The New York Yankees (26-22) and Los Angeles Angels (25-25) will continue a three-game American League series on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, with the opening pitch scheduled for 10:05 ET

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels

New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte is set to make his first start of the 2012 MLB season on Tuesday night

New York had its five-game win streak snapped in a 9-8 road loss to Los Angeles on Monday night, dropping the team’s record to 7-15 inside this ball park since 2008.  “We had some chances,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi stated.  “It’s a game where we continued to fight back, and I liked our at-bats.”  First baseman Mark Teixeira is one of those players putting together solid trips at the plate recently, going 11 for 21 with four home runs over his last six games.  New York is 2-3 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season.

Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (2-1, 2.53 ERA) has picked up consecutive victories since dropping his season-opening contest, which is a bit of a surprise due to the 39-year-old coming back to the mound after a one-year retirement.  He will be make his first start of the year outside the Bronx, but is 112-75 with a 4.06 ERA in his career on the road.  In 30 career starts versus the Angels, Pettitte has registered a winning 14-10 record and 4.42 ERA, including a perfect 2-0 mark and 0.64 ERA in two outings in 2010.

Los Angeles matched its season highs in runs and hits last night, moving back to .500 for the first time since April 9.  “Hopefully it’s a breakout game,” commented Angels manager Mike Scioscia.  The Angels have definitely been feast or famine this year, posting a 22-4 mark when scoring four or more runs, while going 3-21 when failing to do so.  The club is 17-10 during the month of May, as the bullpen has really come together, fashioning a 0.89 ERA over a 13-game period before Monday’s contest.  Los Angeles is 6-10 against left-handed starters this year, with the “under” going 13-3 in that situation.

Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren (2-5, 3.76 ERA) picked up his first victory since April 28 last time out, picking up a 3-0 shutout win over the Seattle Mariners on the road, scattering four hits and striking out a season-high 14 batters.  The right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA in five home outings this year, surrendering five home runs in 32.1 frames.  In 10 career starts versus the Yankees, Haren has tallied a solid 5-1 record and 3.43 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 2.30 ERA in two outings a year ago.

The UNDER is 7-0 in Haren’s last seven starts as a favorite, while it has cashed in four of Pettitte’s last five starts against AL West opponents.

Pick: Under 7.5

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