The Angels went old-school as they traveled for a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, chartering an Amtrak train to roll up from Washington to New York. The Yankees are just hoping this series doesn't bring reminders of their bad old days against the Halos.
A matchup with the Angels usually spelled a rough weekend for the Bombers, who have a 59-65 record against Mike Scioscia's team since 2000 -- their only losing mark against any American League club over that span.
Things are looking up for the Yankees lately, though; New York has won seven of the past 11 meetings between the two teams since May 30, 2012. They're coming home from an eventful trip to Boston, where New York won two of three over the Red Sox but lost Michael Pineda to a 10-game suspension for using pine tar on the mound.
"We've got three against the Angels who are playing well, so it's important that we move on, because the game of baseball does not stop," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's an everyday sport, not a weekly sport."
The Angels hope to get their weekend off to a strong start behind C.J. Wilson, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts against the New York. The 33-year-old lefty has won his last three decisions against them.
In his past five outings against the Yankees, Wilson has posted a 2.08 ERA, giving up just eight earned runs over a span of 34 2/3 innings.
The Yankees counter with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who has a 4.07 ERA in four starts this season and a 2.16 ERA in six career starts against his next opponent. Kuroda is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts against the Angels as a Yankee.
The Yankees shuffled their bullpen after Pineda accepted his suspension on Thursday, calling up right-handers Bruce Billings and Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the Angels are pondering moves in the relief department.
Ernesto Frieri has a 9.35 ERA, with two losses, two blown saves and five homers allowed in 8 2/3 innings. Scioscia said he isn't looking for a change at closer, but that may change when the series kicks off in New York.
"If that's what's needed, you're obviously going to consider it," Scioscia said. "Ernie just got a save the other night. It's in him. We just need to get him a little more consistent."
Angels: Pujols red hot
Albert Pujols enters the three-game series at Yankee Stadium on a bit of a tear.
The first baseman homered twice on Tuesday, becoming the first player to hit career homers 499 and 500 in the same game, then went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Wednesday's loss. He'll arrive at Yankee Stadium -- where he has an .857 OPS in six career games -- with a Major League-leading eight home runs and a .284/.351/.625 slash line.
"I'm healthy and I'm feeling good at the plate right now," Pujols said. "I don't need to tell you guys. You guys can see it. When you have your legs [under you], now you can rely on the power you have, and it wasn't there the last couple years."
Yankees: Captain keeps cracking
Derek Jeter has reached base safely in 15 of his first 16 games of the season, and had hit safely in 11 straight games before being blanked on Wednesday. Jeter bounced back with a single in his second at-bat against the Red Sox on Thursday.
"I feel all right. I'm getting better and better," Jeter said. "This is a game that you need to play every day. It took me a while to feel good, but I'm getting there. I've still got some more progress to make."
Jeter was limited to just 17 games last season; he played his 17th game of the year on Thursday. Jeter has 47 career double-digit hitting streaks, tying Hall of Famer Tris Speaker for the third-most in the Majors since 1903 (Ty Cobb-66, Hank Aaron-48).
• Mike Trout has hit safely in 13 straight games in the Bronx and sports a .383 batting average with two homers and 13 RBIs in 15 career games at Yankee Stadium.
• The Yankees are 13-1 when leading after six innings.