9-11) @ New York Yankees (11-10)

Thursday April 30, 7:05pm; TV-YES, Radio-CBS 880 AM, 94.3 FM

Friday May 1, 7:05pm; TV-YES, Radio-CBS 880 AM, 94.3 FM

Saturday May 2, 1:05pm; TV-YES, Radio-CBS 880 AM, 94.3 FM

Sunday May 3, 1:05pm; TV-YES, Radio-CBS 880 AM, 94.3 FM

Preview:

Since starting the season 6-11, the LA Angels have won their last three, including a 2-game series sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore.  Sitting now a 9-11, the Angels will look to capitalize on the new Yankee Stadium and ride a huge offense to a series win and a winning record.

Since starting the season 9-6, the Yankees lost three in a row to Boston and their first game of the series to Detroit.  The Yankees rode two huge innings of offense to two-straight wins to take the series in Detroit and raise their record above .500.

Both teams have momentum heading into this crucial four game series and the Yankees especially need to keep their momentum heading into three straight division matchups – against Boston and Tampa Bay at home and in Baltimore next weekend.

Former Yankee Bobby Abreu returns to New York for the first time since signing with LA in the offseason.  Although he has slowed down in recent games, Abreu is very hot at the plate this season, leading the Angels with a .363 BA and .422 OBP.  Torii Hunter has also been hot for the Angels, hitting .329 and leading the team eith 16 RBI, 8 HR and a massive .740 Slugging percentage.

After slumping in the Boston series, Nick Swisher has returned with a vengeance at the plate, hitting three HR in his last two games and bringing his average back over .300 at .307.  He leads the team in RBI with 19, HR with 7 and OBP at .416.  Mr Robinson Cano has been the most consistent Yankee, hitting .389 with a .406 OBP.  He is second in RBI with 16 and HR with 5.

Melky Cabrera seems to have earned himself a spot back in the starting lineup.  He has started 6 of the last 7 games in CF, and has hit .321 with 4 RBI and 2 HR.  Brett Gardner had won the starting CF spot in spring training but has apparently lost it after starting the season with a .220 average.

Pitching Matchups:

Thursday: RHP Anthony Ortega (0-1, 7.20) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 5.47)

Friday: RHP Jered Weaver (2-1, 2.45) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (2-1, 2.96)

Saturday: RHP Matt Palmer (1-0, 6.00) vs. LHP CC Sabathia (1-2, 4.73)

Sunday: LHP Joe Saunders (2-1, 3.51) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 0.00)

AJ Burnett gets the opportunity tonight to bounce back from his horrid outing last Saturday which saw the Red Sox smack him around for more then 8 runs in 5 innings.  Phil Hughes will pitch the last game of the series on Sunday and show his great outing on Tuesday was not a fluke.