=== Kennedy debuts for Padres in finale vs. Yankees ===
 (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
 for Kennedy.
 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
 the lineup.
 "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 08:11:02 ET