Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 19th
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (19-19) at New York Yankees (21-18), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Homer Bailey (1-3, 4.35)
NY Yankees - Ivan Nova (4-1, 5.44)
(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees have lost just once this season when
Ivan Nova's taken the mound. The Dominican right-hander gets the ball this
afternoon in the continuation of a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Nova's lone defeat over the stretch came in a 5-0 home loss to Baltimore on
May 2. Other than that, he's been on a tear in regular season play, even going
back to 2011. Since a June 3 loss against the Angels, Nova has won 16 of his
last 17 decisions.
He's undefeated in four career interleague starts, going 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA,
with the Yankees winning each of those outings. Additionally, Nova won his
lone appearance against the Reds, allowing just one run over eight innings.
Homer Bailey, who is winless over his last four starts (0-1), counters for the
Reds. The righty threw 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision vs. Atlanta on Monday.
He's never faced the Yankees.
On Friday, Andy Pettitte dazzled on the mound, pitching eight scoreless
innings, as the Yankees won, 4-0.
Pettitte (1-1) made his second start since re-joining the club and limited the
Reds to four hits, all singles, walked one and struck out nine to pick up his
first regular-season win since July 8, 2010 at Seattle.
Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez both homered in the eighth for New York, which
avoided a season-high fourth consecutive loss.
Even with Friday's win, the Yankees have scored just eight runs over their
last four games.
"We're going to keep working hard to make it better and I'm sure things will
change," Ibanez said.
Boone Logan tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the four-hit shutout.
Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo (2-2) gave up a fourth-inning run and
recorded the first two outs in the eighth before Cano clubbed a solo home run
to deep right field. Alex Rodriguez then singled and scored on Ibanez's blast
"It's tough to keep those guys down all night," Arroyo said. "In the end, the
four runs was a killer."
The Yankees are facing the Reds in interleague play for the second straight
season and fourth time overall. New York won two of three games last year in a
series at Great American Ball Park.
The Yankees have recorded a winning record in interleague play in each of the
last 12 seasons (since 2000), and lost just one season series vs. the NL in
the 15 seasons of interleague play (5-10 in 1997).
05/19 11:00:52 ET