Saturday, June 14, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for June 14, 2008

Last Night: NY Yankees 2, Houston Astros 1

RHP Joba Chamberlain Went Six Strong to Lead the Yankees Past Houston, 2-1

In his first road start (third start overall), RHP Joba Chamberlain pitched six strong innings as the New York Yankees edged Houston, 2-1, at Minute Maid park.

Chamberlain allowed six hits and struck out two in his third career start, keeping the Yankees in the game as the offense struggled against Astros starter Shawn Chacon. Joba was economical with his pitches, needing 88 (just 6 in the first inning) to post his first quality start. He threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 26 batters faced.

"With the way the transition has been made, I couldn't be happier," Chamberlain told NY Post beat writer George King. He mixed his pitches, throwing 10 sinking fastballs, "about three or four changeups, two curveballs and the two-seamer to give them a different look."

SS Derek Jeter's 8th-inning HR Put the Yankees On TopJose Veras was the game-winner, tossing two perfect innings in relief. Derek Jeter's solo home run in the eighth off Doug Brocail was the difference.

"It was a fastball, middle away," Jeter told King. "It might have been up a little bit."

Having run Mariano Rivera to the hill in five of the last six games, Joe Girardi asked the human rollercoaster, Kyle Farnsworth, to close it out. While Farnsy notched his first save of the season, credit Astros small ball gone wrong for the win.

Farnsworth hit Ty Wigginton to open the ninth. Michael Bourn failed to advanced the would-be tying run, popping a bunt to Jose Molina. With pinch-hitter Geoff Blum at the plate, Molina gunned down Wiggington trying to steal second. Blum fanned to end the game.

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Before the game struggling 1B/OF Shelley Duncan (.175, 1 HR, 6 RBI) was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees recalled utility man Alberto Gonzalez.

In his second game back from injury, Alan Horne led SWB past Richmond, 9-3, with 6 1/3 strong innings.

The Yankees (35-33) are two games over .500. They have never been three games over this season. The last time they were two over was April 24 at 12-10.
Supplemental draft choice Jeremy Bleich takes the hill today for Stanford against Florida State. The game will be on ESPN at 2:00pm.

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