Joe Girardi said he’d like to see some of the new guys during this final series in Houston, and that might be for the best. It was a group of rookies who carried the Yankees to a 3-2 win against the Astros tonight, and it was a free-agent-to-be who nearly coughed up the lead. In quite possibly his final Yankees appearance, Joba Chamberlain let three of four batters reach base, let two inherited runners score, and barely escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. It was a far better night for spot starter Adam Warren (who got the win), David Adams (who had a two-run double), and J.R. Murphy (who threw out another base runner). Warren delivered five scoreless innings and will finish the season with a 3.39 ERA, a strong showing for the rookie long man. All of the Yankees meaningful offense came in the fourth when four straight batters reached base, including an RBI single by Mark Reynolds and the two-run double by Adams. Dave Robertson closed out the win, as the Houston crowd booed his arrival wanting to see Mariano Rivera instead.
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