With the All-Star break on the horizon, this week's series between the first-place Yankees and last-place A's is vital for both teams. The A's are hoping to capture a third straight winning road trip and climb out of a hole in the American League West, while the Yanks are looking to stay atop the AL East. The Bombers are expected to get a boost from Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller, who are both on track to be activated Wednesday after stints on the disabled list.
Scott Kazmir and CC Sabathia will be on the hill as the clubs play the second of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. Sabathia is looking to snap a four-start winless stetch. Kazmir, meanwhile, has a plethora of experience against the Yankees, going 8-7 with a 3.28 ERA in 20 appearances (19 starts) in his career against them.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.