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After Friday night's game, Joe Girardi all but confirmed Ivan Nova had earned one of the rotation spots.

This, of course, doesn't come as any surprise as Nova had pitched well pretty much all spring, including Friday against the Astros when he didn't have his best stuff but still got through six innings, allowing two runs and three hits. Nova is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts this spring.

"You’re not always going to have you A stuff and be sharp and you have to figure out how to do it," Girardi said. "You don’t want to see a guy struggle but when they do and get through it that’s a good thing."

Asked if Nova was in the rotation, Girardi said: "I need to talk to my players first but..." and then nodded his head.

Nova said he didn't put pressure on himself to win a spot when the spring started.

"If you put pressure on yourself you're not going to do the team any [good]," Nova said. "I just came here to pitch and do a really good job so I could make the team. That's the only way you can do that. If you put pressure on yourself, you're not going to do well."

And he couldn't help but notice Sergio Mitre had been traded earlier in the day, making the numbers game work in his favor.

"When he got traded, I know there was more space now, that made me feel good," Nova said. "It's not like I wanted him to leave but that [meant] an open spot." 

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