Phil Hughes was selected Thursday as the New York Yankees' fifth starter, beating out Joba Chamberlain and three others.
"It was what I set out in the spring to do," Hughes said after manager Joe Girardi announced the decision. "I grew up a starter in high school, minor leagues, even my first couple partial seasons in the big leagues. It was something that I really wanted and I feel like I'm ready for the challenge and ready for the season that lies ahead. "
Girardi said Chamberlain will be given an opportunity to pitch out of the bullpen and is in the mix for the eighth-inning setup role for closer Mariano Rivera.
Chamberlain was at the Yankees' complex about an hour before Girardi announced the winner and said "You go with the flow. That's what I've done."
Hughes and Chamberlain spoke briefly at Steinbrenner Field.
"He just said 'congrats,'T" Hughes said.
Herd improves to 4-0
JUPITER, Fla. -- Jolbert Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a double and a pair of runs batted in to help the Buffalo Bisons to an 8-1 win over the Memphis Redbirds. The win improved the Bisons to 4-0 in spring training.
The Herd's offense collected 15 hits. Val Pascucci went 3 for 4 with a double, home run and two RBIs while Jesus Feliciano added two hits and a run scored.
The Bisons will play the New Orleans Zephyrs today in Jupiter.
Around the camps
Jim Edmonds, the Gold Glove center fielder making a comeback after taking the 2009 season off, had his minor league contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers, giving the 39-year-old outfielder a spot on the 40-man roster.
Oakland Athletics right-hander Ben Sheets allowed three runs and nine hits in six-plus innings against minor leaguers in one of his final tuneups.