When the Angels and Yankees begin their series Monday at Yankee Stadium, a pair of players going in opposite directions will square off.
Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo has been in a slump for the majority of August, but a series against the Yankees may be exactly what he needs. In his career against New York, Trumbo has hit .355 (27-for-76) with 18 runs, seven home runs and 14 RBIs.
If Trumbo is to get on track against the Yankees, it will start against Hiroki Kuroda, who has been lights-out of late. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA in six starts over the past five weeks, with 28 strikeouts in that span.
"He has pitched extremely well and he should have a lot more than 10 wins," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Kuroda's last start.
Kuroda was stuck with a loss in his last outing, but notched a quality start with seven innings of three-run ball, despite not having his best stuff.
"I wasn't really sharp out there, but I think I was able to get the big outs," Kuroda said.
Yankees: Youkilis has sights set on return
Kevin Youkilis has spent the majority of the season on the disabled list, but is hopeing to return in a little more than a month.
"You hope that you can get everything right," Youkilis said. "The thing about the back is there's no timetable. The surgery that's done on it, it's different for everybody in different ways. Guy can come back."
Youkilis had surgery to correct a herniated disk on June 20. He was told the fastest he could resume playing would be in 12 weeks, and having just hit the seven-week mark, Youkilis hopes to start dry swings soon.
• With a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday's 5-4 win, Alfonso Soriano became the 16th active player to reach 2,000 career hits.
Angels: Richards gets the start
Garrett Richards will start Monday against the Yankees. Since taking over for Joe Blanton in the Angels rotation, Richards has a 2.50 ERA in three starts.
• Center fielder Peter Bourjos played his fourth rehab game for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, but is not expected to be activated for Monday's series opener against the Yankees.
However, Bourjos may return from the DL at some point during the series.
"I don't think the extra at-bats will hurt him," Scioscia said. "I'm sure we're going to see him some time next week, but I don't know if it's going to be [Monday]."
• The Angels and Yankees have played one series this season, with the Angels taking two of three in Anaheim.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.