June 03, 2008

Chamberlain to start for Yankees

Yanks will keep eye on ChamberlainJoba Chamberlain has already pitched in 39 games for the Yankees. But tonight will be one of the significant moments in the final season of Yankee Stadium, as he starts a game for the first time in his brief career.

The 22-year-old right-hander will face Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yankees have long planned for Chamberlain, one of the dominant relievers in the game, to become a starter, the role he had in the minor leagues and at the University of Nebraska.
The Native angle:Chamberlain flew to New York ahead of the team so he could get a full night of sleep. As he left the clubhouse, he was wearing a purple beaded necklace given to him a few days ago by a member of the Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa.

He plans to wear the necklace on the mound tonight.

"It means a lot," said Chamberlain, a member of the Winnebago Tribe. "For Native Americans, it signifies you mean something for us or you did something for us."

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