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Torre, Dodgers Renew Rivalry With Yankees

The Dodgers end their interleague schedule by welcoming the Yankees to town for three games, for the first time since 2004.  This series marks the first time manager Joe Torre has faced his former club.

The Dodgers and Yankees have met a record 11 times in the World Series.  According to True Blue LA, the Dodgers have won 10 of the 14 games played between them at Dodger Stadium.

1977 World Series, Game 5 - Dodgers 10, Yankees 4:  The Dodgers exploded for nine runs in the middle innings behind home runs by Steve Yeager and Reggie Smith, giving Don Sutton the victory.  In his final at-bat of the game, the lightly-regarded Reggie Jackson hit a home run, but to my recollection was never heard from again in the series

1978 World Series, Game 1 - Dodgers 11, Yankees 5:  Just two days after the sudden death of his mentor Jim Gilliam, Davey Lopes slammed two home runs and drove in five runs to lead the Dodgers to an emotional win in the series opener.

1978 World Series, Game 2 - Dodgers 4, Yankees 3:  With the tying and go-ahead runs on base and two outs in the ninth inning, this game ended with an epic nine-pitch battle between Jackson and 21-year old rookie fireballer Bob Welch.  The duel ended with a vicious swing by Jackson, but the ball found Steve Yeager's mitt, and the Dodgers headed to New York up 2-0.

Vicente Padilla and C.C. Sabathia face off in the series opener.