Joba impresses in win over Red Sox

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Joba Chamberlain answered Joe Girardi’s call on Friday night,
allowing three runs over six strong innings in a 9-5 win over the Red
Sox. Chamberlain was very efficient, throwing 52 of 86 pitches for
strikes, fanning six and walking just one. He retired the first 11
batters he faced until a Victor Martinez solo home run in the fourth
inning. Held the “Joba Rules” in recent starts, it was his longest
outing since Aug. 11.




“You get challenged a lot in life, and you have to look yourself in the
mirror, see how you can make yourself better,” said Chamberlain, who
struggled for weeks. “It was good for me to realize.”




Girardi seemed pleased with the results:



“The expectations are extremely high on him, and he’s had to make
adjustments and change some of the things he’s done. It’s learning. It’s maturing. And tonight, he showed us what he’s
capable of doing.”




Chamberlain lines up for a final
tune-up against the Royals next week. The Yankees probably won’t need
him to start in the ALDS, but if they manage to advance to the ALCS, he
will most certainly be called upon.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.