Ivan Nova got off to a rocky start at Tropicana Field and couldn't recover, as the Yankees fell to the Rays, 5-1, on Friday night. Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv. Nova was hit early and often, allowing five runs on six hits in just 4 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out three but allowed two home runs. Logan Forsythe started the game with a lead-off home run, and the Rays never looked back from there. Three batters later, Corey Dickerson added a solo home run. Chad Green came on to pitch in the fifth inning, allowing an inherited runner to score on a Steven Souza Jr. sacrifice fly. Green allowed just one hit over 3 2/3 innings of relief. Mark Teixeira drove in Jacoby Ellsbury with an RBI
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With the trade deadline approaching and the likelihood of a starter being moved remaining high, the Rays would probably love for Alex Cobb to be ready soon. It doesn't look like that'll be the case, but his outing Friday seemed encouraging. Triple-A Durham Bulls (49-58) After allowing a first-inning run, Austin Pruitt settled in for a nice start in Durham's 9-1 win over Louisville. He allowed a couple singles to start the game leading up to the run, but the Bats only managed three hits off him the rest of the way. He finished with the one run on his line on five hits and a walk in six innings with six strikeouts. Eury Perez stole home on a double steal in the third, and the Bulls were up 2-0