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The Orioles may have helped an American League East rival make a tough decision.

New York Yankees young right-hander Ivan Nova, who is competing for a spot in the Yankees' rotation, was spectacular Wednesday night.

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He plunked Robert Andino to lead off the game and has been practically perfect since in six innings. The only other Oriole to reach base in the first six innings was Adam Jones, who got to first on an Alex Rodriguez error. Nova struck out four while allowing no hits and no walks. He faced 19 batters, just one over the minimum.

Perhaps most impressive, Nova needed just 59 pitches, 41 for strikes, in six innings. He was replaced by Mariano Rivera.

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The Orioles are down 4-0 heading into the seventh. Rodriguez hit a two-run homer against Clay Rapada in the bottom of the sixth.

The Orioles have used a carousel of relievers, with Jim Johnson starting the game and giving up three hits and one run in one inning. The damage could have been worse, but Mark Reynolds turned a 5-3 double play with runners on second and third and no outs.

Mark Hendrickson threw two scoreless innings and David Riske had one. Michael Gonzalez gave up a run in his lone inning pitched.

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