Nomo, who began the season by winning three of his first four starts, is 0-6 in his last seven outings—a stretch that included a 15-day stint on the disabled list with a torn nail on his right index finger. The Japanese right-hander has failed to go longer than five innings in any of his last four outings, including Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Boston.
Nomo surrendered four runs and six hits over 4 1-3 innings, striking out three and walking three. Despite the extended slump, Dodgers manager Jim Tracy is sticking with the pitcher that won 16 games for Los Angeles each of the previous two years.
“I don’t have any decision to make at this time,” Tracy said. “There’s not a whole (heck) of a lot of decision making to do. Hideo Nomo will pitch Saturday night against the Yankees.”
Nomo has not done well at pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium this year, going 1-4 with an 8.49 ERA in five starts.
The first interleague meeting between these storied World Series rivals resulted in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win on Friday. Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 and Dave Roberts drove in two runs as the NL West-leading Dodgers won their fourth straight.
The teams had not met since the 1981 World Series, when Los Angeles overcame an 0-2 series deficit with four straight victories. New York won eight of the record 11 World Series the teams have met in.
Jason Giambi drove in two runs for the Yankees, who have lost consecutive games for the first time since May 21-22 at Texas. The defeat shaved New York’s lead in the AL East to 3 1/2 games over Boston.