Yankees' Ivan Nova shelled as he fights for rotation spot

After giving up three home runs to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova was blunt about his performance.

"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."

Nova pitched 4 2/3 innings Friday, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on five hits. Mark Trumbo hit his fifth home run, a solo shot. Caleb Joseph and J.J. Hardy had two-run homers.

The Yankees' rotation currently consists of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Luis Severino and Nathan Eovaldi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.