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Nova earns ninth win with superb performance

Ivan Nova doesn't have very fond memories of Citi Field.

The 25-year-old right-hander was called into Yankees manager Joe Girardi's office during the Subway Series last year and was sent down to Triple-A.

"They have a beautiful stadium here, but I don't really like to be here," Nova said. "Last year, after I pitched, two days after, I got sent down. I don't really like this place anymore."

Despite having to work in a less-than-accommodating setting, Nova will once again find himself on the hill at Citi Field on Saturday as he starts Game 2 of a weekend series against the Mets.

Nova eventually returned to the Yankees and he finished 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA last season.

"It was a really difficult discussion, because he was on a roll," Girardi said. "Sometimes the hardest time to send a player down is when they've done nothing wrong in a sense. It became somewhat of a numbers game, and we thought he could go work on some things and come back and help us. That's exactly what he did."

Nova is again proving his worth for the Yankees this season. He is 9-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 13 starts, with 73 strikeouts and 23 walks.

Chris Young will start for the Mets. He is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in three starts this season. He went seven innings in his most recent start, allowing two earned runs in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Young has allowed nine hits in back-to-back starts and has struck out eight while walking five.

Mets: Cedeno activated
• Ronny Cedeno was activated from the disabled list on Friday. Cedeno had been on the DL since May 30 with a strained left calf.

Despite going just 5-for-29 in seven rehab games with Triple-A Buffalo, Cedeno started and played shortstop against the Yankees on Friday. Cedeno finished the game 1-for-3 with a run scored and two strikeouts.

Reliever Elvin Ramirez was optioned to Buffalo to make room for Cedeno, leaving the Mets with only six arms in the bullpen.

• The Mets have 23 wins at Citi Field this season and trail only the Dodgers (24) for most wins at home.

• David Wright is riding a 12-game hitting streak, batting .369 (17-for-46) over that span. It's Wright's third hitting streak this season of at least 10 games.

Yankees: Chamberlain uninjured in minor traffic accident
• Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain, who is in Tampa, Fla., recovering from Tommy John surgery and a right ankle injury, was involved in a minor traffic accident on Friday. Chamberlain's vehicle was struck from behind as he was on his way to a workout at the Yankees Minor League complex.

Chamberlain is expected to throw live batting practice on Monday for the first time since he suffered an open dislocation of his right ankle in a trampoline accident in late March.

• The Yankees are 14-4 thus far in June, while outscoring opponents 91-52 and outhomering them 29-14. Opposing starters have allowed 53 earned runs in 103 2/3 innings pitched, and Yankees starters have given up 35 earned runs in 125 2/3 innings pitched.

• Prior to Friday's loss to the Mets, the Yankees had won seven straight road contests dating back to June 3 against Detroit. They own the Major's best road winning percentage this season (.600, 21-14).

Worth noting
• Current Yankees players are batting .257 off Young. Russell Martin is hitting .320 (8-for-31) with two doubles off Young, and Andruw Jones has three homers in 15 plate appearances.

• The Yankees lead the all-time series with the Mets, 52-36. They are 6-4 at Citi Field.

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