The Yankees will start a six-game road trip today with games against the Athletics and Angels. If the team can come back 3-3, it will be considered a successful road trip. Last year, the Yankees posted a 4-5 regular season record at these venues.

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The Yankees went 7-2 against the A’s last season, winning two of three games in Oakland. Here are the pitching match-ups for this series.

Tuesday 10:05PM: Javier Vazquez (0-2, 9.82 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 3.38 ERA)

Wednesday 10:05PM: Phil Hughes (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Ben Sheets (1-0, 2.65 ERA)

Thursday 3:35PM: CC Sabathia (2-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. Dallas Braden (2-0, 2.70 ERA)

As a whole, the Yankees do not have a ton of experience against these pitchers. Gonzalez has only one career start against the Yankees, but it was a successful one. He won one of the two games against the Yankees last year by throwing 6 2/3 innings of two-hit baseball. Sheets, predominately an National League pitcher throughout his career, has only one career start against the Yankees. This only start came in 2005 as he struck out five over seven innings. Of the three, Braden has fared the worst against the Yankees. In four career appearances, Braden has allowed batters to hit .359 walking more hitters (seven) than strike outs (four).

CC Sabathia went 2-0 against the Athletics in 2009.

As a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2008, Javier Vazquez went 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA against the A’s. He did not face the club last year.

After the Yankee and A’s finish their series, they will head to Anaheim to take on the Angels and my least favorite ‘mascot’ in sports…

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