Milano says ex Pavano is highly misunderstood

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Alyssa Milano isn't just a New York native, famous actress and baseball enthusiast. She's also an ex-flame of Carl Pavano. Despite knowing Pavano, Milano - at Citi Field to promote the opening of her Touch Boutique, which sells team-logo clothes for female fans - expressed her support of the beleaguered former Yankee, who will start Sunday for the Indians against his former team at Yankee Stadium. "Nobody wants to be good more than Carl," Milano told reporters Saturday before the Mets' 1-0 victory over the Brewers. When a reporter replied, "Really?!" Milano responded: "Yeah, absolutely. He's a competitor. You think he wakes up every day and is just content sucking? No! "The guy wants to play good baseball. With everything the media says about him, he probably says 100 times worse in his own head. He's a good guy, and he's a major competitor." Milano, who was born in Brooklyn's Bensonhurst neighborhood and moved to Staten Island before relocating to Los Angeles to star in "Who's the Boss?" and "Charmed," has dated Pavano, as well as the Giants' Barry Zito and Boston's Brad Penny. When a reporter informed Milano that Yankees fans booed Pavano during Thursday's pregame introductions, Milano said: "I feel bad for him. I just think it's been a head thing for him. If I were him, I don't think I would've stayed in the American League." When she learned that Pavano will start Sunday against the Yankees' A.J. Burnett, Milano said, "Yeah, that's not going to be pretty."

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