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Yankees to use six-man rotation this week

Aug 1, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

Ivan Nova AP

Ivan Nova, who allowed two runs over seven innings against Baltimore in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, will make at least one more start for the Yankees, as the team will go to a six-man rotation this week.

The Yankees announced Monday that Nova would slot in Thursday, pushing Bartolo Colon back to Friday.

There’s some thought that Phil Hughes‘ rotation spot could be on the line if he struggles Tuesday against the White Sox.  While he’s allowed just two runs in three of his four starts since returning from the DL, he’s yet to last longer than six innings.  In surrendering two runs in six innings to the Mariners last time out, he still gave up nine hits and struck out just three versus one of the game’s worst lineups.  Overall, he had a 5.48 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP in four starts last month.

Nova, who was sent down a month ago to make room for Hughes in the rotation, picked up the win in his start Saturday against the Orioles.  The Yankees have won each of his last six starts, dating back to June 10, with Nova going 5-0 with a 3.26 ERA during the span.

  1. screename529 - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    “Nova, who was sent down a month ago to make room for Hughes in the rotation, picked up the win in his start Saturday against the Orioles.”


    • screename529 - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      Sorry. Meant to say: So? They scored 17 runs. Who wouldn’t have got the win?

  2. banksatdixie - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Vin Mazzaro and Clay Buchholz

  3. phukyouk - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Ummm Phil Hughes a week ago….

  4. dcg13 - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    NYY played BAL this weekend, not CWS.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 1, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      Had it right the second time :) Fixed now.

  5. dapperdan50 - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    I tuned into this thread for one reason: to find out who the Yanquis are putting up in Fenway this weekend. It looks like Lester on Fri. (I’ll be there!), Lackey on Sat., and Beckett on Sun. for the Sox. Any of you NY fans got it figured out?

  6. hystoracle - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Is it just me or is this “six man rotation” thing starting to creep into MLB as a normalcy. I suspect it won’t be long until we will be talking about a team using a six man rotation for an entire season. The micro managing of the pitchers is starting to border on absurd. What a gig, you only have to work 1 day a week. That’s 27 starts – you would have to be damn good to be 20 game winner.

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