All eyes on Nova when Game 1 resumes

Rookie's role in the Yankees' ALDS success just got a heckuva lot more important

Updated: October 1, 2011, 2:04 AM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- You knew Ivan Nova was going to be an important part of the New York Yankees' success in the postseason.

You knew it when manager Joe Girardi named Nova, the rookie right-hander, the Game 2 starter in the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers.

But few could have imagined he would be this big. Because of the suspension of Game 1 due to rain -- washing away a pair of aces in CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander at Yankee Stadium on Friday night -- Nova is ...

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