Exactly three months ago, the Yankees shipped Ivan Nova to Triple-A. Today, they stepped toward the final month of the season with Nova as their most reliable starting pitcher. Brilliant again this afternoon, Nova pitched his second complete game and first shutout in a 2-0 win against the Orioles. For the first time since July 6, the Yankees have moved out of fourth place in the division and now lead the Orioles by a half game in the standings. The Rays and A’s play one another tonight, meaning the Yankees will pick up a game on one of them in the wild card race. They’ve moved up because of Nova, who struck out five and allowed three hits, all singles. He has a 2.28 ERA since returning from the minors and the Yankees won all six of his starts in the month of August. His modest offensive support came from Robinson Cano, who had an RBI double in the first inning and a solo home run in the eighth.
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