New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins Series Preview

Kate Conroy@@ladylovespinsSenior Analyst IIApril 4, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees reacts after an out against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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In his first matchup, New York Yankees rookie pitcher Ivan Nova will take on the Minnesota Twins. Technically, it is not Nova’s first time pitching in the Bronx, but it is his debut as the official fourth starter in the 2011 pitching rotation.

Nova popped up mid-pennant race last season for seven starts; he posted a 1-2 record, a 4.50 ERA, striking out 26 over 42 innings pitched. He walked 17 batters and allowed 21 earned runs, but Nova’s overall performance wasn’t as bad as the stats suggest.

Still, the Nova from last year would not have been named as the Yankees fourth starter. Read more of New York Yankees: Super-Nova vs. Minnesota Twins Preview featured at Lady Loves Pinstripes.