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A Nova No-No Through 6 Helps the Yankees Shut out the Orioles

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Ivan Nova threw six no-hit innings, Yankees manager Joe Girardi unveiled what could be his opening-day lineup and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 on Wednesday night.

Nova, competing with Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and Sergio Mitre for one of two open spots in the Yankees’ rotation behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett, struck out four. He threw
41 of 59 pitches for strikes.

Mark Teixeira had an RBI double, the Yankees’ third straight hit to start the first off Jim Johnson. After Jorge Posada had a fourth-inning run-scoring single, Alex Rodriguez made it 4-0 on a two-run homer in the sixth.

Vladimir Guerrero got the Orioles’ only hit, a two-out double in the seventh off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who then retired Luke Scott to complete his second scoreless inning this spring.Orioles manager Buck Showalter had encouraging news about several injured players. He didn’t rule out second baseman Brian Roberts (back), first baseman Derrek Lee (right wrist) and reliever Koji Uehara (elbow soreness) returning as soon as this weekend.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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