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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/24/17

NYY doesn’t regret letting Nova go; Montgomery battles vs. PIT but impresses; How Romine saved his career

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Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports | Randy Miller: Sorry those of you who think the Yankees should’ve kept Ivan Nova, unfortunately Joe Girardi does not share those feelings. Asked after Nova shut the Yankees’ offense down for seven innings (outside a Jacoby Ellsbury home run), Girardi said that the Yankees are not looking back on their decision to trade Nova or not pursue him in free agency. Though he’s been good with the Pirates and had flashes of potential with the Yankees, he also had some really tough times. It’s good to see Nova succeeding, the Yankees don’t (nor should they) have any regrets.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Jordan Montgomery did not have his best stuff against the Pirates on Sunday afternoon. He may, however, had his most inspiring start in the early goings of his career. On a day where he clearly didn’t have his best, Montgomery was still able to go six innings and only give up two runs. This type of performance does a lot to inspire confidence in a pitcher, because they know that on his bad days he can still keep the team in a game instead of having a meltdown. So far it looks like the Yankees made a good decision to go with Gumby.

New York Times | Billy Witz: It wasn’t that long ago where Austin Romine’s Yankee career and possibly MLB career looked lost. Since then, Romine has rejuvenated both his Yankee career and his MLB career. Romine learned to use the whole field instead of just pulling balls and being a sure out, and that’s helped him admirably create a career for himself as a backup catcher. He was great backing up Brian McCann in 2016 and has handled himself quite capably in Gary Sanchez’s absence. Pretty cool turnaround and one that’s worked out for the Yankees!