Ron Villone seems to be struggling ever since Torre said he was pretty much a shoe-in to make the roster. He's allowed a couple of runs in the 7th, Yankees up 7-5.
Josh Phelps belted a solo home run for a 7-3 lead.
Kyle Farnsworth had a nice easy inning, striking out 2.
Pavano exited after 4 1-3 innings. Mike Myers came on, allowing a hit and an RBI grounder.
Pavano's final line - 4.1 IP 8 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 2 K
Yankees 6-3 lead.
A-Rod's solo shot off of Lohse gives the Yankees a 6-2 lead.
On a side note, Jeff "Cowboy" Brantley is in his 1st year as a play-by-play guy for the Reds radio broadcast. While he did a decent job on BBTN, he absolutely stinks in this capacity. Gets the players mixed up and forgets to inform you as to what is going on.
Now we've got the Pavano we all know and hate. A lead off walk to Valentin, and a single to Ross put two on. Janish smacked a ball off the right field wall...and no one scored. Bad base running by Valentin gave Janish a long single and loaded the bases. But...Pavano gives up a 2-run single to Kyle Loshe - yes, the pitcher! Trade Pavano now and put Karstens or Rasner or whoever in there. 5-2 game after 4.
Robinson Cano lead off the inning with a double. This is one guy who must wish this was April baseball already. Robbie is now 20-50 (.400) with a HR and 7 doubles.
Yankees make it 5-0 as Lohse throw Melky's tapper into right field.
Pavano had a relatively easy time through the top of the order this time, retiring Freel, Phillips, and Dunn with a walk to Hamilton stuck in there.
Bobby Abreu is healing up nicely, thank you. A 3-run bomb off of Kyle Lohse gives the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Melky and Derek Jeter started it off with back to back walks.
Pavano struck out the lead off man, Javier Valentin. David Ross followed with a soft liner to right for a single, the Reds 4th hit of the game). Shortsop Paul Janish bounced out to A-Rod on a high chopper with Ross reaching 2nd. Pavano then made a nice play on a tapper to the side of the mound by Kyle Lohse to end the inning. Much better than the 1st inning.
Yankees lead 1-0 after 2. Robinson Cano reached on a single and came home on an error by Paul Janish.
Can you say rocky starts? Pavano gave up 3 straight hits to Ryan Freel, Josh Hamilton, and Brandon Phillips to load the bases with none out. But after Adam Dunn lined out hard to Bobby Abreu in right, Pavano got Edwin Encarnacion to bounce into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
No score after 1.