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Ivan Nova: What Having a True No. 2 Does to Yankees' Chances for a Pennant
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Rookie pitcher Ivan Nova made his MLB postseason debut last night, replacing CC Sabathia in the continuation of a Game 1 suspended by rain.

Nova pitched from the top of the third all the way through the ninth, allowing just four hits and two runs. He finished the night with a 2.80 ERA, and his performance drew a standing ovation from the hard-to-please Yankee faithful. He was a big part of the Yankees' 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers, which gives the Bronx Bombers a series lead going into Sunday afternoon's game. 

While having an ace like Sabathia is key to a good playoff run, having a solid No. 2 starter is also important. Nova proved this last night, and his performance does good things to the Yankees' chances of going far into the playoffs.

Here are five reasons how Nova will benefit the Yankees going forward, which in turn, will help them in the pennant race.

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