New York Yankees (18-22) at Oakland Athletics (19-23)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C Sabathia (2-2) (3.81) vs. S Gray (3-4) (5.84)
The Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-1, in the first game of a weekend series at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.
When the Oakland A’s last saw the Yankees exactly one month ago, the Yankees were at 5-6, down three games in the AL East. The Yankees have since gone 12-16, including the three-game A’s sweep at Yankee Stadium, and are in last place trailing the Orioles by 7.5.
The Yankees have also been less prodigious base stealers; while they had 13 steals in the first 11 games, they’ve only had 12 in their last 18. In the last 30 days, that’s good for 9th best in the AL.
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The New York Yankees look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Yankees have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The New York Yankees offense has been hit or miss this season but they have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 41 hits, Carlos Beltran has 22 RBI and Brett Gardner has five home runs. CC Sabathia gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Sabathia is 9-11 with a 4.71 ERA and 146 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics offense has struggled at times but they have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Reddick leads Oakland with 47 hits, Khris Davis has 29 RBI and Marcus Semien has 10 home runs. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.84 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Gray is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
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