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Time to make the call on Nova-Burnett

If Yankees rotation is being decided on merit alone, Ivan's spot should be secure

Updated: August 21, 2011, 11:15 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- If the New York Yankees were truly a meritocracy, then Alex Rodriguez would no longer be their cleanup hitter, A.J. Burnett would no longer be in the starting rotation, and Ivan Nova would never have to worry about riding a bus with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees ever again.

On Sunday at Target Field, however, A-Rod was back in his customary lineup spot. And although Nova was pitching another gem, there is still no guarantee that, when it comes time to fill out ...

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