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If one thing can be said about Ivan Nova over his brief career already, it’s that he is very confident.
Confidence in sports is just as important as physical ability. It all starts with the belief that anything is possible – the talent will take care of the rest. Especially for a young starting pitcher in the majors, belief in your ability may be the most important thing.
After his breakout year in 2011, going 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA and starting the rain delayed Game One of the ALDS, Nova absolutely tanked in ’12, succumbing to the “sophomore slump” big time. He went 12-8, 5.02 and was left off the playoff roster.
After a season like that, any player would be gunshy and skeptical of the future. Not Nova. He fully believes he will be in the starting rotation this season.
“I’m going to be there,” Nova said after working out at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. “I know what I’ve got and I know what I can do and I just have to do it.”
Nova will likely have to compete with David Phelps for the fifth spot in the rotation. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes are all penciled in above.
Phelps contributed nicely last year, becoming both a spot-starter and long relief guy. The competition will be tough for Nova, who is hoping to recapture 2011.
“I have a lot of expectations for this year,” Nova added. If he can get back to ’11 form and maybe even improve, the Yankees will have a lot of expectations as well.
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So the Alex Rodriguez saga continues, but no one can seem to find him?
Alex Rodriguez – Yankee Stadium.
Well according Bill Maddon of the New York Daily News :
“The latest word on Alex Rodriguez, wherever he is, is that he’s scared. Not scared because of all these revelations about his involvement with an associate named Tony Bosch, an alleged dispenser of HGH and testosterone...
Curt Schilling is not holding back his feelings this week at all.
On Wednesday he reached out to ESPN and discussed the Boston Redsox and in doing so made some allegations regarding PEDs.
On Thursday he fired it up again with ESPN and took aim at Alex Rodriguez.
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In a bizarre twist, New York Yankees teammates Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter reportedly are both interested in the same New York apartment. Located on the upper end of Central Park in Harlem, the New York Post reports that the lavish piece of property is going for $9 million, occupies the entire 17th floor of the 111 Central Park North building. The apartment is also available for...
After concerns that Michael Pineda could miss the entire 2013 season for the Yankees, fear started setting in. At least among Yankees fans. New York had traded away Jesus Montero to get Pineda. He couldn't flop. Now, it seems Pineda will not miss the 2013 season after all. He threw from a half-mound yesterday for the first time.
Anthony McCarron got a sneak peak...
From the NY Daily News:Alex Rodriguez is taking his wildest swing yet in his fight against steroid allegations: The Yankees and MLB are conspiring to push him out of the game.
Sources say the embattled Yankee star is “scared” that bigger forces are at work to try to discredit him and sink his career. Holed up in Miami, Rodriguez has been huddling with an army of lawyers and...
Like many players who make the move over to that team in the Bronx, Kevin Youkilis has gone through a drastic transformation.
Youkilis unveiled his new batting stance in a video interview with the YES Network. The new Yankees third baseman described it as “a wider, more athletic ‘linebacker’-type foot position to achieve better balance.”
Youkilis also decided to discontinue...
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Robinson Cano is entering the final year of his contract, so the Yankees reportedly have approached him about a long-term extension.
While much of the attention around Curt Schilling’s recent ESPN interview is on what Schilling said about his Red Sox days, those weren’t the only comments the pitcher made about baseball’s performance-enhancing drug culture.
Schilling, who turned quite a few heads by talking about PEDs and the Red Sox this week, also had thoughts about the recent fall of Alex Rodriguez. The...
The Yankees drafted second baseman David Adams in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of the University of Virginia. He missed large portions of the 2010 and 2011 seasons after suffering a broken ankle but he bounced back in a big way last season, not only proving he was finally once again healthy but back to being the productive player he always has been.
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First it was Yahoo Sports who reported the names of Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun and New York Yankees Francisco Cervelli.
The New York Daily News in a few hours later, identifying Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners.
Followed by SI’s Tom Verducci ousting the name of Detroit Tigers Jhonny Peralta.
Those are the latest...
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) alum and current New York Yankee centerfielder (he also spent some time with the Detroit Tigers) Curtis Granderson has pledged the funding for a new multi-million dollar baseball stadium on the campus of UIC. The facility will be home for Flames Baseball, but more importantly, is intended to serve area youth and the Chicago community. Partnerships...
During the off-season before the 2009 season it was rumored that the Mets came very close to signing Derek Lowe only to have the Braves swoop in and grab the veteran pitcher. The made a low ball offer that they sat on saying they wouldn't bid against themselves, the Braves missed several pitchers and were able to become the highest bidder. Now most believed that the Braves...