Game 77: Yankees at Angels, 10:05 p.m.

The Yankees begin a three-game series Monday in Anaheim (10:05 p.m.). CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.65) faces C.J. Wilson (5-6, 3.92).


Yankees Angels
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF  1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B
2. Chris Young (R) LF 2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
 3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH  3. Mike Trout (R) CF
 4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B  4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
 5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF  5. David Freese (R) 3B
 6. Chase Headley (S) 3B 6. Erick Aybar (S) SS
 7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B 7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B
 8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C 8. Carlos Perez (R) C
 9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS 9. Dan Robertson (R) LF

Sabathia Notes: In his last five starts against the Angels (since the beginning of 2011), Sabathia is 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA. . . .Has three consecutive no-decisions, including last Tuesday against Philadelphia (6 ER, 8 H in 4 2/3 innings). . .Yankees are 6-9 when Sabathia starts.


Wilson Notes: Angels have won 17 of Wilson’s last 22 starts at Angel Stadium. . .Had shortest start of season and gave up season-high seven earned runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings last Tuesday in loss to Houston.


Yankees Notes: The Yankees are 3-6 in their last nine road games and 8-16 in their last 24, tied for the AL’s lowest road winning percentage in that span. . .The Yankees batted just .203 (27-for-133) during the four-game set in Houston after batting .363 (97-for-267) in their previous seven games. They did not have an extra-base hit in two of the four games in Houston.


Angels Notes: AL home run leader Pujols (23) and Trout (tied for second with 19) are the only teammates in the top five in homers in MLB. They have homered in the same game five times this season. . .The Angels are 4-2 so far on their nine-game home stand.


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Gardner named AL Player of the Week

Brett Gardner has been named the American League Player of the Week (June 29).

This past week, Gardner hit .500 with a .581 on-base percentage and .885 slugging percentage to go along with two home runs, four doubles, six RBIs and and nine runs scored.

Overall this season, Gardner is hitting .300 with a .373 OBP and .492 SLG to go along with nine home runs, 39 RBI and 58 runs scored. He has also stolen 15 bases.


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In case you missed it this weekend

The Yankees split a four-game series with the Astros over the weekend, winning Friday and Saturday, and losing on Thursday and Sunday.

Jacoby Ellsbury will soon begin a minor league rehab assignment and could return to the lineup as soon as Friday from a sprained knee (June 28, 10:13 p.m.).

New York recalled RHP Esmil Rogers and optioned OF Gregorio Petit to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (June 28, 1:36 p.m.).


What’s on tap for Monday, June 29

The Yankees begin a three-game series on the road vs. the Los Angeles Angels.

CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.65 ERA) will face C.J. Wilson (5-6, 3.92 ERA) in the opener Monday at 10:05 p.m.


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May 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) at bat against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Ellsbury could return to lineup Friday

Jacoby Ellsbury could return from the disabled list later this week from a right knee sprain (June 28, 1:36 p.m.).

Ellsbury has been on the disabled list since May 19, but did not need surgery on his knee.

He tested his knee Saturday and ran again Sunday, and Joe Girardi said it is possible Ellsbury could begin a minor-league rehab assignment this week.

“We’ll just go a day at a time,” Girardi said. “The big thing is he needs to get some at-bats, know that his leg is OK and he can do everything he needs to do. … The key is how he feels tomorrow when he wakes up, see if he’s a player” (June 28, 10:25 p.m.).

Ellsbury’s rehab had been going slower than initially anticipated, but was expected to rejoin the team before the All-Star break (June 1, 7:05 p.m.).

Ellsbury was hitting .324 with one home run and six RBIs in 37 games this season.


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Yankees held to 2 hits as Astros earn split

The Yankees provided no support for Michael Pineda and lost 3-1 in Houston Sunday to split the four-game series with the AL West-leading Astros.


Pineda (8-5) went eight innings, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out eight.

But the Yankees only had two hits off Astros starter Collin McHugh, who won his third in a row to improve to 9-3. McHugh also struck out eight.

Houston rookie Carlos Correa doubled twice and scored the tiebreaking run on a triple by Evan Gattis in the seventh .

Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save.

The hot-hitting Brett Gardner was 1-for-3 with an RBI single as he raised his average to .300


The Yankees head to California to start a three-game series with the Angels Monday (10:05 p.m.) CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.65) faces C.J. Wilson (5-6, 3.92).


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Game 76: Yankees at Astros, 2:10 p.m.

The Yankees go for their third victory in the four-game series at Houston Sunday (2:10 p.m.). Michael Pineda (8-4, 4.25) faces Collin McHugh (8-3, 4.80).


Yankees Astros
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF  1. George Springer (R) RF
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B 2. Carlos Correa (R) SS
 3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH  3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
 4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B  4. Evan Gattis (R) DH
 5. Brian McCann (L) C  5. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
 6. Garrett Jones (L) LF 6. Chris Carter (R) 1B
 7. Chris Young (R) RF 7. Preston Tucker (L) LF
 8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS 8. Domingo Santana (R) RF
 9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B 9. Jason Castro (L) C

Pineda Notes: After compiling a 2.72 ERA in his first seven starts, Pineda has a 6.10 ERA in in last seven outings, all since throwing 111 pitches May 10 at Baltimore. He gave up a career-high eight runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings last Monday to Philadelphia and six runs in 4 1/3 innings at Baltimore June 12.


McHugh Notes: He’s tied for sixth in the AL wins. .Won his second straight game in what
was his longest outing of the season, giving up two runs in eight innings in Houston’s 13-3 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Since last Aug. 1, McHugh is 15-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts, tying Gerrit Cole for the MLB lead in wins in that time span.



Yankees Notes: Young is 17-for-37 (.459) with 10 RBI and 11 runs the past 10 games. He has six hits in this series and has homered in each of the last two games drive in five runs. Young is a .407 career hitter in Houston and .336 overall vs. the Astros, his highest average against any opponent with at least 60 at-bats. . .Carlos Beltran is sitting today.


Astros Notes: The Astros lead the major leagues in home runs (110) and steals (61). . .Altuve leads the AL in steals (21); Valbuena is tied for second with 19 homers.


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Yankees rally to win after blowing big lead

After blowing a six-run lead, the Yankees recovered and beat the Astros 9-6 Saturday at Minute Maid Park.


Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double in the eighth and Chase Headley a solo homer in the ninth to lead the Yankees, who took a 6-0 lead in the second inning before Houston rallied to tie it in the fifth.

Dillan Betances picked up his sixth save to cap off a strong performance from the Yankees bullpen, which didn’t allow a run in four innings after Masahiro Tanaka squandered a six-run lead.

Tanaka gave up three home runs in the fourth and fifth innings. He gave up seven hits, six runs and two walks in five innings.

The Yankees scored six runs in the first two innings on Brian McCann’s grand slam and Chris Young’s two-run homer.

Brett Oberholtzer gave up four hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings for the Astros (43-33 entering). He was ejected from the game after he threw at Alex Rodriguez immediately after surrendering Young’s home run.

Tanaka allowed three home runs, tying a career high, for the second straight start. He gave up a solo home run to Chris Carter in the fourth and back-to-back home runs to Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve in the fifth that made it 6-6.


The Yankees and Astros end their four-game series Sunday at 2:10 p.m. Michael Pineda (8-4, 4.25) faces Collin McHugh (8-3, 4.80).


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