Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson will return after missing more than two months while the Padres could be starting their last series for quite a while with shortstop Everth Cabrera available Friday night in San Diego.
Granderson missed the first month and a half of the season due to a fractured forearm, then returned for eight games before he broke his left pinkie May 24 at Tampa Bay. He went 4 for 15 in a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton.
"I'm excited," Granderson told the Yankees' official website. "I'm anxious to help our team get back to the postseason. With (Derek) Jeter back, and with (Alfonso) Soriano now in the lineup, (Robinson) Cano will be getting more help."
San Diego (50-59), meanwhile, is bracing for bad news about Cabrera. The shortstop - along with injured Yankees star Alex Rodriguez - is involved in the Biogenesis case and could draw a suspension from Major League Baseball.
It was originally believed those suspensions would be handed down Friday, though now it appears they won't come until Monday.
"I can talk nothing about the situation and just wait for that moment," Cabrera said.
Cabrera leads the team in hits (102) and runs (52) and tops the NL in stolen bases (37).
"If it happens, it's going to be a tough one," manager Bud Black said. "He's been one of our better players when he's been out there. He was our All-Star. He's really come into his own this year and it's going to hurt, if that happens."
Granderson led the Yankees (56-51) with 43 homers in 2012. He figures to provide a boost for an offense that owns an AL-worst .368 slugging percentage with 91 homers for the league's second-lowest total.
"We're starting to get a little bit healthier," manager Joe Girardi said. "You get Grandy back and the one thing that he needs to take a page out of Jete's book, don't try to do too much, just be yourself and that will be good enough."
Jeter is 2 for 11 in three games since returning from a strained right quadriceps, going 0 for 7 as the Yankees split two games against the Dodgers this week to start an eight-game trip.
"Once again, just 'cause Curtis is back, doesn't mean you can just sit back and relax," Jeter said. "Everybody has a job to do and everyone has to do it."
The Yankees are visiting Petco Park for the first time. They took two of three in 2002 in their last visit to San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium, where they also went 2-0 in the 1998 World Series.
New York will try to avoid losing five straight outings by CC Sabathia (9-9, 4.65 ERA) for the first time. He is 0-3 with a 7.83 ERA in his last four, yielding seven runs in each of the last two.
The left-hander is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in four starts against the Padres but hasn't faced them since 2008.
The San Diego hitter he has faced the most is Carlos Quentin , who is 4 for 22 against Sabathia. Quentin expects to return after a knee injury kept him out of Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Cincinnati that ended a four-game win streak.
Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (7-5, 3.88) seeks to win three straight starts for the first time in his career. He's given up three runs over six innings in each of the last two, yielding a combined seven hits.
Cashner has never faced New York.
|New York Yankees|
|July 27, 2013||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Strained right rotator cuff|
|July 23, 2013||Luis Cruz||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|July 20, 2013||Zoilo Almonte||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 19, 2013||Zoilo Almonte||Day-to-Day||Left game - left ankle sprain|
|July 16, 2013||Robinson Cano||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg|
|July 12, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Strained right quad|
|San Diego Padres|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- If this is Everth Cabrera 's last weekend of the season, he's heading out on a strong note.
Cabrera, facing a 50-game suspension in baseball's latest drug scandal, tied his career high with four hits and Logan Forsythe hit one of San Diego's three solo homers to lead the Padres to a 7-2 victory over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Cabrera, the Padres' All-Star shortstop, is among 14 players facing discipline. Monday appears to be the deadline for the players to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
"I can't say anything about that," Cabrera said.
Cabrera had an RBI triple among his hits and scored a run.
"That kind of game with four hits is special because we won the game," he said. "We have been better the last two weeks, competing a lot and everyone puts something to help the team to win the games. We have to keep doing this."
The Yankees are playing for the first time at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. Prior to that, they took two of three against the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium from June 21-23, 2002. The Yankees also wrapped up their 1998 World Series sweep of the Padres at Qualcomm with victories in Games 3 and 4.
Andrew Cashner (8-5) held the Yankees to two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked none.
"There were a lot of Yankees fans and Padres fans," Cashner said. "It was electric from the first pitch."
Sabathia (9-10) is 0-4 in his last five starts. The left-hander allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked three. It's the second-longest losing streak of his career, behind a five-game skid from July 6-30, 2005, while with Cleveland.
The Yankees are fourth in the AL East, 8 1/2 games behind Boston, and are four games back in the wild-card race.
"It obviously makes it more difficult," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the bottom line. We need him to be CC if we're going to make a run."
"I'm not saying that I'm better than anybody else, but I feel like I need to be strong," he said. "We're battling, and I'm not helping us. I've expressed that. We've been through a lot this year. And me not being able to help is killing us."
Forsythe's homer to left on a changeup from Sabathia put the Padres ahead 3-2 with one out in the fourth. It was his fourth.
With two outs, a brain cramp by Sabathia led to another Padres run. Sabathia didn't cover first on Cashner's grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay , allowing him to reach on a single. Cabrera then tripled to center field to bring in Cashner and make it 4-2.
Chris Denorfia singled with two outs in the sixth to chase Sabathia. The hit scored Nick Hundley , who drew a one-out walk and advanced on Cabrera's single to center.
"The key today was our ability to lay off the low pitch," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Going in we wanted CC to get the ball up, especially the slider. And we laid off a lot of borderline low pitches. We had some very good opposite-field swings that resulted in singles. We put the pressure on him."
Rookie Jedd Gyorko homered to straightaway center off Joba Chamberlain with one out in the seventh, his ninth. It was Gyorko's sixth hit in 54 at-bats in 14 games since coming off the disabled list on July 12.
Will Venable homered to right off Adam Warren with two outs in the eighth, his 13th.
Sabathia was shaky from the start, allowing two singles and walking two in the first inning as San Diego took a 2-0 lead. Sabathia walked Jesus Guzman on four pitches to load the bases with one out and then walked Yonder Alonso on a 3-2 pitch to bring in Cabrera with the first run. Cabrera was aboard on a leadoff single. Gyorko's groundout brought in Chase Headley to make it 2-0.
The Yankees tied it in the second. Ichiro Suzuki hit a leadoff single, stole second and scored on Eduardo Nunez 's double down the right-field line. Nunez advanced on Chris Stewart 's groundout and scored on Sabathia's groundout.
NOTES: Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman presented retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a beach cruiser at home plate. Rivera has been honored around the big leagues this year. "I'm humbled. I definitely appreciate it," Rivera said before the game. The Padres also gave a beach cruiser to each member of Rivera's family. ... Rivera and Hoffman are 1-2 on the career saves list. Rivera has 642 saves and Hoffman has 601. ... Rivera had three saves during the Yankees' sweep of the Padres in the 1998 World Series, including a four-out save in the clincher at Qualcomm Stadium. ... Graig Nettles and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield , who each played for the Padres and Yankees, threw the ceremonial first pitches. ... Yankees OF Curtis Granderson was activated from his second stint on the DL this season. He started in LF and batted fifth. ... Cabrera has had four hits four times previously, most recently on May 15 at Baltimore.