Ivan Nova was recently recalled from the minor leagues and he is making a strong case to never be sent back there again. Against the Angels on Wednesday Nova allowed just three earned runs over six innings.
Those numbers don’t tell the whole story though. Nova handled the Angels through his first six innings allowing just one run, a Peter Bourjos solo shot, on three hits and three walks. He didn’t strikeout anyone, but he didn’t need to thanks to 17 ground ball outs. In the 7th he tired a bit although it was still a strong start overall.
SORIANO HAS RETURNED: Rafael Soriano continues to impress since his return from the DL, 5 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 ER. He came in to relieve Nova in the 7th facing a bases loaded situation and he needed just four pitches to escape while allowing only one inherited runner to score.
BIG BATS: Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were the big bats. Granderson hit a 3-run shot in the bottom of the first. He hit another in the 5th, his 31st of the season. Cano doubled in the 1st, tripled in the 4th, and homered in the bottom of the 7th.
FINALLY BEAT A ROOKIE: I have to look it up still, but Michael Kay said during the broadcast that this was the first time the Yankees have beaten a rookie making his major league debut since 2004. I’ll find out who that was and how many pitchers making their debut have actually faced them. I can’t imagine it is too many.
THE BIG MAN INTERVIEWED BY ME TOMORROW!: Exactly like I said. I interviewed The Big Man, CC Sabathia Wednesday and I will have that up tomorrow morning. I know it has been kind of a slow week so hopefully that will make up for it a bit. CC talks his contract status, facing Boston, Alex Rodriguez, and winning a Cy Young. So stay tuned for that.