PHOENIX -- Ian Kennedy wanted to pitch against the New York Yankees.
Almost three weeks ago, the right-hander un-pocketed his pocket schedule to see if his turn in the rotation coincided with the Yanks' stay in Phoenix, which began on Monday and will conclude on Wednesday. When Kennedy realized he wouldn't get to face his former team, he wondered if a rainout in Boston or Detroit -- the D-backs' road stops last week -- would push his start back a day. He stopped just short of hoping for a flooded field.
"As we started looking," Kennedy recalled, "I said, 'It looks like I'm going to get the last game in Detroit. Dang it!'
Kennedy yielded three runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Tigers in Sunday's loss but will have to wonder what it would have been like to pitch on Monday, at home and against his former club.
"It's something that would have added to the game," said Kennedy, who was shipped from New York to Arizona in a three-team trade last December that also involved the Tigers. "It's probably good, because I would have been a little too amped up. You never know. Or it could have brought up my game. It's fun now that I just get to enjoy it and watch."
Because Kennedy won't take the mound again until June 26 against the Rays in St. Petersburg -- not a welcomed consolation -- he will be on the dugout's top step on Tuesday night, watching Andy Pettitte, whom he said taught the right-hander about pitching during his brief time in pinstripes. Kennedy also remains close with pitchers Phil Hughes and David Robertson, whom he caught up with at the Yankees' team hotel before Tuesday's game.
The 26-year-old right-hander, who with a 3.60 ERA in 15 starts this season has exceeded expectations in Arizona, said he wouldn't mind sharing his scouting reports on Yankees hitters, many of whom he played with off and on for parts of three seasons. But Dan Haren and Dontrelle Willis -- starting against the Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively -- hadn't asked yet. Haren entered Tuesday with seven career starts against New York, and Willis has made just one start against the Yanks.