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Postgame notes: “I was going crazy”

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With Ivan Nova having not seen any real game action since August 21, no one knew what to expect going into his first start since coming off of the disabled list with an injured right shoulder. Nova had struggled mightily in the second half — he was 1-4 with a 7.28 ERA since the All-Star break before today — so it seemed like a giant leap of faith to expect immediate success.

But with his six-plus innings of three-hit ball in their 5-3 win over a Tampa Bay Rays team that continues to nip at their heels, Nova suddenly has the Yankees feeling pretty good about themselves.

“Everything,” Joe Girardi said bluntly when asked what he liked about Nova’s outing. “His fastball was outstanding, his curveball was really good today, his location, the quick outs that he got. You think about it, he was on about an 80 pitch count and he got into the seventh inning. It seems like before this little layoff, he was struggling with command, and (what he did today) was tough to do.”

It was clear from the get-go that Nova had his stuff working. His fastball was hitting 95 mph on the gun, and his breaking ball was generating swings-and-misses. He allowed just two runs (one of which was plated after he left the game) while striking out eight in an extremely encouraging performance.

After the game, you couldn’t wipe the smile off of his face.

“It felt really good,” Nova said. “I was going crazy the last few days because I couldn’t pitch.”

• After the game, Nova dismissed the notion that he had anything to prove, but the truth is, he was probably fifth in the rotation pecking order entering today’s start. CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda are the clear-cut top two, Phil Hughes is coming off of a tremendous start, and Andy Pettitte is set to return on Tuesday. Suddenly, the Yankees rotation looks like it could be the strengthen it was earlier in the season with all of its horses in place. (It’s crazy to think that CC is probably the biggest concern at the moment.) “I don’t feel like I need to prove anything,” Nova said. “I was struggling and I wanted to pitch better. That’s what I was thinking.”

• Nova was asked about how much the shoulder had really been bothering him during that rough patch that he had before going on the DL. The rest certainly looked like it benefited him today. “That day when they put me on the DL, it was really bad,” he said.

• After pretty much cruising through the first five innings, Nova finally gave up a run on Evan Longoria’s solo shot with two outs in the top of the sixth. Girardi came out to talk to him, which led you to believe that Nova was done, but it was just a rare mound visit from the skipper. He left Nova in, and he got B.J. Upton to strikeout to end the inning. “Just to tell him, ‘Let’s get the next guy,’ ” Girardi said when asked what he told Nova. ” ‘Forget (the home run). Turn the page; let’s go.’ ”

• Here’s catcher Chris Stewart on what he saw from Nova: “Just the confidence level was there. He was back. That’s the guy you want out there.”

• Nova’s performance somewhat overshadowed another huge homer from Curtis Granderson. Granderson connected for a two-run shot in the second to get the scoring starting, hitting his fifth long ball in the last six games and 39th overall. “The big thing is just trying to get something up in the zone that you can hit,” Granderson said of his at-bat against James Shields, who he came into the game hitting just .107 against in his career. “You know he has a good changeup, and he was also using his curve a lot, so you can’t sit on one pitch.”

• Before his recent hot streak, Granderson had been slumping, which led to him being dropped from the two-hole. His batting average is still down, but he’s on pace for career highs in homers and RBI. “I never go into (a season) thinking what my average should be,” he said. “I’ve never looked at average as an important stat. It’s about scoring runs and driving in runs.”

• Granderson’s homer was immediately followed by a solo shot from Eduardo Nunez, who has had his way with Shields. When asked how he explains his success against him, Nunez had no answer. “I don’t know,” he said with a shrug. “He’s a great pitcher.”

• Before the game, Girardi talked about how important he felt it was to get Nunez right back in the field after last night’s error. Prior to the game, Girardi said he had a chat with Nunez. “I said, ‘You know, you made a lot of good plays,’ ” Girardi recalled. ” ‘You can’t focus on the one that you didn’t make. Learn from it, and move on. Turn the page.’ ”

• It sounded like the pep talk meant a lot to Nunez. “It’s always a good feeling when the manager gives you comforting,” he said.

• It was important that the Yankees not get complacent with a 3-0 lead, and they added a big run in the fifth with two outs. Ichiro singled and stole second to get himself into scoring position, and Derek Jeter singled up the middle to drive him in and extend the lead to 4-0. “It’s a great at-bat,” Girardi said. “You’re talking about a really good pitcher, and Ich to get the base-hit and get to second, Jeet put together a long at-bat to give him a chance to steal… That’s the thing about Derek – he’s not going to try to do too much in that situation, and that’s why he’s successful so often.”

• Nova was pulled after giving up a leadoff single Jeff Keppinger in the top of the seventh, coming out to a loud ovation from the crowd. He was replaced by Boone Logan, who gave up a double to Ryan Roberts to put runners on second and third. Joba came into replace him, getting Sam Fuld to ground out for the second out, but that was followed by a two-run single from Luke Scott to cut the lead to 4-3. Joba didn’t let it spiral out of control, though, and struck out Desmond Jennings to end the inning and preserve the lead.

• A-Rod came through with a big RBI single in eighth to give the Yankees an insurance run. Of course, he was helped out Upton, who completely misplayed a ball off the bat of Robinson Cano in center field (yet, somehow it was ruled a double).

• The win gives the Yankees a four-game lead over the Rays in the division, and for the moment, a half-game lead over the Orioles. Baltimore plays the A’s tonight at 9 p.m. “This is where you want to be,” Girardi said. “You want an opportunity to play in the postseason. Let’s go back to day one in spring training, we talked about how tough our division was going to be. It hasn’t disappointed.”

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88 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I was going crazy””

  1. fantasygame101 September 15th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    hope nova keeps it up. Now hoping for similar or better outing from andy. But hughes and kuroda should keep it up too.

  2. blake September 15th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Wow the Yankee young starters have really stepped up the last week….Phelps then Hughes and now Nova comes out and wins just a huge game……

    I didn’t het to see the game but listened to a lot of it and it sounds like Nova was just in total control until he started to tire….great job by him and great job by the Yanks to bounce back after yesterday.

    They really Nunez’s bat in the lineup…..especially vs LHP and it should stay there at DH when Derek returns to SS.

    Hope they can use this game as a springboard to build some momentum to carry over as the schedule softens after tomorrow…..

    Go A’s ……

  3. Bo knows September 15th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    They really Nunez’s bat in the lineup…..especially vs LHP and it should stay there at DH when Derek returns to SS.

    Just the speed on the base paths and I’ve always liked Nunez at bats. Always go back to he and Gardner terrorizing the basepaths last year. Those were good times.

    How about that Joe “from the heart” pep talk with Nunez. That’s people skills and that’s why players play for Girardi. Never liked laying guilt trips on people. If you do, you mess up. Best learning experience there is. You never learn when you do well.

  4. tucker September 15th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Even against lefties, I’d rather see Ichiro start over Andruw Jones and DH Nunez.

  5. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Happy Birthday to my man.Bernie Wilkinson who’s 44 today!

  6. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Stupid auto correct! (it never is)

  7. Andymelillo September 15th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    The farm system is doing its job now let’s see what type of confidence girardi will have Melky mesa or Dickenson they couldn’t do any worst than jones an Ibanez

  8. Andymelillo September 15th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Does anyone no the last time Kuroda one.Can the yankees do it back to back.

  9. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Cespedes puts the As up 3-2

  10. Pat M. September 15th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Everytime I watch Cespedes play all I can think of is Bo Jackson

  11. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Carter Doubles in Reddeck & Cespedes & its 5-2 A’s!

  12. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    ‘Cespees knows’…. It just doesn’t have that ring to it!

  13. tucker September 15th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    The O’s are showing their inexperience, wilting in the face of the pressure of this West Coast swing.

    Pat M– Cespedes does seem like he has a little Bo Jackson in him. Too bad the Yanks didn’t make an effort to sign him. His contract is reasonable for his talent, and he would fit just fine under the days of 189. Think the Yanks probably just didn’t evaluate him correctly.

  14. blake September 15th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Everytime I watch Cespedes play all I can think of is Bo Jackson”

    Every time I watch him I wonder why he’s not wearing pinstripes

  15. Pat M. September 15th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    tucker…….Just about every club that held private workouts were very impressed including the Yanks……Somehow Billy B just swooped in with a contract and a pen and the rest is history…….

  16. Pat M. September 15th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    blake…..You were aprt of the ” sigh the cuban outfielders ” birgade

  17. jacksquat September 15th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t think of Bo Jackson, I think of Sammy Sosa.

  18. yankfan1 September 15th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    “The O’s are showing their inexperience, wilting in the face of the pressure of this West Coast swing.”

    They just came of a sweep of the Rays, 2 of those games being walk offs. I don’t think they’re wilting in the face of pressure. We tried to use that for the Rays a few years back. And the team that should be shying away are the Athletics, 4/5 rookie starters and these kids just keep winning. We’re in for a tough tough series, the A’s are really good.

  19. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Wow, cespedes to drew with an excellent relay to throw out Adam Jones at the plat

    Now it looks like Reynolds may have pulled a muscle swinging

  20. blake September 15th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Pat M.

    Yea….I saw some serious power and bat speed on those videos….the kind thats tough to find…..when you add that he can run and play defense then I don’t get why they Yanks didn’t pursue him harder….anyway….

    Go A’s….let’s start a winning streak and go on a roll tomorrow. Night all

  21. tucker September 15th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I dunno. The Yanks could have out I’d the A’s and still added a contract that fits under 189. Just let Swish walk. I get the sense that Hal has put cash on a severe diet, with the exception of extending CC, which the Yanks had to do …

    I think that Hal and Cash believed the offense was better than it turned out to be. And hindsight being 20/20, they would have been a lot more aggressive in pursuing Cespedes, if indeed they thought he would be his kind of player.

  22. tucker September 15th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Could have outbid …

  23. jackamir September 15th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I miss the Boss. George would have been all over Cespedes, Darvish, Chapman and a few more.

  24. austinmac September 15th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Pat M,

    I saw Cespedes at BP and in the game at Arlington. The ball comes off his bat at noticeably greater velocity. It reminded me of Richie Allen.

  25. Andymelillo September 15th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Well the yankees are what they are homerun or bust.hope the SP can hold up

  26. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    George was a lousy judge of ballplayers

  27. Pat M. September 15th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Austinmac…..Great call on Richie Allen comparison and what a great talent he was…..I saw him hit a dinger at Sarasota during a spring training game that just disapeared into the clouds….Never really did see it land but I do remember Bobby Murcer’s back facing the infield forever as finally the 2nd base ump called out to him

  28. jackamir September 15th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    But George had deep pockets & he would spend it and not care if it didn’t work.. He just wanted to win………

  29. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Unfortunately ‘wanting to won’t isn’t the same as actually winning

  30. jackamir September 15th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Richie Allen was a monster with a heavy club.

  31. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Should’ve been ‘wanting to win’. Sorry I’m using my phone

  32. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Despite the legend, doing things ‘George’s way’ resulted in all of 2 championships in 26 seasons. The worst 26 year total in franchise history.

  33. Pat M. September 15th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Ys Guy……The Legend of Mr Steinbrenner has been greatly distorted during the Jeter Era…..

  34. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Imo its insulting that George’s plaque is about the size of The Babe’s, Gehrig’s, Dimaggio’s & Mickey’s put together.

  35. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    If George was in charge we might have cespedes in the OF. (to go along with Carl Crawford & Jason bay).

    And we might have darvish, just in time to take over for dice k and Barry zito

  36. Madrugador September 15th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Jerry Meals can’t make a call to save his life. He blew that call in Baltimore and it killed us. Today he blew that call at second where Pena was really safe. It helped us but I sure hope he is not working the post season.

  37. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I’d go down in the 7th, still trailing 5-2!

  38. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    O’s not I’d

  39. Madrugador September 15th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    We have the A’s at home next?

  40. UnKnown September 15th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Who’s the realest of them all?

    Right now the A’s are proving to be more “for real” than the O’s.

  41. Nick in SF September 15th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    They love their Cespedes:

  42. Nilsson September 15th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Jerry Meals is bad at his job. In context of a regular season, his crappy calls are negligible. The full season can absorb his mistakes. But in a short playoff series, his sh*t calls could haunt whatever team that gets screwed. Hopefully he’s watching the games at home like the rest of us come postseason time.

    I think during late 1990s, George Steinbrenner entertained the idea of selling the team to Cablevision. That’s right, Jim Dolan owning the Yankees. But GS smartened up and decided to form his own network. Which was something new and unheard of back then. He gets major credit for being a visionary in that department.

    On the other hand, one of the best things to happen to the Yankee franchise was when George got suspended, allowing the baseball folks to build the farm and the team in the early 90s; paving the way for Jeter, Mo, Posada, Pettitte, and co.

  43. Ys Guy September 15th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I never want to ‘pick my poison’ and root for one foe over another, I wouldn’t cry if the A’s won the west & the O’s beat them in the single game.

  44. Nick in SF September 15th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I don’t think it’s good for the Yankees to think too much about what opponent they’d prefer, but it doesn’t make any difference for us to. Makes no difference whom we root for.

    But really, all I care about is for the Yanks to win the division, I’ll think about Plan B if it comes to that. And if I get to see some post-season Yankee baseball in Oakland, all the better (for me).

  45. Madrugador September 15th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Two out of three against the Rays. Would have preferred all three to put the final nail on their coffin but I’ll take the two. Go Yanks. Go Kuroda. Night all.

  46. austinmac September 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    One game lead.

  47. tucker September 16th, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Nice, now have to take care of business tomorrow. The schedule lightens up a bit, but the A’s are also coming to the Stadium, which is no easy task.

  48. Pat M. September 16th, 2012 at 12:53 am

    tucker…..It’s at The Oakland – Alameda Col. that the A’s are really tough not so much on the road……Let’s see how they hold up playing a key series in late September at The Stadium !!!!!! Yanks 2 of 3 maybe even a sweep

  49. tucker September 16th, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Pat, the pressure will be something the A’s will need to face if they are legit. They have done OK so far. At 40-31, they have the best road record in the American League. Of course, none of those games have included a late September match at the Stadium, where the lights are always the brightest …

    It looks like the Yanks rotation is rounding into shape. Now they just need to get CC right …

  50. ZachA September 16th, 2012 at 1:42 am

    The Yankees only have four games left against good teams. (Three v. Oakland, One v. Tampa Bay) And all of those games are at Yankee Stadium.

    All the remaining games are against Minnesota, Toronto and Boston– all really bad teams. The division is theirs to lose.

  51. UnKnown September 16th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Sweet. 1 game lead and the O’s still have a few more West Coast games staring them in the face. I wish they played the Angels instead of the M’s, but whatever.

  52. blake September 16th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    1st place!

  53. Andymelillo September 16th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    The yankees need to put a string of victories together

  54. Andymelillo September 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Maybe montero an the boys will kick baltimore ass.Seatle owes the yankees big time.yankees took old ass ichiro off their hand an giveing two lemons in Campos an drunkass pineda

  55. blake September 16th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Even if the Yanks lose today they have now weathered the roughest part of their schedule……from here on in they only play one more series against a winning team (As at home).

    The rest is the Jays, Twins, and Sox……so they juat habr to take care of business and beat the teams they should beat now. Go ahead and win today though ;)

  56. Andymelillo September 16th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    The Yankees pictures got rough up agaist Chisox they got swept last timean toronto took the last series an the yankees barely one the series against aaa sox I don’t have any confidence in Girardi an the silver sneaker Yankees

  57. pat September 16th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    NYY secured their 20th straight winning season. ELIAS: That is second-longest such streak in MLB history. NYY from ’26-’64 is the longest.

    1992 seems like so long ago in some ways and like yesterday in others. Last Yankee manager to have a losing season- Buck Showalter.

  58. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The two big question marks remaining are, 1) How will Pettitte pitch when he returns? 2) Can CC find his groove? Everything else seems to be falling into place. You figure Jeter, Cano, Ichiro and Granderson will hit in the playoffs. It would be nice if Arod, Tex and Swisher stepped up this year.

  59. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Playoff lineup


  60. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Playoff rotation

    Game 1 – CC
    Game 2 – Kuroda
    Game 3 – Pettitte
    Game 4 – Nova

  61. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Playoff bullpen


  62. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Playoff lineup


  63. raymagnetic September 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Hughes won’t be in pen.

    I know you don’t like Hughes but you’re dreaming if you think Hughes is going to the pen.

  64. Tar September 16th, 2012 at 8:51 am


    Good point about how the young guys (Phelps, Hughes and Nova) really stepped up over the last week. Big time performances from all three.

    You can add in the dynamic that Nunez brings, ( come on Joe give Dickerson a shot!) and it’s what a lot of us have been screaming for. Keep giving the kids a shot. Stop playing the older veterans who aren’t performing. Their greatest value is coming off the bench or as role players anyway.

  65. Andymelillo September 16th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Brett the hitman said it the word If tex swisher an adud pick up in the playpff they were the culprits in the ALDS RISP problem It all came to the light the detroit seies.homerun or bust.Brett Gardner had 5 rbi an,batted over 400 2n most in that playoff

  66. LGY September 16th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Ichiro has 3 BBs since the Yankees acquired him.

    No way should he be at the top of the lineup.

  67. Andymelillo September 16th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Hitman the Ace is not cc or kuroda it’d been hughes where is
    He on your list

  68. Tar September 16th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    The rotation and line-up is very much dependent on who they play. I would be shocked if Hughes is not in the starting 4. But where he starts is a good question. His home splits are a lot better than road. Which is kind of funny being a fly ball pitcher and such.

  69. MTU September 16th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    In Hughes, Nova, and Phelps the Yankees have 3 potential 15 game winners.

    If Pineda gets healthy you can make that 4.


  70. Tar September 16th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    You also have to think about how the rotation lines up. They are still fighting just to get in. CC may pitch on the last regular season day or gulp a Wild Card game for all I know.

    If they stay in rotation like they have it set now (adding in Andy), Who pitches the last couple of days?

  71. Andymelillo September 16th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    The yankees better get homefield then win one lose one can’t win back back.that’s a problem.I would lead off nunez to see if speed threat would help with the Risp issue once girardi can figre that out then no team be able to stop the yankees

  72. MTU September 16th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I’ll feel a lot better about this teams chances if they can get their rotation firing on all cylinders.

  73. MTU September 16th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    See ya’ later.

    Time to walk the Mops.

  74. Andymelillo September 16th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I trust the sp than the hitters scoreing runs feel like child birth

  75. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    “I’ll feel a lot better about this teams chances if they can get their rotation firing on all cylinders.”

    As always, MTU, I’m right there with you on this.

    It’s feeling prettty good right now. Hughes and Nova were the bomb. I believe we’re going to get good things from Andy. Hopefully Kuroda follows suit and keeps a lead without giving it back.

    Good things happen when you have 9 innings to score without having to climb out of a hole!

  76. Villa Nova-Ya September 16th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Nunez looks so happy in the picture in Chad’s post.

    Very happy the Yankees won yesterday. Very very happy Nova had a good game.

  77. 86w183 September 16th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    A month ago Freddie Garcia was the third best starter.

    If Andy Pettitte is good Tuesday night Freddie will be the Yanks SIXTH best.

    I still like this team when all hands are on deck. Get Jeter 100 percent, Get Andy and Tex back and I’ll be good.

    If Andruw Jones could pull a hammy, so much the better.

  78. Against All Odds September 16th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    raymagnetic September 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Hughes won’t be in pen.

    I know you don’t like Hughes but you’re dreaming if you think Hughes is going to the pen


    I don’t think he doesn’t like.Hughes. Maybe he’s just not a believer in him long term.

  79. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I don’t like Granderson nor Swisher anywhere near the top of the lineup. The tablesetters set the tone and I don’t want free swingers hacking away to start off a game. I like Ichiro up there and Jeter in the #2. He’ll see fastballs with Ichiro on base. Ichiro can hit good pitchers and make things happen because he puts the ball in play. His approach is ideal for tight playoff games. He can force a mistake. If you botch a play against him, the last players you want to face are Jeter and Cano. Those 2 can capitalize on it.

    As for Hughes in the rotation, why put Nova in the pen? It’s a waste. Nova’s stuff translates against good lineups. Sitting 95-96 with a slider, a curve? He has too many weapons to bury in the pen. On the other hand, Phil’s arsenal is limited yet he would not be buried in the pen if you put him there. He has experience as a set up guy.

    You could start Phil but you would weaken the pen and waste Nova.

  80. 86w183 September 16th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Bret —-

    It’s an arguable point, but Nova has to show consistency over his next 2-3 starts before I would consider it. Also you don’t know what Andy has, don’t really know about CC’s health and Kuroda’s last three starts have not been stellar.

    We know CC won’t go to the pen in the post-season and if healthy, Pettite will be one of the four so it probably comes down to Nova and Hughes.

    I just don’t think Hughes is gonna be left out and the bullpen has plenty of RH arms with PHelps joining Joba, D-Rob and Soriano.

    The 5th starter, probably Nova shouldn’t be on the roster.

  81. Tabbert September 16th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Does no one work today? Game starts in 2 hours and no one has posted a lineup.

  82. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I don’t think it’s as simple as handedness in the pen. Joba is still a question there. D-Rob has been vulnerable in certain instances. Phelps is new to the bullpen for the most part. The pen could be far more vulnerable than it appears on the surface. So while you have RHP’s in the pen, they could still fortify the pen with another righty and not miss a step.

    If the Yankees leave off Nova then it means he pitched poorly down the stretch and Hughes pitched well or some combination of the two. In that instance, I still feel they would be open to starting Nova in the ALCS should they get there, if Hughes bombs in the ALDS. This is one audition that should remain open because there is not a lot separating Nova and Hughes and the ultimate decision impacts the bullpen.

  83. Nick in SF September 16th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Nick Punto traded again:

  84. austinmac September 16th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I will feel much better if they win today putting TB four out. Plus, it would feel like a corner being turned. Let’s get to Moore and help Hideki for a change. We need him happy and wanting to return.

  85. austinmac September 16th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    The Hulk has power Nick but little else. Ironman will need Hamilton’s guy to go with him after the games. Still, all in all, they guys have drawing power. The Giants need to add a super hero. Hal never authorizes one for the Yanks.

  86. 86w183 September 16th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Nova probably has a higher ceiling with his talent, but Hughes has clearly pitched better this season by every measure. I can’t see bumping him. He’s the only Yankee with 5 quality starts in his last six.

  87. 86w183 September 16th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Tampa is already 4 back. They’ll be 3 or 5 back after today.

  88. smurfy September 16th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Compliments on the interview with Nova, Vmercagliano, and great photos! So, the outfielders are saying a quick prayer to the baseball god who dwells under the grass?

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