August 1, 2012 12:00 AM
" Bidding for Ryan Dempster came down to the wire, but, in the end, the Rangers landed the Cubs starter just as the trade deadline passed.
The reason for the Yankees' interest in Dempster was obvious even if the need for him didn't quite reach the level of pressing. The Yankees have gotten good work from their pitching staff for most of the season, but gearing up for a run at a World Series can mean pushing good aside for something potentially great.
By the end of Tuesday night, it was fair to wonder if the Yankees had passed on good for something that's potentially a nightmare. Ivan Nova was horrid against the Orioles, handing back a 5-0 first inning lead and giving up nine runs overall in an 11-5 loss that sliced the Yankees' division lead to 5.5 games.
Nova said after the game that he had good command, which would indicate that his plan was to miss spots and leave balls bubbling in the zone just long enough for the Orioles to crush them into all corners of Yankee Stadium "
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