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Sabathia, Yanks aim to seal division title vs. Angels

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Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

  1. The Yankees and Angels meet in the Bronx after New York took three of four in Anaheim back in April. The Yankees are 8-2 against the Angels since the start of last season, with Los Angeles totaling 20 runs in its eight losses (2.5 runs per game) and scoring 11 in each of its two wins.
  2. At 98-53, the Yankees are on the verge of their 21st 100-win season. The next-closest franchise is Oakland, which has 10 100-win seasons, and would need 10 victories in its final 11 games for its 11th.
  3. Brett Gardner hit two homers in New York's weekend series at Toronto, giving him seven home runs in 12 games this month after hitting three in 26 August games. With 25 homers, 25 doubles and seven triples, he is the first Yankee to reach those numbers in a single season since 2011, when both Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson did it.
  4. Gleyber Torres hit his 37th homer on Saturday and is tied with the Royals' Jorge Soler for the most home runs in the AL since the start of August with 17. The Yankees are 25-4 in games Torres hits a homer, and that .862 winning percentage is third-best in MLB among players homering in at least 20 games.
  5. The Angels have lost 25 straight games when scoring four runs or fewer since beating the Dodgers on July 24. On the season, they have the majors' worst record when plating four runs or less at 6-63 (.087).
  6. Albert Pujols drove in four runs Sunday and now has 89 RBI on the season. With his next RBI he will become the first player with 17 90-RBI seasons in the live-ball era. He and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron are the only players with 16 90-RBI seasons.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2019 thru 9/19/2019
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

This season, CC Sabathia has experienced notable moments like getting his 250th career win and his 3,000th strikeout in the final chapter of his 19-year career.

On Wednesday, when the New York Yankees continue a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels, Sabathia will experience another notable moment: taking the mound for the final time in the regular season at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia will try to pitch the Yankees to two team milestones.

The Yankees (99-53) need just one win or one loss by the Tampa Bay Rays to clinch their first AL East title since 2012, and their next victory will give them 100 for the second straight season.

New York opened the series with an 8-0 victory Tuesday when Gleyber Torres hit his team-leading 38th homer in the fourth inning.

Sabathia (5-8, 4.95 ERA) signed with the Yankees following the 2008 season, when they moved into the current stadium. He threw the first regular-season pitch there April 16, 2009, against Cleveland, and is the all-time leader in wins (66), starts (146), innings (922 2/3) and strikeouts (856) at the venue.

"There's been so many cool moments this year with CC, 3,000, 250," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday afternoon. "Pitching in places like Cleveland for the last time, all the things he's done with the Boys and Girls Clubs on every road trip. So, there's been a lot of those cool moments, and obviously pitching here at Yankee Stadium, his last home start, I'm sure will be exciting.

"He's handled everything, every step of the way with kind of just the grace and the next game, just another game. He's really good at just focusing on it. I'm sure that people at this ballpark and his teammates will appreciate it a little bit tomorrow, but I wouldn't expect CC to make that big a deal out of it."

The 39-year-old left-hander is 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 home starts this season. Sabathia is making his second start since returning from a fourth injured-list stint and third due to knee problems. He last pitched the second game of Thursday's doubleheader in Detroit, when he allowed two runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Sabathia is 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in eight starts since getting his 251st career win on June 24 at Toronto. It's possible he might pitch long enough to qualify for a win if the Yankees decide to use Domingo German as they did for four innings last week.

Sabathia is 10-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 23 career starts against Los Angeles.

The Angels (68-83) are 5-18 in their past 23 road games and are coming off their 10th shutout loss. They struck out 13 times and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position Tuesday, continuing a trying season under first-year manager Brad Ausmus, who has been forced to deal with the death of Tyler Skaggs in July and season-ending injuries to Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani.

"The number of injuries, the loss of Tyler, I can't remember a season that compares to it," Ausmus said before Tuesday's game.

Dillon Peters (3-3, 4.83 ERA) will make his 10th start of the season and first career start against the Yankees. Peters is 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA as a starter this season. He last pitched Sept. 11 against the Indians, when he allowed four runs on five hits in three-plus innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2019

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