Mariano Rivera will make another stop on his farewell tour Friday, when the Yankees visit the Padres at Petco Park for the first time.
The legendary closer has never pitched in San Diego during the regular season, but he certainly has fond memories of the city -- It's where he recorded his first World Series-clinching save back in 1998.
Padres manager Bud Black isn't sure what the team has in store for Rivera. He's just hoping not to see him on the Petco Park mound in a save situation.
"I hope to see him shagging batting practice and in the bullpen," Black said, "but not on the field."
After a 4-1 loss to the Reds on Wednesday, the Friars will look to regain their momentum when the Yankees arrive for a three-game series. San Diego has won each of its past three sets and four of its past five games, and recorded an 8-5 record since the All-Star break.
"We've been playing really fundamentally sound," catcher Nick Hundley said. "The starting pitching we're getting has been outstanding. And obviously, we've done a good job with runners in scoring position."
The Yankees, meanwhile, are just 5-7 since the break. The returns of Derek Jeter from the disabled list and Alfonso Soriano in a trade from the Cubs have helped -- but not cured -- New York's offensive struggles. The Yankees have scored two runs or fewer in 37 games this season, and needed an error to plate their second and third runs on Wednesday night in a 3-0 victory over Los Angeles.
CC Sabathia will look to get back on track when he takes the mound, and a meeting with the Padres might just do the trick. Sabathia has allowed at least seven earned runs in his past two starts, but in four career starts against the Friars, he has given up two earned runs or fewer three times.
"It's just a number of things," Sabathia, who is 9-9 with a 4.65 ERA, said after his last start. "I feel like over my career, I've been able to avoid the big inning. Lately, I haven't been able to make the pitch."
Andrew Cashner will start for the Padres in search of a third straight quality start. San Diego is 4-3 at home when Cashner starts this season.
Padres: Kennedy brought in to bolster rotation
Hours before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Wednesday, the Padres made a move to bolster their starting rotation, acquiring Ian Kennedy from the D-backs for two pitchers and a 2014 First-Year Player Draft pick.
Kennedy, 28, is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA this season, but finished fourth in the 2011 National League Cy Young Award vote. The move was much needed for the Padres, who are without starters Jason Marquis and Clayton Richard for the rest of the season.
"We're excited to add a starting pitcher of Ian's pedigree," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said. "He is under club control through 2015, and we feel he will help us take another step forward as a team."
The Yankees drafted Kennedy in the first round of the 2006 Draft.
• Carlos Quentin missed Wednesday's game against the Reds after "tweaking his knee" in Tuesday's game. Black said that Quentin hopefully would return to the lineup Friday.
Yankees: No surprises as Trade Deadline passes
The Yankees weren't expected to make any more splashy moves after acquiring Soriano last week. So when the Deadline passed and their lineup remained the same, it wasn't much of a surprise.
"We were able to get Soriano, a middle-of-the-order bat, left field and he can DH for us," manager Joe Girardi said. "Besides that, we should get [Curtis Granderson] back here, and it's almost like making a trade if you get him back. Kind of expecting him to be here probably this weekend."
Starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, for one, was perfectly fine with a quiet Deadline day.
"I just feel like this team's got a lot of experience, and hopefully we can just will this thing -- will it into the playoffs," Pettitte said. "I know I expect to go. And I'm sure and I hope everyone else in this room feels the same way. I think the power of belief is awfully big and awfully important. And I believe in this club."
• Only five Padres have faced Sabathia. None of them have recorded more than four hits against him.
• The Yankees made one previous regular-season voyage to San Diego, taking two of three in June 2002 at Qualcomm Stadium. Petco Park opened in 2004.
Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com/ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.