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  • Yankees 2, Padres 1: If Joba Chamberlain weren't in the rotation right now, Dan Giese, owner of 0 big-league starts, would be the team's fourth starter. Instead, Chamberlain is striking out nine Padres -- yes, they still count -- and helping the team win its seventh straight. Alex Rodriguez -- still not clutch -- got the go-ahead single in the sixth inning. Jose Veras picked up the win in relief, but Chamberlain was the pitching star. Mariano Rivera didn't look too shabby when he struck out the side in the ninth.

    Moving Chamberlain to the rotation was supposed to be part of long-term success. Instead, he's making a difference in the short term. The Yankees still have a boatload of question marks -- who will replace Chien-Ming Wang? -- but their offense is clicking and Chamberlain's adjustment to the rotation is going well. The Yankees are only three games behind the Rays in the wild-card race.