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Yankees going fourth with Nova

It's hard for anyone to feel comfortable with the Yankees' rotation once you get past CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes. By default, A.J. Burnett is the No. 3 guy and that left plenty of spare parts and retreads battling for the other two spots. But one competition now looks like it's over. 

Ivan Nova all but wrapped up the No. 4 slot with six no-hit innings in Wednesday night's 10-0 blanking of the Orioles in Tampa. Nova, 24, made 10 appearances for the Yankees last season with middling results but they don't have many other options.

It looks like a pair of broken down ex-Bisons with good major-league resumes, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, are in the battle for No. 5. Sergio Mitre was also in that competition but has had soreness in his side and has been shut down.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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