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

the mound.

”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

the Royals.

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

head.

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

hits.

”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

sure.”

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.”