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Added February 28th, 2011 by Chalk

Yankees’ Nova Perfect in Spring Debut
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On Sunday afternoon, New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova pitched two perfect pretend innings against the Philadelphia Phillies in his first exhibition appearance of the spring. The 24-year-old Dominican is one of the favorites to win one of two open spots in the Yankees starting rotation. The highlight of Nova’s day was striking out Phillies slugger Ryan Howard on three pitches.

Nova struck out one other batter and got his other four outs on ground balls. “I’m happy with everything,” Nova said. “I’m happy that we have two spots open in the rotation and I have a really good chance right now. We’re working hard right now, and everything’s going well.”

Nova made seven starts last year for the Yankees, and only made it through the fifth inning four times. He ended the season with a 1-2 record and 4.50 ERA. Nova had a 2.57 ERA in the first four innings of games, but a 15.00 ERA in the fifth.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is talking the kid up, but maybe that’s because his other options are Sergio Mitre, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. “I believe in him,” said the optimistic Yankees skipper. “He has a bright future. … The stuff is there. It’s the mentality just to continue to make your pitches and not get caught up in what inning it is.”

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