The New York Yankees finish a nine-game West Coast swing in Anaheim against the Angels this weekend. It's a place where the Yankees have had a devil of a time winning in recent seasons.
New York hasn't won a road series in Anaheim since 2004 and has lost 20 of its last 28 trips there. The Yankees have also split their season series with the Angels in each of the previous two seasons after losing five straight season sets between 2004-08.
In fact, New York's 45-54 record against Anaheim since 2000 is its only losing record versus an American League club in that span, though the Yankees did oust the Angels in six games during the 2009 ALCS.
The Angels are only 29-29 this season, 2.5 games behind Texas in the American League West. Anaheim wil send Jered Weaver (6-4, 2.10 ERA) to the mound Friday night. Weaver hasn't won since he was 6-0 on April 25, but has allowed just one run over 16 innings in consecutive no-decisions.
Ivan Nova will pitch for the Yankees, who lead the American League by two games over Boston. New York has a 31-23 record. Nova is 4-3 with a 4.67 ERA, but the young right-hander has not made it through four innings in two of his last four starts.
3 game series vs Angels @ Angel Stadium of Anaheim
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