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Nova to be called up?

Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova reacts after striking

Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova reacts after striking out Mets center fielder Angel Pagan to end the bottom of the fifth inning. (July 1, 2011) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Girardi hinted that Ivan Nova could pitch in Game 2 of Saturday's split doubleheader with the Orioles, though he refused to come out and say it.

Girardi rattled off three of the four starting pitchers for the Baltimore series: A.J. Burnett Friday, followed by Bartolo Colon in Game 1 of the doubleheader and Freddy Garcia for Sunday.

Asked if Nova, who is currently pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would be on tap for Game 2, Girardi said: "I'm not going to name something before it actually happens." When later pressed on the issue of Nova starting, he smiled and said: "You can surmise a lot."

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