The Dodgers open their two-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium and welcome back Hanley Ramirez to the lineup after he had a scheduled Sunday off, still dealing with a troublesome hamstring. The only thing surprising is that Ramirez, who has been under restrictions on running of late, is not at designated hitter.
Jerry Hairston is the designated hitter for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, the fifth different person in six games this season to be designated hitter for the Dodgers. Crawl Crawford has been the DH twice, while Andre Ethier, Skip Schumaker and Ramon Hernandez each did it once.
The Dodgers are 1-4 this season in American League parks, which continues their recent trend.
In their last 24 interleague series, the Dodgers have lost 20 of them, and since the beginning of the 2005 season the Dodgers are 18-53 (.253) in American League parks. Only the Pirates, at 12-47 (.203) have a worse interleague road record during that span.
Hyun-jin Ryu starts on the mound and has allowed three runs or less in each of his last six starts. Ryu during that span has a 1.94 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 13 walks in 41⅔ innings.
The only Yankees hitter to have faced Ryu is Reid Brignac, who began the season with Colorado. Ryu struck out Brignac on Apr. 30 in their only plate appearance.
The Yankees are 14-7 this season against left-handed starters, including 9-3 at home. As a team New York has hit .240/.315/.350 against lefties this season, compared to .241/.298/.401 against right-handers.
Time: 4:05 p.m.
TV: KCAL, MLB Network