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Aroldis Chapman was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits in the ninth inning against the Yankees on Sunday.
Chapman had a 9-pitch battle with Yankee leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsburry (last pitch of the at-bat was 101 mph). It ended in a single, then Ellsbury promptly swiped second base which eventually led to Brian McCann driving him home for the walk-off one a bloop single. Chapman has been the best reliever in baseball, and should continue to be. The Yankees got lucky. ANALYST:
Brett Oberholtzer will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno Wednesday.
Oberholtzer has been recovering from a blister on his finger and is expected to throw 65-70- pitches in this outing to prove he is ready to return. The real question, though, is what his role will be upon his return. With rookie Lance McCullers pitching well, Oberholtzer might end up in long-relief rather than in the rotation. It might not be a permanent situation, but that's definitely the way it could start. Analysis: Howard Bender