Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/29/12

Ivan Nova was on his way to his 10th win of the season Thursday night, only to watch the New York Yankees' bullpen blow his lead in the ninth. Still, with CC Sabathia out for at least two weeks and Andy Pettitte on the shelf until September, Nova's superb outing against the White Sox was a promising sign for the Yankees and their rotation.

Nova threw 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits and three walks, striking out five in the no-decision. Nova relied heavily on his fastball and slider, making up for the lack of his curveball.

"My curveball wasn't there today, but I battled through until the end of the seventh, the eighth inning," Nova said. "I felt really good about it."

Alejandro De Aza collected four of the six hits against Nova, including a solo homer in the fifth that accounted for his lone run. He pitched around Adam Dunn a couple times, but limited the 2-9 hitters to a 2-for-22 night.

"I always say that in every lineup there's one guy that can make the most damage on the team," Nova said of Dunn. "That guy can beat you. I know he's not an average hitter, but he's got a lot of power, so you've got to be careful with this guy. Especially in a game that's so tight like the one we had today. I wanted to throw him strikes, but he made me -- he took all the curveballs I threw. He was going to make me throw a strike."

Nova remains undefeated over his last seven starts, going 5-0 with a 2.37 ERA. Nova has lost only twice in his last 31 starts dating back to June 10, 2011.

"He was really good tonight -- again," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the guy we think we're sending out there every time he goes out."

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