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Joba booed after homer; will Robertson take his role?

Joba Chamberlain walks back to the dugout after

Joba Chamberlain walks back to the dugout after retiring the Royals in the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (July 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Joba Chamberlain heard the boos from the Yankee Stadium crowd after allowing a walk and a two-run homer in the eighth inning of yesterday's 12-6 Yankees win over the Royals.

"Won't be the first and it won't be the last," he said of the jeers.

Of more importance were the words spoken by his manager. After the homer by Scott Podsednik, Chamberlain was one more baserunner away from being replaced by David Robertson, which would have opened a whole new eighth-inning can of worms. But Chamberlain retired the next three hitters to keep his tenuous hold on the Yankees' main setup job.

"He wasn't sharp the first couple hitters," Joe Girardi said. "When you come out of the bullpen, you need to be sharp right away or you can get yourself in trouble. And then he seemed to get it back, which is a good thing. But we want our guys coming out of the bullpen sharp."

Said Chamberlain: "I understand I have to be better and I have to get better."

Chamberlain was called in to protect a 7-3 lead and left with the score 7-5. His ERA is 5.95.

Girardi did not hesitate when asked if he is considering Robertson for Chamberlain's job.

"If it's something that we have to do, it's something that we'll address," he said. "I was prepared to bring him in if Joba gave up another baserunner."

Cano is grand

Robinson Cano's two-run double in a five-run eighth inning was the 1,000th hit of his career in his 3,232nd at-bat.

He's the third-fastest homegrown Yankee to reach the mark, behind only Don Mattingly (3,042) and Derek Jeter (3,112).

 

Serge protector?

Girardi said Sergio Mitre is "right now" the Yankees' starter for Thursday in Cleveland. Mitre allowed seven runs (five earned) in 41/3 innings Saturday in his first start in place of the injured Andy Pettitte.

Girardi also could turn to Dustin Moseley, who threw 42/3 shutout innings in relief of Mitre. The decision should come today.

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