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Game 120 Preview: Yankees at Royals

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After a comeback win last night to win the first game of the series, the Yankees look to capture yet another series win tonight behind the young arm of Ivan Nova. 

Current Series

Yankees lead the series 1-0

Mon 08/15 WP: A.J. Burnett (9 - 9)
SV: Mariano Rivera
LP: Felipe Paulino (1 - 5)
7 - 4 win

New York Yankees
@ Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT
Kauffman Stadium

Ivan Nova vs Danny Duffy

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Wed 08/17 8:10 PM EDT

Nova's only start this season against the Royals was, according to gamescore, his worst of the season by far: Three innings, 10 hits, eight runs (only four earned) while issuing two walks and serving up two home runs. However, that was back on May 12 and Nova's been a dominant force recently. In his last three starts against the Orioles, White Sox and Angels: 20.2 innings, 17 hits, six runs, four walks and 16 strikeouts. It's worth mentioning that in his last start, he struck out zero batters and forced 15 groundouts. 

Opposing Nova will be rookie southpaw Danny Duffy. This is the first time the Yankees will face the young lefty. Duffy sits around 93-94 mph on his fastball while mixing in a 75-76 mph curveball and 83-84 mph changeup every-so-often. What's interesting is that the amount of fly balls and grounders he's allowed are nearly identical (97 to 95). His K/9 of 7.46 is respectable enough, but his BB/9 is a bit high at 4.41. 


Yankees - 1) Jeter SS, 2) Granderson CF, 3) Teixeira 1B, 4) Cano 2B, 5) Swisher RF, 6) Jones DH, 7) Martin C, 8) Nunez 3B, 9) Gardner LF. 

Royals - 1) Gordon LF, 2) Cabrera CF, 3) Butler DH, 4) Hosmer 1B, 5) Francoeur RF, 6) Giavotella 2B, 7) Perez C, 8) Moustakas 3B, 9) Escobar SS