Found April 04, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
People tend to call spring training starts “tune-ups” for a reason. To give you some perspective, Roy Halladay put together a 5.73 ERA in the month of March. When was the last time the Doc got roughed up like that over a six-game stretch? For someone like Ivan Nova, however, spring training needs to be taken a bit more seriously. Nova was a pleasant surprise for the Yankees last season but was lit up all spring, finishing with an 8.06 ERA. With Michael Pineda nursing shoulder tendinitis and Andy Pettitte needing more time to prepare, Nova will be given some time to prove he belongs in the Yankees starting rotation. He did nothing to prove that on Tuesday. Nova gave up five runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. To us it may be just spring training. To Nova it was much more than that. “Today was the worst day of my life,” Nova said after after the 7-6 loss to the Mets Tuesday according to the NY Post. “I felt good … but I couldn’t throw strikes. I couldn’t even control my fastball. “I ...

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