Results tagged ‘ Ivan Nova ’

Game 131: Yankees at Orioles (Game 2)

Updated to reflect Derek Jeter’s last minute scratch (right knee):

August 28, 2011 – Oriole Park at Camden Yards — 7:35 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (78-52)
Derek Jeter SS Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B Eric Chavez 3B
Brett Gardner LF Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP Ivan Nova (13-4, 3.97)

ORIOLES (53-77)
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Adams 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Robert Andino 3B
Craig Tatum C

LHP Brian Matusz (1-6, 8.92)

Game 110: Yankees vs. White Sox

CHICAGO — It can’t be easy to stay in the moment when considering what’s coming up.

The Yankees, winners of six straight, have already wrapped up a series win over the White Sox by taking the first three. And tomorrow, they’ll be in Fenway for a critical three-game weekend series against the Red Sox — a team they’re 1-8 against this season and they trail by only one game in the American League East.

Joe Girardi openly talked pregame about the importance of that series, even though they have over 50 regular-season games left.

But he wants to keep the focus on today.

“You want to just focus on tonight and continue to play well as we’re going into Boston,” Girardi said. “Don’t get too far ahead of yourself because wins are important, and tonight’s an important game.”

In tune with Joe’s advice, we’re going to keep our focus on the present, too. So, here are tonight’s lineups for the series finale against the White Sox — in what is no doubt a big start for Ivan Nova

YANKEES (67-42)
Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C

Pitching: RH Nova (9-4, 4.01 ERA)

WHITE SOX (52-57)
Juan Pierre, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Paul Konerko, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
Carlos Quentin, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Gordon Beckham, 2B
Alejandro De Aza, CF
Brent Morel, 3B

Pitching: RH Phil Humber (8-7, 3.44 ERA)

Some slugs from earlier today …

* Girardi and Guillen — the ying and the yang of baseball managers

* A-Rod has first workout

* MLB to interview A-Rod over gambling issue

And here are some slugs from last night …

* Yankees romp despite Burnett’s struggles

* Yankees Notebook, on Jeter, Tex and the 6-man rotation

* Nova focused on White Sox, not future role

Alden 

Hughes to stay in the rotation … for now

CHICAGO – Phil Hughes’ performance on Tuesday night was good enough to keep him in the rotation. For how much longer, and what that means for Ivan Nova, has yet to be determined.

But after hurling six breezy shutout innings against the White Sox before rain at U.S. Cellular Field eventually cancelled the game, Hughes is now in line to start on Tuesday against the Angels, when the Yankees come off an off day.

“I think our plans right now are to keep Phil on rotation on Tuesday,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We want Nova to throw well, and if he continues to throw well, we’ll have to answer some questions as to exactly what we’re going to do. But Phil was real good last night.”

Nova will get the start in the series finale from Chicago on Thursday.

Alden

Game 108: Yankees vs. White Sox

CHICAGO — I’m no weather man, but after listening to everyone talk heading into tonight’s game, I can tell you this: Expect rain. Nothing yet as of 6 p.m. CT, but there’s supposed to be some pretty serious storms in the area tonight, so hopefully the game can get in with little or no delays.

Phil Hughes certainly hopes so.

Manager Joe Girardi said he hasn’t articulated to Hughes that he needs to pitch well tonight, but with the Yankees deploying a six-man rotation in order to keep Ivan Nova in the mix, the pressure is on for Hughes to deliver against a rather desperate White Sox team. And the last thing he needs is for a little rain to get in the way.

When asked what he’s looking for out of Hughes, Girardi mentioned a better curveball — the new one that was so key to him getting his first win in Toronto three starts ago.

“I thought he made some progress his last start, but I think that his stuff can get better,” he said. “He can give us more distance. His curveball wasn’t as sharp his last start. As we talked about, [CC Sabathia‘s] slider wasn’t as sharp as it’s been [last night], but when it’s Phil, we have to get this guy on a roll, too. And he’s had his struggles this year, so there’s more red flags. His curveball wasn’t as sharp, and we have to get that going.”

Girardi was asked several times what could happen when he cuts his rotation from six to five again — whether Nova or Hughes will be in the bullpen, or whether one of them will go to the Minors to be stretched out for the Aug. 27 doubleheader — but the skipper kept his options open and would only speak in generalities.

“There’s a lot of things that we have to talk about,” Girardi said. “I mean, the best thing that could happen is that [Hughes] pitches really well, and then we have a tough decision to make in what we’re going to do. There’s some different scenarios. Nova hasn’t pitched out of the bullpen as much. I’ve also talked about, we’re going to need a starter, I think, Aug. 27 when we go to Baltimore, and you want someone built up. So there’s some things after today and tomorrow that we’re going to have to talk about.”

Derek Jeter is back in the lineup after missing Monday’s game with a sore right middle finger, and Brett Gardner is once again in the lineup — batting in the No. 9 spot — against a left-hander.

Here’s the full slate …

YANKEES (65-42)
Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Gardner, LF

Pitching: RH Phil Hughes (1-3, 8.24 ERA)

WHITE SOX (52-55)
Juan Pierre, LF
Omar Vizquel, 3B
Carlos Quentin, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
Alexei Ramirez, SS
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Alex Rios, CF
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: LH John Danks (4-8, 3.79 ERA)

Some links from last night … 

* CC denies White Sox, earning 16th win

* Yankees Notebook on Jeter, A-Rod, Cervelli and the six-man rotation 

* With no guarantees, Hughes faces White Sox

Alden 

Game 107: Yankees vs. White Sox

CHICAGO — Greetings from U.S. Cellular Field, the first of a whopping 21 road games this month, and the first of a week that will finish at Fenway Park.

Derek Jeter is out of the Yankees’ lineup after being hit by a pitch in his right middle finger on Sunday, and the competition between Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova is seemingly on. The Yankees announced they were going with a six-man rotation this week, with Nova — who gave up two runs in seven innings during his big league return on Saturday — starting Thursday, Bartolo Colon sliding back to Friday, CC Sabathia pitching on normal rest Saturday and Freddy Garcia getting the nod on six days’ rest Sunday.

More on that later, but just know this: Hughes’ Tuesday start is a big one. He knows it, and they know it.

In other news, Alex Rodriguez (knee surgery) is slated to be in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday and plans to resume workouts by Thursday. How long would it take for him to get back once he starts those workouts? Joe Girardi wouldn’t say, but mid-August is at least looking good.

Here are your lineups …

YANKEES (64-42)
Brett Gardner, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jorge Posada, DH
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Francisco Cervelli, C

Pitching: LH Sabathia (15-5, 2.56 ERA)

WHITE SOX (52-54)
Juan Pierre, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Carlos Quentin, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
Alex Rios, CF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Gordon Beckham, 2B
Brent Lillibridge, RF
Brent Morel, 3B

Pitching: RH Jake Peavy (4-4, 5.27 ERA)

Alden

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