The Big Three were back together, and the best of the bunch was the one the Yankees traded away. Ian Kennedy out-pitched his friend Phil Hughes, and the Padres beat the Yankees 6-3 in today’s series finale at Petco Park in San Diego. The Yankees lost two of three in this series against the infinitely beatable Padres, and now head to a certain circus in Chicago, where Alex Rodriguez is expected to return to the Yankees lineup in a cloud of controversy. Before leaving the West Coast, the Yankees were beaten by Kennedy, their former prospect who allowed two runs through 5.2 innings in his first start with the Padres. He easily out-pitched Hughes, who allowed five runs without getting past through the third inning. Austin Romine had his first big league home run, but that was the Yankees only extra-base hit. By the time Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth, the Yankees were in a three-run hole they couldn’t escape.
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