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Nova pitches Yankees to win

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 03:11 PM
CHICAGO -

Rookie Ivan Nova set aside any worries about a Major League Baseball investigation and earned his first career win, Marcus Thames hit another homer and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Sunday.

It was an impressive outing for Nova (1-0), who allowed one run and five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in 52/3 innings. He outpitched Gavin Floyd (9-11) in his second start, a day after reports surfaced that the league is investigating him and a former minor-league teammate for allegedly injecting each other with B-12 shots. The vitamin is not on baseball's list of banned substances.

Before the game, the White Sox gave The Big Hurt a big honor, retiring Frank Thomas' No. 35.

•The Associated Press is reporting the Dodgers are close to sending Manny Ramirez to the White Sox, with the deal expected to be completed today.

Around the AL

Ryan Raburn (Durant) hit two home runs, Rick Porcello pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and Detroit beat Toronto 10-4. ... Gio Gonzalez won his third consecutive start as Oakland beat Texas 8-2. ... Jeremy Guthrie allowed four hits while pitching into the ninth, and two relievers finished the Orioles' 1-0 victory vs. Los Angeles, completing Baltimore's six-game season sweep of the Angels. ... A wild pitch, a misplayed fly ball and a fielder's choice by Adam Moore in a two-run seventh helped lift Seattle past Minnesota 2-1. ... Kila Ka'aihue hit a go-ahead double in the seventh as Kansas City beat Cleveland 6-2.

Around the NL

Brian McCann hit a game-winning homer with help from video replay, giving Atlanta a stunning 7-6 victory against Florida, which had a 6-1 lead after seven innings. ... Cole Hamels shut down his hometown Padres on four singles in eight innings, leading Philadelphia to a 5-0 win and three-game sweep of San Diego. ... Kosuke Fukudome's throwing error in the eighth inning helped Cincinnati rally for a 7-5 victory. ... Adam Wainwright struggled for five innings and St. Louis lost to Washington 4-2. ... Jose Guillen hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning as San Francisco beat Arizona 9-7. ... Dexter Fowler hit two triples to set a Colorado record and had three RBIs as the Rockies beat Los Angeles 10-5. ... Trevor Hoffman earned his 599th career save as Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh, 8-4. ... R.A. Dickey flustered the Astros with knuckleballs and foiled them with his bat, leading the Mets to a 5-1 victory. Dickey had a two-run single.

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