Postgame notes: Nova to start on Sunday


Ivan Nova will start the finale of the Yankees-Rays series on Sunday afternoon.

"That's our plan as of right now," Joe Girardi said after the Yankees' 6-2 win on Friday night.

Nova was a healthy scratch from his start for Triple-A Scranton on Friday.

The 26-year-old was 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA with the Yankees this season but excelled at Triple-A, going 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA.

Nova began the season as the Yankees' No. 5 starter but was replaced by David Phelps, who earned the win on Friday.

GRANDY TAKES STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION: Curtis Granderson has taken a positive step in his rehab from a broken left pinkie.

The slugger had a pin removed from his hand on Thursday.

He hopes to start swinging a bat under water soon. The next major step will be hitting off a tee.

"Once we get that going," Granderson said, "things should hopefully go relatively quickly."

Granderson fractured his hand on May 25.

"No pain, no soreness," he said.

Injuries have limited Granderson to just eight games and 31 plate appearances this season. He broke his right forearm on his first at-bat of spring training three months before he fractured his pinkie.

Granderson, who was in the Bronx on Friday, said he has been running and lifting weights with his lower body. He hopes to start lifting weights with his upper body soon.

PHELPS JUST FINE: Phelps allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings to earn a win for the third time in four starts at home.

Phelps got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by inducing back-to-back flyouts to keep the game tied at 2-2 in the fourth.

"I thought that was the inning for us that changed the game," Girardi said.

STINGY STAFF: Yankees pitchers have held their opponents to four runs or fewer 49 times, the most among American League staffs. ... The Yanks reached base safely in every inning except for the fifth and seventh and collected their most hits (11) since May 29.