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Is Ivan Nova this year's Phil Hughes?

Spring training struggles can mean nothing -- or they can forebode disaster

Updated: April 3, 2012, 9:24 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A year ago, Phil Hughes completed his spring with a 1-0 record, a 4.91 ERA and every expectation that it meant nothing. Hughes had won 18 games the previous season and there was no reason for anyone on the New York Yankees to expect he couldn't match or even improve on it in 2011.

Fast forward a year to 2012, when Ivan Nova has just completed his spring with a 1-2 record, an 8.06 ERA and, once again, every expectation that once the real season begins, those ugly March ...

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