The Angels have lost three straight and seven of their last nine games, but they are hopeful their ace -- Jered Weaver -- can put an end to the skid.
"He was on an incredible run last year that lasted for most of the season," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think right now he's very, very comfortable. He's not just coming off the DL, but he's had time to work his way into his game, and his stuff and that took a little while."
In his last nine starts, the right-hander has a 1.72 ERA.
"He's very comfortable in how he's throwing the ball," Scioscia said. "I think he's pitching as well as he did at any time last year, which was obviously his best year."
As Weaver looks to continue his string of strong starts, Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova will do the same.
Nova has tossed six consecutive quality starts and posted a 1.60 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 45 innings during that span.
In his last outing, a no-decision against the Tigers, Nova allowed just one run in seven innings.
"I've been pitching really good," Nova said after his last start. "I've been feeling really good with all of my pitches, working both sides of the plate to righties and lefties and getting quick outs."
While Nova hopes to extend his quality-start streak to seven, the Yankees hope to win their fourth game in a row.
Angels: Griffin working with Green
When the Angels acquired Grant Green via a trade with the Oakland Athletics, there were questions about his defense.
Angels infield coach Alfredo Griffin, a lifelong shortstop, has been spending a lot of time with Green, who still has some things to learn.
"He needs to position himself better with his feet on throws to get more on the ball," Griffin said. "I think he turns double plays well. He's going to have to work on [his consistency with the double plays], but I think he's getting better. That's the hardest thing about second base in the big leagues."
With Howie Kendrick on the disabled list, Green has spent the majority of his time at second base. However, the Angels hope Green can become an everyday third baseman in the future.
Yankees: Jeter takes batting practice
After hitting soft toss and off the tee on Monday, Derek Jeter took another step on Tuesday, taking batting practice for the first time since he strained his right calf.
"It's a day-to-day thing," Jeter said. "They told me I'm taking BP, so I'm taking BP. Tomorrow, I don't know. I know I'm going to Tampa, [Fla.], on Thursday, that's all I know."
In addition to taking batting practice, Jeter also took ground balls and did some light running.
It is still unknown when Jeter will be activated (eligible Sunday), and the shortstop said he is not sure if the Yankees will ask him to go on a rehab assignment.
• Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is one home run shy of 200 for his career.
• Angels shortstop Erick Aybar left Tuesday's game with cramping in his left calf. Aybar said he was fine after the game.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.