Joe Girardi predicted the cheers for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly could outdo the cheers for Mariano Rivera on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. The former Yankee player and coach never did get to hear his name announced. A consistent rain shower led to the postponement of the Yankees' game against the Dodgers. Mattingly will have to wait until today's day-night doubleheader, which will mark the Yankees' first-ever regular-season home game against the Dodgers and Mattingly's official return to the Bronx. Some warm applause Tuesday night may have been a welcome change for Mattingly, though. He has been on the managerial hot seat due to the Dodgers' 29-39 start to the season. The team's frustration boiled over June 11 during an intense brawl with the Diamondbacks in Los Angeles. Mattingly, who was fired up during that brawl, was much mellower before Tuesday's rained-out contest as he settled into the new home of his old club. "It's always good coming into the city when you fly in," Mattingly said. "If it's going to Citi Field, obviously not the same as coming here. Came from a small town, loved playing, I came here and just played. It's a simple as that." Mattingly left for Los Angeles after the Yankees selected Girardi to succeed Joe Torre as manager following the 2007 season. The Yankees had Mattingly on their short list for the job.
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