It's been a solid week for New York rivalry games. I see Tampa Bay and Boston as the Yankees' main in-division rivals.
Outside the division, the Tigers are an obvious choice, having bounces the Yankees from the playoffs in 2011 and 2012. But for me, the Yankees' chief out-of-division rivals are the Angels. No other team has caused me quite so much heartbreak, nor so consistently seemed to bedevil the Bombers.
On the bright side, I get to watch Albert Pujols hit; but on the downside, he comes to Yankee Stadium red hot after slugging his 500th career homerun. On the bright side, I get to watch Mike Trout play baseball the way Mantle and Mays did at their best; on the downside, I have to be reminded that the Angels drafted him with the pick they received when New York signed Mark Teixeira.
Go Yankees. Go baseball.
|LOS ANGELES ANGELS||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|J.B. Shuck - LF||Jacoby Ellsbury - CF|
|Mike Trout - CF||Derek Jeter - SS|
|Albert Pujols - 1B||Carlos Beltran - RF|
|Raul Ibanez - DH||Alfonso Soriano - DH|
|Howie Kendrick - 2B||Mark Teixeira - 1B|
|Ian Stewart - 3B||Brian McCann - C|
|Erick Aybar - SS||Brett Gardner - LF|
|Hank Conger - C||Brian Roberts - 2B|
|Collin Cowgill - RF||Yangervis Solarte - 3B|
|C.J. Wilson - LHP||Hiroki Kuroda - RHP|