Notes: Nuno not unhappy to go west

July, 6, 2014
Jul 6
2:20
PM ET
MINNEAPOLIS -- Vidal Nuno doesn’t know anybody in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization yet, but he had to say goodbye to every Yankee he knew on Sunday.

Nuno was dealt to the Diamondbacks for pitcher Brandon McCarthy on Sunday, a day before he was scheduled to start in pinstripes in Cleveland.

“It’s not disappointing, it’s part of baseball,” said Nuno, a Southern California native. “I’ll be closer to home, family will see me a little bit more.”

The Yankees needed to make a move after seeing three of their Opening Day starters in CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda spend most of this season on the disabled list. Nuno (2-5) began 2014 as a reliever but was forced into the rotation when Nova had Tommy John surgery in April.

"Nuno did a great job for us, stepped in and did a good job for us last year," manager Joe Girardi said. "But it’s an opportunity for him to start in Arizona and I know he appreciates that as well."

Nuno had lost three of his last four starts and has a 5.42 ERA on the season.

He’ll start Tuesday for the Diamondbacks in Arizona against the Miami Marlins.

“I’ve got another journey that I’m going to pursue in Arizona,” Nuno said. “I have to prove myself out there starting on Tuesday."

Nolasco’s up next: A day after getting a surprisingly quality start from the young Yohan Pino, the Twins will send their top-dollar ace Ricky Nolasco to the mound against the Yankees.

Nolasco (5-6, 5.49 ERA) is 1-0 in his career against New York, with that win coming at Yankees Stadium on May 30.

He has pitched at least six innings in his last two starts and is coming off a one-run outing in a 10-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on July 1.

Kuroda looking for support: The Yankees squandered a quality performance on the mound from David Phelps on Saturday and will need more from their bats to avoid putting Hiroki Kuroda in the same spot on Sunday.

Though Kuroda (5-6, 4.08 ERA) has given uneven performances, he's the Yankees' second-best pitcher in the rotation right now and could use some run support after taking a loss in a 2-1 defeat to Tampa Bay on July 1. Kuroda lasted eight innings and gave up two earned runs, but that's all the Rays needed.

Kuroda is 1-1 against the Twins in his career with a 5.79 ERA. He pitched five scoreless innings in his most recent start against Minnesota on July 12, 2013.

McCann giving it a go: Brian McCann was a late scratch on Saturday with a sore left foot, but he’s been inserted into the starting lineup as a late addition on Sunday.

X-ray results came up negative for McCann, who is hitting 3-for-8 in his last two starts. He had another MRI on Saturday and the results weren’t enough to keep him off the field. McCann gave it a go in batting practice Saturday before being scratched, and did the same thing on Sunday and is now in the lineup.

“It felt bad when I was pushing off [Saturday], I thought another day would be safe,” McCann said.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.47 139 134
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 22
RBIB. McCann 71
RB. Gardner 84
OPSB. Gardner .760
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOM. Tanaka 139