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The return of one of the greatest players in New York Yankees' history has been pushed back one day.

Don Mattingly's Dodgers will play a day-night doubleheader Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, the first meeting between these storied franchises in the Bronx since Los Angeles clinched the 1981 World Series.

Rain postponed the scheduled opener of the two-game series Tuesday night, delaying the managerial debut at Yankee Stadium of Mattingly, one of the biggest fan favorites when he was captain of the Yankees.

Mattingly, a six-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glove winner and the 1985 AL MVP, had his No. 23 retired to Monument Park after playing his entire 14-year career with New York. The former first baseman returned to the Yankees in 2004 as a coach under Joe Torre. Mattingly, many thought, would replace Torre, but Yankees brass opted for Joe Girardi.

Mattingly left the Yankees and spent the next three seasons as one of Torre's coaches with the Dodgers before taking over as manager in 2011.

"A good feeling coming back," Mattingly said Tuesday. "It's not the building, it's the people. ... So whether it's this building or the one across the street, it's the same."

His team has dropped six of eight to fall a season-worst 10 games below .500. The Dodgers (29-39) opened their nine-game trip by losing two of three to Pittsburgh. Los Angeles has won four of 17 as the visitor.

"It's been kind of the same story and that's that we haven't been able to win a series," Mattingly said after Sunday's 6-3 defeat.

The Yankees (38-31) are back home following a 4-6 trip that ended with Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. New York scored five runs in the third inning - a three-run homer from Travis Hafner and RBI hits from Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix - en route to snapping a five-game skid.

The Yankees hit .199 while averaging 2.7 runs in the previous nine games.

New York will have to generate offense without Mark Teixeira after he exited Saturday's 6-2 loss with an aggravated right wrist. He got a cortisone shot Sunday, and it was determined there were no new tears in the tendon sheath, but he was placed back on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

The Yankees also announced Tuesday that Kevin Youkilis needs back surgery and will miss at least 10 to 12 weeks.

New York will face Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.85 ERA) in the opener. The rookie left-hander pitched last Wednesday in an 8-6, 12-inning loss to Arizona, when he allowed three runs and a season-high 11 hits in six innings.

"My fastball was coming over the center off the plate all game, and my velocity really wasn't there," Ryu told the Dodgers' official website. "But I think that's because for the first time in a while (May 22) I went off of four days' rest."

He'll be opposed by ex-Dodger Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 2.78), who is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA in his last five home starts. The right-hander was sharp in Oakland on Thursday, yielding two runs, two hits and two walks in eight innings of a 3-2, 18-inning loss.

Kuroda hasn't won since May 17 but isn't entirely to blame considering he's received five runs of support in the five starts since.

Phil Hughes (3-5, 4.89) will try to bounce back from one of his worst outings of the season when he takes the ball for New York in the nightcap. The right-hander walked a career high-tying five in 4 1-3 innings of last Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Oakland.

Hughes allowed an unearned run over seven at Seattle in his previous outing.

"(Putting together consecutive quality starts is) something that he's going through right now," Girardi told the Yankees' official website. "He needs to figure that out for us."

The Dodgers expect to activate Chris Capuano (1-4, 5.45) from the DL to counter Hughes, who is 1-3 with a 6.52 ERA in six home starts.

Capuano has been on the DL since June 4 because of a strained left shoulder and threw 60 pitches in a four-inning rehab assignment for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. The left-hander has a 10.61 ERA in losing his two career starts versus New York.

Rookie right fielder Yasiel Puig will make his Yankee Stadium debut after a three-hit effort Sunday lifted his average to .479 since the Dodgers called him up June 3.

Puig isn't going anywhere when Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return from hamstring injuries, so that's left Andre Ethier's future in question. Ethier, though, hasn't let that impact him, going 9 for 20 with a homer and five RBIs in the last five games.

Since the Dodgers' World Series-clinching Game 6 victory at New York on Oct. 28, 1981, these clubs have split six games. They last played June 25-27, 2010, with the Yankees taking two of three.

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