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Ivan Nova will look to build on his strong debut to his season as the Yankees take on the Angels

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles April 24,  2011

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles April 24, 2011

After losing to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4-1, in the series opener in Anaheim, the Yankees (41-36) and Angels will play Game 2 at 10:05 EST on Tuesday. Ivan Nova will get his second start of the season for the Yankees after throwing a shutout in 6.2 innings last week and Andrew Heaney will also get his second start of his season.

CC Sabathia allowed four runs in 7.1 innings in Monday’s loss. He has now allowed four earned runs or more in three out of his last four starts to raise his ERA to 5.59. He would have a better ERA this season but his 19 homers allowed lead the American League.

He allowed one run respectively in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings, which is different from many of his starts because he has usually been victimized by many runs in one inning. In the first inning, Albert Pujols hit a double to right to score Johnny Giavotella to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. The Yankees tied the game in the third inning when Alex Rodriguez hit a grounder between first and second, off of C.J. Wilson, to score Didi Gregorius for his 45th RBI of the season.

Mike Trout‘s homer just over the wall near the rocks in center gave the Angels all the runs they would need. That homer gave him four 20 plus homer seasons before the age of 24, and he is now one of six players to accomplish that feat. Kole Calhoun hit an RBI double to right in the fifth and then C.J. Cron hit his second homer of the season in the seventh inning.

The Yankees actually out hit the Angels, 8-6, but were only 1-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. Chris Young was 0-4 and Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner were all 0-1. Young would have had two RBI doubles in this game, but Trout made two outstanding Gold Glove caliber running catches in center field on two of his line drives.

Trout was the MVP last season for a reason as he can dominate the game offensively and defensively.

“Mike showed you his talent in every phase tonight,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Ivan Nova will look to dominate tonight just like he did in his first start after coming off of the disabled list. Against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 24, he pitched 6.2 shutout innings while only allowing three hits. He was able to throw his fastball effectively and he was able to locate his curveball after his extra minor league start.

Heaney, who was the Angels No. 1 prospect after the 2014 season according to Baseball America, had a 4.71 ERA in 14 starts at Triple-A Salt Lake City before being called up before his start on June 24. He only allowed one earned run in six innings while striking out six in his major-league debut. He relies primarily on a sinker (92mph), curve (80mph) and changeup (84mph).

The Angels have a more powerful offensive lineup than the Phillies, which means that this will be a true test to see if Nova is all the way back. In 2013, which was Nova’s last healthy season, he had a 2.44 ERA at home and a 4.40 ERA on the road leading to a very good 3.10 ERA. Tonight’s game will be played in Anaheim, which means that those splits are not in Nova’s favor, but their lineup is not very strong outside of Pujols and Trout.

Chris Young, who is hitting .370 in the last seven days, will be batting second for his second consecutive game. Before the last three games, he had four consecutive multi-hit games. This is the lineup for tonight’s game against the Angels, who have a 40-37 record:

Brett Gardner CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

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Three homers and a solid start by CC Sabathia led to a Yankees sweep of the Angels

CC Sabathia getting ready to throw a pitch against the Angels.

CC Sabathia getting ready to throw a pitch against the Angels.

The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday afternoon, 6-2, at a mostly full Yankee Stadium. It was their third win in a row against the Angels and their sixth consecutive win overall. Going back to the series in Oakland, the Yankees have won seven of their previous eight games to give them a 32-25 record.

CC Sabathia rebounded from allowing homers to Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in the first inning to pitch six innings and only allow two runs. He allowed five hits, one walk and his seven strikeouts were the most he had in a game since May 11.

One of the strikeouts that he had was his 2,500th of his career. He is the 31st Major League pitcher to reach 2,500 strikeouts. When he caught Angels second baseman Giavotella looking with a changeup in the fifth inning Sabathia became just the ninth left-hander to accomplish the milestone. He is also the Major Leagues’ active strikeout leader.

This was Sabathia’s second straight start that he allowed two earned runs, and he got Kole Calhoun to ground into a double play to end the sixth inning, but Sabathia got thrown out of the game after the top of the sixth ended.

He started shouting at the home plate umpire after the double play was completed. The shouting caused Sabathia to be ejected, which lead Sabathia to get in Dan Bellino’s face, which also led to Joe Girardi being ejected.

Sabathia disagreed with a called a ball that was called during Kalhoun’s at-bat. “I just asked him where the pitch was,” Sabathia said after the game. “He said it was down. I said, ‘It’s not down, you just called it on [Chase] Headley.’ That’s when he threw me out.”

The crowd at the stadium got loud for each of the three homers that the Yankees hit off of Angels veteran starter C.J. Wilson. Chris Young, who only had one hit in his previous 13 at-bats coming into the game, hit a homer over the State Farm scoreboard in left field in the fifth to tie the score at two.

Later in the fifth inning, Brett Gardner hit a line drive homer to the back of the first level in right field to drive in John Ryan Murphy and Didi Gregorius. When the ball came off Gardner’s bat it appeared that his line drive would stay in the field. Gardner now has 26 RBIs after driving in 58 all of last season.

In the seventh inning, Jose Pirela his his first homer of the season (and his career) and the team’s third of the afternoon. Pirela’s homer to left center was 418 feet, and it was further than the homers that Young or Gardner hit, as their homers were both less than 400 feet.

Chase Headley, who hit a single in the first inning, is now on an eight-game hitting streak. Didi Gregorius, who drove in the first run of the game for the Yankees in the first inning with a ground out to second, was involved in turning two double plays and has one or more hits in four of his last five games.

Betances pitched a perfect eighth inning while recording two more strikeouts to give him 53 in 31.1 innings pitched. Betances got out of the eighth inning on an emphatic called third strike on a 3-2 count to Trout. Andrew Miller closed out the game with three straight strikeouts in the ninth leading to a drama free afternoon by the bullpen.

Miller lowered his ERA to 1.04 and Betances lowered his to 0.29. They are likely the best eighth and ninth inning combo in baseball.

The game which was played during a picture perfect afternoon with no humidity and without a cloud in the sky was finished in a very manageable 2:10. The Yankees will have an off day on Monday before starting a brief two-game series against the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

The Yankees beat the Angels on Saturday for their fifth win in a row

Adam Warren at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Adam Warren at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday night, 8-2, for their fifth consecutive win and second straight in the series. Everything went right for the Yankees as they scored six runs in the first inning and Adam Warren allowed two runs or less for his fourth consecutive start.

Warren pitched 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He had three walks, two strikeouts and lowered his ERA from 3.75 to 3.64. He started the game pitching very well as he retired the first nine batters that he faced.

“I felt good,” Warren said. “I was mixing pitches well and hitting my spots. The defense as a whole was great tonight.”

Warren has been able to pitch more than six innings in each of his last five starts after not doing so in his previous five. “I’m more comfortable now going deeper into the game,” Warren said. “I feel good about where I am at right now.”

Brian McCann was 2-5 with a home run that drove in Alex Rodriguez in the first inning. McCann now has nine homers and 35 RBIs and could be on his way to playing in the All-Star Game. He added after the game that he was impressed with how Warren pitched and with the quality of his pitches.

“His makeup is off the charts,” McCann said. “He has four quality pitches.”

Besides McCann’s two-run homer in the first, Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Brett Gardner, Chase Headley scored on a wild pitch by Garrett Richards and Gardner singled to right center to score Carlos Beltran and Didi Gregorius. In the second inning, Beltran single to right center scored Teixeira to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead.

Warren did well pitching with the lead since he didn’t let the Angels score any runs until the fifth inning. He was much better than the Richards, who had a very good 3.26 ERA before the game, since the Angles starter didn’t even make it out of the first inning.

Gregorius, who went 2-4 with a run scored, has his average up to .236 and has four multi-hit games in his last six games. He has improved at the plate compared to earlier in the season.

The Yankees play on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at CC Sabathia will get the start. In his previous start he pitched a solid 5.2 innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out six. He has a 2.57 ERA in his last two starts against the Angels.