The reality of Derek Jeter's final season -- just, whatever you do, don't call it a farewell tour -- begins to set in a little more during these series, trips to stadiums where the Yankees are not scheduled to return in 2014.
Barring a matchup that would pit his Yankees against the Angels in the postseason, the captain now has just a pair of games remaining at Angel Stadium, a place that has carried mixed memories for him.
"Obviously, a lot of them, not always good," Jeter said. "We had plenty of years when we thought we had some pretty special teams until we ran into Anaheim in the playoffs.
"They ended our dreams a couple of years, but we've always enjoyed coming out here. This is one of my favorite places to come. The weather's always good; a lot of Yankee fans show up."
That was the case in the series opener on Monday, but they started filing out of the building in the eighth inning when the Yankees issued six walks to force home three runs, boosting the Halos to a 4-1 victory.
Jered Weaver (eight innings, one run) earned the win for the Angels, while David Phelps was strong for the Yankees, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing one run on three hits in a no-decision.
The forecast Tuesday doesn't look much better for New York against C.J. Wilson, who has a career 3.04 ERA against the Yankees and has given up two runs in his last 14 innings (two starts). Last time out, he pitched eight innings of one-run ball against the Indians and retired his last 18 batters in order.
"Mechanically, I got into a little bit more of a groove as the game went on," Wilson said. "The first couple of batters I felt good, but the ball was just kind of sailing on me a little bit. And then as I got more into the flow of the game, I was able to keep the ball in the strike zone more often."
Tuesday will present an opportunity for Hiroki Kuroda to find his form, which has thus far proven elusive this season. He is coming off a decent outing against the Mariners in which he allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings in a loss.
The Yankees would take an effort like that over what they saw when Kuroda last faced the Angels. He was pounded for a career-high eight runs (six earned) over 4 2/3 innings in a 13-1 Yankees loss on April 25 in the Bronx.
"I think my split was inconsistent," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "There were some good pitches, but the ones that got hit were bad pitches. ... I think right now, because the results are not there, there's a part of me that may be thinking too much."
Angels: Ibanez could be losing at-bats at DH
C.J. Cron batted cleanup during Monday's series opener against the Yankees, which says a lot about how well the power-hitting prospect has fared against Major League pitching early on. But it may say even more about Raul Ibanez's struggles in general.
The left-handed-hitting Ibanez sat against an opposing right-hander -- in this case Phelps -- for just the fourth time all season. If that continues, the 24-year-old Cron could take away a lot more of Ibanez's at-bats at designated hitter.
But Angels manager Mike Scioscia downplayed that notion pregame.
"Raul's going to play," he said. "We need him to find his way and hit. But on occasional days, we're going to mix and match a little bit. We'll let Raul exhale a little bit and relax and get back in there. C.J. is obviously swinging the bat well. We're going to try to find room in our lineup for guys that are swinging the bat well, and right now, he is."
Yankees: Ryan ready to be activated
The Yankees plan to activate infielder Brendan Ryan from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game, returning to a 25-man roster as Michael Pineda's 10-game suspension is set to expire.
Ryan, who was sidelined this spring with a cervical spine nerve injury, has played in seven Minor League rehabilitation games with Class A Advanced Tampa and Double-A Trenton, going 8-for-25 (.320) with four runs, two RBIs and five walks.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he plans to use Ryan mostly as a backup for Jeter at shortstop, but could also play Ryan at second base or third base.
• The Angels are 27-13 in their last 40 games against the Yankees at Angel Stadium since 2005. Since 2000, the Angels' 66-61 regular-season mark against the Yankees is the best in the Majors.
• The Yankees have lost five of their last six games and are 1-13 when tied or trailing after six innings.
• Mark Teixeira has reached base safely in nine of his last 10 games (10-for-37, five home runs, nine walks, two hit by pitches).