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Nova making positive strides for Yanks

After another strong outing, the young pitcher is maximizing his chance in the rotation

Updated: May 7, 2011, 10:37 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ivan Nova is a like a baby the New York Yankees are teaching to swim.

Every time out, they send him out into slightly deeper water, and a little farther from shore. And so far, he has yet to drown.

Friday night, he nearly swam all the way across the channel, made it into the eighth inning for the first time in his career and if Mark Teixeira, who had made a nearly impossible play earlier in the game, had made a routine one on Nova's final batter, he probably would ...

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