"I put myself in a really bad position right now," Nova said after the Yankees lost 11-10 in 10 innings. "I didn't help myself today."
Nova is competing against CC Sabathia for the final spot in the Yankees' rotation, and performance is not the only factor. Nova also has to fight Sabathia's legacy for the fifth starter's job.
"It's probably the biggest story in camp right now," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's probably why there's a lot being made out of it because of who CC is and what he's done in this game, what he has meant to the Yankees. We don't win a World Series without CC. We don't get to all those playoffs without CC."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.