New York Yanks On Cloud Nine, Joba Not Needed

Jesse SuessContributor IMay 22, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 21:  Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees reacts after being hit in the leg by a batter against the Baltimore Orioles on May 21, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Yankees' eight-game winning streak was on the backburner during the top of the first inning of Thursday night's game.

The 23-year-old prized jewel of New York, Joba Chamberlain, took a screaming line drive off of his right knee. He talked skipper Joe Girardi into leaving him in, but after giving up back-to-back singles, Girardi came to get the young righty before more damage was done.

This left the streak in the hands of the less than stellar New York Yankees bullpen. Girardi handed the ball to right-hander Alfredo Aceves, who worked out of the inherited situation of first and third with two outs.

Aceves followed with 3 1/3 innings of three-hit, scoreless baseball on his way to earning his third "W" in the past week.

Following the scary top half of the first inning for Yankee fans, the offense picked up just where it left off the night before. Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Melky Cabrera all doubled, translating to a 4-0 lead for the Bombers after just one inning.

Cano and Hideki Matsui both homered later in the game, giving the Yanks a total of seven runs.

The Yankee bullpen then preceded to handle it's workload exceptionally. Yankee relievers combined for 8 1/3 innings pitched, 10 hits, four strikeouts, and four runs—The runs were courtesy of Jonathan Albaladejo.

But after all was said and done, the bullpen did its job effectively.

After giving up his fifth home run of the early season on Wednesday, Mariano Rivera seemed to return to his old form. He threw an extremely quiet top of the ninth and earned himself his ninth save of the year. 


Side Notes:

—Johnny Damon was given the night off after complaining of a stiff back. Girardi went on to say this was nothing serious. Damon will be considered day-to-day.

—Xavier Nady will most likely head to Tampa when the Yanks' leave for their road-trip Monday as he continues his rehab. Nady is on target to return from the DL in early June, and is expected to be able to play the outfield a few weeks after returning.

—X-ray's came back negative on Chamberlain's knee, and Girardi went on to say there was a "good chance" the young phenom would make his next start.