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Postgame notes: Nova happy with adjustments in Sarasota

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova allowed five earned runs on seven hits through four innings. His evaluation of the night?

“Unbelievable,” he said. “I think I had all I needed today.”

Wait… what?

“We just had bad communication in the first inning,” Nova said. “That affected my game too much, but I feel really good today. … I was shaking too much. That slowed my game. We threw a couple bad pitches, like the curveball for a homer and the slider for the other homer. In that situation, you have to move the hitter, and we didn’t do it. Sometimes you want to throw that pitch and he doesn’t call that pitch. You start shaking and you get out of what you want to do. I think that happened out there.”

Nova retired seven of the last eight batters he faced, and really didn’t look too bad giving up a run on two singles in the second inning. It was the first inning that caused him problems, and he said that started when Gustavo Molina called for a curveball with two on against Adam Jones. Nova tried to shake off the pitch, but Molina went back to it and Jones clubbed a three-run homer to center field. Two batters later, Matt Wieters homered on a slider.

“(Molina) didn’t see me,” Nova said. “He called a curveball again and he hit a homer. That’s the game. Sometimes you struggle a little, but I have to step up and call him before I throw the pitch. I didn’t. … I was out of my game right there because I gave up the first home run. After that inning, we picked it up and we finished strong. That’s a good thing. I made that adjustment and that’s something positive that I can take out of the game today.”

Joe Girardi agreed with the assessment and said it’s up to Nova to take charge in those situations. As Girardi put it, “he’s the one with the ball.”

“That’s something you have to learn from,” Girardi said. “When you make a pitch, you’d better have conviction. I don’t care if you have to shake 17 times, you better have conviction.”

• X-rays were negative on Robinson Cano’s left hand. He was hit by a pitch near his pinkie, in that sort of meaty part on the side of the hand. Sounds like the Yankees don’t expect it to be an issue. “We’ll see how he is Tuesday, but I don’t imagine it will be long,” Girardi said.

• Nova has said several times this spring that he’s been happy with his offspeed pitches, and today was no different. “I’ve been doing what I’m supposed to do,” he said. “I’ve been working on my changeup, I’ve been working on my curveball for a first-pitch strike. I was working on my slider and it was good today the last couple of times so you’ve got to be happy.”

• Girardi said this would be a start to really begin evaluating Nova, and he seemed happy overall. “The first two innings he had no rhythm,” Girardi said. “The last two innings he had great rhythm, he was working quick and he looked very good to me. He just couldn’t seem to get in a rhythm his first two innings and then he found it.”

• Raul Ibanez had another hitless game, going 0-for-3 to drop his average to .065. “I got under a couple of balls,” he said. “But I got them into the air, and I think when I’m making outs in the air it’s much better for me personally than when I’m making outs on the ground like I was earlier in the spring. Obviously, you don’t want to make any outs. You want to hit line drives, and you want to hit balls into the gaps, but today I felt better. The last couple of days I’ve felt better.”

• Center field prospect Mason Williams made his first appearance in a big league spring training game. He pinch ran for Mark Teixeira in the sixth inning and was promptly thrown out trying to steal second base. He was caught stealing by Matt Wieters who threw out three different base runners, one of them a pickoff of Dewayne Wise at second.

• Williams got his first big league spring at bat in the eighth and singled on the first pitch he saw. “I’ll remember that until the last day,” Williams said. “It was an awesome experience. I didn’t smile while I was on the bases, but in my head I was smiling a lot.”

• Eduardo Nunez had his hand wrapped after the game but said he feels fine. His timing is a little off, he said, and his hands feel a little heavy from all the extra work he’s been doing lately, but the pain is gone. This was his second game in a row after sitting out almost two weeks.

• George Kontos made his spring debut with a hitless eighth inning. He struckout the last batter he faced.

• Clay Rapada came out of the bullpen to face a lefty with runners at the corners and two outs. He got a groundball to end the inning. Rapada’s looked pretty sharp this spring, and he’s legitimately tough on left-handers.

• He’s pretty far under the radar, but Dewayne Wise is having a nice camp. He went 2-for-2 today to raise his spring average to .474. He also stole a base (though he was picked off another time).

• Brett Gardner got his fourth stolen base of the spring. He also had an outfield assist… Mark Teixeira had his first double… Ronnier Mustelier got a surprise at-bat and singled… Nunez’s infield single was the Yankees other hit… D.J. Mitchell allowed his first run of the spring but also finished with three strikeouts in two innings.

• Hiroki Kuroda was not in camp today. Girardi said he gave him the day off, told him didn’t have to come in.

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65 Responses to “Postgame notes: Nova happy with adjustments in Sarasota”

  1. Betsy March 18th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    5 runs is not impressive no matter how you look at it and in real games, no matter the adjustments made afterwards, the runs still count. That said, I really don’t care because this is just ST and it’s meaningless. When the games start to count, that’s when I’ll pay attention to the stats; Nova will be fine.

  2. luis March 18th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Very honest and accurate assessment by Pineda….Aside from the homers, all the hits were on the ground, and he got 4 k’s in 4 innings….I think he stays with the big club, and goes north with it.

  3. Benny Blanco March 18th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Hey Betsy!

    Glad to see you back! How’s everything?

  4. Betsy March 18th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Benny – thanks! Everything is good with me; how are you doing?

  5. Benny Blanco March 18th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I’m doing great. Just happy that baseball season is back.

    Nova is a great young pitcher and yankee fans must learn to have patience. Every time a young yankee pitcher has a bad outing then everyone wants to trade him.

  6. luis March 18th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Not much action tonight, so i guess i’m going to retire….Good night everyone.

  7. luis March 18th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    “Nova is a great young pitcher”

    He certainly is, he will be a mainstay in the Yankees rotation for many years.

  8. Betsy March 18th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I’m not going to call Nova a great young pitcher based on one year – but it’s nothing personal as I wouldn’t call any player great based on one or even two years.

  9. Benny Blanco March 18th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I should have said “the potential to be a great young pitcher.” I mean gee whiz… Nova would be a starter for any of the 29 MLB teams.

  10. Nick in SF March 18th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Hola Betsy y other amigos! I moved to Mexico to get away from the vicious Blogger Battles but now that Andy Pettitte is coming back to the Yankees, maybe I can try to come back too.

  11. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2012 at 12:06 am

    ST is about stuff, not results. I didn’t see the game, but if Nova’s stuff was actually good, then that’s what matters. But Girardi is right. Nova needs to take charge if he thinks a catcher is messing up what he wants to throw, whether it’s Molina or Martin or any other catcher.

  12. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    “… Nova would be a starter for any of the 29 MLB teams.”

    Definitely not for TB.

  13. jacksquat March 19th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    The two pitches hit out were not thrown well and were entirely Nova’s fault. Kind of some Kennedy-an comments.

  14. Rich in NJ March 19th, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Again, I didn’t see the game, but although it’s preferable, not everyone has to man up every time they mess up. IPK took way too much sh!t for that. It’s a learning process, on the field and off.

  15. Joe from Long Island March 19th, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Sounds like Nova learned a lesson. And, from my perspective, it’s better he learned it in a st game, rather than in April. He strikes me as a young man who pays attention, and doesn’t need to be taught the same thing twice.

    The Showlater Orioles have a habit of hitting Yankee batters. I’m not in the clubhouse, so I don’t know how the Yanks feel about this. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if, during the season, someone like a Matt Wieters goes down. Robbie is their best all around hitter, after all.

  16. Joe from Long Island March 19th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Just read Bryan Hoch’s account, said Robbie was swinging at an inside pitch. If so, I retract my previous comment. But, I’m sure you all can understand my sentiment and suspicion. The O’s do have a track record here.

  17. GreenBeret7 March 19th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Rip. The great sports writer of The Atlanta Constitution Furman Bisher has passed away.

  18. m March 19th, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Nova is a nice young pitcher. Great kid, too.

  19. m March 19th, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Nick in Mexico? Say it ain’t so!

  20. GreenBeret7 March 19th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    One of the last of the old time sports writers passed away tonight. Along with Bisher, the great writers of my time was Joe Falls from Detroit, Jerome Holtzman from Chicago, Red Smith, Jim Murray Shirley Povich are gone. Never had much use for Dick Young, Jimmy Cannon or Henry Hecht. Bisher was one of the best. He was a Georgia icon.

  21. Pat M. March 19th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    GB…..I used to read Bisher along with the other great scripes that you mentioned in the Sporting News…..I couldn’t wait until Thursday’s mail when I was a kid because that is when it arrived ….It was our the Bible back then and was my link to baseball during the winter months…..Furman covered the Braves of course and also contributed a great column every week……..Every baseball fan and player read The Sporting News back then……..Sad to hear of his passing….

  22. m March 19th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    The days kind of meld together, and the scoreboards never have the upcoming pitchers.

    But Pete says that CC and Beckett will both pitch in minor league games rather than face each other on Thursday. Is there a source for the upcoming scheduled pitchers? Phelps will be starting that game on espn, YES, & Nesn.

  23. Nick in SF March 19th, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Si, si, m, it is so. I moved to Mexico. I am there now. Or, from my point of view, I am here now.

    All the pettiness, the anger, the bitter blogger battles, it became too much. How could I remain in such a community? Maybe “back stabber” was the final straw… the ugliness…. the horror.

    But sometimes, when the wind blows in over the morros in a certain way, as I watch the pelicanos fly past the descending sun, I do miss my old life…

    I’m too tired to make any decisions this evening… too many cervesas. Perhaps manana will bring a new hope, a new resolve, a new dream… maybe it’s nottoo late after all.

  24. m March 19th, 2012 at 2:01 am


    How exciting! And romantic! To pick up and move to a foreign country. Maybe we will hear news of a niña or niño in a year. Though, por favor, no disgusting late night updates about exploits involving drunk American co-eds or hot daughters of local druglords.

    Anyway, check in when you can. As always, stay safe.

  25. Nick in SF March 19th, 2012 at 2:17 am

    You can go to another place, m, but can you ever really escape what haunts you?

    Yesterday I was reminded that the answer to that question is no in any language:

  26. lounge lizard March 19th, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Dedicated (I imagine Cashman and Jack Z as the figures in the the cover dance):

  27. willwill March 19th, 2012 at 6:54 am

    ibanez needs a day off… and not to come to camp

    surprised nova is getting away with blaming the catch here…. nobody seems to care

    oh well right?

  28. blake March 19th, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Nova said he shouldnt have thrown the pitches when he didn’t want to…..which is just telling the truth….he hasn’t worked with Molina much I wouldn’t think and he’s just saying what happened……..I also wonder in these cases if some meaning is lost in translation …….I don’t know his well Nova speaks English but its possible that came out sounding worse than he intended……Ivan hasn’t really come off as an excuse maker.

  29. blake March 19th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Aside from Cano being ok and Mason’s debut (man he looks like he’s about 15)……the most important thing from last night and maybe this spring was Tex…..he hit a ball last night that Im not sure mechanically he coukd have hit last year…..the changes he’s made have been subtle but its helping him….he looks leaner….his swing looks shorter and flatter….and he’s letting the ball get deeper and using the whole field……this is a huge development if it sticks……along with Alex’s health and Hughes’s come back.

  30. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:04 am


    Good morning.

    If A-Rod and Tex both have the kind of seasons they are capable of that will help a lot.

    In fact, if either guy is swingin’ the stick well they can literally carry a team.

  31. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    There isn’t 1 guy on our current staff who isn’t capable of winning 15 games.

    They’re all good.

    If the O clicks watch out.


  32. Betsy March 19th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Hi Nick in SF fka Nick in Mexico!

  33. Betsy March 19th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I don’t thnk Alex has lost a thing when it comes to his ability, so if he’s healthy, he’ll be great. It’s just a question if he can stay healthy now.

    Tex? I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Buck Showalter is a classless buffoon who has taught his kids to play the wrong way. I detest hiim.

  34. Betsy March 19th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I don’t think Tex can carry a team like Alex can; we’ve seen that in the few years he’s been here that he needs Alex behind him.

  35. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Good morning Betsy.

    Hope your serenity training is going well.


  36. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Tere’s a few guys who need to pick it up incertain ways this season :

    Tex, Swisher, GGBG,Martin, and A-Rod.

  37. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    i expect the orioles to get better this year under showalter.

    his history shows he has one full bad year as he rebuilds a team.

    he had that last year.

    i think he plays hard nosed baseball.

    he grew up in the yankee system.

    he helped build the foundation for the long playoff run the yankees are still on.

    i kinda like buck showalter now that i think about it.

  38. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:29 am



    Just curious.

    When does your buisness season get started ?

    Is that in Cape Cod ?

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 19th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    So happy to see Nick back. I think he was totally and unfairly demonized. I hope Nick knows that the forum is able to see through stuff like that.

    Briefly, my godmother doesn’t have much longer to live. We found that out only last week. No sympathy necessary, we all go through it. I only mention it because she, my godfather, and grandfather are the people who took me to Yankee Stadium as a child and the reason I am a Yankee fan today. (That and my mom’s love of the Yanks.) So I definitely have some swirl of emotions happening and coming here in the face of all of the ugly back and forths going on, when I think I needed this to be my safe harbor from things, just caused me to feel sad and lonely rather than peaceful and safe, especially since being a Yankee fan is tied into my godmother.

    I wanted to explain that when I felt safe doing so, that is with the people who are here now.

  40. upstate kate March 19th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Hi Betsy!!!

    Sorry to hear about your godmother Trisha.

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 19th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Well when you are writing a post, you don’t see all the posts coming in…

    My only other comment is about Nova. I like what Girardi said. This reminds me of all the consternation in the past about pitchers shaking off catchers. I agreed with the pitcher making the call, and Girardi saying it doesn’t matter who the catcher is, it’s the pitcher’s call, to me is once again the right call. I’m sure there will always be people on the other side, but when a former catcher says it’s always the pitcher’s call (last go round it’s was mainly pitchers like Leitar and Cone saying it), maybe it will catch – so to speak.

    Have a good day all.

  42. Betsy March 19th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hi MTU

    So far, I think it’s ok……. If I avoid things I know upset me, that’s progress (like the media, lol).

    Hope you are doing well.

    Hi Kate!!

  43. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    the long awaited trial of the wilpons/katz v. the madoff trustee starts today. the met’s have already been ordered to pay at least $83M back to the trustee now the issue is another $300M the trustee wants back from them.

    earlier rulings by the judge went the wilpon’s way reducing the ‘clawback’ attempt from its original $1B, but a ruling last week puts the burden of proof on the wilpons to show that they didn’t know there was something fishy going on.

    Many financial people think the Wilpons will be forced to sell the Met’s if they lose or if they are forced into a settlement somewhere near the middle point. Should they win, they will still not be in the clear as the heavily endebted citifield will still make it hard for them to come up with the $80M they already owe and few think any banks will step in with any help.

  44. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:36 am


    It’s really tough to lose the one’s we love.

    You have had to face it before.

    Seems like you are getting more than your fair share of it lately.

    I face a similar possibility with someone in my Family.

    It’s a part of Life but that doesn’t make it easier.

    Hope your Faith helps.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 19th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    kate, thank you. I really didn’t intend this to turn into sympathy for my godmother (I do really appreciate your caring of course) but last week I was beyond disgusted my the horrible bickering and nastiness and personal attacks, and I wasn’t sure if I could be here anymore or if I had even outgrown the place. I think what’s happening with my godmother definitely had an affect and that’s why I mentioned it, especially her ties to my love of the Ys. (Plus she is my mom’s only sister.)

    But thanks for the thoughts. We all go through it and we all somehow get through it.

  46. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Good morning Kate.

    How are things up North ?

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 19th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    MTU – I think it is only my faith that gets me through these. I am thankful that I have it.

  48. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:40 am


    You are a sensitive person but a very strong one.


  49. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    “When does your buisness season get started ?

    Is that in Cape Cod ?”

    haha mtu very funny :)

    is that your way of asking when i’ll disappear for a while ?

    there is a slower start up shoulder season on cape cod that is april and may, and then when memorial day hits, it’s 14 hour days for 100 straight days until after labor day.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 19th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I think this will go down as the mildest winter we’ve ever had, or at least close. We’re expecting a day in the 80s this week.

    I’m going to get out early before it really warms up.

    Have a nice day.

  51. blake March 19th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    No game today?

  52. upstate kate March 19th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    It was absolutely beautiful this weekend, up to 77 yesterday. We got the bikes out, did yard work, had dinner on the deck…no wonder I am sore today!

  53. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:44 am


    Nope. I don’t think so.

    I hope I’m not one of those passive-aggressive types you dislike so much.

    After I posted that I thought it could be misconstrued.

    Sometimes we all just do things stream-of-consciousness style I guess.

    What type of buisness is it ?

    I’m not sure you’ve ever said.

  54. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:46 am


    That’s amazing. Enjoy.

    Bet you hope the Global warming continues.

    When does your Son come home for a visit ?


  55. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:47 am


    Isn’t today a day off ?

  56. blake March 19th, 2012 at 8:48 am


    Yea I guess it is….don’t see Yanks on schedule.

  57. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:50 am


    Let’s go for a hike in the Smoky’s.

    A Lohud bonding exercise.


  58. blake March 19th, 2012 at 8:55 am


    Sounds good…the weather here has been amazing the last couple of weeks…..

  59. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 8:57 am


    I’d love to see them one of these days.

    The Smoky’s and the Blue Ridge both.

    During the non-tourist season of course.

    How much are your guide fees ?


  60. upstate kate March 19th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    He was just home for a week. He went back to college on Saturday. He said he wanted to get settled back in. I say it was to drink green beers w/ his friends :)

  61. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    i’ve gotta disagree with randy (there’s a shocker!) about the orioles. i think they are going to be horrible this year and i expect buck to be out on his kiester again before it ends. the O’s list tommy hunter (5 era in 11 starts last year) as thier #2 starter and are looking for jason hammel (4.8 era in the nl west the past 2 years) to step up into the middle of thier rotation. they have no designated closer even though last year’s guy kevin gregg (22 sv,1.64 whip) is returning.

    the IF corners are covered by Mark Reynolds (196 k’s last year) and chris davis (career .750 ops). unless nick markakis recovers what he had 3 years ago and adam jones and matt wieters carry them to mediocrity, the O’s are going to be TURRABLE!

  62. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:00 am


    Can’t blame him can we.

    Who wants to hang out with Mom and Dad at that age ?

    You’re lucky he likes to visit at all.


  63. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    New thread —–>

  64. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:01 am


    sorry to hear about your godmother.

    but you can’t be calling people liars and expect to get along well with people.

    i have no idea what happened on here the past few days with other posters that you are mentioning because i didn’t see it, but if you do similar things like call other posters liars like you do with me , what do you expect ?

    i have no problem with you not valuing my opinion or even devaluing my experiences in life, but when you say i’m a liar, that’s crossing a line. plus it’s dumb, because when you accuse someone like this the other person knows the truth. the other person looks at you like you are crazy. i know i did.

    we can all do our part to make this place a better forum for yankee included.
    all of us including me need to walk away from some of the fights with people.
    CB was a master at ignoring attacks on his opinions without reacting when they got personal.

    we could all learn from his example. i suspect that when the blog got past a point where there was too much constant sniping, he decided it was beneath him.

    and he was right. the blog isn”t the quality it used to be , though there are still some good posters.
    my advice to everyone is to build on the posters you have good discussions and let the other ones go.

    almost everyone has other posters they have good discussions with. everyone doesn’t need to interact with everyone. people, including me, need to set some self imposed boundaries that helps blog civility.

    i’m sure chad would appreciate that if we all self policed ourselves more.

  65. jacksquat March 19th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Just to clarify, I still like Nova, and his comments seem out of character, but his comments were out of line. Maybe it’s a second language thing, but it’s pretty far from saying I just threw two bad pitches. However I don’t put too much weight on a couple of bad innings in spring training and am not saying he should be moved down in the pecking order yet.

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