Joba likely headed home today

LAKELAND — Yankees RHP Joba Chamberlain did not develop an infection in his dislocated right ankle and is expected to be released from the hospital today.

Manager Joe Girardi said on Saturday that no microfractures were found in the ankle and that Chamberlain will be in a cast for the next six weeks. The reliever should be able to resume his career, but there is no timetable for his return.

"As we know, this is going to be a while," Girardi said. "We're going to be there for this kid. We're going to get him through it."

Bone broke through the skin during the dislocation.

"When you have an injury like that, the initial concern is (the possibility of an) infection," Girardi said.

On Saturday, Girardi confirmed that Chamberlain was hurt on a trampoline. He was playing with his son Thursday at a local spot that had trampoline and related equipment.

IBANEZ SNAPS SLUMP: DH Raul Ibanez hit his first home run with the Yankees in a 4-2 win over the Tigers in 10 innings. Ibanez had two hits to raise his average to .075.

Jays: Lawrie better

DUNEDIN — Blue jays 3B Brett Lawrie is expected to return to the lineup today.

Lawrie has been out since a March 16 game with the Rays, when he left with tightness in his left groin.

Lawrie worked out a day after passing a series of tests and could have played Saturday, but Toronto decided to be cautious.

"He's ready to go and yet we're holding him back one more day," Jays manager John Farrell said. "That's our choice on that and kind of taking it out of his hands."

PATIENCE PAYS OFF: 1B Adam Lind has been trying to be more patient at the plate, and his work paid off when he hit a three-run homer and RBI triple in Toronto's 9-0 rout of the Braves. Each of Lind's big hits came after he had fouled off four or more pitches from Randall Delgado.

Phils: Pressure good

CLEARWATER — Hunter Pence's piercing blue eyes grow even wider when he hears the word "playoffs."

Reaching the postseason is no longer a dream for Pence. It's an expectation.

When the Phillies acquired the two-time All-Star from the Astros in July, Pence jumped from one of the worst teams in the majors to one of the best. He got his first taste of pennant fever and wants more.

"Words can't describe how amazing it was," the rightfielder said. "Losing in the first round was pretty painful, but it was one of the greatest experiences of my life."

Winning five straight division titles and the 2008 World Series raised expectations to enormous levels in Philadelphia. Now, anything less than another championship isn't considered a success.

For some, that's pressure. For Pence, it's an adrenaline rush.

"It's very exciting," he said. "It's a great time to be a part of this organization."

GOOD WORK: LHP Cole Hamels allowed two runs and four hits in four innings, struck out three and walked two in Philadelphia's 10-5 win over a Red Sox split squad. "I was just happy I was able to throw a lot of everything," Hamels said.

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