One year ago on this day, the Cleveland Indians traded Carl
Pavano to the Minnesota Twins. Given the way Pavano has pitched in
2010, the woeful Indians might harbor a little regret over that
After having an eight-game win streak snapped earlier this week,
the Twins right-hander will try to bounce back Saturday night in
his first matchup this year against his former team.
Following four injury-plagued and ineffective years with the
Yankees, Pavano signed with Cleveland before the start of last
season and was 9-8 with a 5.37 ERA when the Indians sent him to
Minnesota on Aug. 7.
He was 5-4 with a 4.64 ERA in 12 starts with the Twins, who
rallied to make the postseason.
Pavano has experienced a resurgence this year, going 13-7 with a
3.32 ERA, and most of those wins have come over the past two
months. However, he comes into this start after suffering his first
loss since June 3.
Pavano gave up four runs and nine hits over six innings in
Monday’s 4-2 defeat in Tampa. The loss is among three through five
games of a road trip that concludes against AL Central-leading
Chicago, which leads the Twins (61-49) by 1 1/2 games.
Their latest defeat on the 10-game trek included some
controversy, as Jim Thome’s apparent home run in the ninth inning
was ruled a double and upheld on replay. Alexi Casilla followed
with a tying two-run single, but Matt LaPorta homered in the bottom
half to give Cleveland a 7-6 win.
“That was a good feeling,” LaPorta said. “I’ve never hit a
walkoff. I can’t remember doing it.”
Fausto Carmona (11-8, 3.78) will try to help the Indians (47-63)
to their sixth win in eight games by building on a strong effort in
Monday’s 6-5 victory in Boston. After getting tagged for seven runs
in a loss to the Yankees on July 28, the right-hander gave up two
runs and scattered eight hits against the Red Sox for his fourth
win in five starts.
Carmona, though, has had a string of disastrous outings against
the Twins in recent seasons. He’s 0-5 with a 10.41 ERA in his last
six matchups, losing 9-3 at Progressive Field on April 30 after
giving up six runs over six innings.
Pavano went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two matchups last September
against the Indians and is 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA in three career
Twins catcher Joe Mauer, hitting .515 (17 for 33) with 15 RBIs
in his last nine games, will likely be the team’s designated hitter
for the fifth straight game. Mauer has been recovering from
shoulder problems, and Drew Butera was already expected to be
behind the plate with Pavano starting.
“We’ll give him a couple days here to DH and go from there,”
manager Ron Gardenhire told the Twins’ official website. “We still
have a long ways to go in the season.”
These teams have split 10 meetings this season.