D-backs starter Patrick Corbin can get used to this. The last time Corbin, a native of Clay, N.Y., took the mound, he outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. On Thursday, he'll square off against Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, who is seeking his first win of the season after two rough starts, and the team he grew up watching. It's a dream-like scenario for the young starter, despite the fact that the Yankees are one victory away from a three-game sweep. "I'm going to go out there and keep my composure and be myself," Corbin said. "But I'll definitely be excited and have a lot of family and friends here to watch." Corbin was an Andy Pettitte fan growing up. His favorite player was Tino Martinez. Mariano Rivera? What baseball player doesn't love Rivera? "I was on the top step [Tuesday] when [Rivera] came in," Corbin said. "Being his last year, everybody knows his history, and it's just awesome being able to see him pitch and just being able to pitch on that mound that he has and other great Yankees. There's so much history with them, and it's just neat to be here and be a part of." Corbin won't have to worry about facing Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera because they're all injured, but he would be wise not to ignore the names on the current roster. The Yankees are 7-1 in their past eight games and have outscored their opponents, 51-19, during that stretch.
Yanks seek sweep, but Corbin has other ideas
MLB.com | Apr 18