It's hard for anyone to feel comfortable with the Yankees' rotation once you get past CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes. By default, A.J. Burnett is the No. 3 guy and that left plenty of spare parts and retreads battling for the other two spots. But one competition now looks like it's over.
Ivan Nova all but wrapped up the No. 4 slot with six no-hit innings in Wednesday night's 10-0 blanking of the Orioles in Tampa. Nova, 24, made 10 appearances for the Yankees last season with middling results but they don't have many other options.
It looks like a pair of broken down ex-Bisons with good major-league resumes, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, are in the battle for No. 5. Sergio Mitre was also in that competition but has had soreness in his side and has been shut down.