Twins 5, Royals 2
Just a few years ago, Carl Pavano never thought he’s earn his
100th career victory.
Pavano pitched a complete game and allowed just one single the
final four innings reaching the milestone, and the Minnesota Twins
beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Friday night.
In four years with the New York Yankees, Pavano won just nine
games from 2005-08, spending more time on the disabled list than on
”I didn’t really start thinking about career wins probably like
until two or three years ago,” Pavano said. ”Some of the stuff
that I’ve gone through the goals were always to stay healthy and go
out and compete. As you get older, you see the milestones start to
add up a little bit and they start to come.
”It’s a pretty good milestone – a lot of perseverance, a lot of
commitment, a lot of great teams behind me to help me do it along
the way,” he said. ”It’s a fun part of a career, but I’m glad it
is behind me and now I can move on to different goals.”
Pavano (3-5), who was 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA in six May starts, won
for the first time since April 24. He held the Royals to two runs
and eight hits in his first complete game since Sept. 10, 2010,
after throwing seven complete games last year. He threw 83 strikes
in 112 pitches.
”I’m glad they gave me the opportunity to finish it,” Pavano
said. ”Andy (pitching coach Rick Anderson) was ready to hand it
over to a fresh bullpen, but I talked him out of it. My pitch
counts the last three or four games have been up there. I felt
strong, so keep pushing it.”
In his 13th season, Pavano is 100-94 in 270 games – 252 starts
for five teams.
”I feel like I’m getting the consistency back,” Pavano said.
”I’m definitely logging more innings and more quality innings.
There’s a difference between logging innings and quality innings.
I’m not where I want to be, but I’m on my way.”
Michael Cuddyer homered off Royals rookie left-hander Danny
Duffy in the third. It was Cuddyer’s 18th career home run against
Denard Span drove in Ben Revere and Drew Butera with a two-out
double in the second inning. Duffy walked Butera, who was hitting
.133, before Span hit a liner over center fielder Melky Cabrera’s
Duffy (0-1), who was making his fourth big league start,
departed after 96 pitches and five innings, yielding three runs on
seven hits and three walks, while striking out three.
Butera’s sixth inning double to left off Tim Collins scored Luke
Hughes to give the Twins a 4-2 lead. Butera’s sacrifice fly in the
eighth scored Delmon Young to pad the Twins lead.
The Royals scored both of their runs in the fourth when they
grouped four singles together with Alex Gordon and Brayan Pena
driving in the runs. Billy Butler had three of the Royals’ nine
”Carl’s the story,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ”He
really grinded it out. He had one tough inning. His seventh, eighth
and ninth were really good. It’s a big night for Carl for
Royals rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer had a ground-rule double
in the third that bounced off the padding and a fan picked it up
over the fence. The umpiring crew reviewed it and called it a
double, not a home run.
”We couldn’t find the holes,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
”We hit balls right at guys all night long. Pavano had great
location, and he did it with two pitches. He did it with a fastball
and a change-up. He threw three or four sliders and he changed
speeds real effectively. He got us out front, a lot.”
NOTES: The Royals placed RHP Sean O’Sullivan, who was 0-3 with a
13.25 ERA in his past four starts, on the 15-day disabled list
Friday with biceps tendinitis. The Royals recalled RHP Jesse Chavez
from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 2-3 with five saves and a 4.94
ERA in 19 games. Chavez will go to the bullpen, while the Royals
have not yet announced who will replace O’Sullivan in the rotation.
… The Twins acquired OF Jeremy Reed from the Brewers for cash
considerations and sent him to their Triple-A Rochester club. Reed
has played in the majors with Seattle, New York Mets, Toronto and
Milwaukee, including seven games with the Brewers this season.
”We’ll see what he has left,” Gardenhire said. ”If he has
something that can help us, that’s a good thing.”