After struggling in his team’s season opener, Carl Pavano
bounced back with a pair of spectacular outings. Now he looks to
respond in similar fashion.
The Minnesota Twins right-hander is coming off another dreadful
performance entering Sunday’s matchup with his former team, the
Pavano (1-2, 5.47 ERA) opened his 13th major league campaign by
allowing eight runs and three homers over four innings in a 13-3
loss at Toronto on April 1. He shook off that outing to give up one
run over his next two starts, pitching eight innings in each, but
heads into this one after an 11-0 loss in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Pavano gave up another eight runs over 4 2-3 innings. He issued
three walks in that game and has eight for the season, a total he
didn’t reach last year until his ninth start.
“He’s going to have to come out and find a way to motivate
himself and pitch and get the ball where he wants to,” manager Ron
Gardenhire told the team’s official website. “He’s experimenting
with a lot of different things right now, so he’s going to have to
keep battling through it, and then we’ll get him back out there
again and again until he finds his release point and all those
things, and gets comfortable with what he needs to do.”
Pavano might get comfortable taking on the Indians (13-7), for
whom he started 21 games before being traded to Minnesota on Aug.
7, 2009. He’s faced them four times since then, going 1-2 with a
3.33 ERA, and split two matchups last season while allowing two
runs in each.
He has received just four runs of support through four starts
but could be in line to get more help with Justin Morneau back in
the lineup and Delmon Young possibly returning. Young has missed
the past four games with an illness and a rib injury.
Morneau came back Saturday in a 10-3 win, contributing a two-run
single and finishing 2 for 5 after missing five games with the
Jason Kubel had three RBIs, and Jason Repko and Danny Valencia
drove in two runs apiece as Minnesota (8-12) scored in double
digits for the first time. The Twins came into this rain-shortened,
two-game series with a major league-worst 57 runs in 19 games.
“It seemed like everybody clicked,” Valencia said. “To score a
lot of runs like that, it was much needed and it was a long time
Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 4.85) will try to keep the Twins from
repeating that performance and help the first-place Indians avoid
their first three-game losing streak.
The right-hander also struggled in his season debut, allowing
seven runs over 6 2-3 innings April 2 against the Chicago White
Sox, but has surrendered three runs or fewer in his three
Carrasco got one run of support during his two games last season
against the Twins and took the loss in one of those, 5-1 at Target
Field on Sept. 22.
That defeat is part of Cleveland’s current six-game losing
streak to Minnesota. The Indians have averaged 2.2 runs during that
“We come out and we respect everybody, but we don’t fear
anybody,” manager Manny Acta said. “You have to respect people. We
know they are good, but these kids they go after it.”