The Yankees are in town, and that means this should be a thrilling series. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and Co. should help draw some good early-week crowds at the Big A. Here are five things to watch for as the series starts Monday at Angel Stadium. -- Jill Painter Lopez
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Revenge on their minds
The Angels were swept by the Yankees in New York earlier this month, and the pitching staff hopes to have a better collective effort. The Angels allowed 22 runs in those three games. Andrew Heaney, the Angels' top prospect (pictured), will make his second career start for the Angels on Tuesday after allowing just one run in six innings against Houston last week. The Yankees didn't see him last time around.
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Cheers and jeers for A-Rod?
The Yankees usually have a decent following of fans on the road. A-Rod's presence should illicit quite a reaction from Yankees and Angels fans alike, especially on the heels of notching his 3,000th-career hit this month. That was in the friendly confines of New York, where he's still cheered even after last year's season-long performance-enhancing drug suspension.
Home run derby
Will Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit home runs against the Yankees this series with the regularity they have this season? Pujols has 12 home runs this month, one shy of the club record's performance for any month. Pujols has 23 homers this season and Trout has 19. No June gloom in this department.
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Pitching duel, anyone?
Monday's game pitting C.C. Sabathia against C.J. Wilson (pictured) could be the best pitching duel of the series. Sabathia is still trying to find his way this season, Sabathia is a big name, but he's just 3-7 with a 5.65 ERA, and Mike Trout homered off him in New York. Wilson allowed 7 earned runs in his last start but won the two previous starts before that.
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The Angels are four games behind the Astros in the AL West, while the Yankees are just .5 games back in the jam-packed AL East behind Baltimore and Tampa. The Yankees have 15 wins in June. The Angels have won three of their last four games, including via a wild pitch to win the series against Seattle on Sunday.