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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels (5/25-5/27)

After dropping two out of three games to the Rangers in a slugfest series, the Yankees will head back to New York for a three-game set against the Angels as they try to take back the AL East from the Red Sox. The Yankees sit only a single game back of the Red Sox, while the Angels are four and a half back of the defending World Series champion Astros, who the Yankees face following this series. With the Red Sox playing the surprisingly good Atlanta Braves, if the Yankees could take two of three or sweep this series, they could very likely be sitting atop the AL East heading into their series against Houston.

Cessa's gem not enough as Yankees drop finale

Luis Cessa pitched extremely well for the Yankees, only surrendering one run in six strong innings of work. Unfortunately, the offense wasn’t able to solve rookie pitcher Blake Snell, as the Bombers were shut out in a 2-0 heartbreaker. The Yankees failed to secure a sweep, which is something the team has struggled with all season long. With only ten games to go in the regular season, every game is crucial as there are still three teams that stand between New York and a wild card berth.

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Cessa did everything he could to keep his team in the game. He gave up only six hits, and allowed single runs in the first and sixth innings. The last run he surrendered was a solo homer to Corey Dickerson. The long ball has been Cessa’s Achilles heel in his limited starts this season. With that in mind, he did his job; he gave his team a chance to win the game.

The offense had plenty of opportunities to score runs tonight, but couldn’t capitalize on their chances. In the first two innings alone, the team went 0-for-5 with RISP. As a team, the Yankees went 0-for-7 with RISP and left ten men on base. Gary Sanchez, who had homered in each of the past four games, had a quiet night at the plate. He went 0-for-2, but did draw a pair of walks. Behind the plate, Sanchez picked a runner off second and caught Curt Casali trying to steal. Blake Snell, Chase Whitley, and Alex Colome combined for the shutout for Tampa Bay.

Tomorrow, the Yankees start a crucial four-game tilt with division rival and wild card-leading Toronto Blue Jays. Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 6.00 ERA) will go for the Yankees against Francisco Liriano (7-13, 5.08 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:07 PM ET.
Article by: Dan DeGregorio

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