The Yankees look to carry the momentum of back-to-back blowout wins into Wednesday, when they face the Angels at Yankee Stadium, trying to string together their first three-game winning streak of the season.
"It's fun when you win," said Derek Jeter. "We've played pretty well, which is something you'd like to see over a long stretch, not just two games."
New York battered Los Angeles, 12-4, on Tuesday night, thanks to three home runs and 10 RBIs by Alex Rodriguez and a strong performance by Carl Pavano.
After an 8-11 start, the Yankees are hoping to turn things around just as they did in 2004 after starting with an identical record after 19 games. Last season, the Yankees won eight in a row after their slow start, eventually winning 101 games en route to the AL East crown.
Mike Mussina looks for his second win of the season, having notched the first in his last outing. Mussina has not been outstanding in any of his four starts, pitching at least five -- but no more than six -- innings in each outing. Mussina allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Angels in his only start against them last season.
LHP Jarrod Washburn
0-0, 4.07 ERA in 2005
Did not face NYY in 2004
RHP Mike Mussina
1-2, 4.50 ERA in 2005
1-0, 1.17 ERA vs. LAA in 2004
Player to watch
Rodriguez had a career night on Tuesday, belting three homers and driving in 10 runs. What can he do for an encore? Well, he'll get his chance against Washburn, a pitcher he hits .321 (9-for-28) against with four home runs.
"I don't think there's anybody in baseball that doesn't understand that Alex has no ceiling here. He can rewrite a few things just with his ability to hit the ball out anywhere in the ballpark -- pretty much any ballpark." -- Joe Torre, on Rodriguez
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Official game notes
LAA: FSN West
NYY: YES Network
LAA: KSPN 710 AM
NYY: WCBS 880 AM
The Yankees optioned right-hander Colter Bean back to Triple-A Columbus following Tuesday night's game. The team will recall right-hander Chien-Ming Wang on Wednesday, and Wang will start for the Yankees on Saturday against Toronto. ... New York is 2-2 on its current nine-game homestand. ... The win on Tuesday snapped a three-game losing streak against the Angels in the Bronx. ... The three first-inning runs on Tuesday night matched the team's first-inning output in the first 19 games of the season.
Thursday: vs. Los Angeles, 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: vs. Toronto, 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: vs. Toronto, 1:05 p.m. ET
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.