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Spring Training Game 3: Joba Time!

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Worlds will collide as Joba Chamberlain starts a baseball game!He'll only go about two innings (or 35 pitches), but that's what is expected at this point. Opposing him will be Jeremy Hellickson, the fifth best pitching prospect in baseball.

Phil Hughes will pitch after Joba departs.

UPDATE - It'll start with Hughes vs. David Price, then Joba vs. Hellickson. (Though it's more like Hughes vs. Joba...)

Game time is 1:05 p.m. YES and MLBN will be broadcasting the fun.

The live boxscore is here.

  • Post-game notes -

Ironically, the two frontrunners for the fifth spot in the rotation pitched considerably worse than the three dark horses did on Wednesday. Hughes pitched two innings; he gave up a walk and a homer (though in his defense, it was wind-aided). Joba was terrible, no question about it: 1.1 ip, 3 h, 3 bb, 5 er (33 pitches, 14 strikes). Girardi defended him by saying he'd had the flu and had left practice early the previous t two days.

Frankie and Robbie had two hits apiece.Kei Igawa actually pitched well (1.2 perfect innings, 2 k) and has an outside shot of making the bullpen.

The Yanks made a game of it late, pulling within 8-7, but then Tampa scored three in the eighth and eventually won 12-7.