In order to keep pace in the Yankees fifth-starter competition, Joba Chamberlain needed to pitch well on Wednesday. He responded with four good innings. Joe Girardi singled out three things that made a difference — better pace, better mechanics, better command — all of which led to Chamberlain’s best outing of the spring.
Before Chamberlain got in the game, Andy Pettitte made his first spring start and looked sharp for his first time facing live hitters. The notebook also has items on Damaso Marte’s not-so-good debut, a few outfielders getting some hits and the pitching scheduled for the next few days.