Roster Moves and Some Quick Notes on Nova

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In the wake of the the Michael Pineda suspension, the Yankees now have a bigger need for more pitching. This afternoon they made some moves accordingly. The team has optioned SS Dean Anna and relief pitcher Preston Claiborne down to Triple-A Scranton. To fill the empty spots they have signed right handed pitcher Bruce Billings […]

Surgery Recommended for Nova

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  Ivan Nova had a second round of tests yesterday conducted by Yankee team doctor Christopher Ahmad. The MRI has concluded a partial tear in the UCL of his pitching elbow, and surgery has been recommended. If and when Nova decides to have the Tommy John procedure, he could be out for 12-18 months. As […]

UCL Tear Spells Bad News For Nova

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UPDATE: Nova has been placed on the 15-day DL Elbow injuries are no laughing matter, and Ivan Nova would agree. After an MRI late last night, Nova has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his elbow. He said he felt a ‘pop’ after he threw his final pitch last night. The ulnar collateral […]

Reinforcements Already on the Way

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For the second straight game the bullpen was taxed, plus you add in Ivan Nova leaving early with what is being reported as elbow soreness, then you have a perfect recipe for disaster. Don’t hold your breath for too long, reinforcements are coming in the form of pitching and a well known first baseman. According […]

Yankees Game 18: Blown out from the beginning

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New York Yankees 1 — Tampa Bay Rays 16 As you can see from the score, tonight’s game at Tampa Bay will not be one to look back on. A scoreless first inning by Ivan Nova that included two strikeouts gave the Yankees hope that they would bounce back from a tough loss last night. […]

Yankees @ Rays (4/19/14)

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The series is tied at a game apiece as Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94 ERA) is on the mound against Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50 ERA). Nova found his curveball his last time out against the Sox, limiting them to two runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings. He’s 6-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 13 […]

Yankees vs Red Sox (4/13/14)

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The first Sox series of the season comes to a close with Ivan Nova (1-1, 8.68 ERA) taking on Felix Doubront (1-1, 9.00 ERA). Nova’s two starts of the year have been battles. He survived without his curveball on April 3rd in Houston with the help of four double plays. He wasn’t so lucky against the O’s in New York, lacking both his curve and […]

Yankees Game 8: Nova, defense roughed up in blowout

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Baltimore Orioles 14 — New York Yankees 5 The Yankees turned to Ivan Nova to keep the winning ways alive in their second game of three against the Baltimore Orioles. Nick Markakis and Delmon Young hit two ground ball singles that eluded the defense of Derek Jeter and the infield put runners on the corners […]

Yankees vs Orioles (4/8/14)

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Ivan Nova (1-0, 3.18 ERA) is coming off a hard fought win against the Astros to start the season. He will be up against Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 6.35 ERA) in game two against the Os. Nova pitched without his sharp curveball in Houston, which made his start a battle. He had to rely on his sinker and […]

Yankees Game 3: Yangervis not nervous in first win

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New York Yankees 4 — Houston Astros 2 In the third game of the season, Ivan Nova was tabbed with stopping the losing streak already and get the Yankees on the left side of the standings. The first inning had a difficult start that could make a few Yankees fans nervous. A pair of singles […]

Yankees @ Astros (4/3/14)

It’s up to Ivan Nova to avoid an embarrassing sweep at the hands of a 111 loss team. He will be up against Brett Oberholtzer while looking to build upon his impressive 2013 campaign. Nova’s .673 career winning percentage as a starter is the third highest for any pitcher with at least 50 starts, behind […]

Starting rotation all but set

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As spring training winds down to it’s final week, manager Joe Girardi has announced the starters for the opening series against the Houston Astros. CC Sabathia will get his sixth straight opening day start for the Yanks, with Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova following him. This means we’ll get to see Masahiro Tanaka make his […]

Yankees Spring Training Game 24: Nova, Beltran strong in win

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New York Yankees 7 — Atlanta Braves 0 The Yankees went on the road to visit the Atlanta Braves as the regular season comes closer. Brett Gardner got the game started nicely with a walk and also stole second base during Derek Jeter‘s at-bat. Jeter’s fly out to right field would move Gardner to third […]

Yankees Spring Training Game 17: Offense struggles on the road

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New York Yankees 2 — Philadelphia Philles 6 The Yankees split squad team sent to visit the Philadelphia Phillies struggled. Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez had the groundball working on the Yankees today.  The Yankees would not get their first hit until the sixth inning when Scott Sizemore would hit a single. The Yankees had Ivan […]

Spring Training Game 12: Nova, Banuelos struggle

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New York Yankees 9 — Houston Astros 6 Ivan Nova struggled in the beginning of today’s game. Outfielder Dexter Fowler opened Nova’s start with a line drive single to right field. Second baseman Jose Altuve followed with a laser of his own. Catcher Jason Castro hit a double to bring home two runs. Designated hitter […]

Spring Training Game 7: Super Nova shines in win

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Washington Nationals 2 — New York Yankees 4 With his two types of curveballs working, Ivan Nova put on a sparkling effort in today’s start against the Washington Nationals. The righty dealt with an error in the first inning with a fly out and two swinging strikeouts, stranding the lone baserunner. Nova would continue his […]

Finding the Fifth Man


It is time to begin the post Andy Pettitte era in the Bronx (again.) With the signing of Tanaka, four of the five starting pitchers are pretty much set barring some 2013-like bad luck. CC Sabathia will most likely open the season per the norm, even though he is coming off his worst season as […]

Yankees avoid arbitration with several players

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It’s that time of the offseason, as teams try to come to terms with arbitration eligible players. The Yankees have already cleared out three of their five players on the arbitration docket. If both the player and team are unable to come to an agreement, the player will have an arbitration hearing before a three-person […]

Yankees Game 159: Mariano Rivera’s Bronx farewell

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Tampa Bay Rays 4 — New York Yankees 0   In Mariano Rivera‘s final appearance in Yankee Stadium, the Yankees lose 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Ivan Nova started tonight’s game and the first run came in the fourth inning. Evan Longoria hit a run-scoring single. Delmon Young would hit a home run to […]

Yankees Game 155: SuperNova shines bright

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San Francisco Giants 0 — New York Yankees 6   Ivan Nova was brilliant in today’s 6-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. As the Yankees continue to cling to postseason hopes, the start by Ivan Nova today is a great step in the right direction. In the first inning, Gregor Blanco would get a […]