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New York Yankees Inside Pitch 2009-05-11

New York Yankees Inside Pitch 2009-05-11
This was the type of day that can show just about every side of the multi-layered and frenzied world Joba Chamberlain lives in for the Yankees.

The young star who sparks debate about strategy (starter or reliever?) and etiquette (fist-pump or no fist-pump?) displayed another glimpse of his struggles as a starter along with his talent while enduring a little crow due to his emotions and ultimately pitching on a day that was a subtle reminder of the bigger picture the 23-year-old has faced lately.

Six days after Chamberlain's mother was arrested for allegedly selling drugs back in Nebraska, the pitcher picked up his second victory of the year, on Mother's Day. The win featured another shaky first inning -- which included an Aubrey Huff home run and subsequent retaliatory fist-pump -- and later five scoreless innings.

Chamberlain was picked up by Johnny Damon and Robinson Cano, whose seventh-inning homers led the Yankees to a 5-3 win, but also by his own ability to cast aside yet another poor first inning.

He's now posted a 13.50 ERA in the first inning of his starts this season while improving greatly after that to notch a 3.89 overall mark.

As far as Huff's histrionics went, neither player made a big deal of it publicly as Chamberlain offered a simple "Good for him, he gets paid to hit home runs" and Huff told reporters his mock gesture was "in good fun."

"He's done it a couple of times to me when he's struck me out," Huff told reporters. "For me, it's just in good fun. ...If he's going to do that all the time, he's got to understand that guys are going to be (messing with) him, you would think. If you want to do that stuff, you got to expect the hitters to get you, too."

YANKEES 5, ORIOLES 3: Johnny Damon and Robinson Cano led the way with home runs in a four-run seventh and the Yankees came back for a 5-3 win over Baltimore to take two of three in the series. The Orioles had jumped on starter Joba Chamberlain with three runs in the first -- including a homer from Aubrey Huff, who celebrated demonstratively (perhaps to counter Chamberlain's fist-pumps on the mound). But as he has through the young season, Chamberlain then settled down, shutting the Orioles out in the next five innings to pick up his second win. Mariano Rivera, who has struggled recently, earned the save with a scoreless ninth.

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