06/24/10 12:24 AM ET
With Yanks in LA, Torre front and center
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
The big story is that the Yankees haven't played against Joe Torre since he became skipper of the Dodgers. One of Torre's former star Bronx pupils, shortstop Derek Jeter, had plenty to say about seeing and playing against his longtime leader.
"Any time you have relationships with people, you wish them the best," Jeter said. "Not when we're playing them, but you hope that they have success. It seems like they enjoy themselves there.
"[Torre] is almost like a second father. I grew up with him and played for him since I was 21. We had a close relationship when he was here, and we still have a close relationship."Torre, too, had plenty to say about the upcoming matchup between the two storied franchises and noted it could be a little strange facing his former club, which he led to four World Series titles. "The odd thing for me is I'm going to be in that dugout pulling against people I never pulled against, Torre said. "The competitiveness will come out and I'm sure I won't think about it then as I am now." As for the Dodgers, Friday night's game -- which pits Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia against right-hander Vicente Padilla -- represents a good chance to get things going again. Los Angeles snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak with a 10-6 win over the Angels on Thursday to improve to just 3-9 in Interleague Play and 1-5 against the rival Angels. "Right now, we're getting whooped," Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp said. "We'd better fix something."
This series marks the second regular-season matchup between these two clubs. The Yankees lost two of three in Los Angeles the other time the two teams met, in 2004.
Overall, however, the two franchises have met 11 times in the World Series, and the 66 postseason games they've played are the most between two teams in postseason history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Yankees own a 37-29 advantage in postseason play, including a 3-8 record at Dodger Stadium.
Yankees: Rivera's streak ends
Closer Mariano Rivera had retired his past 24 hitters -- establishing a career best, according to the Elias Sports Bureau -- until Stephen Drew singled off him to lead off the 10th inning of Wednesday's 6-5 win over the D-backs. The last hit before Drew's that Rivera had allowed was recorded on June 1 by Luke Scott of the Orioles. ... Starter Phil Hughes turns 24 on Thursday. With a 23-11 record, he has the most wins by a Yankees pitcher prior to turning 24 since Mel Stottlemyre (29) and Al Downing (32), both in 1965.
Dodgers: Padilla rebounding
After almost two months on the disabled list because of an inflamed nerve in his right arm, Padilla returned against the Red Sox at Fenway Park and managed to hit 95 mph with his fastball in his last inning. He gave up four runs while striking out four and walking one. ... On Wednesday, shortstop Rafael Furcal returned to the Dodgers from bereavement leave following his father's death in the Dominican Republic.
Sabathia is 16-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 37 career Interleague starts, and he's also a .266 (25-for-94) career hitter with three doubles, three homers and 14 RBIs. He pitched at Dodger Stadium once -- on June 21, 2008 -- for the Cleveland Indians and tossed seven innings, giving up one run in a no-decision. He also homered off then-Dodgers starter and current Yankees teammate Chan Ho Park. ... Fans are encouraged to arrive at Friday's game early, carpool and take the Dodger Stadium Express shuttle from Union Station to help alleviate parking congestion during the series. The Dodger Stadium Express picks up fans at the Patsaouras Bus Plaza adjacent to the east portal of Union Station and drops them off in the parking lot behind left/center field. Dodgers tickets will be honored as fare. Service is provided starting 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the games and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game. The Dodger Stadium Express runs every 10 minutes prior to the start of the game and run approximately every 30 minutes throughout the game.
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