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Joba throws two innings for Tampa Yankees

07/20/2012 9:04 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Joba Chamberlain moved up to the Class A Tampa Yankees for his fourth rehab appearance, but the result was much the same as his previous appearances for the rookie-level GCL Yankees.

On Friday night, Joba started the T-Yanks’ game against the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates affiliate) and threw 32 pitches (19 strikes) over his two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk while striking out one.

In the first inning, Chamberlain got into early trouble, allowing a leadoff home run to Dan Grovatt -- the first run he has allowed since coming back -- and then walking Gift Ngoepe, who immediately stole second base. But after Chamberlain got Mel Rojas to pop out, Ngoepe was caught stealing third and Alex Dickerson grounded out to end the inning.

The second inning also started with a hit, as Elevys Gonzalez singled to right field. He later advanced to second on a passed ball by catcher Gary Sanchez, and after Justin Howard grounded out to short to advance Gonzalez to third, Andy Vasquez hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Bradenton’s second run.

Chamberlain then finished with a flourish, striking out Kawika Emsley-Pai looking to end the inning and his appearance. Unfortunately, however, Joba was tagged with the loss, as Bradenton went on to defeat Tampa, 3-2.

Details on Chamberlain’s next appearance weren’t immediately known after the game, but it will likely come early next week, either with Tampa or perhaps at Double-A Trenton.

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