In Ivan Nova‘s last outing, it took him 35 pitches to get through two innings of work. Today, it took Nova 36 pitches to make it through three innings. If you thought the 36 pitches in three innings were impressive, then take a look at this; out of the 36, he threw 31 of them for strikes, in only his second Spring outing.
“I was trying to attack the strike zone, trying not to walk anybody,” Nova said. “You try to eliminate that here, not to carry that over, and then try to make adjustments. You try to be on a good roll for the start of the year.”
Nova did just that as the Yankees defeated the Nationals 4-2.
New closer David Robertson made his Spring debut today, and although he hit a batter, he quickly made up for it with a double play and a fly out. Shawn Kelley also pitched today, giving up a home run in the fifth inning.
Derek Jeter is still hit-less this Spring, but his glove is there; he fielded a ground ball double play in dazzling fashion. He also committed an error, but arguably it was a tough play.
With eyes elsewhere, it’s easy to ignore the fact Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli are having great Springs; Gardner’s hitting .429 and Cervelli’s hitting .571. Gardner and Cervelli both had hits in today’s contest.
— Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter are slated to be in the lineup as the Yankees play the Orioles at George M Steinbrenner Field. The game will be the first night game of Spring Training, with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. David Phelps will get the start for the Yankees, and Wei-Yin Chen gets the call for the O’s.