Ivan Nova makes first rehab start since Tommy John surgery

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Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova took a big step in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery Monday, making his first minor-league rehab start.

Nova threw 4.2 innings at Single-A, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three and walking zero. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that scouts in attendance were impressed with Nova, who topped out at 95 miles per hour about 13 months removed from surgery.

Nova made just four starts last season before being shut down, but the Yankees retained him via arbitration for $3.3 million this year hoping he can rejoin the rotation for the second half.  He has a 4.20 ERA in 538 career innings through age 27.

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.