Joba hits 97 mph in second outing since return

Joba hits 97 mph in second outing since return

DETROIT -- Joba Chamberlain was clocked as high as 97 mph during his 1 2/3 innings in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park, which the Yankees right-hander views as a very positive sign.

"The first one was just getting it out of the way and trying to build from there," Chamberlain said. "Today was a lot more comfortable; I didn't really have time to think about it. I just had to get out there and try to make pitches. I think that was the biggest thing. All the emotions are gone, and now it's back to work."

Chamberlain relieved Ivan Nova in the sixth inning and allowed a run-scoring single to Jhonny Peralta, charged to Nova's line. Chamberlain pitched around a Prince Fielder single in the seventh, striking out Brennan Boesch looking to end the inning.

"Everything just felt a little rushed in the first one," Chamberlain said. "Today just felt more compact, more fluid and I was able to throw everything for a strike. Obviously, there's still stuff we have to continue to work on, but as far as being able to go out and throw any pitch in any count, I felt really good with it."

Chamberlain's first appearance came at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 2, when he allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Orioles. The Yankees have said that they envision Chamberlain working his way back to the late innings to face both lefties and righties. He has returned from Tommy John surgery as well as an open dislocation of his right ankle.

"I thought it was a big improvement from the last time," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I thought he threw the ball a lot better, so that was encouraging."