Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Joba Gets His Groove Back

Joba Chamberlain wasn't worried, at least outwardly, about his wildness in his first two spring starts, but his manager Joe Girardi was starting to get a bit little concerned. Girardi added though, that he would be more concerned if it continued. You can rest easier, Skip.

Chamberlain was on the mark tonight as the Yankees thrashed the Reds, 7-1, in Tampa. The Yankees prized righty allowed a run on three hits over three innings. More importantly, he was in total command of his pitches. Chamberlain didn't issue a walk, while striking out three. The lone run scored when center fielder Brett Gardner misjudged a fly ball with a runner in scoring position.

The remainder of the Yankees pitching was equally effective. Phil Coke, Kei Igawa, Christian Garcia, and Anthony Claggett combined with Chamberlain for 12 strikeouts.

The Yankees offense had a big night too, collecting 14 hits, including home runs by Juan Miranda and Shelley Duncan. Gardner, Cody Ransom, and Ramiro Pena had two hits apiece, and Gardner and Ransom added to their spring resume with an RBI each.

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