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Ivan Nova fuels October optimism

It's time to expect rookie to win instead of wondering when he's going to lose

Updated: September 3, 2011, 11:03 AM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- If you're not in yet, you should be.

Enough pooh-poohing Ivan Nova. He's not a blip, an unknown commodity. Let's face it: He's a force, the New York Yankees' No. 2 starter if the playoffs opened today.

Yeah, yeah. Nova's a rookie and doesn't have any postseason experience.

Who cares? He can pitch. Even better -- he simply wins. His latest victory enabled the Yankees to reclaim first place in the American League East from the Boston Red Sox, who ...

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