Ian Kennedy has joined the San Diego Padres and is preparing to face his original team, the New York Yankees.
Kennedy was obtained by the Padres from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The Padres were off Thursday and opened a three-game series against the Yankees on Friday night.
Kennedy's first start with the Padres will be Sunday against the Yankees, who took him in the first round of the 2006 amateur draft.
The right-hander says he missed facing the Yankees during interleague play after he got traded to the Diamondbacks in December 2009.
Padres general manager Josh Byrnes has twice traded for Kennedy, including when he held the same job with the Diamondbacks.
Says Kennedy: ''So at least someone likes me.''