Don Mattingly returns to the Bronx on Tuesday, as his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers begins a quick two-game interleague series against the New York Yankees.
Mattingly, more commonly known as "Donnie Baseball," played his entire 14-year career with the Yankees and had his jersey No. 23 retired to Monument Park. He also spent time as a coach with the Yankees on Joe Torre's staff from 2004-07.
"I'm excited about going back and being on the field," Mattingly said on the club's website. "It could be a fun couple of days."
Mattingly should receive a nice ovation from the crowd.
"I think it'll be great," Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said. "Donnie is one of the greatest Yankees that's ever played. He's one of the greatest teammates that has ever put on that uniform. I know I've always loved him and appreciated what he's done, and I know the fans have seen a lot more than I have. I think it'll be a great day for him."
The Dodgers lost two of three games in Pittsburgh over the weekend to open a nine-game road trip and are coming off Sunday's 6-3 loss. Andre Ethier had two RBI and Tim Federowicz drove in one run for the Dodgers, who have lost six of their last eight games.
"We have to start throwing runs up consistently," Mattingly said.
Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke surrendered five runs on eight hits and two walks in five frames to absorb the loss.
Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the call for L.A. on Tuesday and he is 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA in 13 starts. Ryu is 3-0 in his previous six outings and has never faced the Yankees. In six road starts, Ryu is 2-1 with a 4.10 ERA.
The Yankees, meanwhile, are back home for nine games after going 4-6 on a recent road trip. They halted a five-game slide with Sunday's 6-5 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim, but almost blew the win after allowing five runs in the ninth.
CC Sabathia got the win and allowed two runs in eight innings, while Mariano Rivera got the final two outs of the game for his 24th save. David Robertson was touched for two runs in relief.
"That was more exciting than we wanted," Girardi said. "CC gave us a big performance. We had the greatest closer in the world out there with Pujols up, and he got him out."
Travis Hafner hit a three-run homer during a five-run third inning and Jayson Nix recorded three hits and an RBI for New York. In injury news for the Yankees, first baseman Mark Teixeira is suffering from inflammation in his balky right wrist and could land on the disabled list again. He was removed from Saturday's game because of the problem.
"The inflammation should go away, but it's going to take some time," Girardi said. "He's not a player for at least a couple days. Then we'll evaluate."
Phil Hughes gets the call for Girardi's club on Tuesday and he is 3-5 with a 4.89 ERA in 13 starts this season. He is just 1-3 in his past four decisions and has never faced the Dodgers. In starts at Yankee Stadium, Hughes is 1-3 with a 6.52 ERA.
The Yankees and Dodgers are meeting for the first time since New York took two of three meetings in L.A. in 2010. The Yankees and Dodgers have met 11 times in the World Series with New York holding an 8-3 advantage.