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Nova savors first big league hit

ATLANTA -- The baseball from Ivan Nova's first Major League hit on Monday night is going in a prized place on the night table next his bed, along with the balls from his first big league victory and first strikeout.

Nova smacked a solid single to right-center field with two outs and no one on in the second inning of Monday's 3-0 Yankees victory over the Braves at Turner Field.

Hitting during Interleague Play in a National League park, Nova seemed as excited about the hit as he was about his eighth victory in 10 decisions. The Yanks right-hander combined with four relievers to shut down the Braves on five singles, all of them off Nova in his seven innings. Nova walked one, whiffed six and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts.

The hit came off Braves starter and losing pitcher Randall Delgado.

"I was going to hack at the first pitch, but he was throwing hard, so I took it," Nova said. "He was throwing, like, 100 [mph]. On that second pitch, I wasn't thinking about getting a base hit; I just wanted to make contact. I didn't want to strike out. I got a pretty good swing on it. It was fun."

At the plate, Yankees pitchers are a combined 31-for-306 (.086) with eight doubles and 11 RBIs since the advent of Interleague Play in 1997. No Yanks pitcher has hit a homer.

Nova said that if he were to accomplish that, the home run ball would go on the night table with the others.

ATLANTA -- The baseball from Ivan Nova's first Major League hit on Monday night is going in a prized place on the night table next his bed, along with the balls from his first big league victory and first strikeout.

Nova smacked a solid single to right-center field with two outs and no one on in the second inning of Monday's 3-0 Yankees victory over the Braves at Turner Field.

Hitting during Interleague Play in a National League park, Nova seemed as excited about the hit as he was about his eighth victory in 10 decisions. The Yanks right-hander combined with four relievers to shut down the Braves on five singles, all of them off Nova in his seven innings. Nova walked one, whiffed six and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts.

The hit came off Braves starter and losing pitcher Randall Delgado.

"I was going to hack at the first pitch, but he was throwing hard, so I took it," Nova said. "He was throwing, like, 100 [mph]. On that second pitch, I wasn't thinking about getting a base hit; I just wanted to make contact. I didn't want to strike out. I got a pretty good swing on it. It was fun."

At the plate, Yankees pitchers are a combined 31-for-306 (.086) with eight doubles and 11 RBIs since the advent of Interleague Play in 1997. No Yanks pitcher has hit a homer.

Nova said that if he were to accomplish that, the home run ball would go on the night table with the others.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.