PHILADELPHIA — Ivan Nova will take the hill for the Pirates as they attempt to even their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

If the Pirates have an ace in their five-man rotation, it's probably 26-year-old Jameson Taillon, who has a 2.86 ERA, 21 strikeouts and one complete-game shutout in his four starts this season.

But while Taillon may be the best pitcher, there's no question that 31-year-old Nova has been the leader and steadying force of the group. It's a pretty big change for a player that spent most of his time in New York barely holding on to (and sometimes failing to hold on to) a spot in the Yankees' rotation.

"When we brought Nova over, he'd been a guy, that until last year, hadn't started over 30 times," manger Clint Hurdle said. "He'd nev...

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