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Yankees Win In Nova’s Return; Regain AL East Lead

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees is pulled from the game in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 15, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Ivan Nova returned for his first start in nearly a month to lead the Yankees past the Rays 5-3 on Saturday, and coupled with Baltimore’s loss, New York retook sole possession of the AL East division lead.

Nova (12-7) yielded two runs on four hits through six innings while striking out eight.

Eduardo Nunez hit a solo homer in the second to follow Curtis Granderson’s 38th round tripper of the year, a two run shot off Rays’ starter James Shields.

Derek Jeter added an RBI single in the fifth and Alex Rodriguez did the same in the eighth.

Rafael Soriano worked around a hit and a walk to earn save No. 39.

Shields (14-9) was charged with four earned runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.

The Orioles 5-2 loss to the A’s give the bombers a one game advantage with each team having 17 games left on the schedule.

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