The Dodgers and Yankees have faced each other 11 times in the World Series.
Former Yankees great and current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was not a part of any of those 11 matchups. Nor was he a part of any World Series, having retired as a Yankee in 1995 before the Bronx Bombers won it all the very next year. Mattingly was hired as a Yankees coach in 2004, having missed six World Series appearances in eight seasons.
Tuesday, as the Dodgers and Yankees get set to play a two-game Interleague series, Mattingly returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time since he left the team with Joe Torre to go to Los Angeles six years ago.
"I'm excited about going back and being on the field," Mattingly said. "It could be a fun couple of days."
Mattingly spent his entire 14-year career with New York. His No. 23 is retired, the only number the Yankees retired of a player who never played in a World Series.
Mattingly said he was never sure if he'd get a chance to manage in New York.
"I didn't know," he said. "I know [former Yankees owner] Mr. [George] Steinbrenner wanted me to manage. He thought I would be a good manager. But I had no guarantees of anything.
"They treated me fairly I thought. Things work out for a reason. That would have been really bad timing for me. Terrible. I was going through some personal stuff that would have been miserable trying to manage for the first time and have that going on. So, that was a blessing in disguise. Coming to L.A. has been great, and obviously there's been a lot of turmoil this year, but I love what I'm doing and I like being in L.A."
Mattingly's reception could be a warm one. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he expects Mattingly to get cheered louder than himself.
"I think it'll be great," 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 feeling could be different between the two historic franchises this time. The Dodgers are buried in last place in the National League West while the Yankees sit behind both the Red Sox and Orioles in the American League East.
Phil Hughes takes the mound for New York after lasting just 4 1/3 innings against the A's his last time out. He has a 4.89 ERA in 13 starts this season as he still searches for a groove.
"I didn't have good stuff that day. It's something that I can't really help sometimes," Hughes said. "It's led to a lot of deep counts, foul balls and the pitch count getting out of control very quickly. I have confidence that I'll bounce back from that."
Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound for the Dodgers with a 2.85 ERA. He's coming off four straight quality starts.
Dodgers: Ethier heating up
Andre Ethier is 10-for-24 over his last six games and that could signal good things to come for the Dodgers' offense.
"I feel like we're starting to see him swing the bat that looks more like Andre to me," Mattingly said. "He's had better at-bats. It's been coming for a while, but he's starting to look like himself again."
Mattingly said he'll find a way to use Ethier, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, even when all four outfielders are healthy.
Yankees: Tex down, Overbay in
An MRI on Sunday revealed inflammation, but no structural damage in Mark Teixeira's right wrist. Girardi said the first baseman will be down for at least a few days, though the team was unsure if he would need a stint on the disabled list.
Teixeira was removed Saturday when he reaggravated the nagging injury.
"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."
Lyle Overbay will fill in at first base in Teixeira's absence.
• Puig was 3-for-4 Sunday to raise his average to .479 through his first 13 career Major League games.
• Adrian Gonzalez, a former Red Sox first baseman, is familiar with the short right-field porch in Yankee Stadium. He has five homers in 15 career games in the Bronx.
• Mariano Rivera escaped a wild ninth inning Sunday to pick up his 24th save. Rivera first allowed three hits and a walk before saving the Yankees' 6-5 win over the Angels. Rivera has allowed eight hits over his last 2 2/3 innings.