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.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.