Joba Chamberlain's forgettable 2013 season took a turn for the worse on Saturday.
Chamberlain allowed three hits and one run -- on a long home run -- in 1⅔ innings in the Yankees' 9-3 loss to Detroit.
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"Just one bad pitch" is how Chamberlain summed up what could be one of his final outings in the Bronx.
Chamberlain will be a free agent this winter, and, barring a monumental turnaround in the final 47 games of the season, there's virtually no chance the Yankees will re-sign him.
It probably seems like a lifetime ago, but Chamberlain was the toast of the town when he saved the Yankees' season coming out of the bullpen in 2007.
Now, the right-hander's been reduced to mop-up duty.
He made seven appearances in July after a disastrous June in which he allowed nine runs in 6⅔ innings over seven outings.
Chamberlain was asked on Saturday if his lack of consistent appearances affects his pitching.
"You've just got to continue to do your work on the side, and when you get the opportunity, you've got to pitch well," Chamberlain said.
That didn't happen on Saturday. You wonder how many more opportunities Chamberlain will get.
Putrid pen: Chamberlain wasn't the only member of the Yankees' bullpen who struggled. The pen allowed 10 hits and five earned runs in 4⅔ innings, its most runs allowed since a June 1 game against the Red Sox. Yankees pitchers allowed 17 hits, one shy of their season high.
Lyle and : Lyle Overbay drove in all of the Yankees' runs Saturday, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning and adding an RBI single in the ninth.
Overbay, who went 2-for-3, was the only Yankee to reach base multiple times Saturday, as Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez dominated.
"Just can't get anything going. It seems like we're kind of trying to do too much with runners in scoring position," Overbay said. "You got to give credit to Sanchez. He's got good stuff. He's one of the most underrated pitchers I've ever faced. You have to give him credit, but at the same token, we kind of had him in a spot where we could get some chances to get some runs, and we haven't been able to do it."
Wasn't he a Yankee? The Yankees have struggled to retire Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson in this series, as he went 2-for-4 Saturday and is 6-for-10 with five runs scored through the first two games.
The Yankees traded Jackson in the deal that netted them Curtis Granderson prior to the 2010 season.
"He's a guy that swings the bat pretty well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Right now, he's swinging it really well, and we're not making good pitches on him. That's probably why he's swinging so well."