The Yankees are playing really well right now. They're 8-3 in their last 11 games, and currently lead the American League East heading into play tonight against the Los Angeles Angels are Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are back at home after a seven-game road trip that made stops in both Tampa and Boston. The Yankees split a four-game series against the Rays, then took two of three games at Fenway Park this week -- the Bombers are now 5-2 against Boston this season.
Now the Yankees are back home in the Bronx, where we all love to be, with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels coming to town.
Derek Jeter picked up another hit last night in the Yankees' 14-5 win over the Sox. He's reached base safely in 15 of his 16 last games, and had an 11-game hitting streak going before a hitless night on Wednesday.
"I feel all right. I'm getting better and better," Jeter said. "This is a game that you need to play every day. It took me a while to feel good, but I'm getting there. I've still got some more progress to make."
Tonight's lineup against Los Angeles:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann C
- Brett Gardner LF
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
Pitching matchup preview: Hiroki Kuroda vs CJ Wilson
Hiroki Kuroda will get the ball tonight for the Yankees, looking to deliver a good start for the Yankees, who are now without Michael Pineda because of a 10-game suspension, and Ivan Nova, who is done for the year because of Tommy John surgery.
Kuroda has a 4.07 ERA in four starts this season and a 2.16 ERA in six career starts against the Angels. Kuroda is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts against the Angels as a Yankee.
Los Angeles will counter with left-hander CJ Wilson, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts against the New York. The 33-year-old lefty has won his last three decisions against them.
In his past five outings against the Yankees, Wilson has posted a 2.08 ERA, giving up just eight earned runs over a span of 34 2/3 innings.