Ian Kennedy has always liked pitching at Petco Park. The right-hander is 3-1 in six starts in San Diego, and his 2.27 ERA in the ballpark is the fifth lowest he has at any stadium in baseball.
All six of those starts have been as a visitor, though. On Sunday, he will make his first start at Petco Park as a member of the home team.
Kennedy will make his Padres debut against the Yankees, four days after being acquired from the D-backs in a deal struck just hours before Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"I'm excited because I got to come to a team that I'm familiar with, a division that I'm familiar with," Kennedy said. "Kind of a little mixed emotions."
The Padres sent pitchers Joe Thatcher and Matt Stites, as well as a future Draft pick, to the D-backs in exchange for Kennedy, who has had a disappointing season. In 21 starts with Arizona, the right-hander went 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA.
Kennedy's first start as a Padre will come against the team he began his career with and a pitcher he debuted alongside. Kennedy made his Major League debut for the Yankees in 2007, the same year that New York's Sunday starter, Phil Hughes, got his first taste of the Majors.
Like Kennedy, Hughes has struggled this season. He has a 4-9 record a 4.58 ERA, and he's given up four or more runs in two of his past three starts.
Sunday will mark Hughes' first start against San Diego and Kennedy's first start against the organization he began his career with.
"It is kind of interesting. When we had them both here in 2008 and they were both in our rotation, that's not what you expect to see, them matching up five years later," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the world we live in in baseball. Somebody said we have to make sure we get Joba [Chamberlain] in that game, too. Maybe there will be some innings limits tomorrow."
Yankees: Sore right leg keeps Jeter sidelined
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter played Friday night against the Padres, but a sore right calf and leg kept him out of Saturday's lineup and will keep him out of Sunday's, too.
Jeter returned from the disabled list last Sunday after missing two weeks with a right quad strain, but injuries to that same leg will sideline him until Monday at the earliest. Girardi said the Yankees will re-evaluate their captain then.
"I'm definitely giving it two days," Girardi said. "My hope is that we don't have to DL him. My goal is to get him back in there on Monday, get him in there against the White Sox and see how he does."
Girardi said Jeter might have been able to play if he could have served as the designated hitter, but the Yankees didn't have the option in a National League stadium. Jeter is available to pinch-hit, though he did not play at all on Saturday in the Yankees' 3-0 win.
Padres: Alonso extends hitting streak
Yonder Alonso singled to right field in the first inning of the Padres' game against the Yankees on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to seven games.
The Padres' first baseman is 12-of-27 during the seven-game streak with one extra-base hit and five RBIs, raising his batting average to .298 for the season.
Alonso has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball since the All-Star break. Entering Saturday's game, Alonso ranked third in batting average (.404), second in on-base percentage (.475) and fifth in RBIs (10) during that span.
• Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson hit his second home run of the season Saturday, belting a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh inning.
• Yankees closer Mariano Rivera made his first career appearance at Petco Park on Saturday, pitching a perfect ninth to record the save.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.