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Yankees postgame: Nova super again

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan NovaIvan Nova was brilliant in this 8-1 win over the Royals, one run and five hits allowed over eight, his third straight strong spot start.

“I don’t remember the last time I feel the way I feel,” Nova said. “I’m throwing strikes with all my pitches.”

David Phelps feels good again after his slight forearm strain and should be ready to come off the DL after the All-Star break. Michael Pineda is waiting in Triple-A for his shot. The Yankees are reportedly shopping Phil Hughes. Something will have to give soon.

“Having extra starters is a good problem to have,” Joe Girardi said.

Nova made an impression on Ned Yost.

“Nova was excellent,” the Kansas City manager said. “He had an outstanding fastball that he kept down and his curveball was probably the best we’ve seen all year.”

Girardi said the start “should build his confidence. Getting him back on track was really important to us.”

Girardi wouldn’t confirm Derek Jeter will be back playing for the Yankees Friday night barring any setback as YES’ Jack Curry reported.

“We’ll see where he’s at,” Girardi said.

Jeter may be a little rusty. The word from Moosic was that he looked shaky in the field Wednesday night. He was charged with a throwing error, leaving him at 1 for 9 with four walks over his four rehab games.

The Yankees who were actually in the Bronx were happy to score so many runs after those three straight home losses, all with only one run scored.

“I’ve said all along that we have to win a lot of close games,” Girardi said. “We’ve been pretty good at it. But it’s nice to win a game 8-1.”

The scheduled starters for Thursday afternoon’s series finale are Andy Pettitte and Ervin Santana.










31 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Nova super again”

  1. pat July 11th, 2013 at 12:18 am

    of course he did….

    Notes: Pronk plunked by pitching machine

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    “Nova was excellent,” the Kansas City manager said. “He had an outstanding fastball that he kept down and his curveball was probably the best we’ve seen all year.”

    That’s the ticket for Nova.

  3. yankeefeminista July 11th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Sink, baby, sink.

    Musty played with GCL (1 or 2) for what it is worth.


  4. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    That’s good news, fem. Musty is a better pure hitter than most of the lineup. Hopefully he can enjoy good health going forward.

  5. Nick in SF July 11th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Just heard something I’d never heard before: Game Seven of the 1960 World Series is the only game in postseason history in which no player from either team struck out.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Well, good night. Something really must be done about this place, especially in these so-called game threads. Some how, they’re never about the game.

    Good night.

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Interesting. Though 1960 was not our year.


  8. Nick in SF July 11th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I’d forgotten that the Yanks led late in that game, then trailed, then tied it up in the top of the 9th before the sudden, shocking end.


  9. fantasygame101 July 11th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    game like this makes it hard to rely on stats. the Yankees offensive number will go up due to a single game.

  10. yankeefeminista July 11th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I doubt that Musty will ever be healthy.

    As for JRam, he was so good in AA, but he started having some control issues in the latter part of his time in Trenton, uncharateristically throwing WP and walking batters. They promoted him anyway, but I wonder if he is a little fatigued.

    Think if Jeter comes back as long as there is no risk of injury, there is no harm. He can always DH if need be. Not like we have such a great lineup anyway, so even ST Jeet is better than most.

    Interesting, Nick. I’m going to sleep, but who were the pitchers? And Pruf is right, not a good year, ultimately.

    Good Night. Stay safe.

  11. Nick in SF July 11th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Don’t know who the pitchers were without looking it up. They were discussing the game on the A’s @ Pirates broadcast.

    This whole nasty 1960 business happened before I was born, so it doesn’t sting me as much as it does some of the more seasoned fans.

    Thanks again.

  12. Rich in NJ July 11th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Musty and Nunez may have a place on the all-time missed-opportunity-due-to-injury team.

  13. jacksquat July 11th, 2013 at 1:08 am

    So now we have players being taken out by pitching machines…

  14. Nick in SF July 11th, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Next the pitching machine itself will be taken out in a transparent insurance fraud scheme.

  15. Hankflorida July 11th, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Since without home runs, the Yankees have trouble scoring which was their calling card last year.
    Compare Swisher’s and Granderson’s home runs from last year to Almonte, Gardener and Ishiro and it is easy to see why this team is constantly fighting not to be shut out. We do not have to trade our minor league players or sign high priced free agent as we could resign Granderson who benefits from the right field porch as one could readily see from his long ball stats in Detroit. In order to satisfy Hal’s cap, Welles and Boesch can alternate in right field. Boesch like Granderson hit home runs 4% of his at bats in Detroit, so I think that he could emulate Swisher’s output against right handed pitching especially at the stadium.This year Boesch had 53 at bats and hit 3 home runs which is 6% of his at bats. I know it is a small window to judge him, and one could point out Hafner numbers in April numbers compared to now. Boesch is under thirty and has not not had any injury problems until this year. With Jeter alternating with Nunez and as a DH, we do need a power third basemen for next year which may not be in the cards for Hal’s cap after he signs both Cano and Granderson. If Hal sits on his hands and does not bring in any clout from the outside, what I described could be the make up of the team, and as for Almonte, Gardener and Ishiro, they are basically the same type of hitter, and one of them could play regularly while the others are fill in players. All our talk of trades and signing free agents or even our own players may be just idle speculation until we know to what extent Hal will open up the purse strings.

  16. sammiejohnson July 11th, 2013 at 2:53 am


    I have to ask. You repeatedly spell Ichiro as “Ishiro”. Is this simply a typo (repeatedly??). Are you having problems with your “C” & “S” keys? I am not trying to be a grammar Nazi, but it is a little insulting to the man not to even be able to spell his name correctly. It is ICHIRO Suzuki. Not “Ishiro”.

  17. pkyankfan69 July 11th, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Nova becoming a reliable middle of the rotation guy or better is huge long term for this team… You always had to like the stuff, the sky is the limit if he can locate and keep the ball down.

  18. pkyankfan69 July 11th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    On an awesome note… My cable is finally supposed to get set up today… Thank god for no more John and Susan.

  19. PacoDooley July 11th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    The definition of being injury prone? Getting hurt taking swings off the pitching machine.

  20. pkyankfan69 July 11th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Looks like Jeter is gonna play today too… Sweet!

  21. blake July 11th, 2013 at 6:59 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Full story on Jeter’s return to #Yankees:

  22. blake July 11th, 2013 at 7:16 am

    @Buster_ESPN: As Jeter returns, it’s worth reviewing: He’s No. 11 in career hits, and 11 away from No. 10 Eddie Collins, 15 away from No. 9 Paul Molitor.

  23. blake July 11th, 2013 at 7:23 am

    If I’m the Dodgers Im all over Phil Hughes…..they are 1.5 games back now and charging in a weak division. Hughes woe round out their rotation nicely or give them a great bullpen option later on if need be…..

  24. pkyankfan69 July 11th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Cashman should demand Joc Pederson for Hughes… That would give the Dodgers GM a nice chuckle… Pederson is 21 and OPSing just over .900 in AA.

    Maybe we can throw in Jobber to sweeten the pot.

  25. PacoDooley July 11th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I am totally psyched to see the return of Jeter today – so nice that it is a day game (since I am in England – always love the 1pm starts!).

    I agree with blake – Hughes would look great in the NL and could probably put up a ~3 ERA in that ballpark in LA. Not sure what they can get in return that is worthwhile given that he could net them a 1st round pick if he leaves after receiving a qualifying offer. But the team might prefer a known cost player in return instead of the risk of Hughes taking the offer and messing up their cost saving plans… (though he is probably trade-able on a 1 year deal anyway)

  26. blake July 11th, 2013 at 7:34 am

    With Cain hurt the Giants could really use Phil too if they think they cn get back in the race…..they are teetering there

  27. Hans Davenport July 11th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Don’t know who the pitchers were without looking it up. They were discussing the game on the A’s @ Pirates broadcast.

    The link to the box score from game 7 1960 WS is below for anyone discussing the game and is interested. Looks like Turley and Vern law started, a total of 10 pitchers were used. Haddix won and Terry lost. Great game, great series, great teams back then. Those Yankee teams always competed. Of course all the 1961 team could do was hit home runs.

  28. egk July 11th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    “reportedly shopping Phil Hughes” is music to my ears. I have nothing against Hughes and would wish him a great career against everyone but the Yankees. He could turn in to something great elsewhere but it’s become obvious it’s not gonna happen in NY.

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