(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees try to continue their home mastery of the Oakland Athletics this evening when they begin a three-game set against them at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees have won two of three from the A's this season in the Bronx, but are a staggering 14-2 against them there since the start of the 2008 campaign. Overall, the Yanks have won 26 of the 31 meetings in that span.
New York enters tonight's opener a game up on the Boston Red Sox the American League East standings after taking three of four from the Minnesota Twins over the weekend.
The Yankees actually picked up a half-game on the Red Sox on Monday when Boston was blanked by the Texas Rangers.
Hoping to extend that lead tonight will be right-hander Bartolo Colon, who is 8-7 with a 3.54 ERA. Colon lost for the first time in five starts on Wednesday in Kansas City, as he allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings. Billy Butler's controversial home run opened up the flood gates in that one, but Colon has pitched to a 5.13 ERA over his last eight starts.
"I feel good physically, but I gave up two home runs and we didn't win the game," Colon said through an interpreter following his last start.
Colon, though, is 2-0 in two starts against the A's this season and has allowed just two runs in 16 innings of work against them. For his career he is 8-5 versus Oakland with a 3.31 ERA in 18 games (17 starts).
Getting the call for the A's tonight will be righty Brandon McCarthy, who is 6-6 with a 3.74 ERA. McCarthy won for the fifth time in his last six decisions on Thursday against Baltimore, as he held the Orioles to four runs and eight hits in six innings.
3 game series vs Athletics @ Yankee Stadium
Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Brandon McCarthy vs Bartolo Colon
Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.
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