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NEW YORK -- As a kid growing up in upstate New York, Patrick Corbin was a huge Yankees fan.

On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, he will get the ball for the D-backs in the series finale and try to beat the Yankees.

Corbin will have a big contingent of friends and family on hand for the game.

"They feel weird coming here and wearing a Diamondbacks jersey or shirt tomorrow," Corbin said. "It's kind of funny. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and am just excited to be here."

This will be the second time Corbin has started a game in New York. Last May, he had a rough go of it against the Mets, when he allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings.

"I think I'll be a little bit more settled down than when I faced the Mets," Corbin said. "I'm going to go out there and keep my composure and be myself tomorrow, but I'll definitely be excited and have a lot of family and friends here to watch."

Corbin saw games at the old Yankee Stadium that used to stand across the street, missing attending David Wells' perfect game as a fan by a day in 1998. He threw off the new Yankee Stadium mound during a pre-Draft workout in 2009.

Growing up, Corbin's favorite player was Tino Martinez, but being a left-hander, he also admired Andy Pettitte.

Just 10 when the D-backs and Yankees squared off in the 2001 World Series, Corbin was disappointed when the Yankees came out on the losing end.

"I remember watching in my living room, and back then, I had no idea what the Diamondbacks were really," he said. "It's funny, because I was obviously rooting for the Yankees then, but to be a part of the Diamondbacks and being able to have a chance to go out there and beat the Yankees feels a little weird."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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