Carl Pavano gave the Yankees what they needed last night backed by Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez.
I also wrote a notebook which didn’t make the web site for some reason. So here it is:
MINNEAPOLIS – Andy Pettitte has a strict routine he adheres to between starts, a mix of running, weight lifting and throwing. After 13 seasons in the majors, he knows what works for him.
His preparation was thrown off schedule March 19 when he experienced back spasms while working out. His plan to leave spring training having thrown 90 pitches in his final game was ripped up.
“I threw 66 in a minor-league game and I was gassed after throwing 40,” Pettitte said. “It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.”
Pettitte allowed four runs on six hits and three walks in his first start of the season and couldn’t get through five innings. But in the four days since, he has been able to get back on his customary schedule.
“No promises, but it’s going to be better this time,” said Pettitte, who faces the Minnesota Twins tonight. “I feel a lot more like myself. Just being able to run again makes a big difference.”
Pettitte hasn’t faced the Twins since April 19, 2003 during his first stint with the Yankees. He is 7-5 against them in 16 career starts.
Pettitte pitched an inning in relief on Sunday, helping save the bullpen from more work.
“It’s not ideal, but I was going to throw in the bullpen anyway,” he said. “I wanted to do it.”
“He wanted to stay in there, it looked easy for him. He may have needed that,” Joe Torre said. “He was behind in spring training so any kind of work he gets (is good). Andy’s been around long enough to know what’s good for him. If (Sunday) is any indication, it looks like he’s pretty confident where the ball is going.”
Melky’s a mess: Melky Cabrera is 2 for 21 and didn’t get the ball out of the infield last night. But he will play left field as long as Hideki Matsui (left hamstring) is out.
“He’ll play every day,” Torre said.
Kevin Thompson joined the team from Class AAA Scranton. The Yankees wanted him as an extra right-handed bat off the bench.
Temperate climate: It was a balmy 70 degrees in the Metrodome, which several Yankees said led to their 11-hit night.
“It was a lot nicer playing inside after those games in New York,” said Johnny Damon, who had two hits in his first start since straining his right calf on Opening Day.
Nearly every Yankee attended an optional early batting practice session. Damon was the first player to ask for the extra work. Because of the cold in New York, the Yankees had taken batting practice inside over the weekend.
Extra bases: Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano each made good plays across the middle to take hits away from Twins. Former Twin Doug Mientkiewicz also handled several tough throws. After making six errors in the first two games, the Yankees have two in the last four. … Alex Rodriguez shared the American League player of the week award with Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels. … With a day off coming Thursday, Darrell Rasner will pitch out of the bullpen and have his turn skipped. … Chien-Ming Wang threw batting practice in Tampa. Jeff Karstens will throw batting practice today and pitch in a game on Saturday. Karstens may need only one start before coming off the disabled list, Wang two. Wang’s first rehab game has not been scheduled but he is expected back in two weeks.