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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Curtis Granderson 5, Orioles 3, rest of Yankees 8, as Bombers CRUSH Baltimore

The Yankees took care of business in their biggest game of the season. Curtis Granderson didn’t start the game, but he emerged as the star going 3-for-3 with 5 RBI and his 35th homer of the season. As strong as Granderson’s performance was, the Yankees didn’t actually need it. Zach Britton...

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Yankees rock Orioles 13-3 as Grandy, Jeter go yard; AL East lead back to 1

  • Freddy was steady…ish; the bullpen was ready. Freddy looked like he would give back the 5-0 Yankee lead in the bottom of the 4th inning, giving up a two-run double to Wilson Betemit (yes), and an RBI single to Matt Weiters–and that was that, Girardi promptly replaced him with Joba Chamberlain, who struck out Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis to end the threat. The ‘pen locked down the O’s after that, with Joba (who got the win) giving way to Boone Logan in the 6th, who gave way to Corey Wade in the 7th, who gave the ball to Derek Lowe in the 9th. It was a fantastic job all-around for the pen–and Robertson and Soriano didn’t even get in the game.
  • Joe Girardi had been looking for something that would wake up his team, and he may have found that tonight–though I’m not exactly sure what it is. Girardi is a bit like a doctor who can’t figure out what’s wrong with his patient: but instead of slowly trying one medicine at a time (or even really trying to find out what the disease is), he threw all the medicine in the store at the patient.
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Game Thread: Sunday, September 9, 2012, Yankees at Orioles

Not only are the Yankees playing badly, but they’re also playing unlucky. Obviously everyone is furious over last night’s blown call, but the smartest thing for fans and team alike is to move on quickly. (Adding injury to the insult: Mark Teixeira re-injured his calf on the play and will miss today’s...

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The Farm Report: 9/8/12 – Empire State’s season ends

The game quieted down quite a bit after the second, with neither team getting more than one base runner on at a time. Corban Joseph hit a solo shot to center in the fourth, but that was all the Yankees could manage, despite the bullpen putting together a solid 7.1 innings of relief work.  In the end, Pawtucket took the 7-1 victory, winning the series three games to one and earning a date with the Charlotte Knights in the Championship round of the Governor’s Cup.

Bronx Cheers:
Vidal Nuno: Nuno lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, a walk and a strike out.

The Offense: The Yankees only managed two hits against their old teammate, Nelson Figueroa, who went eight strong innings. Kevin Russo, Ronnier Mustelier and Luke Murton each went 0-4.

Curtain Calls:
Kelvin Perez: After Nuno was pulled with two outs in the second, Perez threw a strong 3.1 innings for the Yankees. He gave up two hits and struck out four.…

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Is C.C. hurt?

For what it’s worth, everyone insists that Sabathia is healthy, including the big man himself. Sabathia even dismissed the theory that two trips to the disabled list this season might have left him with some rust that is affecting his command, responding with merely a terse “no” when the question was posed to him Friday afternoon. Of course, he went on to say that he was just not making his pitches when he needed to, which sort of sounded a lot like saying his command was off, something that’s plagued Sabathia literally since Opening Day this year.

The question was a hot topic for a while last night, and the best answer on the subject likely came from TYA’s Mike Eder, who analyzed the Pitch F/X data and concluded that Sabathia might be trying to overthrow the ball, a sentiment that was shared by Russell Martin after the game. That’s as good a theory as any because, really, I think we’re probably overstating Sabathia’s struggles right now.…

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