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New York Yankees News And Notes: Rafael Soriano, Alex Rodriguez, Joba Chamberlain

Here are a few stories making news around the New York Yankees as they prepare to face Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Rafael Soriano will keep closer job even after Robertson returns -
The Yankees intend to keep Rafael Soriano as the closer even after David Robertson's return from the disabled list, people familiar with their thinking suggest.

Soriano has been brilliant as the Yankees' third choice to close and is six for six in saves with an overall ERA of 1.96 now.

Valentine's View: Makes perfect sense to me. Soriano is doing a terrific job.

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez making changes to swing - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN
About two weeks ago, Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said that Alex Rodriguez’s groundball-to-flyball ratio was nearly 2.5 to 1. That ratio is insanely high for a power hitter; Rodriguez’s groundball rate has climbed over the last five years, but entering the season still was only about 1.1 to 1. Rodriguez is making changes to swing.

Yanks notes:Joba Chamberlain progressing -
At Tampa, Fla., Joba Chamberlain threw from halfway up the slope of a mound Saturday. It was a small step, though it represents hope that Chamberlain might return to a bullpen beset by injuries to key relievers.

"I’m no doctor," said manager Joe Girardi. "But just knowing Joba, I believe he’s going to be back for us this year." On March 22, Chamberlain suffered a badly dislocated right ankle while bouncing on a trampoline with his young son.