Los Angeles (19-19) at New York (26-13)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu May 15, 2003
  • TV: KCAL, YES
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The Anaheim Angels don’t get intimidated when playing at Yankee Stadium.

The Angels look to become the first team to sweep the New York Yankees this season as the teams complete a three-game series.

The World Series champions have won six of eight to reach the .500 mark.

The Yankees, whose AL East lead over second-place Boston was cut to one game, have lost three straight for the second time this season. New York is 3-7 following a 23-6 start, and has lost three of four series after winning eight of the first nine (8-0-1).

Anaheim is 11-8 at Yankee Stadium in regular season games since 1999 and split two games there during the American League division series last season.

“No matter who won last year, the Yankees are the team to beat. It’s fun to come in here,” reliever Brendan Donnelly said after getting a key strikeout as Anaheim rallied for a 5-3 victory on Wednesday.

Troy Glaus doubled home the go-ahead run off New York starter David Wells in a three-run eighth inning, handing the left-hander his first loss of the season. Mike Mussina got his first loss in the series opener on Tuesday.

Outfielder Garret Anderson had three hits for the Angels, who upset New York in the first round of last year’s playoffs, ending the Yankees’ run of four straight AL pennants.

“I enjoy playing here. It’s a great environment to play baseball,” Anderson said. “I love to play here, as opposed to it being an intimidating place.”

Hideki Matsui, Robin Ventura and Derek Jeter each had two hits for the Yankees. Jeter knows what a challenge the Angels have been for the Yankees over the last two seasons.

“They’re tough. They grind it out,” said Jeter. “They play us tough and always have. We’ve seen it before. They don’t beat themselves.”

Jeter went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in his second game after missing six weeks with a dislocated left shoulder. Jeter was 1-for-4 in his first game back on Tuesday.

STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 4 1/2 GB, AL West. Yankees - 1st place, AL East.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Aaron Sele (1-0, 1.59 ERA). The right-hander, who has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, was 8-9 with a 4.89 ERA in 26 starts for the Angels last season. Sele was impressive in his first start of the season, giving up a run and two hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-1 win over Toronto last Friday.

YANKEES PROBABLE STARTER: Jeff Weaver (2-2, 5.09 ERA). The 26-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.86 ERA in his last three starts. Weaver allowed six runs and seven hits in a 7-2 loss to Oakland on Friday. He’s 3-4 with a 2.82 ERA in nine career appearances against Anaheim, seven of them starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Brad Fullmer, .343 avg.; Tim Salmon, 7 HRs; Anderson, 35 RBIs; David Eckstein, 24 runs; Eckstein and Eric Owens, 7 SBs. Yankees - Raul Mondesi, .313 avg. and 8 SBs; Alfonso Soriano, 11 HRs and 31 runs; Soriano and Jorge Posada, 30 RBIs.

SEASON SERIES: Angels, 3-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - 1B Fullmer is batting .444 (8-for-18) with three home runs and five RBIs in his career against Weaver. … DH Scott Spiezio has six hits in eight at-bats following on 0-for-25 skid, raising his average from .180 to .218. … OF Owens is mired in a 1-for-22 slump at the plate. Yankees - C John Flaherty is 5-for-11 with two home runs against Sele. … 2B Soriano is 0-for-7 over the last two games. He’s 1-for-19 at the plate with no home runs over the last five games to lower his batting average 32 points to .310. … C Posada leads all catchers in baseball with 10 home runs.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 7-10 on the road; Yankees - 10-7 at home.

INJURIES: Angels - OF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Yankees - RHP Steve Karsay (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Antonio Osuna (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Jon Lieber (elbow), 60-day DL.

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A. Sele NYM vs. J. Weaver LAD
7-11 Record 7-9
5.77 ERA 5.99
53 K 93
58 BB 47
1.59 WHIP 1.62