Phelps happy to have Yanks' faith in big spot

Phelps happy to have Yanks' faith in big spot

Phelps happy to have Yanks' faith in big spot
TORONTO -- In New York's 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Tigers on Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi turned to rookie reliever David Phelps in the eighth inning to face Detroit's heart of the order.

Phelps was tasked with going against Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson before turning the ball over to closer Rafael Soriano.

The 25-year-old Phelps, who got two outs to help preserve New York's lead, said he was surprised he was used in such a such a high-leverage spot.

"It's definitely the first time I've been in that situation," Phelps said. "I could feel it out there a little bit. But I was able to go out there and make some pitches. I was fortunate to miss some of those bats."

Phelps has done a terrific job with the Yankees this season, as he carried a 2.42 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 52 innings into Friday's opener against Toronto.

He feels he has progressed a great deal since the beginning of the year, and believes he will continue to the more responsibility the Yankees place on him.

"I've been throwing the ball well lately and just ... that they have the confidence in me to throw me out there in that situation, is huge," Phelps said.