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Jon Heyman just reported this on Twitter:

SI_JonHeyman: joba is out of #yanks rotation derby. RT @JackCurryYES: No Joba-Hughes showdown Mon. Hughes will face Phils. Joba will work intrasquad game

So, does this mean Phil Hughes has won the 5th starter competition? Let’s not forget that the Yankees were considering Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre for the job as well. If Hughes has the job, I think they made the right decision.

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After Phil Hughes terrific outing last night, I thought I would give you an update on the 5th starter competition. Joba Chamberlain will pitch in relief of Andy Pettitte today, so we’ll wait and see how it goes. Supposedly, management is eyeing four innings or 60 pitches for Joba. I’m guessing he will reach 60 pitches pretty early. The Yankees Official Website has the title: “Time to impress running out for Joba”. So, does that mean that Phil Hughes is in the lead?

Here are some quotes from Girardi and Chamberlain:

“You’ve got to pick it up,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve told him that you’ve got to pitch now. We gave you those first couple of starts to get under your belt, and now you’ve got to show us. You’ve got to pitch.”

“There’s no panic button, but sure, there’s definitely a sense of urgency,” Chamberlain said. “It matters every time I go out how I do, but I’m going to take every negative and turn it into a positive. But I can’t worry about what anybody else did. I have to worry about getting better and concentrating on what I have to do well to help the team.”

“You want to see him execute pitches,” Girardi said. “Do the things that you have to do to be successful. Be ahead in the count, you don’t want to be walking people. You want to attack hitters and you want to make quality pitches.”

“I asked him to work on some things, and he didn’t execute those things that he was working on,” Girardi said. “I think it made his line a lot worse. But we know that we need to work on those things.”

“I think overall the guys have thrown the ball pretty well, for the most part,” Girardi said.

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