The New York Yankees return to Yankee Stadium Friday night to open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. A.J. Burnett (7-5, 4.05) will pitch for New York against Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7, 4.68). The Rockies have not visited Yankee Stadium since 2004, so let's get to know a little about them.
- Colorado is a mediocre 37-37, but only four games behind Arizona in the perennially pedestrian NL West.
- Jason Giambi still has a career, and at 40 he happens to be having it with the Rockies. Giambi even hit three home runs in a game this season, but has only seven home runs for the season, one more than he had all of last year. Seems like he woke up one day, remembered who he used to be, then went back to sleep.
- Derek Jeter is still on the disabled list, but there will be a star shortstop wearing No. 2 this weekend in the Bronx. Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki wears the number because he idolized Jeter while growing up, and at age 26 he is a full-fledged star in his own right. With 13 home runs and 49 RBI Tulowitzki is on his way to his fourth season of 20 or more home runs. Jeter, by the way, has only done that three times in his career.
- Jimenez, Friday's starting pitcher, is having a strangely awful season after going 19-8 a season ago and finishing third in National League Cy Young Award voting.
- The Rockies have the best record among all National League teams in interleague play since 2006, compiling a .619 winning percentage.
By the way, if you really need some fast facts about the state of Colorado itself, you can check here.
-- For more about the Rockies, visit Purple Row.
3 game series vs Rockies @ Yankee Stadium
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