It’s been more than a year since Ivan Nova lost a start on the
road for the New York Yankees.
The right-hander looks to continue his success away from home
Sunday and help the AL East-leading Yankees extend their
season-high winning streak to nine games with a sweep of the
first-place Washington Nationals.
Nova (8-2, 4.64 ERA) allowed five hits in seven innings of a 3-0
victory at Atlanta on Monday to improve to 11-0 with a 3.34 ERA in
14 road starts since losing to the Angels in Anaheim on June 3,
“I made pitches when I needed it,” said Nova, who is 5-0 with a
3.92 ERA in six starts away from Yankee Stadium this season.
Making his first appearance against Washington, Nova has posted
a 2.38 ERA while winning four straight starts since losing to
Cincinnati on May 19. New York starters have a 2.24 ERA during the
He’ll look to help New York (39-25) to its first nine-game
winning streak since May 13-21, 2009. Mark Teixeira’s two-run
double in the top of the 14th gave the Yankees a 5-3 victory
“Find a way to get it done, and that’s what our guys did,” said
New York manager Joe Girardi, whose team has won 18 of 22 to claim
the top spot in the East.
Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez each had two hits for the Yankees,
who won for the first time this season without hitting a home run.
Swisher is 7 for 14 in his last four games but could miss this
contest after leaving Saturday with a bruised quad.
Alex Rodriguez will be back in the lineup after he was relegated
to a pinch-hit appearance Saturday. He is 9 for 24 (.375) with
three doubles and three home runs versus scheduled Washington
starter Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.02), who is 0-5 with a 5.75 ERA in
eight starts against the Yankees since beating them April 5, 2008,
while with Tampa Bay.
Jackson, however, has allowed three runs or fewer in seven
straight outings overall. The right-hander looks for a third
straight winning start after he gave up two runs and four hits in
eight innings of a 6-3 victory at Toronto on Monday.
“I don’t keep up with the numbers, I just try to go out and help
the team as much as I can,” Jackson told the Nationals’ official
The Nationals (38-25) had won six straight before this series,
but find themselves in danger of being swept at home for the first
time since July 26-28. Ian Desmond homered in the eighth to tie the
game Saturday, but Washington stranded 11 baserunners.
Bryce Harper, who went 0 for 7 with five strikeouts, is 2 for 16
in the last three games. He declined to speak to the media after
“I would rather strike out five times in the big leagues as a
19-year-old than not be in the big leagues at all,” said Desmond,
who has homered in two of the last three contests. “I’m sure he’ll
shake it off and be back to the same energetic kid we’ve all