The Subway Series is heading to Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees are hoping a trip from Queens to the Bronx will halt their first three-game losing streak of the season.
The Mets, meanwhile, will hand the ball to Jeremy Hefner as they look to claim the season-series victory against the Yankees on Wednesday night. While Yankees starter David Phelps will be making his Subway Series debut, Hefner will get his first look at either Yankee Stadium, old or new.
"It's going to be fun. It's something you watch on TV," said Hefner, who pitched a perfect relief inning against the Yankees at Citi Field in 2012. "Obviously, I grew up watching the old Yankee Stadium, but it's pretty much the same -- it's the same locations, same dimensions and everything."
While he won't quite be facing the legendary Yankees he saw in the old ballpark, he'll be going up against a surprisingly effective group of replacements for the current crop of injured Yankees stars, whether it's Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay or Travis Hafner. No matter who he's facing, though, Hefner said he'll treat Wednesday's start the same.
"It's still the Yankees, and especially being with the Mets, even though the crowd was the smallest ever last year, it was still electric," he said. "They still have quality guys over there that can go and put up runs. Obviously, they've done it this year.
"They're an aggressive team. Not just yesterday, but watching film on them and their numbers, they're aggressive. They want to swing and put the ball in play, and they're good at it, so I think from my standpoint and my game, I need to be able to locate well early in the count and hopefully use their aggressiveness to my advantage."
Hefner is coming off a strong start Friday, but he's still in search of his first win of the season. He earned a no-decision after pitching six innings of two-run ball on three hits with seven strikeouts against the Braves.
Phelps, meanwhile, tossed a career-high 7 2/3 innings on 98 pitches Friday against the Rays before a line drive struck his pitching arm and forced him from the game. But he only sustained a bruise and wound up picking up the win, having retired the first 13 batters he faced before allowing four earned runs on six hits.
Since joining the rotation on May 1, Phelps has gone 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA.
Mets: Davis dropped to eighth spot
• First baseman Ike Davis led the Mets to victory Sunday with a game-winning hit against the Braves, but he found himself batting eighth Tuesday night against the Yankees.
Davis went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Monday's Subway Series opener, then went 0-for-3 with two punchouts in Tuesday's 2-1 victory, lowering his batting average to just .152.
• Manager Terry Collins said outfielder Lucas Duda, who recorded the game-winning single Tuesday night off Mariano Rivera, will get the start at designated hitter in one of the Mets' next two games at Yankee Stadium. He hasn't decided, however, which game that will be or who will DH the other game.
Yankees: Tex, Youk on their way back
• Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will begin their Minor League rehab stints on Wednesday with Double-A Trenton. They each had five at-bats in extended spring games Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., and they are expected to play for Trenton on Wednesday and Thursday. After that, they could rejoin the Yankees against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
"I think it's a possibility for both of them," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I have said all along it depends on how they feel, physically and mentally, is when you decide to activate them."
• Lefty Andy Pettitte threw 76 pitches in a simulated game in Tampa and said there were no issues with his strained left trapezius muscle. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday.
• Tuesday night's walk-off win was the Mets' 11th come-from-behind win this season. Their last six wins have all been come-from-behind victories.
• With Tuesday's loss, the Yankees have lost three straight games for the first time this season. They were the last team to lose more than two straight games, the farthest into a season the Yankees have gone without a three-game losing streak since 1955, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.