In the 17th year of interleague play, the Dodgers finally make their first regular season trip to New York to play the Yankees. Tuesday night, the first of a two-game series at Yankee Stadium, marks the Dodgers first trip to the Bronx since Game 6 of the 1981 World Series, won by the Dodgers. Here are the pertinent facts and figures for the interleague series between the two longtime rivals.
Hyun-jin Ryu takes the mound on Tuesday night, getting the ball on five days rest after giving up a season-high 11 hits in his last start. Phil Hughes starts for the Yankees, looking for his fourth win of the season.
Tuesday's 4:05 p.m. PT game will be broadcast on KCAL in Los Angeles, and by MLB Network nationally.
Chris Capuano returns from the disabled list to make his first start since May 29 on Wednesday, while former Dodgers hurler Hiroki Kuroda gets the call for the Yankees in the series finale on Wednesday.
Wednesday's 4:05 p.m. PT game will be televised by Prime Ticket in Los Angeles, and by ESPN2 nationally.
Both games can be seen online via MLB.tv, or heard via MLB Audio Gameday.
The Dodgers and Yankees have met 11 times in the World Series, with the Dodgers winning just three of those matchups: 1955, 1963, and 1981. The Yankees prevailed over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, and 1956; and triumphed over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977 and 1978.
Their 11 title matchups trail only the Lakers and Celtics in the four major pro sports, as the two basketball titans have met 12 times.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made his playing debut for the Yankees in 1982, one year after the last time the Dodgers played a game at Yankee Stadium. He hit .307/.358/.471 with 442 doubles and 222 home runs from 1982-1995 with New York and had his number retired by the Yankees despite never playing in a World Series in The Bronx.
The Dodgers and Yankees are both high payroll teams that have dealt with an insane amount of injuries this season. The Dodgers have seen Matt Kemp, Carl Crawofrd, Zack Greinke and Hanley Ramirez miss significant time, and lost starting pitcher Chad Billingsley for the season. New York has been without Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira for most if not all of the season, and Kevin Youkilis has missed time as well.
But while the Dodgers are mired at 29-39 in last place in the National League West, the Yankees are just three games back at 38-31 in the American League East.
The Yankees return the favor by coming to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 30-31.