Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - The Anaheim Angels take aim at their 10th consecutive win this evening when they kick off a three-game set with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
The nine-game winning streak is the longest for the Angels since the team reeled off 10 straight from August 29-September 8, 2002. The team record is 11 straight, set in 1964. Also, the 9-0 start in May is the best beginning to any month in team history.
Anaheim will rely on Kelvim Escobar to keep the streak alive tonight, as the righthander targets his third straight win. On Wednesday against Detroit, Escobar returned from a split fingernail to allow the Tigers three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 frames and improved to 2-1 on the year.
Escobar, who has pitched to a 4.76 earned run average this season, has faced the Yankees 20 times in his career, 11 of which have been starts, and is 4-6 with six saves and 5.53 ERA against them.
The Yankees will counter with righthander Kevin Brown, who is off to a great start at 5-0 with a 2.89 ERA. He comes into tonight's tilt, though, after a no-decision against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. In that contest the 39-year-old hurler gave up three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Brown has faced the Angels 22 times, with one relief appearance, and is 9-10 against them with a 3.81 ERA.
Anaheim extended its season-high win streak on Sunday, as Jeff DaVanon belted a two-run homer and drove in four runs to help the Angels complete a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay with an 8-4 victory at Angel Stadium.
Jose Guillen, who was named AL Player of the Week on Monday, ended 3-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored for the Angels. However, he left the game when he sprained his right knee and right ankle sliding into second base in the seventh inning and was carted off the field. There is a chance, though, that he could play tonight.
Jarrod Washburn (6-1) struck out five over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his AL- leading sixth win, He also yielded four runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits without a walk, as the Angels picked up their 15th win in their last 17 tries and completed their first-ever 7-0 homestand.
The Yankees also come into tonight's contest on a winning note after Hideki Matsui's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning plated the go-ahead run, as New York rallied to defeat Seattle, 7-6, on Sunday in the rubber match of a three- game set at Safeco Field.
Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer and Derek Jeter belted a two-run shot for the Yankees, who won for the 10th time in 12 games. Alex Rodriguez added a solo homer for New York, which scored seven unanswered runs after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning.
The sac fly made a winner of Paul Quantrill (4-1), who permitted only one hit in his inning of work. Tom Gordon then worked a perfect eighth for New York before turning it over to Mariano Rivera, who earned his 12th save of the season.
Anaheim, which will be starting a six-game road trip tonight, is an American League best 11-5 away from home this season. The Yankees, meanwhile, have posted a 9-5 mark in the Bronx, where they begin a six-game stretch tonight.
The Yankees won six of the nine meetings between the teams last year and are 10-6 against the Angels in the last 16 regular season matchups. Anaheim, though, is 5-5 in its last 10 at Yankee Stadium.
A win tonight by the Yankees would be their 300th against the Angels (299-236).