06/21/10 7:56 PM ET
D-backs relish chance to host Yankees
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
But times have changed, and the Bronx Bombers have arrived in the desert as defending World Series champions. They're going to have fun during their stay, according to manager Joe Girardi.
"It's always great to see ballparks you don't see a lot of," Girardi said. "It's different for us because obviously we don't know a lot of their guys, because we don't play a lot against them and they're young. That can be fun. It's what Interleague is."
For the D-backs, who have had a tough year in the National League West, playing competitive baseball against a top team could go a long way toward rallying in the standings. Manager A.J. Hinch said the spectacle of the D-backs' popular opponent should raise the excitement level in the ballpark.
"What comes with the Yankees is a long history and a big traveling party," Hinch said. "There's Yankee fans everywhere. I think we should relish the opportunity to play in front of a big crowd and try to sway some of these people back onto our side that live in our state. It's a challenge but a great opportunity.
"Playing against these guys -- you want to judge yourself against one of the best. Our schedule is full of them this month. We have a chance to get tested and find out what we're made of."
Yankees: Pettitte looking to rebound
Pettitte suffered his second loss of the season last Thursday against Philadelphia but still turned in a quality start, lasting seven innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits. It was the 11th time this year the lefty surrendered two earned runs or fewer -- tops in the American League. Pettitte is 2-5 with a 4.24 ERA against the D-backs in his career. The last time he started in this stadium in a Yankees' uniform, he gave up six runs in two innings while taking the loss in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series. ... Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has retired his last 21 batters faced, matching a career best, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
D-backs: Montero keeps rolling
Since returning from the disabled list on June 12, catcher Miguel Montero is batting .382 (13-for-34) with two homers, five doubles and seven RBIs. Montero missed 57 games while on the disabled list after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. ... The D-backs recalled outfielder Cole Gillespie from Triple-A Reno on Monday and optioned infielder/outfielder Ryan Roberts to Reno. ... Haren is 4-0 with a 3.77 ERA in seven career starts against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 38-5 this season when holding their opponent to four or fewer runs (82-14 in 2009), but they're 5-22 (21-45 in 2009) when allowing five or more. They're 35-2 when allowing three or fewer runs. ... The D-backs have allowed an NL-high 40 home runs since May 20. Overall, they've allowed 101 homers in 70 games this season, the second-most homers allowed through 70 games by an NL team behind the Houston Astros, who allowed 108 in that span in 2000.
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