Yankees to use six-man rotation this week

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Ivan Nova, who allowed two runs over seven innings against Baltimore in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, will make at least one more start for the Yankees, as the team will go to a six-man rotation this week.

The Yankees announced Monday that Nova would slot in Thursday, pushing Bartolo Colon back to Friday.

There’s some thought that Phil Hughes’ rotation spot could be on the line if he struggles Tuesday against the White Sox.  While he’s allowed just two runs in three of his four starts since returning from the DL, he’s yet to last longer than six innings.  In surrendering two runs in six innings to the Mariners last time out, he still gave up nine hits and struck out just three versus one of the game’s worst lineups.  Overall, he had a 5.48 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP in four starts last month.

Nova, who was sent down a month ago to make room for Hughes in the rotation, picked up the win in his start Saturday against the Orioles.  The Yankees have won each of his last six starts, dating back to June 10, with Nova going 5-0 with a 3.26 ERA during the span.

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”