Trio of streaks at stake in finale against A's

Ellsbury, Tanaka carry impressive streaks into Thursday's game in the Bronx
06/05/2014 10:15 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Jacoby Ellsbury carries a nine-game hitting streak into Thursday's game.(AP)
A trio of streaks and records are on the line this afternoon when the New York Yankees host the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium (12:30 pm on YES).

Jacoby Ellsbury enters the series and homestand finale on a team-high nine-game hitting streak, and after last night's 3-for-5 performance, he is hitting .389 (14-for-36) with one home run, eight RBI, four walks, five steals, and a .450 OBP in that stretch.

Also on the line today is Masahiro Tanaka's MLB-high streak of 11 straight quality starts. Tanaka has pitched at least six innings and allowed three earned runs or less in all 11 of his MLB starts, making him one of just two pitchers since earned runs became a statistic in 1912-13 to start his career with such a streak (Montreal's Steve Rogers had 16 in a row in 1973).

And, in perhaps the brightest news coming off a stretch where the Yankees have lost four in a row and five of six: the team is 9-2 in Tanaka's starts and 4-0 in his last four at the Stadium, and the Bombers are second in the league this season with a 14-6 record in day games and best in the Majors (at 123-62) over the last four years overall.

Can 10, 12, and 15 be the Yankees' lucky numbers in today's series finale?

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