Esteban Loaiza is pitching his way out of the New York Yankees' rotation.
Jose Guillen and Jeff DaVanon homered off the newest target of booing at Yankee Stadium, and Loaiza failed to make it out of the fourth inning yesterday in the Angels' storm-interrupted 6-1 win over New York.
Anaheim, which has won four straight and 12 of 16, goes for a three-game sweep today, the finale of a six-game trip. The Angels, just behind the pace in the West and the wild-card race, held New York to just one run in the first two games of the series.
New York, playing its worst ball since early April, has lost five of its last six and been outscored, 33-8, in the defeats. Its East lead over second-place Boston is down to 6 1/2 games, the Yankees' smallest margin since July 11.
Acquired from the Chicago White Sox July 31 for Jose Contreras, Loaiza has made himself nearly superfluous in the Yankees' six-man rotation, going 0-2 with a 7.08 ERA in four starts. The crowd booed loudly after Guillen's homer put Anaheim ahead, 2-1, again when DaVanon homered three pitches later, and yet again when Chone Figgins's drive into the right-field upper deck hooked just foul.
Loaiza has allowed 29 homers, third most in the AL.
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