February 28, 2009

Joba snaps streak, Yanks drop second in a row

Joba Chamberlain was the first Yankees starting pitcher to give up runs in spring training so far, giving up two runs in the first in a 7-3 loss to the Twins.

The Yanks tied it up at two in the bottom of the first, but the Twins pulled away with a three-run third inning.

Jorge Posada was scheduled to DH again for the Yankees, but woke up with pain this morning, according to Peter Abraham.

Posada felt some pain while stretching on Thursday and has been playing since. He didn’t think it was a big deal, But when he woke up with it again today, he said something to the trainer and was checked out by the doctor.

He won’t throw until Tuesday at the earliest. They’re describing it as the first setback he has had in his rehab but nothing to be too concerned about. But obviously there are concerns. To me, this illustrates that while the Yankees are a stronger team than they were last season, Posada and Mariano Rivera remain major concerns.

Shelley Duncan replaced Posada, and was the only Yankee to have two hits in the game.

The Yankees face the Reds tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.  Alfredo Aceves will get the starting nod. 

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