Joba Chamberlain hits 97 mph in second relief outing

Joba Chamberlain was clocked as high as 97 mph during his 1 2/3 innings of work against the Tigers on Monday at Comerica Park, which the Yankees right-hander views as a very positive sign.

“The first one was just getting it out of the way and trying to build from there,” Chamberlain said. “Today was a lot more comfortable; I didn’t really have time to think about it. I just had to get out there and try to make pitches. I think that was the biggest thing. All the emotions are gone and now it’s back to work.”

Chamberlain relieved Ivan Nova in the sixth inning and allowed a run-scoring single to Jhonny Peralta, charged to Nova’s line. He pitched around a Prince Fielder single in the seventh, striking out Brennan Boesch looking to end the inning.

“Everything just felt a little rushed in the first one,” Chamberlain said. “Today just felt more compact, more fluid and I was able to throw everything for a strike. Obviously there’s still stuff we have to continue to work on, but as far as being able to go out and throw any pitch in any count, I felt really good with it.”

Chamberlain’s first appearance came on Aug. 2 at Yankee Stadium, when he allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Orioles. The Yankees have said that they envision Chamberlain working his way back to the late innings, facing both lefties and righties. He has returned from Tommy John surgery as well as an open dislocation of his right ankle.

“I thought it was a big improvement from the last time,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought he threw the ball a lot better, so that was encouraging.”

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Hughes has been extremely inconsistent this season, but he has pitched as well or better than any other Yankee starter in his prior 11 starts where he has only given up 5+ runs twice and the Yanks were 8-3 in those starts.

Who do you want Joba? No one should have any more thoughts of him ever developing into a dominant, overpowering starter. Those days are over. Right now he is an average middler reliever.

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The lead is now 4.5 games over the O’s. Time to wake this team up Joe.

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Another “CRAP” performance by Hughes tonight. Most inconsistent Yankee starter this past five years I have seen, except possible for Bustnett. Growing VERY tired of this guy’s inconsistency as a starter. It is what it is and Hughes will probably NEVER be anything more than a 500 pitcher in his career. As important how many more 0 for 4 nights is Russell Martin going to have before Stewart becomes the Yankees starting catcher? I mean .191 BA? Should have kept Jorge around for one more year.

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