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Melky comes back home to the Bronx

Melky Cabrera is back at Yankee Stadium this week for the first time since he was traded to the Atlanta Braves following the 2009 season.

Cabrera is now the starting center fielder for the Kansas City Royals, and is hitting .283 on the season with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

"I think he'll get a very good reaction [from the fans]," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday's series opener. "Melky brought a lot of energy to our club. He was well-liked."

Cabrera came up with the Yankees, and played four full seasons with the club from 2006 through 2009. In his final season in pinstripes, he helped the Yankees win the World Series, batting .274 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs in 154 games played.

Cabrera was dealt in Dec. 2009 along with Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino for starting pitcher Javier Vazquez and reliever Boone Logan.