Game 72. Welcome back, Nova! Yanks top Phils, 10-2.

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Well, at least the Phillie fans were I live (and there are many in the Lehigh Valley) won’t be smacking me with any brooms.

The Yanks avoided getting swept by the worst team in baseball by winning the finale of the three game series, 10-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the game, the Yanks placed Brendan Ryan on the DL with a strained back. This was the move in order to activate Ivan Nova. Nova, who missed most of last year and all of this year to date due to Tommy John surgery, made his season debut, and it was a very good one. He outdueled Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels. Nova pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Also, before the game the Yanks DFA’d Jose De Paula.

The Yanks scored two in the second on an error. Pirela credited with one RBI.

They got three in the fourth on an RBI single by Gardner, an RBI double by Headley and an RBI single by Teixeira.

Chris Young singled a run in in the sixth.

Four in the seventh made it 10-0. Pirela doubled in one, A-Rod singled in two, and Teixeira, back in the lineup after missing a couple of games with a sore neck, singled in one. Teixiera had received a cortisone shot for the sore neck.

The Phils got two in the ninth for the final tally of 10-2.

The win moves the Yanks to one game behind the Rays in the AL East. Toronto is two back and Baltimore is 2 1/2 back in the tight race. The Yanks are 39-33 and now head to Houston.

A-Rod, of course, tied Roberto Clemente on the all-time hits list when he got #3000, and then passed him. Yesterday, A-Rod’s single that drove in two was hit #3008, passing Al Kaline. Next up is Wade Boggs at 3010. Alex now has 2013 RBI, 1961 runs scored, 669 HR. You wonder why…

After the game, more moves. Diego Moreno and Brandon Pinder were sent back to AAA, and Stephen Drew is back off the paternity list.

Alex was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Teix had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Pirela had two hits and 2 RBI.

The pitching line:

Nova (W, 1-0, 0.o0)  6 2/3 IP, o R, 3 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.08.
Moreno 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 9.00 (sent down after the game).

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