Having the Yankees come to Petco Park for a weekend series is exactly what Padres manager Bud Black loves about Interleague Play.
"It's great for San Diego and it's great for our fans to see a lot of these players fans don't get to see," said Black.
With a packed park expected for each game, Black is also seeing the intensity of his players increase.
"The bigger the challenge, the better our guys respond," Black said. "The Yankees come with a little bit more of a marquee to fans ... and our players like that."
After a 7-2 Padres win on Friday, the two teams will square off on Saturday with Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova set to face Padres righty Tyson Ross.
Ross (2-4, 2.90 ERA) has won his last two games since being recalled from Triple-A Tucson on July 23, allowing just one run on five hits over 14 innings. On Sunday against Arizona, he tossed a career-high eight shutout innings and allowed only three hits.
Nova (4-4, 3.41 ERA) has been just as dominant, holding opponents to a .188 batting average in July and posting a 2.03 ERA over four starts in the month.
While he's taken losses in his last two starts, that came from the Yankees being shut out both times. In his previous outing against the Rays, Nova allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings of work.
"It feels really bad. We haven't scored enough runs in my last two starts," Nova said after the game. "Sometimes when you pitch good, it's hard to be charged with a loss. It doesn't feel great."
Yankees: Granderson back in lineup
New York got a boost to its lineup on Friday with Curtis Granderson returning from the 15-day disabled list.
"I'm excited to be back. A little layoff, but I'm happy to be joining the team here, ready to make this final push the last two months of the season," said Granderson.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi slotted Granderson fifth in the order, playing left field.
"We've seen what he's done since he's been here," Girardi said. "This is a power threat who can steal bases and can do a lot of different things. We're excited to have him back; we've just got to keep him here."
He finished the game going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Padres: Kennedy set for Sunday start
Newly acquired right-hander Ian Kennedy arrived at Petco Park for the first time on Friday as a member of the Padres.
He'll make his first start with the club on Sunday against the Yankees, one of his former teams. Kennedy was traded from the D-backs hours before Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"You work so hard with the team you're with and then you get traded," Kennedy said. "But I'm excited because I got to come to a team that I'm familiar with, a division that I'm familiar with -- kind of a little mixed emotions."
• In his first rehab game with Double-A Trenton, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez belted a towering two-run home run in the third inning.
• Black said left fielder Carlos Quentin's left knee was "doing better" before Friday's game against the Yankees, but he wasn't in the starting lineup. Quentin tweaked the knee on Saturday against the D-backs and then didn't play in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.