Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Nova's Adjustment

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Nova's Adjustment

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As a starter-turned-reliever, Ivan Nova is still trying to adjust to bullpen life. But he wouldn't blame his new, undefined relief role as the root cause of Wednesday night's awful one-inning appearance. "I had bad days when I was starting [too]," said Nova, hammered for four runs on five hits against Toronto.

Nova entered with the Blue Jays leading, 3-2, in the eighth. In his only other relief outing this season, Nova tossed four scoreless innings against Houston. "You're trying to adjust and find a way," but the lengthy downtime between appearances "has been hard," Nova said. "But I'm staying positive."

If he's not called upon for long stretches, the right-hander must throw side sessions to stay sharp. But finding the right formula is a dilemma for Nova, who lost the No. …

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