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Ivan Nova 'pumped up' to pitch for Pirates against Yankees

BRADENTON, Fla. - Like many players who leave the Yankees, Ivan Nova chose a different look with his new team.

Nova, traded to the Pirates minutes before last season's trade deadline in exchange for minor-league outfielder Tito Polo and minor-league pitcher Stephen Tarpley, took the mound against his former team Monday afternoon with a slightly unkempt beard and a blond head of hair.

"Trying to have fun now that I can do that," Nova said with a smile. "Something different."


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