Nova will start opener, might not finish season with Pirates

From FOX Sports - March 13, 2018

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP)Ivan Nova will be the Pirates opening-day starting pitcher at Detroit in March 29. It is unclear whether he will remain with Pittsburgh through the entire season.

Following the offseason trades 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and former 19-game winner Gerrit Cole, Nova is a veteran on a team that has turned toward youth. Nova is owed $8.5 million in each of the next two seasons as part of a $26 million, three-year contract.

I said it when I signed here, and I still feel this waythis is place I want to be, Nova explained. I love playing for the Pirates.

Acquired from the New York Yankees on July 31, 2016, Nova is 16-16 with a 3.82 ERA in 42 starts with Pittsburgh. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle calls the 31-year-old right-hander the dean of the rotation. Nova is four years older than all of the other projected starters, and his 69 wins in eight seasons are 24 more than the combined total of rotation mates Chad Kuhl, Jameson Taillon (13 each), Joe Musgrove (11) and Trevor Williams (eight).

Novas first opening-day start will be at Comerica Park, where he made his major league debut with two innings of relief on May 13, 2010.

Its a privilege, Nova said. Every starting pitchers dream is to start the season for a team, be the opening-day guy.


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