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: Royals sign Neftali Feliz

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, pending a physical. The Brewers designated Feliz for assignment last week and released him on Monday.

Feliz, 29, opened the season as the Brewers’ closer, but struggled and was eventually taken out of the role in mid-May, giving way to Corey Knebel. In 29 appearances spanning 27 innings with the Brewers, Feliz posted a 6.00 ERA with a 21/15 K/BB ratio.

The Royals have had bullpen issues of their own, so Feliz will try to provide some stability given his track record. It’s not clear yet if the Royals want to let Feliz get his feet wet at Triple-A or throw him right into the bullpen mix.

Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base upon return from DL

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.

Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.

In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).