The Los Angeles Angels (48-38) and New York Yankees (52-33) will open up a three-game American League series on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET

Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

The New York Yankees were all smiles before the All-Star break

Los Angeles has certainly turned around its 2012 MLB season, posting a 42-24 mark since All-Star rookie outfielder Mike Trout was called up on April 28, which has put its 6-14 start in the rear-view mirror.  “We’re moving forward and doing so many things on the field that gives us a lot of confidence,” stated Angels manager Mike Scioscia.  The Angels and Yankees have split six meetings this season, with outfielder Mark Trumbo being the start of the show.  He is 9 for 18 with four home runs and seven RBIs in five games against the Bronx Bombers.  Los Angeles is 3-1 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season.

Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (9-5, 2.43 ERA) suffered a 3-2 home loss to the Baltimore Orioles in his last effort a week ago, allowing three runs and four hits over seven frames.  The left-hander is 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 11 road outings, issuing 29 walks and striking out 52 batters in 67 combined frames.  In 22 career games (five starts) versus the Yankees, Wilson has registered a 6-2 record and 3.54 ERA, including a 7-1 victory at this ballpark on April 14.

New York possesses the best record in baseball, and has produced an AL-leading 18-11 mark against left-handed starters.  The Yankees will be led offensively by leadoff hitter Derek Jeter, who is a career .389 hitter against Wilson, and second baseman Robinson Cano.  The All-Star second baseman is hitting .393 with five home runs and 16 RBIs over a current 15-game hit streak.  New York is 40-21 in July since the start of the 2010 campaign.

Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (8-7, 3.50 ERA) has led the club to five wins in his last six outings, but didn’t factor into the decision of a 10-8 road victory over the Boston Red Sox last time out.  The right-hander has gone 6-3 with a 2.56 ERA in nine home outings, with opposing hitters batting just .218 against him.  In four career starts versus the Angels, Kuroda has tallied a 2-2 record and 1.71 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 4-0 mark as an underdog, while the Yankees are 2-3 at home with a money line of -100 to -125.

Pick:  Los Angeles Angels +105

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