The return of one of the greatest players in New York Yankees ' history has been pushed back one day.
Don Mattingly 's Dodgers will play a day-night doubleheader Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, the first meeting between these storied franchises in the Bronx since Los Angeles clinched the 1981 World Series.
Rain postponed the scheduled opener of the two-game series Tuesday night, delaying the managerial debut at Yankee Stadium of Mattingly, one of the biggest fan favorites when he was captain of the Yankees.
Mattingly, a six-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glove winner and the 1985 AL MVP, had his No. 23 retired to Monument Park after playing his entire 14-year career with New York. The former first baseman returned to the Yankees in 2004 as a coach under Joe Torre . Mattingly, many thought, would replace Torre, but Yankees brass opted for Joe Girardi .
Mattingly left the Yankees and spent the next three seasons as one of Torre's coaches with the Dodgers before taking over as manager in 2011.
"A good feeling coming back," Mattingly said Tuesday. "It's not the building, it's the people. ... So whether it's this building or the one across the street, it's the same."
His team has dropped six of eight to fall a season-worst 10 games below .500. The Dodgers (29-39) opened their nine-game trip by losing two of three to Pittsburgh. Los Angeles has won four of 17 as the visitor.
"It's been kind of the same story and that's that we haven't been able to win a series," Mattingly said after Sunday's 6-3 defeat.
The Yankees (38-31) are back home following a 4-6 trip that ended with Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels . New York scored five runs in the third inning - a three-run homer from Travis Hafner and RBI hits from Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix - en route to snapping a five-game skid.
The Yankees hit .199 while averaging 2.7 runs in the previous nine games.
New York will have to generate offense without Mark Teixeira after he exited Saturday's 6-2 loss with an aggravated right wrist. He got a cortisone shot Sunday, and it was determined there were no new tears in the tendon sheath, but he was placed back on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
The Yankees also announced Tuesday that Kevin Youkilis needs back surgery and will miss at least 10 to 12 weeks.
New York will face Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.85 ERA) in the opener. The rookie left-hander pitched last Wednesday in an 8-6, 12-inning loss to Arizona, when he allowed three runs and a season-high 11 hits in six innings.
"My fastball was coming over the center off the plate all game, and my velocity really wasn't there," Ryu told the Dodgers' official website. "But I think that's because for the first time in a while (May 22) I went off of four days' rest."
He'll be opposed by ex-Dodger Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 2.78), who is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA in his last five home starts. The right-hander was sharp in Oakland on Thursday, yielding two runs, two hits and two walks in eight innings of a 3-2, 18-inning loss.
Kuroda hasn't won since May 17 but isn't entirely to blame considering he's received five runs of support in the five starts since.
Phil Hughes (3-5, 4.89) will try to bounce back from one of his worst outings of the season when he takes the ball for New York in the nightcap. The right-hander walked a career high-tying five in 4 1-3 innings of last Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Oakland.
Hughes allowed an unearned run over seven at Seattle in his previous outing.
"(Putting together consecutive quality starts is) something that he's going through right now," Girardi told the Yankees' official website. "He needs to figure that out for us."
The Dodgers expect to activate Chris Capuano (1-4, 5.45) from the DL to counter Hughes, who is 1-3 with a 6.52 ERA in six home starts.
Capuano has been on the DL since June 4 because of a strained left shoulder and threw 60 pitches in a four-inning rehab assignment for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. The left-hander has a 10.61 ERA in losing his two career starts versus New York.
Rookie right fielder Yasiel Puig will make his Yankee Stadium debut after a three-hit effort Sunday lifted his average to .479 since the Dodgers called him up June 3.
Puig isn't going anywhere when Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return from hamstring injuries, so that's left Andre Ethier 's future in question. Ethier, though, hasn't let that impact him, going 9 for 20 with a homer and five RBIs in the last five games.
Since the Dodgers' World Series-clinching Game 6 victory at New York on Oct. 28, 1981, these clubs have split six games. They last played June 25-27, 2010, with the Yankees taking two of three.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||7||.000||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|June 12, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Strained shoulder|
|June 11, 2013||Scott Van Slyke||15-Day DL||Left shoulder bursitis|
|June 08, 2013||Ted Lilly||Day-to-Day||Neck discomfort|
|June 07, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 05, 2013||Ted Lilly||15-Day DL||Neck sprain|
|June 05, 2013||Mark Ellis||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|New York Yankees|
|June 16, 2013||Mark Teixeira||15-Day DL||Right wrist inflammation|
|June 15, 2013||Mark Teixeira||Day-to-Day||Wrist|
|June 14, 2013||Kevin Youkilis||15-Day DL||Lumbar spine strain|
|June 01, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left game - dehydration|
|May 25, 2013||Curtis Granderson||15-Day DL||Broken left pinkie finger|
|May 24, 2013||Curtis Granderson||Day-to-Day||Left game - Broken left pinkie finger|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees fans showed Don Mattingly the love from the moment he took the lineup card to home plate Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda , though, wasn't feeling nostalgic when facing his old team.
Kuroda shut down Los Angeles into the seventh inning, Ichiro Suzuki homered and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees spoiled Mattingly's return to the Bronx with a 6-4 victory over the sloppy Dodgers in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
"Once the game started I didn't really focus too much on who I was facing," Kuroda said through a translator. "I was trying to contribute for the Yankees."
Lyle Overbay hit a two-run double against South Korean rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3) in the first game in New York between the old October rivals since Los Angeles clinched the 1981 World Series title with a win in Game 6 at the original Yankee Stadium. The teams that have met in a record 11 World Series - eight won by the Yankees - never faced off in interleague play at the Stadium before this week.
Baseball's two injury battered $200 million teams have to pack a two-game series into one day because rain postponed Tuesday night's opener. Los Angeles' Chris Capuano was activated off the disabled list after the first game and was scheduled to start the nightcap against New York's Phil Hughes .
Cuban rookie Yasiel Puig put on quite a show for a vocal contingent of Dodgers fans. He led off the eighth by daringly stretching a liner to left-center into a double - he got thrown out trying a similar play in the first. He also tried to throw a runner out at first on a single to right field in the second inning and struck out to end the game against Mariano Rivera .
"His talent's great and his aggressiveness we love, because you love the way he plays," Mattingly said. "But we've got to make sure that we continue to teach, and for him to understand the right times to take those chances."
Suzuki made a leaping catch at the wall in right field for the first out of the eighth before Hanley Ramirez connected for a two-run homer off Preston Claiborne for his fourth hit of the game to cut the lead to 6-4. The Yankees had scored three times in the seventh thanks in part to reliever Ronald Belisario 's two errors on one play. The Dodgers made four errors overall.
David Robertson relieved Claiborne and walked his first two batters before ending the inning without further damage. Rivera was perfect in the ninth for his 25th save, ending hopes that Mattingly's return to the city where No. 23 starred from 1982-95 would be a success.
He may be wearing the wrong shade of blue now but Yankees fans still love Mattingly.
There was the "Donnie Baseball!" chant from the Bleacher Creatures for the 1985 AL MVP ahead of the bottom of the first and a video tribute for a career enshrined with a plaque in Monument Park before the Yankees scored twice in the second. Both times Mattingly answered the applause with a wave of the cap from the visitors' dugout.
"It means a lot. It's always been part of me," Mattingly said. "I played my whole career here, so it's obviously a good feeling when people appreciate the way you played and acted."
The Yankees quickly turned the attention back onto the field, scoring twice in the second against Ryu. After Neal and Suzuki led off with singles and advanced on David Adams ' sacrifice, Overbay laced a line drive over center fielder Andre Ethier 's head for the 2-0 lead.
Kuroda (7-5), who began his Major League career with the Dodgers in 2008 and won 41 games for them before coming to New York for 2012, limited Los Angeles to five hits and helped himself by catching a liner to start a double play with runners on second and third in the fourth before the seventh. He was lifted after giving up A.J. Ellis' sacrifice fly and former Yankees utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr.'s two-out, RBI pinch-hit single in the seventh.
Kuroda allowed eight hits overall and two runs.
The Yankees added three more in the bottom half of the seventh, helped when, with runners on first and second, Belisario let Vernon Wells ' meek pop in front of the mound drop for an error. Jayson Nix advanced to third on the drop and scored when Belisario threw the ball into center field trying to get Robinson Cano at second base. Belisario hit Neal with a pitch, then Suzuki greeted Paco Rodriguez with a blooped two-run single to make it 6-2.
"It was just a combination of us not executing when we needed to make the plays," Ellis said of the loss.
Suzuki homered for the first time this season in the sixth off Ryu, who gave up three runs and five hits.
Suzuki had three hits for his fourth multihit game in his last six games, but is not sure he's finally done with a season-long slump.
"I have no idea," Suzuki said through a translator. "Ask a fortune teller."
NOTES: The Dodgers and Yankees split six games in two interleague series in Los Angeles. ... The Yankees acquired OF Fernando Martinez late Tuesday night from the Houston Astros for Class-A right-hander Charles Basford. Martinez, a former Mets prospect, will go to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will live tweet at (at)Dodgers for the second game of the doubleheader. It's his first foray into Twitter. ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter took on-field batting practice for first time since returning to the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. He took 21 swings and hit balls to all fields.