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Yankees rough up Pavano

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Losing to his former team wasn't on the list of reasons why Carl Pavano was unhappy with his performance Sunday.

Pavano had his worst outing of spring training, giving up five runs to the New York Yankees, but the Minnesota Twins still won, 7-6.

Pavano, slated to start on opening day for the Twins, took a 0.95 ERA into the game against the team he won only nine games for in four injury-plagued seasons. He gave up five runs -- four earned -- and 11 hits in six innings. Pavano walked one and struck out four.

"You have starts like this," Pavano said. "It's all about being healthy. Obviously the results aren't what I would like to see, but up to this point I've been pretty consistent. I just expect more out of myself."

Robinson Cano hit a solo homer off Pavano in the first inning. It was Cano's second homer of the spring.

"It was just one of those days where it was a battle," Pavano said.

Since joining the Twins in an August 2009 trade with Cleveland, Pavano has paved his way to becoming an opening day starter again.

"He's resurrected his career," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He has pitched well for the Twins. He's given them innings. When we've faced him in the playoffs, he has pitched well.

"The guy knows how to pitch," Girardi continued. "The big thing for Carl is that he has been healthy."


Gee lifts Bisons

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bisons brought their spring training exhibition record to 3-6 Sunday with a 13-3 win over the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Right-hander Dillon Gee earned the victory for the Herd, pitching five shutout innings. He struck out five.

Ruben Tejada had a baseball loaded triple while Zach Lutz had two hits, including a solo home run. Justin Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had two hits each for Buffalo.

The Bisons will open their regular season at 3:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at Coca-Cola Field.


Around the horn

*Carlos Silva was released by the Chicago Cubs, one day after they told the veteran pitcher he would not make the opening-day roster. The move Sunday leaves the Cubs on the hook for Silva's $11.5 million salary this season. The 31-year-old right-hander made it clear Saturday he would not accept a minor league assignment.

*The Washington Nationals traded hot-tempered outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash. Dykstra is the son of former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra. The trade came two days after Milwaukee sent outfielder Chris Dickerson to the New York Yankees for pitcher Sergio Mitre.

*The Cincinnati Reds reassigned left-hander Dontrelle Willis to their minor league camp. Willis, who agreed to a minor league deal in November, was trying to win a spot in Cincinnati's bullpen but walked 11 in 9 2/3 innings this spring. The 29-year-old Willis has struggled since he went 22-10 for Florida in 2005.

*Roy Halladay breezed through his final tuneup for the regular season, throwing in a two-run single for good measure. The NL Cy Young Award winner pitched three innings of two-hit ball as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-1.

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