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Yanks script tonight's O's game to include Joba

Curt Schilling writes the the blog 38 pitches but Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain gets to star in an off-Broadway production of 55 Pitches tonight at Camden Yards against the Orioles.

Directed by Joe Girardi and produced by Hank Steinbrenner, 55 Pitches promises to be a coming-of-age story of a 22-year-old hurler's transformation from the bullpen to the starting rotation to save a proud and storied baseball franchise's season from being crushed under the weight of its own earned run average.

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The script for tonight's Yankees-Orioles performance is a little odd. Andy Pettitte is scheduled to start against Jeremy Guthrie but New York's plan is to write Pettitte out of the episode after five, maybe six innings, and send Chamberlain on stage to throw 50 to 55 pitches. This is all designed to ease Chamberlain into the starting rotation, something for which Yankee Boss II (Hank) has loudly lobbied. In the event Pettitte goes seven innings, Chamberlain's work work day would be shorter, delaying both his long relief appearance and his entry into the starting rotation.

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