Ivan Nova will look to build on his strong debut to his season as the Yankees take on the Angels

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles April 24,  2011

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles April 24, 2011

After losing to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4-1, in the series opener in Anaheim, the Yankees (41-36) and Angels will play Game 2 at 10:05 EST on Tuesday. Ivan Nova will get his second start of the season for the Yankees after throwing a shutout in 6.2 innings last week and Andrew Heaney will also get his second start of his season.

CC Sabathia allowed four runs in 7.1 innings in Monday’s loss. He has now allowed four earned runs or more in three out of his last four starts to raise his ERA to 5.59. He would have a better ERA this season but his 19 homers allowed lead the American League.

He allowed one run respectively in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings, which is different from many of his starts because he has usually been victimized by many runs in one inning. In the first inning, Albert Pujols hit a double to right to score Johnny Giavotella to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. The Yankees tied the game in the third inning when Alex Rodriguez hit a grounder between first and second, off of C.J. Wilson, to score Didi Gregorius for his 45th RBI of the season.

Mike Trout‘s homer just over the wall near the rocks in center gave the Angels all the runs they would need. That homer gave him four 20 plus homer seasons before the age of 24, and he is now one of six players to accomplish that feat. Kole Calhoun hit an RBI double to right in the fifth and then C.J. Cron hit his second homer of the season in the seventh inning.

The Yankees actually out hit the Angels, 8-6, but were only 1-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. Chris Young was 0-4 and Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner were all 0-1. Young would have had two RBI doubles in this game, but Trout made two outstanding Gold Glove caliber running catches in center field on two of his line drives.

Trout was the MVP last season for a reason as he can dominate the game offensively and defensively.

“Mike showed you his talent in every phase tonight,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Ivan Nova will look to dominate tonight just like he did in his first start after coming off of the disabled list. Against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 24, he pitched 6.2 shutout innings while only allowing three hits. He was able to throw his fastball effectively and he was able to locate his curveball after his extra minor league start.

Heaney, who was the Angels No. 1 prospect after the 2014 season according to Baseball America, had a 4.71 ERA in 14 starts at Triple-A Salt Lake City before being called up before his start on June 24. He only allowed one earned run in six innings while striking out six in his major-league debut. He relies primarily on a sinker (92mph), curve (80mph) and changeup (84mph).

The Angels have a more powerful offensive lineup than the Phillies, which means that this will be a true test to see if Nova is all the way back. In 2013, which was Nova’s last healthy season, he had a 2.44 ERA at home and a 4.40 ERA on the road leading to a very good 3.10 ERA. Tonight’s game will be played in Anaheim, which means that those splits are not in Nova’s favor, but their lineup is not very strong outside of Pujols and Trout.

Chris Young, who is hitting .370 in the last seven days, will be batting second for his second consecutive game. Before the last three games, he had four consecutive multi-hit games. This is the lineup for tonight’s game against the Angels, who have a 40-37 record:

Brett Gardner CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B


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