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Joba Chamberlain, Mark Teixeira, Russell Martin, Jason Varitek, Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward

Busy, busy day here in the Bronx. But before we start, it would be modest of me to not mention that, in Game 1 of our annual New York-Boston series, New York thumped Boston this morning, 17-9, at Yankee Stadium.

I focused my energy on being our team's general manager and manager, but I also hit 18th in our lineup. I struck out in my first at-bat, swinging through a curveball, and worked a walk the next time, eventually coming around to score on a sacrifice fly by Chad Jennings.

Thanks to everyone who played, and to my son for working as our bench coach.

OK, now down to business...

--The Yankees placed Joba Chamberlain on the disabled list, and if you're wondering where that came from - I was - the Yankees apparently weren't. Chamberlain had been undergoing treatment on his elbow for weeks.

Joe Girardi has such an excellent track record when it comes to reliever usage that I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, but Chamberlain's 35-pitch outing Sunday sure looms now as questionable.

The Yankees' bullpen setup gets pretty hairy now, with Rafael Soriano already out. David Robertson becomes the eighth-inning setup guy, and that should be fine, but beyond that? Yeesh. Somone from Luis Ayala, Boone Logan, Lance Pendleton and newcomers Amauri Sanit (just called up, to replace Hector Noesi) and Jeffrey Marquez (claimed off waivers from the White Sox) needs to step up.

--Mark Teixeira will start tonight, even though he had to be helped off the field last night after taking a Jon Lester pitch to his right knee. 

--Russell Martin, who has clicked so well with tonight's Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, won't start due to a balky back. No timeline for him. Girardi said that Martin could conceivably play in an emergency situation.

--Speaking of emergency catcher, Jorge Posada isn't here, as he's with his son Jorge III, who underwent surgery. So the Yankees have a two-man bench: Chris Dickerson and Andruw Jones. And maybe Martin. So maybe you'd call it a two-and-a-half-man bench.

--Speaking of pitcher-catcher chemistry, Jason Varitek will catch Boston starter Tim Wakefield, something that occurs quite infrequently, because starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is sick. You may recall that Varitek struggled greatly with Wakefield, then pitching relief in 2004 ALCS Game 5. It almost cost the Red Sox the series. But, you may recall, it didn't.

The Red Sox have placed Bobby Jenks (bad back) on the disabled list and recalled catcher Luis Esposito from Triple-A Pawtucket.

--Down in Miami, where the Braves are playing, Chipper Jones called out Jason Heyward, imploring the sophomore to play through some pain. Heyward is out with a shoulder injury.

This is a routine issue in clubhouses. It's why the Yankees hated Carl Pavano so much. For the godlike Jones to speak out on it, however, shows there's a real problem in the Braves' clubhouse.

 

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