Major League Baseball
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LA Angels at NY Yankees
When: 1:05 PM ET, Sunday, May 27, 2018
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

There are some who believe 26-year-old Mike Trout has done enough to make the Hall of Fame despite playing the equivalent of roughly 6 1/2 seasons, but every so often he proves he can take his game to yet another level. Following a mammoth performance from the two-time MVP in their last contest, the Los Angeles Angels attempt to steal a three-game set from the host New York Yankees when the teams conclude their season series Sunday.

Trout was a one-man wrecking crew in Saturday's 11-4 victory over the Yankees, clubbing a two-run homer to go along with two RBI doubles as part of an effort in which he set career highs in hits (five), extra-base hits (four) and total bases (11). The six-time All-Star's offensive onslaught carried the Angels to their first win in five meetings with the Yankees this season while also keeping them unbeaten in series play on the road (6-0-1). One day after watching its club-record, five-game streak of hitting at least three home runs come to an end, New York connected on three more to run its major-league leading total to 83. Gleyber Torres' remarkable four-game run in which he amassed seven hits - including a homer in four straight - to go along with nine RBIs for the Yankees finally came to an end, however, as he finished 0-for-3 with a walk.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS West (Los Angeles), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Garrett Richards (4-3, 3.31 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 4.95)

With Los Angeles skipping Shohei Ohtani's turn through the rotation to manage his workload, Richards will make the start after allowing five runs (one earned) across five frames in a loss at Toronto on Tuesday. The Oklahoma product, who will pitch on his 30th birthday, is 1-2 despite a 1.50 ERA in four turns this month. Richards was pounded for nine runs (five earned) over 1 2/3 innings versus the Yankees on April 28 and is 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA in six appearances (five starts) against them.

Tanaka labored through five innings Monday in Texas but was still able to extend his unbeaten streak to six games despite permitting four runs on three hits - including two homers and four walks. The 2014 All-Star has surrendered at least one home run in eight of his 10 starts and 11 for the season, placing him in a tie for the ninth-highest total in the majors. Tanaka cruised to a victory on April 28 in Los Angeles, permitting one run while fanning a season-high nine across six innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Trout, who moved into a tie with Boston's Mookie Betts for the league lead in homers (17), is the eighth Angel to drive in at least 600 career runs in his career.

2. New York 1B Greg Bird went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his season debut Saturday after he was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day.

3. Los Angeles C Jose Briceno went 2-for-4 with a home run in his big-league debut Saturday.

PREDICTION: Angels 7, Yankees 6
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Angels 29-23 W1 12-17 17-6 7-11 7-3 13-6 2-3
NY Yankees 32-16 L1 19-8 13-8 11-9 10-1 10-5 1-1
Last Meeting
LA Angels NY Yankees
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/26/18 LAA 11 NYY 4 .306 2 .978 .212 3 .763
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Angels M. Trout .533 8 1.783
NY Yankees M. Andujar .444 8 1.140
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Angels M. Trout 2 5 5
NY Yankees G. Sanchez 1 5 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Angels 3.60 .216 49
NY Yankees 2.93 .219 46
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Angels A. Simmons .328 61 .851
NY Yankees M. Andujar .296 48 .816
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Angels M. Trout 17 45 34
NY Yankees A. Judge 14 38 39
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Angels 3.64 .249 482
NY Yankees 3.93 .256 489