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Ivan Nova could return to rotation Saturday

Ivan Nova pitches against the Rangers. (Aug. 16,

Ivan Nova pitches against the Rangers. (Aug. 16, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

BOSTON — Ivan Nova threw a simulated game Tuesday afternoon and though Joe Girardi said no decision had been made, it seems likely he’ll take Freddy Garcia’s spot in the rotation Saturday ... Mark Teixeira said he had not yet heard from MLB regarding his critical comments regarding the umpires late Saturday night, meaning the first baseman likely avoided a fine ... Alex Rodriguez came in 8-for-26 with two homers and six RBIs since returning from the DL on Sept. 3. “We need him to be a presence,” Girardi said of the third baseman’s importance with Teixeira out.

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