Yankees Spring Training Beat – Joba, Hughes and the number 5.

Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain did not do much to help decide who, if either of them two at all, will take the fifth spot in the Yankee’s starting rotation. Neither pitcher had good control, both pitchers gave up at least one run. Phil Hughes sucked less. Thats what it came down to, Chamberlain finished the day without finishing two innings. If Chamberlain could finish batters like he finished hot dogs, Joey Chestnut Style, the Yankees would be much happier.

Jorge Posada’s alleged contract out on the head of Francisco Cervelli took an interesting turn. Cervelli was batting against Toronto right-hander Zech Zinicola in the third inning when a fastball hit him in the top of the head. It was also Cervelli’s 24th birthday, which Posada made sure to spoil. Jorge doesn’t want to share catching duties this season and he will do whatever it takes to make sure that happens. Cervelli who was DH’ing at the time of the attack will talk to investigators regarding this alleged hit-for-hire. That of course is after investigators get to talk to A-Rod.

Curtis “Not-So-Grand” Granderson was 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout, less than impressive, when will this guy settle into his pinstripes? A.J. Burnett continued the Yankee’s spring training theme of pitching poorly by giving up 2 earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched, hope that change-up is coming along.

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