Carl Pavano will shoot for his third victory in as many starts and help the underachieving New York Yankees win their second straight series from the Toronto Blue Jays as the teams complete a three-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Pavano, signed as a free agent this past offseason, has the best ERA of any Yankees starter at 3.10.
After going winless in his first three outings, the right-hander has been the beneficiary of 23 runs of support in winning his last two starts.
On Tuesday, Alex Rodriguez belted three homers and drove in 10 runs to back a solid seven-inning effort by Pavano in the Yankees’ 12-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Pavano has allowed four earned runs and 14 hits over 15 innings during his modest win streak, striking out five and walking two.
“When there’s runs on the board or not, I’ve got to make my pitches and stick to my plan,” said Pavano, who posted his first win as a Yankee in an 11-2 rout at Toronto on April 20.
Pavano is the last New York starter to post a win as the Yankees dropped three straight after his victory against the Angels before Saturday’s dramatic 4-3 triumph over Toronto.
New York pulled out the win on Tony Womack’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, putting the Yankees in position for their first series win since sweeping a two-game set in Toronto from April 20-21.
Despite watching the $200 million Yankees complete their first losing April since 1991, manager Joe Torre is enthused by his club’s play of late.
“But the last couple of days, I just sense the different personality, which I like better,” he said. “The last couple of days, my feeling has been we got the fight back in us now.”