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06/25/10 10:23 PM ET

Yankees, Dodgers get back to business

When the second installment of the much-awaited meeting between bi-coastal rivals the Dodgers and the Yankees takes place Saturday, the spotlight will move from Joe Torre's reunion back to the job at hand.

Under the glare of that spotlight will be two contending teams trying to get through this stint of Interleague Play with a winning feeling, starting with Saturday's showdown between the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees' A.J. Burnett.

Friday's game gave the Yankees a taste of what this rivalry -- back on the field for the first time since 2004 and only the second time since 1981 -- means, with or without Torre changing caps to become the Dodgers' manager.

"I was a Yankees fan, so I'm well aware of the history of both organizations," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "It's a fun series for us. From what I understand, there will be a lot of people here. Playing for the Yankees, that's become the norm. Teams get up for us and we understand that."

Saturday's pitching matchup couldn't provide much more of a contrast in recent success, as Kuroda has been spectacular in June, while Burnett has struggled mightily.

In four June starts, Kuroda has found his slider and held opponents to a .220 average and a 1.80 ERA, but he has only a 1-2 mark to show for it. The Dodgers have scored eight runs in his five losses, including zero in the 2-0 loss at Fenway Park in his last start.

"I can't control that," he said. "I did the best I could and that's pretty much what I have to do."

Burnett, meanwhile, is 0-4 with a 10.35 ERA in his last four starts, with opponents hitting .337 in those games. While there have been some concerns about possible pitch tipping, and Burnett said he had a productive bullpen session Wednesday, with several coaching staff members keeping a close eye on it.

"There's a reason things are going on," Burnett said. "It's just good to hear different views from everybody else. It was a real positive bullpen."

Yankees: Happy birthday, No. 2
Jeter will celebrate his 36th birthday on Saturday, and he rolled his career hits total to 2,834 with a pair of knocks on Friday night. The only other players since 1961 to string together that many hits before their 36th birthday are Hank Aaron (2,956) and Robin Yount (2,868). Jeter also extended his all-time leading marks in Interleague Play with his 317th hit and his 959th at-bat Friday night. ... Alex Rodriguez's solo home run extended his all-time Interleague lead in RBIs to 171.

Dodgers: Billingsley almost ready
Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley remains on track to return to the rotation, probably as early as Monday. Billingsley, who was sidelined June 12 with a groin injury, pitched a simulated game and underwent testing and drills Thursday. While he's eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday, that's Clayton Kershaw's turn. Billingsley is slated to do more mound work on Saturday.

Worth noting
With their ninth Interleague victory of 2010, the Yankees clinched their 13th consecutive non-losing season in Interleague Play, extending their all-time best record to 143-101 (.586).

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