New York (23-16) at Los Angeles (26-14)

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Temp: 64° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Thu May 20, 2004
  • TV: YES, FSW
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Bartolo Colon is hoping to shake off a stiff lower back when the Anaheim Angels wrap up a three-game series with the New York Yankees.

Colon, who has won four of his first six decisions for Anaheim after signing a four-year, $51 million deal this past offseason, was limited to five innings and 83 pitches in Anaheim’s 10-9, 10-inning win at Baltimore on Friday.

The right-hander, who threw a career-high 242 2-3 innings last year, gave up five runs and five hits, with four walks and five strikeouts before being forced to leave the mound.

“I’m not going to use it as an excuse,” Colon said through an interpreter.

Despite his 4-2 record, Colon has been very hittable during his first six weeks with the Angels. He has surrendered at least five runs in three of his last four starts after yielding three or fewer in his first four outings for Anaheim.

The Angels took Tuesday’s series opener 1-0 in 11 innings before dropping a 4-2 decision to the defending AL champions Wednesday.

Jason Giambi returned from a two-game absence due to back spasms and hit a two-run homer as New York moved into position to win its seventh straight series. Alex Rodriguez had an RBI double for the Yankees, who haven’t lost a series since being swept in a three-game set at home by Boston from April 23-25.

The Angels are 4-4 since opening May with nine straight victories. Last week at Yankee Stadium, Anaheim dropped two of three for its only series loss of the month.

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M. Mussina NYY vs. B. Colón NYM
12-9 Record 18-12
4.59 ERA 5.01
132 K 158
40 BB 71
1.32 WHIP 1.37