American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 26th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (24-21) at Oakland Athletics (22-24), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - CC Sabathia (5-2, 3.78)
Oakland - Bartolo Colon (4-4, 4.09)
(Sports Network) - After starting the season a red-hot 5-0, Yankees ace CC
Sabathia has fallen back to earth in his last two starts.
This afternoon Sabathia will attempt to avoid losing his third consecutive
game when the Yankees continue a three-game weekend set with the Oakland
Athletics at the Coliseum.
The left-hander allowed four earned runs over six innings of work in a 5-2
loss to the Orioles on May 15, and though he pitched better in his next start
against the Reds (7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 K), he was once again on the losing end
of the scoreboard as the Yankees fell 5-2 on Sunday.
Sabathia, who hasn't lost three straight starts with the Yankees, will need to
work against history if he wants to get back on track, as he is just 3-5 with
a 5.40 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 11 career starts in Oakland.
Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon will toe the rubber for the Athletics.
Colon out-dueled Tim Lincecum his last time out by allowing two earned runs
and striking out seven in five innings of work in a 6-2 win over the Giants.
It marked Colon's first win since April 18, pulling his record to an even 4-4
on the season.
Colon, who won eight games as a member of the Yankees in 2011, has struggled
against New York in his career, going 4-5 in 12 starts while registering an
ERA of 6.07.
The Yankees took the first game of the series on Friday, 6-3.
Mark Teixeira was 2-for-5 with a home run. It was just the sixth long ball for
the slugger this season, as he is again off to a slow start with a .231
batting average and a meager 23 RBI in 45 games.
Robinson Cano also belted his sixth long ball, while Nick Swisher joined the
barrage as well with his eighth home run. It was only a matter of time before
the homers started flying out for the Yankees, who have now hit seven home
runs in the past three games.
"The last few games have been good for us," Teixeira said. "We're used to
scoring that many runs. It's kind of more normal for us...We're a team that's
used to hitting a lot of (homers) and we'd like to hit a little bit more.
Ivan Nova was strong in the win, going seven innings while giving up three
earned runs. Despite an ERA of 5.46 on the season, Nova's record improved to
Rafael Soriano struck out two in the ninth for his fourth save.
For the A's, Tyson Ross (2-5) was roughed up for 11 hits and six runs (three
earned) in 4 1/3 innings.
Josh Reddick continued his breakout campaign by blasting his 12th home run of
the season, eclipsing his total from the last three seasons combined.
05/26 10:27:33 ET