Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Angels leads 1-0 (as of 4/25)

Game 1: Friday, April 25
LA Angels13Final
NY Yankees1
Game 2: Saturday, April 26
LA Angels3Final
NY Yankees4
Game 3: Sunday, April 27
LA Angels2Final
NY Yankees3

Angels 13

(11-11, 8-5 away)

Yankees 1

(13-10, 6-4 home)

    Coverage:  YES

    7:05 PM ET, April 25, 2014

    Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

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    LAA 032030401 13 16 0
    NYY 000001000 1 6 1

    W: C. Wilson (3-2)

    L: H. Kuroda (2-2)

    Angels-Yankees Preview


    Jacoby Ellsbury seems to be adjusting just fine in his first season in New York, and that's been particularly true at Yankee Stadium.

    Los Angeles Angels starter C.J. Wilson also tends to thrive in the Bronx.

    Ellsbury looks to continue his hot hitting at home and help the New York Yankees win five straight there as they try to beat Wilson for the first time in four years Friday night.

    Ellsbury leads the Yankees with a .337 average while hitting eight doubles and driving in 11 runs. The center fielder doubled on two of his three hits Thursday and had three RBIs in a 14-5 win at Boston in his first series there since leaving the Red Sox for the Yankees.

    He had five RBIs and four of his five hits went for extra bases in helping New York take two of three in the set.

    Ellsbury may be looking forward to a nine-game homestand since he's batting .367 in the Bronx. However, he's 5 for 29 (.172) over his last seven meetings with the Angels and 2 for 10 against Wilson (2-2, 4.21 ERA) in the past two years.

    Wilson is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last five starts against New York, with four of those outings coming at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in those starts, but he doesn't think his past experience against the Yankees is much of a factor.

    "It's a different team," Wilson told the Angels' official website. "You're bringing in a guy I've really never faced before in (Brian) McCann. (Carlos) Beltran I faced a couple times, and Ellsbury obviously was in Boston last year. So all those guys coming into the lineup, it's a very big turnover.

    "The Yankees are a team that is always good, they always play well at home."

    Wilson, though, may be more concerned with rebounding from his shortest outing of the season. He gave up four runs and seven hits -- two homers -- while walking three and throwing 111 pitches in five innings of a 5-2 loss at Detroit on Saturday.

    While Wilson is trying to continue his success against the Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 4.07) is looking to do the same versus the Angels (10-11).

    The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA over his last four matchups, and he didn't allow a run in each of those victories. He gave up three hits in eight innings of a 2-1 home win over Los Angeles on Aug. 12.

    Kuroda is 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA over his last 15 starts at Yankee Stadium, winning both this year despite giving up six runs in 12 2/3 innings.

    He didn't get a decision on the road last Friday, allowing three runs while leaving with two outs in the sixth inning of an 11-5 defeat to Tampa Bay.

    Kuroda will have to contend with Mike Trout, who is 3 for 7 against him. The 22-year-old phenom has hit .383 in 15 games against New York, and he's 12 for 28 while hitting safely in all seven in the Bronx.

    Trout owns a .352 average in the past 12 games after going 2 for 4 and driving in a run in Wednesday's 5-4 loss at Washington.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesNew York
    Current StreakL3W1
    Last 103-76-4

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesNew York
    C. Wilson
    13-10, 4.51 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at SEA
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    H. Kuroda
    11-9, 3.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 vs BAL
    8.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesNew York
    1. J. Shuck, LF J. Ellsbury, CF
    2. M. Trout, CF D. Jeter, SS
    3. A. Pujols, 1B C. Beltran, RF
    4. R. Ibanez, DH A. Soriano, DH
    5. H. Kendrick, 2B M. Teixeira, 1B
    6. I. Stewart, 1B B. McCann, 1B
    7. E. Aybar, SS B. Gardner, LF
    8. H. Conger, C B. Roberts, 2B
    9. C. Cowgill, CF Y. Solarte, SS

    Research Notes

    Mike Trout is hitting .429 (12-28) with 5 2B, a HR, 4 BB, 4 K and 5 SB in 7 career games at Yankee Stadium, and has a hit in all 7 games (the Angels start a 3-game series there tonight). As you can see, he thrives on the road against the powerhouse AL East.
    Derek Jeter now has a 14-game hit streak vs Angels, his longest current hit streak vs any team.
    All eight of Albert Pujols' home runs have come off of non-breaking pitches. In plate appearances that have ended with a breaking pitch, Pujols has a slugging percentage of just .083, which ranks 6th-worst in the American League. Hiroki Kuroda has thrown sliders 26% of the time since the beginning of 2013, and the Yankees' bullpen throws breaking balls 39% of the time, which is 2nd-most in MLB.
    Hiroki Kuroda is first Yankee to give up at least 8 runs in fewer than 5 IP vs Angels since David Cone in 2000.
    The Angels' 12-run win over the Yankees is their largest win ever at Yankee Stadium
    This is the first time the Yankees have allowed at least 10 runs 3 times in a 7-game span since August 2009.
    Angels 13-1 win over the Yankees is tied for their 2nd-largest ever vs the Yankees and is the largest ever for them at Yankee Stadium.

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