Girardi: Nova still has to earn it

March, 20, 2011
3/20/11
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Joe Girardi still refuses to officially name Ivan Nova, who is having the best spring of any Yankee starter (1-0, 1.29 ERA, six no-hit innings last time out), the No. 4 starter in his rotation. Here is his reasoning:

"We just want to let it play out. Let it all play out. He’s pitched well, he has. I think it’s important that people go out and earn things, and continue to work and show us what you got. He has to earn it. Yes, he had some starts last year but that doesn’t guarantee that he's our fourth or fifth starter. It just doesn’t. He’s got to go out and earn it.''
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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