Yankees RHP Chamberlain ejected for throwing at Youkilis

Aug 30, 2007 - 10:28 PM BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- New York Yankees rookie phenom Joba Chamberlain was ejected in the ninth inning of Thursday's 5-0 victory against the rival Boston Red Sox for throwing two pitches near the head of first baseman Kevin Youkilis.

The 21-year-old Chamberlain has tossed 11 1/3 scoreless innings since making his major league debut on August 7.

On Thursday, the hard-throwing righthander hurled a clean eighth inning but was ejected with one out in the final frame by plate umpire Angel Hernandez. Edwar Ramirez recorded the final two outs to secure the victory.

Umpire Derryl Cousins, who was the crew chief for Thursday's contest, admitted that Chamberlain was tossed to avoid a potentially volatile situation between two bitter rivals.

"There is more than a little bit of history between these clubs," Cousins said. "Those were two pretty nasty pitches the young man threw. Up here, you need to be a little better throwing strikes, and we just had to put a lid on it before there was a problem."

With the win, the Yankees (75-59) completed a three-game series sweep of the Red Sox (80-54), who now hold a five-game lead in the American League East.

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