Super Nova returns but Yanks fall 1-0 to Red Sox
Ivan Nova knew that his last 2 starts weren’t great, but this time Nova emerged and pitched 4 shutout innings in a Yankees 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Nova’s fastball was working for as well as his secondary pitches, his line looking impressive. In 4 innings he gave up 2 hits, no runs, no earned runs, no walks and 3 strikeouts, all while lowering his ERA to 6.23 for the Spring.
When speaking to Jack Curry today, Nova said that he felt as if he was competing for a job even though he is slated to be either in the third, fourth or fifth spot in the rotation. Nova certainly helped his case tonight.
Mariano Rivera came in and pitched a shutout inning, Boone Logan pitched a shutout inning, David Phelps gave up an unearned run in the 9th inning (due to fielding issues by Zolio Almonte) and was charged with the loss and Clay Rapada was making his case as to why he should be the second lefty in the bullpen, retiring the only batter he faced.
Joe Girardi revealed that Rivera was going to make the trip to Miami to play the Marlins and he will wear gray pants. Girardi also plans on starting to make cuts to the team this weekend.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Opening Day lineup (minus Brett Gardner) will make the trip to Dunedin to face the Toronto Blue Jays. The game is on the radio at 1:05pm on MLB.com.