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Pavano doesn't downplay Yankee years

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carl Pavano, the Twins' Game 2 starter, laughed when he was asked if there was anything positive he took from his four years with the Yankees (which were spent mostly on the disabled list).

Maybe Pavano thought the question was a joke but it wasn't. "There wasn't much good that went on," he said. So at least the guy can laugh at himself.

Pavano was a longstanding joke inside the Yankees clubhouse, mostly for his injuries. Many players questioned his commitment and will, criticisms Mike Mussina went public with one afternoon in Tampa during spring training in 2007.

Pavano, to his credit, doesn't downplay his disastrous four years in pinstripes. "It's all in the past," he said, "so what are you going to do?"

Meanwhile Twins manager Ron Gardenhire just referred to Pavano as someone who wants the ball every five days "sort of like Jack Morris."

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