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That’s a relief

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Mar 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Tigers Spring Baseball

Joba Chamberlain pitched well in his first relief outing since losing the fifth-starter competition. Chamberlain closed today’s 2-1 Yankees win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Maybe he’s now battling for the closer’s role.

“There’s somebody in front of me I think you might have heard of,” he said. “I’m going with the intent that I’m probably going to lose that one.”

Chamberlain threw all fastballs and sliders, with his four-seamer sitting at 93-94 mph. He allowed a lead-off single on a 2-2 slider, but his very next pitch was a double play. He struck out Scott Sizemore to end the game, throwing a 94-mph fastball to setup a last-pitch slider.

“You don’t want to give up the lead for sure and lose the game,” Chamberlain said. “It was a good position to be in for my first one.”

Here’s the Chamberlain audio.

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That is, of course, an Associated Press photo.




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