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Players reflect on Jackie Robinson's impact

Brandon McCarthy is computer-savvy, so he'll be looking for a reboot. Ivan Nova will try to get back on track after a lengthy delay.

The D-backs are visiting Yankee Stadium for an Interleague series that begins on Tuesday, bringing back memories of the epic seven-game 2001 World Series between the two clubs.

The Yankees will be celebrating the life, legacy and memory of Jackie Robinson with pregame fanfare, and all players will wear No. 42.

In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.

Once the game starts, McCarthy would like to see better results than he did in his previous outing, when he had some of the best stuff of his career. The right-hander gave up six runs (four earned), including five in one inning, in a loss to the Cubs, and afterward was mystified by mistakes in pitch selection.

His catcher, Miguel Montero, didn't disagree.

"I apologized to him, because I feel like I called a really bad game," Montero said. "I think he had really good stuff going, I just didn't make the right calls. He threw everything that I put down, so I felt bad, because he really trusted me, and I feel like I let him down.

"I started mixing up, changing speeds more, because we were going hard, hard, hard. I think I'm going to grab what we did there and use it from now on, because it was pretty good."

McCarthy has walked three batters or fewer in 61 straight starts, the third-longest active streak in baseball behind Bronson Arroyo (85) and Rick Porcello (76).

For the Yankees, Nova will be making his first start since April 5. Two consecutive weather postponements in Cleveland got in the way of his second start, and the Yankees skipped him until this game.

Nova's first and only outing of the year wasn't exactly what he hoped for. He gave up four runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings, throwing 99 pitches in a loss to the Tigers in Detroit.

"It's the first one. Of course you want to start the season in a good way," Nova said. "Personally, I don't feel like I pitched that bad. I was throwing a lot of balls and getting into too deep counts, but it's the first start of the year."

Tuesday will be the second.

D-backs: Will Hill play?
Second baseman Aaron Hill doubled home a run in a pinch-hit appearance late in Saturday's game and started on Sunday but left in the fourth inning after experiencing continued soreness in his left hand, where he has a bone bruise. He reached safely via hit or walk in all eight games in which he'd appeared this season until going 0-for-1 on Sunday.

• Martin Prado had hit safely in nine straight games (.317) and nine of 10 games overall entering Sunday, but he went 0-for-4 against the Dodgers.

• Closer J.J. Putz is second on the D-backs' all-time saves list (79), 19 behind Jose Valverde (98). Putz got the win on Sunday.

Yankees: Cano riding hot streak
Over his last five games, second baseman Robinson Cano is 11-for-21 with six runs, four doubles, three homers, eight RBIs and two walks. He had three extra-base hits in consecutive games last Monday (one double, two homers) and Tuesday (two doubles, one homer) at Cleveland and became the first Major Leaguer to do so since accomplishing the feat himself from Sept. 15-16, 2005.

• The six hitters in their first year with the club (Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco, Travis Hafner, Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Kevin Youkilis) are batting a combined .297 with 27 runs, nine doubles, one triple, 10 homers and 27 RBIs this season.

• Nova will be making his first career start vs. Arizona. In eight career Interleague starts, he is 4-1, with a 2.94 ERA.

Worth noting
• D-backs relievers are 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA and 37 strikeouts in their last nine games.

• Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has at least one save in 18 consecutive seasons (1996 to 2013), passing Lee Smith (17) and tying John Franco (18) for the longest streak in Major League history.

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