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(SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Yankees will try to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium
Ivan Nova returns to the New York Yankees rotation in the intent to win against the Phillies
Nova made four starts last season before shutting it down with a torn ligament in his elbow that required Tommy John surgery. Nova was a 16-game winner for the Yankees in 2011 and is 40-22 with a 4.20 ERA in parts of five seasons with them.
“It is the moment that we have been waiting for,” Nova said. “I was coming in here, pitching every day, making sure I do everything right and I was pitching in the minors trying to get everything down and being good to go. Now, two days from the return I’m really anxious. I’m happy to be back.”
Nova went 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA in three starts between Class A and Triple-A during his rehab assignment. He had 10 strikeouts and three walks in 15 2/3 innings. However, on Friday, Nova had a rough outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, giving up five runs in five innings to Lehigh Valley. He threw 84 pitches.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, turns to its ace, left-hander Cole Hamels, who is winless in his last four starts, but had to miss his last start with a hamstring injury. Hamels certainly pitched well enough to win his last start back on June 14 in Pittsburgh, as he tossed seven scoreless innings in his team’s 1-0 loss.
He is 5-5 on the year with a 2.96 ERA.
This is the Phillies first visit to the Bronx since taking two of three back in 2010.