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Tuesday, August 13th (All times Eastern)

LA Angels of Anaheim (53-64) at New York Yankees (60-57), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jason Vargas (6-4, 3.65) New York - CC Sabathia (9-10, 4.73)

(Sports Network) - CC Sabathia tries to pick up his first victory in over a month on Tuesday night when the New York Yankees resume a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Sabathia is winless in six starts -- all Yankee defeats -- since his last victory on July 3. He is 0-4 with a 7.00 earned run average over the skid and had allowed 19 runs over his previous three outings before a quality start versus the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

The left-hander yielded three runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings without a walk and was in line for the victory before a rare blown save by Mariano Rivera.

That left Sabathia 9-10 with a 4.72 ERA in 24 starts this season and that includes a win over the Angels on June 16. The 33-year-old logged eight innings of two-run ball, moving to 7-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 17 career starts versus Los Angeles.

That blown save by Rivera versus Chicago was the first of three straight for the future Hall of Famer, the first time he has done that in his career.

With those struggles in mind, manager Joe Girardi used the combination of Boone Logan and David Robertson to close out last night's 2-1 series-opening victory, though it was anything but smooth.

Logan yielded a single before striking out Kole Calhoun and giving way to Robertson, who walked Mike Trout and gave up an RBI double to Josh Hamilton. Robertson then intentionally walked Erick Aybar to load the bases with one out, but settled down to strike out Mark Trumbo and Chris Nelson and record his first save of the season.

Robertson said it was weird closing the game when the crowd was cheering for Rivera.

"That was little different. It's not easy to pitch when the crowd is chanting, 'We want Mo' when you're warming up," Robertson said.

Hiroki Kuroda spun eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball for New York, which got a home run from Curtis Granderson and an RBI single by Brett Gardner to win back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game win streak from July 10-12.

Garrett Richards logged the first complete game of his career in defeat, giving up seven hits and a walk, but the lack of offense led to the Angels' sixth loss in eight games.

"There are some positives to take away and definitely one of them was the way Garrett pitched," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's important for him to keep moving forward. He's really pitched well."

Though the Angels won two of three at home versus the Yankees in June, they have lost seven of their last nine in the Bronx and are 6-18 in their last 24 games at Yankee Stadium, including playoffs.

Los Angeles gets Jason Vargas back into the rotation tonight, though he can't be too happy seeing the Yankees. He is 0-3 lifetime versus New York with a 6.55 ERA in seven meetings (6 starts).

The 30-year-old southpaw has not pitched since June 17, diagnosed with a blood clot in his left armpit a few days later and eventually undergoing surgery. Vargas did make a rehab start on Thursday with Triple-A Salt Lake and isn't concerned with his arm.

"There was nothing wrong with me, except that they just went in and tied it up and closed me off," Vargas told the Angels' website. "I got over that, if there was anything, way back when I started playing catch."

Vargas is 6-4 with a solid 3.65 ERA in 14 starts this season.

08/13 10:41:59 ET

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Local
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
Half
DUKE 36
TEMPL 26
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
 
Final
TOR 124
MIL 83
 
Final
MEM 117
BOS 100
 
Final
OKC 92
BRK 94
 
Final
WAS 91
CLE 78
 
Final
MIN 92
SAN 121
 
4th
DAL 119
LAL 88
 
3rd
DEN 68
NOP 59
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 17
UTEP 6
 
2nd
SDST 13
AFA 7
 
2nd
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
 
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
Final
GMAS 58
NMU 69
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
Final
ARK 99
DELST 71
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
Final
NDST 68
KNST 55
 
Final
OKST 82
UWMIL 68
 
Final
LATU 73
MORE 64
 
Final
SDKST 74
NDAK 72
 
Final
XAV 81
STEPH 63
 
Final
UF 61
LAMON 56
 
2nd
WAKE 69
IONA 76
 
2nd
GRCN 54
FAM 30
 
2nd
COLST 64
UGST 60
 
2nd
WASU 51
IDST 46
 
2nd
WEBER 34
ILLST 48
 
2nd
AUB 55
LALAF 47
 
2nd
LOU 43
MARS 31
 
2nd
ORST 30
ORU 25
 
2nd
SD 43
SHSU 38
 
2nd
UTAH 66
UCR 30
 
Half
DUKE 36
TEMPL 26
 
Half
CORN 37
PSU 28
 
1st
CPSL 23
DEL 16
 
1st
SEAT 11
WASH 8
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
10:35pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
 
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
2nd
EDM 0
NJD 0