The veteran right-hander will look to make his third straight effective start when the Angels resume a three-game series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Sele, relegated to bullpen duty after losing the fifth starter’s spot during a spirited battle with fellow right-hander Ramon Ortiz during spring training, has climbed back into the role thanks to the ineffectiveness of Ortiz.
In two starts, Sele has surrendered three runs and 10 hits over 11 innings, pitching the Angels to a pair of victories. On Thursday, Sele earned his first win of the year in a 7-3 triumph over Tampa Bay. He allowed three runs and eight hits over six innings, striking out two and walking two.
Sele also made a nice recovery after giving up two runs in the first.
“His velocity was great, he was great locating pitches, and he threw some really good curves,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Sele has not had much career success against the Yankees, going 5-10 with a 4.62 ERA in 23 career starts.
The Angels had their nine-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday’s wild 8-7 loss to the Yankees. In a game that featured blown saves by Francisco Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Troy Percival, New York pulled out the victory on Gary Sheffield’s run-scoring double in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Despite the defeat, the Angels have won 10 of their last 13 and boast the best record in the American League.