Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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ATLANTA -- Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova singled in his first at-bat for his first major league hit, then mowed down the Atlanta Braves for seven innings as New York won the first game of a three-game series 3-0 Monday, tying them with Tampa Bay for first place in the American League East. "Who would have thought it?" manager Joe Girardi said. "I think there's a lot of parity in our league this year, and I think there are a lot of good teams who are going to beat up on each other." Nova (8-2) allowed only five singles, four of them to lead off innings: Michael Bourn in the first, Jason Heyward in the third, Martin Prado in the fourth and Chipper Jones in the fifth. The only other hit, by Braves starting right-hander Randall Delgado (4-6), came with two outs in the fifth, causing no damage. "I was behind in the count," he said, "but I made the pitch. Or sometimes the pitch wasn't in the right spot, but they swung." There were Yankees on base in all five innings Delgado pitched as he...
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