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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 4, 2011 at 05:20:37 PM

Today is April 4 and a year ago Ivan Nova was preparing to spend most of the season in the International League. Tonight he takes the mound for his eighth career start and will be facing a lineup featuring four lefties and two switch-hitters, meaning there will be at least six at-bats to left-handed hitters when he faces the following lineup:


1 - Denard Span CF

2 - Tsuyoshi Nishioka - 2B

3 - Joe Mauer - C

4 - Justin Morneau - 1B

5 - Delmon Young - LF

6 - Jim Thome - DH

7 - Jason Kubel - RF

8 - Danny Valencia - 3B

9 - Alexei Casilla - SS

In his brief time as a major league (42 innings), Nova has allowed three home runs and 10 walks to left-handed hitters.

Nova's season debut is certainly not based on a brief track record against left-handed hitters, but more upon the 20

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 5, 2010 at 03:06:43 AM

Francisco Liriano is another in a long line of pitchers to recover from “Tommy John” surgery. In 2010, he set career highs for innings (191.2), wins (14), starts (31) and strikeouts (201). He also is back to throwing the slider 33.8 of the time, which is near the 2006 number of 37.6.

Liriano ended the regular-season by going 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA over his final three starts and Lavelle Neal from the Minneapolis-Star Tribune has more details from seeing most of those starts in person.

What is listed is the breakdown. First are Liriano’s four career starts against the Yankees followed by how he pitched the projected Yankee lineup in his last encounter with them in May.

Liriano vs. the Yankees in four starts:

 5/26/10 at Target Field: 7 IP, two runs, eight hits, seven