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06/26/10 7:58 PM ET

Torre knows what to expect from Pettitte

Dodgers manager Joe Torre likely did not need to hear much from an advance scout when preparing for the series with his former team from New York.

And he definitely knows what to expect from the Yankees' starter on Sunday, Andy Pettitte.

The Yankees left-hander has gotten off to one of the best starts of his career this season, going 9-2 in 14 starts with a 2.48 ERA. Torre expected nothing less from a player he managed with great success in New York.

With the series on the line on Sunday after Los Angeles won the second game, 9-4, on Saturday, the Dodgers skipper is none too happy it will be his former All-Star up on the mound for the Yankees.

"I'm sorry he is [closing out the series]," Torre said. "I know how tough he is, a tough competitor. When I first looked at him, I thought this guy was scared to death. He just sat at his locker. But he's been able to flourish in New York, where there's always somebody else getting the attention, that's to his liking." 

The Dodgers counter with their own ace southpaw, however, in Clayton Kershaw.

The young lefty is 7-4 with a 3.24 ERA this season, but he has also given up 48 walks, the most in the National League. Kershaw could see a quick exit from the game Sunday if his wild ways continue -- the Yankees lead the Majors in on-base percentage with a .360 clip and have an .814 OPS against left-handed pitching this season.

Yankees: He's had better birthdays
Shortstop Derek Jeter turned 36 on Saturday, but the Dodgers did little to make sure the New York captain would have a flawless celebration. Besides laying a victory on the Yankees, Dodgers pitchers limited Jeter during chances to play the hero, striking out the shortstop three times and stranding six men on base with the birthday boy up to bat.

Dodgers: Torre's patience pays off
Torre decided to stick with catcher Russell Martin and center fielder Matt Kemp on Saturday despite the tough slumps both had going in June. It paid off. The duo came through for the veteran skipper, reaching base five times and scoring two runs.

Worth noting
The Yankees are now 10-7 in Interleague Play, while the Dodgers bumped their record to 4-10.

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