Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 16th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (8-4) at New York Yankees (6-5), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 7.71)
NY Yankees - Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71)
(Sports Network) - Ivan Nova has had plenty of time to think about his first
start of the year. The 26-year-old right-hander takes the hill for the first
time in nearly two weeks on Tuesday when the New York Yankees open a three-
game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium.
These teams were both idle on Monday so they will commemorate the 66th
anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in this one, as all
players and on-field personnel once again wear the Hall of Famer's No. 42.
Of course, it's just another day at the office for New York reliever, Mariano
Rivera, who is the last active player to wear the number.
Nova, meanwhile, couldn't get out of the fifth inning in his season debut back
on April 5 in Detroit, as the Tigers reached him four runs and five hits in
just 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out five and walked a pair in the loss.
"It's the first one. Of course you want to start the season in a good way,"
Nova said. "Personally, I don't feel like I pitched that bad. I was throwing a
lot of balls and getting into too deep counts, but it's the first start of the
Nova will be trying to help the Yanks stay on the winning track after they
took two of three from the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. New York
claimed the series on Sunday, as Hiroki Kuroda tossed his fifth career shutout
and Brett Gardner smacked a two-run homer as part of a three-run fifth inning
in Yankees' 3-0 win. Brennan Boesch had two hits and scored a run for New
York, which has won five of its last six games.
"I thought his sinker was excellent," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of
Kuroda. "He kept his pitch count down, that's why I kept running him out
Arizona also enters this set on a high note after a series win over the Los
Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks won Sunday's rubber match, as Paul
Goldschmidt smacked a one-out single through the right side in the bottom of
the ninth to give them a 1-0 victory.
Goldschmidt, who finished with two of his team's six hits, plated A.J. Pollock
with the game-winning run after the center fielder hit a double to center.
"He (Los Angeles starter Josh Beckett) made a good pitch and I just hit it
through the hole," Goldschmidt said. "Sometimes that's just the luck you get."
Arizona, winners in three of its last four, got a solid outing from starter
Trevor Cahill, who lasted 7 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed six hits while
striking out four. J.J. Putz (1-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless
top of the ninth.
Hoping for that same type of effort on Tuesday will be righty Brandon
McCarthy, who lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates his last time out. McCarthy
surrendered six runs (4 earned) - including five in one inning - and 10 hits
in 6 2/3 innings, as he fell to 0-1 to go along with a 7.71 ERA.
McCarthy walked a pair in the loss and has walked three batters or less in 61
straight starts, the third-longest active streak in baseball behind Bronson
Arroyo (85) and Rick Porcello (76).
McCarthy has faced the Yankees five times (3 starts) and is 2-0 against them
with a 5.79 ERA.
04/16 10:43:54 ET