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Sunday, August 4th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (57-52 at San Diego Padres (51-60), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.58)
San Diego - Ian Kennedy (3-8, 5.23)
(Sports Network) - Perhaps a change of scenery is what Ian Kennedy needs to
get back on track. The San Diego Padres hope so and will turn to Kennedy
Sunday in the finale of a three-game series versus the New York Yankees.
Kennedy will make his San Diego debut and was acquired from the Arizona
Diamondbacks before Wednesday's trade deadline. Kennedy, who pitched sparingly
with the Yankees from 2007-09, spent the last three-plus seasons with the
D'backs and is a lowly 0-5 with a 5.82 ERA in his last 10 starts.
"You work so hard with the team you're with and then you get traded," Kennedy
said. "But I'm excited because I got to come to a team that I'm familiar with,
a division that I'm familiar with ... kind of a little mixed emotions."
San Diego shipped left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, minor league right-hander
Matt Stites and a 2014 Competitive Balance Round B Draft pick to the D'backs
The right-hander and former All-Star made 21 starts for Arizona and compiled a
3-8 mark with a 5.23 ERA. Kennedy, who hasn't won since June 1, has allowed at
least two runs in each of his past seven outings. He has never faced the
Yankees and is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts in San Diego.
San Diego took Friday's opener of this series behind a strong performance from
Andrew Cashner, but Tyson Ross was dealt the tough-luck loss in Saturday
night's 3-0 defeat. Ross struck out nine batters and allowed two runs in six-
plus innings to fall to 2-5. He didn't allow a hit through the first 4 1/3
innings and served up Curtis Granderson's two-run homer in the seventh.
"We're excited about Tyson," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We were excited
about him in the offseason. We saw him in spring training and we were excited
about him. So these last two outings should give him a great boost of
confidence moving forward here the next couple months."
Ross didn't get much help from his offense and Chase Headley had two of the
five hits for the Padres, who have lost two of three games since winning four
in a row. San Diego will host Baltimore for two games on this homestand.
The Alex Rodriguez drama escalated on Saturday in a report that the slugging
third baseman is facing a severe penalty by Major League Baseball due to his
involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. The New York Daily News reported that
the league has rejected requests from the troubled New York Yankees third
baseman's representatives to continue negotiations regarding a possible
settlement of his looming suspension.
Rodriguez is allegedly facing a 214-game suspension that will run through the
entire 2014 season on Monday, the day the league plans to announce all
penalties for those players involved with Biogenesis of America, a Miami-area
based anti-aging clinic suspected of distributing performance-enhancing
substances. A-Rod is expected to return to the big league club on Monday when
the Yankees visit the Chicago White Sox.
"We've said a number of times, maybe Monday," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said
on the club's website. "Nothing has changed since yesterday."
Girardi continued to discuss the possibility of having Rodriguez's bat back in
"My goal is to get him back here as a player for us," Girardi added. "That's
my goal. I manage the players in the clubhouse. That's my job. My goal is to
get him back. I hope we have him back on Monday."
The Yankees could use a lift offensively and are coming off Saturday's
blanking of the Padres. Fresh off the disabled list, Granderson launched a big
home run and scored twice to lead the charge.
"He was a part of all three runs tonight," Girardi said. "I've talked about
how Curtis can change the complexion of a game really quickly and that's what
he did tonight."
Yankees starter Ivan Nova struck out eight batters over seven scoreless
innings, while future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera hurled the ninth for
his 35th save.
Derek Jeter did not play Saturday because of leg issues and the veteran
shortstop could miss Sunday's series finale with the Friars. Girardi said
Jeter has been battling both a calf and leg issue since Monday. Jeter, of
course, has been hobbled by ankle and quad ailments this season.
The Yanks have alternated wins and losses over their last six games and sit 3
1/2 games off the wild card lead.
Phil Hughes hopes to find the win column again when the Yankees pin pitching
duties on him Sunday. Hughes is winless (0-2) in his last four starts and has
posted back-to-back no-decisions, including a 6-5 win versus Tampa Bay last
Sunday. He lasted only four innings and gave up five runs and nine hits.
Hughes, who is only 4-9 in 20 starts with a 4.58 ERA, has never faced the
Padres and the right-hander owns a 3-2 record in nine road assignments. New
York is 8-12 when Hughes takes the mound this season.
The Yankees took two of three from the Padres the last time they were in San
Diego back in 2002.
08/04 10:40:13 ET