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Ivan Nova steps into the spotlight

With aces CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander forced out of Game 1, new faces on stage

Originally Published: October 1, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Detroit manager Jim Leyland keeps going to great lengths to point out that rain is rain, and there's no point grumbling about the weather, and it would send the wrong signal to his clubhouse to dwell on the fact that his best pitcher, Justin Verlander, will be a spectator for more of the American League Division Series than anyone expected. Yankees manager Joe Girardi is in basically the same predicament with his best starter, CC Sabathia.

But all the denials and shoulder shrugs ...

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