Players To Watch:
Following a 0-for-23 slump entering the Yankees’ weekend series with Baltimore, Brett Gardner exploded by going 7-for-12 in the three-game set including two doubles and two runs scored.
In his last 11 games against the Angels, the speedster owns a .386 batting average to go along with his career slashline of .274/.350/.390. In his three at-bats against Shoemaker, tonight’s starter, he is 1-for-3.
Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout
The Angels’ third baseman, Yunel Escobar, owns a .349 batting average in his last 32 games and is also a .282 career hitter at Yankee Stadium featuring four home runs in 32 games. Mike Trout has four long balls in his past five contests and is a career .360 hitter at Yankee Stadium.