BRADENTON, Fla. - There were very few bright spots today in the Pirates' 12-0 loss to the Blue Jays. Perhaps the biggest one might have been the performance of Ivan Nova, who made his first start of Spring Training and pitched two perfect innings. After the start, Nova reflected on how this spring is going so far, considering it's the first one for him with the Pirates, and the first one away from the Yankees.
"I think this is the best one so far," Nova said with a smile.
Sure, you'd expect him to say that about a team that just gave him a three-year deal. But there's a bit more to this situation. Nova has a spot in Pittsburgh. He spent years battling for one of the final rotation spots in New York, moving back and forth between the bullpen and rotation. This weekend, he was named th...
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