The Yankees' first meeting with the Dodgers since 1981 will have to wait another day. The two historic clubs will meet for a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium after Tuesday's series opener was rained out.
Rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA in 13 starts, will start Game 1 for the Dodgers. He is winless in two outings this month, and he said that pitching on four days' rest was a factor in his most recent start, on June 12 against the D-backs, when he allowed three runs on 11 hits in six innings. This time he will be pitching on six days' rest.
The Dodgers lost both games of a twin bill to the Orioles in April, their only doubleheader this season. Ryu also pitched the first game in Baltimore and settled for a no-decision.
The Yankees will counter with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who will face his former club for the first time since leaving Los Angeles after the 2011 season. Kuroda is 6-5 with a career-low 2.78 ERA in 14 starts, and although he has lost his last three decisions, he tossed eight innings of two-run ball at Oakland his last time out.
The Yankees and Dodgers are no strangers to the disabled list.
The Dodgers have used the DL 20 times through the first three months of the season. The Yankees, meanwhile, raised their total to 17 on Tuesday, as Mark Teixeira was put on the shelf just four days after Kevin Youkilis was put back on the DL. This is Youkilis' third stint on the DL in 2013, and the second for Teixeira.
Although both clubs have lost a considerable number of key pieces to the DL, the Yankees are in playoff contention in the American League, but the Dodgers are in last place in the National League West.
The Dodgers will get left-hander Chris Capuano back from the DL on Wednesday, and he will start Game 2.
Capuano has also been on the DL twice this season, most recently for a strained left lat. He made one Minor League rehab start on Friday, tossing four scoreless innings and striking out five with Triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers could need him to work deep in the game, something he's been unable to do consistently this year, depending on the state of their bullpen after the first game.
"Any time you play two games, you have to eat lots of innings out of the 'pen, and it could put us in a little spot," said manager Don Mattingly, who starred with the Yankees during a 14-year career. "But it also gives us two days to give the 'pen full rest."
Phil Hughes, 3-5 with a 4.89 ERA in 13 starts, will take the mound for the Yankees in the nightcap.
Dodgers: World Series connection
The last time the Dodgers played in the Bronx was Game 6 of the 1981 World Series. Los Angeles won the game, 9-2, to capture the club's fifth World Series title. That game was played at the old Yankee Stadium; the Dodgers have never played at the new facility.
• Utility man Jerry Hairston won a World Series with Yankees in 2009, the inaugural season of the new ballpark.
• The Dodgers and Yankees have met 11 times in the World Series, the most frequent matchup in history.
Yankees: Teixeira to DL, Youkilis to have surgery
First baseman Teixeira is back on the DL with an injured right wrist, and veteran third baseman Youkilis is scheduled to undergo surgery on his back to repair a herniated disk on Thursday.
Teixeira had a cortisone injection to treat the inflammation; limited to only 15 games, he is hitting .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
In corresponding roster moves, the Yankees recalled right-hander Adam Warren and outfielder Zoilo Almonte and designated right-hander Chris Bootcheck for assignment.
• Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 11-for-32 in his career against Kuroda, with three homers, four doubles and seven RBIs.
• The Dodgers hosted the Yankees in 2010, when New York won two out of three games. But L.A. took two of three in their first Interleague meetings in 2004 at Chavez Ravine.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.