Interleague won't dim Yanks' focus
New York (24-17) vs. Philadelphia (22-17), 7:05 p.m. ET
NEW YORK -- What could spoil this feel-good homestand for the Yankees, where pies have been thrown and light-hearted fines have been levied in kangaroo court for the first time since the Buck Showalter era?The answer, Robinson Cano hopes, is not a visit from the defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies. Riding high on a nine-game win streak, the Yankees will welcome in Charlie Manuel's crew on Friday for a weekend series as Interleague Play kicks off at the new Yankee Stadium.
NYY: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-1, 5.02 ERA)
After winning his first two outings with the Yankees, Burnett has not won a game in six starts for the first time in a season since 2005, when he lost seven straight for the Marlins. During the six-game stretch, Burnett has recorded five no-decisions. Despite not winning, he has pitched well of late. Burnett allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings to the Twins in his last start, on Sunday. PHI: RHP Brett Myers (3-2, 4.50 ERA)
The proven workhorse gave the Phillies' staff exactly the boost it needed in a start last Saturday -- seven quality innings. No, scratch that. Seven outstanding innings in which he allowed three hits -- albeit two of them homers -- and struck out eight in an 8-5 victory over the Nationals. In the second game of a four-game set, Myers was in control and got stronger as the game progressed, striking out four in his final two innings. Tidbits
Johnny Damon is listed as day-to-day with a tweaked back after crashing into the left-field fence on Wednesday. ... Derek Jeter has 280 hits in Interleague Play, most in Major League history. Jeter is also the Majors' Interleague leader with 836 at-bats and 156 runs, and he's sixth all-time with a .335 Interleague batting average (minimum 300 at-bats). ... Burnett is 13-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 26 career Interleague starts, including 4-1 last year, as a member of the Blue Jays. ... The Yankees have scored in the first inning in each of their past four games, outscoring their opponents, 13-3, in the first over the four-game stretch, which dates to Monday. ... Melky Cabrera has hit safely in 25 of his past 28 starts, batting .330 (36-for-109) with five homers, 18 RBIs and nine walks in his starts since April 13. Tickets
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Sunday: Yankees (CC Sabathia, 4-3, 3.43) vs. Phillies (Cole Hamels, 2-2, 4.95), 1:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Yankees (Phil Hughes, 2-2, 7.06) at Rangers (Matt Harrison, 4-3, 4.71), 2:05 p.m. ET
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.