Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/13/14
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NEW YORK -- Inning by inning, New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova looked less like the pitcher who had been roughed up for most of the season and more like the 16-game winner he was last year. With each new scoreless inning, Nova also made Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Cobb's own impressive outing look as though it would end in vain, which it did in the Yankees' 4-1 win Wednesday night. Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homered to lead the Yankees and Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez added what ended up being important back-to-back RBI doubles in the eighth to send the Yankees to their third consecutive win. Nova finally walked off in the ninth, tipping his cap after a loud ovation, after Tampa Bay scored its first run on back-to-back triples by Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton. Rafael Soriano then earned his eighth save of the season by retiring the Rays' 3-4-5 hitters. Nova (7-2) allowed just the one run on four hits while striking out five. New York nudged a half-game ahead of ...
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