Joba rules for the Tigers • 08.05.14
Joba Chamberlain had to go the clean-shaven route in seven years with the Yankees. But he’s a Tiger now and he has let his face go furry. Very furry. Like what a big beard.
“I guess when you’re just told to shave every day for so long, you just say ‘forget it’ after a while,” Chamberlain said.
His new look and his act has gone over well with his new team. Chamberlain has been an effective eighth-inning setup man for Detroit. The 28-year-old righty arrived at Yankee Stadium Monday for his first game back as the owner of an AL-high 22 holds. The Tigers, who signed him on a one-year deal, didn’t use him in the 2-1 loss. So his ERA sits at 3.02, and he has a 1-4 record and two saves in 49 appearances.
“It’s played itself out pretty well,” Chamberlain said of his bridge-to-the-ninth-inning work.
Chamberlain said he didn’t know where the visiting clubhouse was here.
“It’s definitely weird being on the other side,” he said.
Before the game, he came over behind the batting cage to say hi to some of those on the other side, including Derek Jeter, a player he loved being around and respected so much.
“It’s no disrespect to anybody on my own team,” Chamberlain said, “but no one ever beats Derek Jeter.”
There were those initial phenom days of 2007 and a lot of down days and injury-plagued days here as well. There were those famous Joba Rules. But Chamberlain doesn’t seem to have any regrets.
“New York will always be special in my heart,” he said. “… They gave me an opportunity to play this game. They’ve seen me grow up and they’ve seen my son grow up.”
Here’s my story on the latest Yankees happenings with Masahiro Tanaka and David Phelps and on the series-opening victory.
Photo by The Associated Press.
Brandon McCarthy has started five times since coming over from Arizona and he’s now 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA after this 2-1 win over the Central-leading Tigers.
This is the first time in his career that he has won four straight starts.
“He’s been huge for our rotation,” Joe Girardi said. “… He’s meant a lot. He’s come over here and pitched as well as he could.”
McCarthy allowed an unearned run and five hits and two walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings. He threw 116 pitches, and 50 of them came in keeping Detroit scoreless over the first two innings.
“I know this is a big series and I know what they’re throwing at us this series,” McCarthy said. “I took that as a challenge.”
Detroit is throwing the last three AL Cy Young winners at the Yankees in the first three games of this four-game series, the first time three consecutive Cy Young winners will have faced a team in three straight games. Max Scherzer, the 2013 winner, gave up two runs in the third and nine hits overall in his seven-inning start.
“We know how talented their starting rotation is, but they’re not always going to have their perfect stuff,” Girardi said.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 22 on the trip, then went 2 for 3 with a sac fly in this one. The sac fly, with the bases loaded and nobody out, came on an outrageous grab in left-center by Ezequiel Carrera, who went sprinting back and then dove. The ball stuck in the heel of his glove as he landed on the warning track.
I asked Ellsbury about it and he said, “It was a spectacular catch. I don’t know if I’ve seen a better catch this year. It saved most likely three runs.”
Mark Teixeira was scratched with lightheadedness that resulted in IV treatment. Girardi hopes he will be able to play Tuesday night when David Price is the Detroit starter. Chase Headley ended up making his first career start and third appearance at first.
“I hope it’s just a weird one-day thing,” Teixeira said. “It could’ve been a bug. It could’ve been food poisoning. It could’ve been a lot of things. It knocked me on my tail at little bit.”
David Robertson pitched for the third straight day for the first time this season, throwing a perfect ninth with two Ks to nail down his 30th save in 32 chances. He has converted 18 straight.
It enabled the Yankees to move to 9-6 in their last 15 games, all decided by two runs or less. The 15-game streak extended the franchise record. It’s the longest two-runs-or-less streak in the majors since the the 1975 Orioles had 16 straight games decided that way.
“As long as we win them, it’s OK,” Girardi said.
The Yankees are now one game back of the Blue Jays for the second wild card.
Here’s my Lohud.com/Journal News story on the game and the latest with Masahiro Tanaka and David Phelps.
Photo by The Associated Press.
1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
4. Carlos Beltran DH
5. Brian McCann C
6. Chase Headley 1B
7. Stephen Drew 2B
8. Martin Prado 3B
9. Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brandon McCarthy RHP
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Ezequiel Carrera CF
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. Victor Martinez DH
5. Torii Hunter RF
6. J.D. Martinez LF
7. Don Kelly 3B
8. Alex Avila C
9. Eugenio Suarez SS
Max Scherzer RHP
Umpires: Mike Winters HP, Mike Muchlinski 1B, Tom Woodring 2B, Mark Wegner 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WFAN 660, 101.9
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees
Milestone watch: Joe Girardi needs one more win to reach 700 as a manager.
Beltran watch: Carlos Beltran has hit .383 since coming off the 7-day concussion DL on July 18. He owns a season-high 10-game hitting streak, batting .447 with three homers and nine RBI in this stretch.
Update, 7:12: Just announced, Mark Teixeira has been scratched due to lightheadedness. Ichiro now playing RF. Prado moves from RF to 3B. Headley moves from 3B to 1B.
Update, 7:18: McCarthy gets the Tigers 1-2-3. The updated Yankees batting order is now listed at the top.
Update, 7:30: A hit and a walk with two outs, but McCann leaves the runners on base.
Update, 7:54: McCarthy leaves the bases loaded with back-to-back Ks, but he has thrown 50 pitches in two innings.
Update, 8:00: A leadoff walk to Headley and then nothing. Prado ends the inning with a double-play ball, now 1 for 9 since joining the cause.
Update, 8:13: A two-out walk to Cabrera and that’s it for the Tigers in the third. McCarthy is at 69 pitches.
Update, 8:24: Great diving catch in center by Carrera, goes as sac fly for Ellsbury, 1-0.
Update, 8:28: McCann singles, 2-0. McCann’s 47th RBI.
Update, 8:37: 14-pitch, 1-2-3 fourth for McCarthy.
Update, 8:50: Strange ending to the Yankees fourth. Gardner singled to right with two outs. Prado was held at third, but Gardner kept going and got tagged out in a rundown. Prado never broke for home, either.
Update, 8:58: Suarez leaving the game with some sort of leg injury after sliding into second for a successful steal with one out in the fifth. Romine pinch runs.
Update, 9:01: Kinsler RBI single cuts it to 2-1. The run is unearned thanks to Prado’s throwing error.
Update, 9:10: Ellsbury was 2 for 22 on the road trip, but he’s 2 for 2 after his one-out double, plus the sac fly that could have been much more.
Update, 9:16: First and third, one out and McCann hits into a double play, 2-1 after five. Suarez has a left knee sprain.
Update, 9:27: Two outs, man on first, 115 pitches, Girardi leaves McCarthy in after a trip to the mound. Kelly singles on the next pitch. Now McCarthy is done. Thornton will come on.
Update, 9:34: Thornton gets a bouncer to the right side, 2-1 Yankees heading for the last of the sixth.
Update, 9:46: Leadoff single for Headley and he remains at first. Warren will come on for the seventh.
Update, 9:54: Warren gives up a two-out double to Carrera, but then gets Cabrera.
Update, 10:03: Scherzer retires the side in order in what may have been his last inning. Kelley comes on for the eighth.
Update, 10:10: Kelley has a 1-2-3 inning. Phil Coke replaces Scherzer, who allowed the two runs and nine hits.
Update, 10:21: Coke has a 1-2-3 inning as well. David Robertson will try to close it out.
Update, 10:30: The Yankees win, 2-1.