Teixeira MRI Update, Babe Ruth Pitching In Pinstripes, And Jeter’s Gift Baskets

No Yankee game tonight, but I do have some links.

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After A Mechanical Change, Joba Looks Unstoppable

It’s hard to believe that Joba Chamberlain returned to this team over a month ago. When he came up on August 1st, things didn’t go too well. He surrendered a homerun immediately to JJ Hardy. In fact, the whole month of August didn’t bode well for the reliever, but through a key mechanical...

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Don’t look now, but Phil Hughes isn’t half bad

Not as bad as you think.

If it seems like Phil Hughes has been on the cusp of breaking out for years now, that’s because he has. Hughes has been a hot Yankee commodity since 2006. Over that time we’ve...

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Is CC Sabathia Injured?

Following the game on Saturday, Joel Sherman wanted to know the answer to this question so badly that he forgot his manners. You can watch the exchange here. The series of questioning, and what I thought was personally an inappropriate tone from Sherman, resulted in a heated confrontation in Girardi’s office later that...

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Joba Chamberlain rounding into form

From his season debut on August 1, through his ninth appearance on September 2, Joba was pretty scary to watch. He pitched nine times covering seven and two-thirds innings. In those outings, he gave up seventeen hits, five walks and two hit batsmen. Twenty-four base runners in seven and tw0-thirds innings is bad by any standard. His ERA after those outings was 10.57. Ouch. Worse still, Chamberlain was only striking out an occasional batter. He had only tallied five to that point.  His struggles prompted Joe Girardi to say that he would not use Joba any further in any situations that hinted of leverage.

And then suddenly, it started to click. On September 4, he pitched the eighth and final inning against the Rays with the Yankees down, 5-2. Joba faced the minimum of three batters in the inning and struck out two of them. He only needed eleven pitches to get the three outs. He appeared again on September 4 against the Orioles.…

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Trenton advances to Eastern League Championship

The Thunder took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. David Adams started the inning by lining a double to left, moving to third on a ground out by Zoilo Almonte. Addison Maruszak scored Adams with a single to right and Murphy followed with a homer to left, giving Trenton the 4-1 edge.

It was not going to be an easy victory, however, as Reading started to fight back in the top of the sixth. Eastern League MVP Darin Ruf started the inning with a solo shot to left. Hulett singled to center and Castro followed with a single of his own. Miguel Abreu singled to left, laoding the bases and Jiwan James hit a sac fly that plated Hulett and brought the Phillies within one run of the Thunder. Maruszak gave Trenton some insurance with a solo homer to left in the bottom of the inning, making the score 5-3.

David Aardsma came in for the top of the seventh, giving up a leadoff single to Tyson Gillies who moved to second on a wild pitch.…

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