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Angels-Yankees Preview

May 2, 2009 - 4:37 AM By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer

Los Angeles (9-12) at New York (12-10), 1:05 p.m. EDT

The New York Yankees have taken advantage of baseball's worst bullpen twice in as many games of their series against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Yankees look to extend their season-high winning streak to five games Saturday when the teams continue a four-game home set.

New York (13-10) has scored 36 runs during its streak, 17 coming in consecutive victories over Los Angeles (9-13). The Yankees broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the eighth inning Thursday and scored six times off three relievers over the final two innings Friday to rally for a 10-9 victory.

Los Angeles' bullpen has a 7.69 ERA, a run worse than any other team. The relievers have been battered for nine runs over 3 2-3 innings in this series, and closer Brian Fuentes gave up two runs and failed to record an out in the bottom of the ninth Friday.

"We're certainly sorting through some stuff here in the early going," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're just obviously not getting it done right now. We need guys to get the job done and too many of them are having trouble doing that right now."

Jorge Posada's two-run single off Fuentes completed New York's comeback from a 9-4 deficit. Posada also had a two-run homer in the first inning.

"Hopefully, we can learn a lot from it," Posada said.

Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 and matched his career-best hitting streak at 18 games, increasing his season average to .378.

Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher suffered a bruised right elbow when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left the game. Angels left fielder Bobby Abreu departed after 6 1/2 innings with a tight lower back.

Both may not play Saturday.

New York is still waiting for CC Sabathia (1-2, 4.73 ERA) to pitch like an ace after signing a $161 million, seven-year contract in the offseason. He had a shaky April, although he pitched a six-hitter for his first complete game in a 4-1 loss at Detroit on Monday.

Sabathia was encouraged by not walking a batter after issuing 14 walks in his first four outings. The left-hander is 5-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 12 outings against the Angels.

The Yankees have won three of four games in which they've faced rookie starters, and will take on another in Matt Palmer (1-0, 6.00) on Saturday. Palmer won his Angels debut April 23 against Detroit, yielding five runs over six innings of a 10-5 victory.

The 30-year-old right-hander's only previous major league experience came last year when he made three starts for San Francisco.

"I'm happy for my family and happy for myself that I kept pushing," Palmer said. "I've had opportunities off the field, but I love baseball and I love the opportunity to throw, and I've got the desire to play. So as long as I have that desire, I'm going to keep playing. Everybody says I'm 30, but I don't feel it."






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    Angels 8, Yankees 4  FinalMay 2 6:49 PM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA ANGELS 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 2 8 11 1
    NY YANKEES 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 4 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LAA - MATT PALMER, JOSE ARREDONDO (7TH), SCOT SHIELDS (8TH),
    FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ JR (9TH), JASON BULGER (9TH) AND MIKE
    NAPOLI
    NYY - CC SABATHIA, JONATHAN ALBALADEJO

    May 2 4:30 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY GARY MATTHEWS ALLOWED BRETT GARDNER TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D JETER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 8
    NY YANKEES 4 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J DAMON (.279, 0-FOR-4)

    Angels 8, Yankees 4  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 2 4:26 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JORGE POSADA (5) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ JR SCORED MELKY CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 8, NY YANKEES 3
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B GARDNER (.222, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Angels 8, Yankees 3  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 2 4:20 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUAN RIVERA SCORED MIKE NAPOLI. ERROR BY MELKY
    CABRERA ALLOWED KENDRY MORALES TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J RIVERA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 8
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: B WOOD (.375, 2-FOR-3, BB)

    Angels 8, Yankees 1  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 2 4:06 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KENDRY MORALES (4) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF JOSE VERAS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6, NY YANKEES 1
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J RIVERA (.299, 1-FOR-3)

    Angels 6, Yankees 1  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 2 3:40 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE NAPOLI SCORED TORII HUNTER.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M NAPOLI ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 5
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.272, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Angels 5, Yankees 1  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 2 3:20 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TORII HUNTER SCORED MAICER IZTURIS AND HOWIE
    KENDRICK.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T HUNTER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.300, 0-FOR-1, BB, HBP)

    Angels 4, Yankees 1  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 2 3:17 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED BRANDON WOOD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H KENDRICK ON FIRST, M IZTURIS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: T HUNTER (.310, 0-FOR-3)

    Angels 2, Yankees 1  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 2 3:13 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY KENDRY MORALES SCORED TORII HUNTER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M NAPOLI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 1
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J RIVERA (.303, 1-FOR-2)

    Angels 1, Yankees 1  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 2 2:48 PM
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    Angels 1, Yankees 1  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 2 2:48 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HIDEKI MATSUI SCORED DEREK JETER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H MATSUI ON FIRST, M TEIXEIRA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    NY YANKEES 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.378, 5 HR, 17 RBI)

    Angels 0, Yankees 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 2 1:25 PM