In a blowout that saw little drama, the Stadium got its share at the start of the seventh inning. Though the Yankees were up 11-1, the crowd rose to cheer when the bullpen door swung open and Joba Chamberlain stepped onto the warning track, making his return from a 14-month ordeal.

"It was something I can't forget, the same as the first time I walked into old Yankee Stadium and just to know the feelings I got to know I am back out there to help this team," Chamberlain said. "It was something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

His pitching performance, however, was forgettable. His second pitch was hammered for a solo homer by J.J. Hardy, and Chamberlain allowed a run-scoring double in the eighth. He threw 1.2 innings and gave up the two runs on four hits and a walk, tossing 28 pitches.