Anaheim (67-54) at New York (76-44)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 20, 2004
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Making a push toward the postseason, the Anaheim Angels are looking forward to their three-game series with the New York Yankees.

“It’s always fun to play in Yankee Stadium,” Josh Paul said after hitting a grand slam to help the surging Angels to a 10-7 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

“It gets me up. I really like playing there.”

Paul’s shot and a three-run homer by AL MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero helped the Angels to their 10th victory in 14 games. Anaheim moved within 1 1/2 games of AL West-leading Oakland and one back of wild-card leaders Boston and Texas.

The Angels, who won the World Series in 2002 but failed to reach the playoffs last year, are anxious to play October baseball again.

“We need to take care of our business and let all that stuff work itself out,” Paul said.

The Yankees appeared on the verge of a season high-tying fourth straight loss after blowing a 9-3 lead in Minnesota on Thursday night. But Gary Sheffield’s second homer of the game sparked a four-run ninth-inning rally as the Yankees escaped with a 13-10 victory over the AL Central-leading Twins.

Sheffield, also been mentioned as a potential MVP, finished 3-for-4 with three runs and five RBIs as New York moved 8 1/2 games in front of second-place Boston in the AL East.

Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a homer in his return from a four-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl in Boston last month. The reigning AL MVP is tied with Sheffield for the team lead with 30 homers.

The Yankees took two of three from the Angels both in New York and Anaheim back in May.

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