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Nova steps back into the fire

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 09, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova has pitched at Fenway Park before. It was late last season — the second game of a double header on the next-to-last day — and Nova came out of the bullpen to handle the late innings.

He wasn’t especially good. A blown save, a loss, three walks and four hits all in 2.1 innings.

“Last year a little bit (nervous), but not too much,” he said. “This year I’m not nervous at all. I’m on the team right now, in the rotation. That’s something special for me. I just have to be focused and show what I’ve got.”

This afternoon the Yankees will turn to their 24-year-old rookie to even this series. Nova wasn’t perfect in his first start of the year, but he showed the Yankees something in his six innings against the Twins on Monday.

Nova gave the Yankees a pretty good start that day, in a game that very nearly became a bad start several times. He showed the Yankees that he can pitch under pressure and keep things from unraveling all around him.

“I would think the games that he pitched (last year) — he pitched in Tampa and he pitched a lot of important games for us — that would really help him out,” Joe Girardi said. “What he did just he other day at home against a very good Minnesota Twins team, I would think that would help him as well and help in his growth.”

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