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Game 115 Preview: Ivan Nova Rides Again

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Tue 08/09 WP: Scott Downs (6 - 2)
SV: Jordan Walden
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Los Angeles Angels
@ New York Yankees

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Garrett Richards vs Ivan Nova

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Thu 08/11 1:05 PM EDT

Is Ivan Nova a journeyman yet? He's good enough to play, but not good enough (or highly paid enough) to earn Joe Girardi's trust. He's posted the highest WHIP in the rotation and the lowest K:BB ratio and the fewest innings per start (non-dead-arm Phil Hughes division), but he's tied with Freddy Garcia in second for wins so we feel good when Nova is on the mound.

Mr. Smoke-and-Mirrors, Jr. takes the hill against the Angels, given another chance to regress to the mean or to defy expectations. Hopefully he can at least keep Bobby Abreu in the yard.