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Ivan Nova: “I had to step up”

Last week in Anaheim, Ivan Nova stood in front of an Angel Stadium locker and slammed his performance against the Angels, saying that his outing – despite the Yankees’ 6-5 win – was unacceptable and that he had to pitch better.

This one qualified as an improvement. Nova limited the Rays to four hits over eight-plus innings, allowing just a ninth-inning run as New York posted a 4-1 victory. Nova was certainly in better spirits this time around.

“I had to step up. I had to do my job. I had to be better. Especially when everybody is pitching good, I don’t want to be the guy [left] behind. I want to be the guy pitching good, helping this team win games. That’s what we’re here for. I’m glad they’re pitching good and I’m glad I pitched good today. Hopefully I can continue it in the next start and the rest of the season.”

Nova said he had a few pep talks from teammates after a rough recent stretch that had seen him allow five earned runs or more in five of seven starts.

“After the game in Anaheim I had a nice conversation with Robby Cano. He was telling me I had to start pitching good. I had to be ready. I had to prepare myself more if I need it. Andy [Pettitte], even when he came out of the game yesterday, he told me, ‘Your turn tomorrow.’ He was waiting for me to pitch today, even though he pitched. He came out and the first thing he said was, ‘Your turn tomorrow.’ That motivates you when guys like that want you to do good.”

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild likes what he is seeing out of the Yankees’ starters, who seem to be pushing each other. New York’s starting five are 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA through the last turn of the rotation dating back to June 1, and healthy competition isn’t a bad thing to Rothschild.

“I think there’s something to that. I think it helps that one guy leads the way and the other guy wants to do better than him. It changes the thought process of a pitcher a little bit, and takes the emphasis off of some things that they probably shouldn’t be thinking about to put it in a more positive way.”

Nova diagnosed with ankle contusion, sprain

Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova left tonight’s game with a contusion and sprain of his right ankle. X-rays were negative. We’ll have more information when possible, but this sounds like the kind of injury that could cost Nova at least his next start.

Additionally, left-hander Clay Rapada left tonight’s game with a viral infection, the Yankees said. Rapada was spotted by television cameras needing help to return to the clubhouse.

Nova shows progress in Minor League outing

Ivan Nova started against the Blue Jays’ Triple-A lineup on Thursday in Tampa and allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out five. He threw 63 of 94 pitches for strikes, and catcher Russell Martin said he came away pleased.

“He’s been progressing,” Martin said. “He’s been getting more and more consistent as we go along. I think he’s going to have a great year; that’s my personal opinion. He went above expectations last year with what he did, so he’s got maybe a little bit more pressure on him to try to do that again.

“If he keeps the same attitude, that’s what I recognized from him last year the most – his intensity on the mound. He’s a guy that wants the ball and never backs down. He wants to stay out there that extra inning. That’s what I want to see from Nova.”

All three of Nova’s runs allowed came in his final two innings of work (two in the seventh inning and one in the eighth).

Cashman: Noesi will be the next Nova

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been talking up Hector Noesi on a pretty consistent basis this winter, and on Tuesday told the New York Daily News’ John Harper that he is expecting big things from the right-hander, who will turn 25 in January. He’s also counting on another good year from Ivan Nova.

“Nova arrived sooner than expected,” Cashman told the Daily News. “When you’ve got the tools, that can happen. He knows now that he can dissect a major league lineup and go deep into games. He’s a legitimate weapon every five days.

“And Noesi is the next Nova. He’s throwing the (heck) out of the ball in the Dominican Winter League right now, hitting 98 on the gun with his fastball, and commanding his stuff. He’ll be ready to step in next season if we need him.”

Noesi was 2-2 with a 4.47 ERA (56.1 IP, 28 ER) in 30 appearances (two starts) over four stints with the Yankees this year. It’s worth noting that Noesi isn’t untouchable by any means; he could also be valued as a chip to help the Yankees go acquire another piece, especially with Cashman believing there are other big-league ready pieces in the Minors right now.

Game 151: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO — Will Canada see history? Well, there’s at least a chance. Joe Girardi was asked pregame today if there was any way he’d put somebody else in if there’s a save situation so that Mariano Rivera can get the saves record at Yankee Stadium (where the Yanks begin an eight-game homestand Monday). The answer was what you’d expect: Not a chance.

Girardi did nail down his rotation for early next week: Ivan Nova will pitch on Tuesday, CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes will start Wednesday’s doubleheader (not sure what order yet) and Bartolo Colon will go on Thursday. As for the lineup? Joe wants to give some guys a little rest.

“The guys have been going so hard, I figured we have an important 10 days coming up, try to give them a little bit of a blow,” Girardi said. “[Curtis Granderson] and [Derek Jeter] have really struggled against [Brandon] Morrow in their career, and I just thought today would be the day.”

Without further ado …

YANKEES (91-59)
Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Robinson Cano, DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 1B
Russell Martin, C
Chris Dickerson, LF
Ramiro Pena, SS
Pitching: RH Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71 ERA)

BLUE JAYS (76-75)
Mike McCoy, SS
Eric Thames, LF
Jose Bautista, RF
Adam Lind, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Brett Lawrie, 3B
Colby Rasmus, CF
J.P. Arencibia, C
Pitching: Morrow (9-11, 5.23 ERA)

Some links from Saturday …

* Yanks win, Mo ties the save record, A-Rod goes deep, Grandy gets to 40

* Rivera one away from saves record

* Yankees Notebook, on A-Rod, Hughes, CC, Posada, etc.

* Mo can set record as Yanks try to lower number



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