Coming into the 2011 season the biggest question mark about the New York Yankees revolved around their starting rotation. Specifically, their fourth and fifth starters. With Cliff Lee in Philadelphia and Andy Pettitte in retirement can the Yankees find guys who can competently handle the final two spots in that rotation? Tonight, the Yankees get their first glimpse of an answer when No. 4 starter Ivan Nova takes the mound against the Minnesota Twins (7:05 p.m., YES).
Nova, 24, earned this opportunity by impressing the Yankees during a late-season call-up in 2010. He went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 appearances, including seven starts. He followed that up by pitching to a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings during Spring Training, surrendering just 11 hits and four walks along the way.
The Yankees are 2-1 on the young season. The Twins are 1-2 after opening the season losing two of three to Toronto. Scott Baker pitches tonight for Minnesota.
4 game series vs Twins @ Yankee Stadium
|Tue 04/05||7:05 PM EDT|
|Wed 04/06||7:05 PM EDT|
|Thu 04/07||1:05 PM EDT|