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Different year, new Ivan Nova

This time, the Yankees got just what they needed from talented 24-year-old righty

Updated: April 5, 2011, 8:16 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It is fairly safe to assume that if Monday night's game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins had taken place last season, Ivan Nova would not have been around to see the sixth inning, let alone pitch it.

That means he would not have fed Delmon Young the double-play pill that erased a leadoff single that put the tying run on base, nor would he have been around to win a rematch with the dangerous Jim Thome, who was just itching to send a baseball out of Yankee Stadium ...

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