Carl Pavano once said he knew in his heart he wanted to pitch in New York.
The Yankees have yet to show him the feeling is mutual.
Hoping for a little run support, Pavano will make his fourth start in search of his first win when the Yankees open a two-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Pavano signed a four-year, $39.95 million contract with the Yankees in the offseason following a successful three-year run in Florida that featured a World Series win over New York in 2003.
But since the 6-foot-5 right-hander’s first start with his new team, he has been given very little margin for error because the Yankees have scored just four runs in his 14 innings. As a result, Pavano is 0-2 through three starts despite allowing just six earned runs.
Pavano allowed seven runs, but just three earned, and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings in an 8-1 series-opening loss to Baltimore on Friday.
“This wasn’t the outing I was looking for to start us off,” Pavano said. “I wanted to get some momentum going, so I’m disappointed in myself.”
Yankees manager Joe Torre was quick to defend Pavano and put more of the blame on New York’s hitters.
“We didn’t give him very much to work with,” Torre said. “I can’t say he ran out of gas; they just caught up to him.”
After scoring 19 runs in a win on Monday, the Yankees went back to struggling on Tuesday, as they were shut down by journeyman Hideo Nomo in a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
New York has dropped seven of nine.
Toronto continued its surprising start with a 4-3 win in Boston on Tuesday.
Shea Hillenbrand recorded two more hits and in the process extended his hitting streak to nine games, during which he’s hitting .474 (18-for-38).