Written By: Matt Vereb

The Yankees played their 3rd Spring Training game today, losing 12-7 to the Rays. Coming into today, Yankee fans were anticipating pitching performances from Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Hughes worked 2 innings today, only yielding one hit(HR to RF Sean Rodriguez). Rodriguez is competing for the Rays RF position. Hughes has been working on a changeup and threw a few nice ones to Ben Zobrist. Outside of Rodrgiuez’s HR, Hughes had a nice game.

Joba Chamberlain, on the other hand, has had a week to forget. Joba has been sick with the flu all week, but was determined to make his first spring start today. Joba would have been better off on the bench. In 1 1/3 innings, Chamberlain allowed five runs, three hits, and three walks. Joba couldn’t seem to get his fastball down. After the game, Joba said that he felt about 60% today.

Like I said in an earlier post, fans really can’t take much from one Spring Training game. Positive results are encouraging, but should be taken with a grain of salt. If a player struggles through out Spring Training, it’s worth monitoring heading into the season.

Pitchers have bad days, but since 2007, Chamberalin has been the most frequently monitored Yankee pitcher. I’m sure that fans will tune in for Joba’s next outing, next week.

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