Major League Baseball
Preview
San Francisco at NY Yankees
When: 4:05 PM ET, Saturday, July 23, 2016
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

The New York Yankees have a chance to move three games above .500 for the first time this season when they continue their three-game series against visiting San Francisco on Saturday afternoon. New York squeezed out a 3-2 victory Friday night to improve to 5-1 over its last six games.

Stellar pitching has fueled the resurgence for the Yankees, who have allowed nine runs over the past six games. Second baseman Starlin Castro collected three hits Friday and is 9-for-21 with a homer, four doubles and seven RBIs in his last six games. Giants Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford committed a career-high three errors, the last leading to the go-ahead run, as San Francisco fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break. To compound matters, Giants catcher Buster Posey fouled a ball off his right foot and had to leave the game, although X-rays were negative.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1, CSN Bay Area (San Francisco), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Jeff Samardzija (9-5, 4.05 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Iván Nova (7-5, 4.92)

Although he allowed at least four earned runs for the fourth time in five starts last time out, Samardzija escaped with a no-decision at the San Diego Padres last weekend. The former Notre Dame product continues to be victimized by the long ball, allowing 17 homers on the season and 12 in his last eight turns. He is 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA versus New York and has labored in interleague play with a 3-9 record and 5.28 ERA.

Nova is coming off one of his best efforts of the season, limiting Baltimore to one run on four hits over six innings to win his second straight start. He also struggles to keep the ball in the park, surrendering at least one home run in 12 of his last 13 trips to the mound. Nova, who tossed one of his two career shutouts versus the Giants in 2013, owns a 4-2 record and 3.74 ERA in 10 appearances at Yankee Stadium.

WALK-OFFS

1. New York's bullpen had its 31-game scoreless streak snapped when RHP Dellin Betances and LHP Andrew Miller each gave up a run.

2. Giants CF Denard Span has multiple hits in three straight games and five of his last seven.

3. Yankees RF Carlos Beltran is 9-for-19 over his last six games to hike his batting average to .305.

PREDICTION: Yankees 5, Giants 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 57-39 L6 29-17 28-22 7-6 13-6 31-18 6-9
NY Yankees 49-47 W1 28-21 21-26 14-20 17-10 14-10 4-7
Last Meeting
San Francisco NY Yankees
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/22/16 SF 2 NYY 3 .250 0 .641 .250 0 .615
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco D. Span .400 2 1.000
NY Yankees C. Beltran 1.000 2 2.000
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco T. Brown 0 1 0
NY Yankees B. Gardner 0 1 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.38 .250 6
NY Yankees 2.00 .250 9
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Posey .288 90 .838
NY Yankees C. Beltran .305 99 .897
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco B. Posey 12 54 44
NY Yankees C. Beltran 20 46 61
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.76 .261 743
NY Yankees 4.27 .249 835