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NYM@NYY: Nova fans the side on nine pitches

Ivan Nova will start for the Yankees on Sunday. After that, there's no definitive plan outlining the right-hander's future.

"We don't really have [a plan]," manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll see what happens."

Nova has spent time on the disabled list this season, and he hasn't pitched for the Yankees since May 29. He made four starts in April and two relief appearances in late May. He has posted a 2-1 record and a 5.16 ERA.

Nova will be opposed in the series finale by Tampa Bay hurler Chris Archer, who has hopes of a long-term stay in the Rays' rotation. To do that, he'll need to make some adjustments that can keep him in games longer. Archer has lasted five innings in only one of his four starts.

"At times, I'm pounding the zone, strike one, strike two. And then the other times, I'm ball one, ball two," Archer said. "We just reviewed some video, just some minor tweaks. Things that [pitching coach Jim] Hickey's really good at seeing and doing with everybody. We've just been implementing them throughout the week. And it's been going well."

On June 12, Archer needed 103 pitches to log four innings in a 2-1 loss to Boston. Six days later, he tossed 109 pitches in 4 2/3 frames of a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox. He said he planned to make minor mechanical adjustments that would keep his pitches closer to the strike zone.

"I'm not trying to nibble," Archer said. "I'm not trying to pitch around people. I feel confident in my stuff to where I don't have to do that."

Rays: Maddon encouraged by Price's outing
Southpaw David Price allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings in his first rehab start Friday night for Class A Charlotte. Rays manager Joe Maddon was pleased with the results.

"He did well, he did real well," Maddon said. "The velocity was really good, like up to 96 [mph] I heard. He didn't pitch at that, but he arrived at that. Then the curve and the cutter and the changeup were all good. He felt very good afterwards. It was a positive experience."

Yankees: Almonte impressing his skipper
Zoilo Almonte has turned heads with his play this weekend. The longtime Minor Leaguer went 3-for-4 with a home run in Friday night's win over the Rays. He notched a two-run single and an RBI walk in Saturday's triumph.

"Some guys just take a little bit longer than others," Girardi said. "Sometimes it can be a little bit more difficult for a switch-hitter, because you talk about getting so many at-bats for a player, but you've got to do it for both [sides] in a sense. I've been around guys that have been in the big leagues at 21, 22 and I've been around guys that haven't gotten there until they're 27, 28. So it's just kind of a timing thing."

Worth noting
• Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has converted all but one of his 27 save opportunities.

• Rays rookie Wil Myers socked his first career homer Saturday, a grand slam.

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