Tag:Carl Pavano
Posted on: October 7, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 11:15 am

History between Gardenhire, Wendelstedt not good

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's never expected when a manager gets ejected in a playoff game, but when the Twins' Ron Gardenhire was run by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt in the seventh inning of Game 2, it wasn't exactly a shocker.

The history between the two is not good.

Wendelstedt has ejected Gardenhire multiple times, and there have been at least two public spats between the two -- including a particularly ugly incident in Detroit in August, 2009.

Gardenhire, still livid following the Twins' 5-2 Game 2 loss in the AL Division Series here Thursday during which he was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a non-strike call to Lance Berkman, insisted the history between the two men had nothing to do with Thursday's ejection.

"Hunter and I talked and we kind of straightened all our stuff away," Gardenhire said tersely. "It has nothing to do with that at all, all right?"

Wendelstedt was not made available to reporters afterward.

Bob Watson, major-league baseball's vice-president for on-field operations, echoed Gardenhire.

"That's in the past," Watson told CBSSports.com regarding whether what appears to be an ongoing feud between Wendelstedt and Gardenhire played into Thursday's incident. "That had nothing to do with tonight.

"That's all squared away. It's non-issue."

Making Wendelstedt available might have helped make that more believable.

As for the Gardenhire-Wendelstedt dust-up in Detroit in 2009, following the ejection, according to Gardenhire at the time, the umpire taunted the manager by asking, "How do you like that?"

"That's the second time I've run into this, with this guy," Gardenhire told reporters after the Aug. 7, 2009, game in Detroit. "He's got an attitude. At home a few years back, he said, 'You're just out here for showtime.' He's got a smart mouth, and tonight was ridiculous, really."

Gardenhire continued: "A lot of the calls [were] no good He had a bad night. He didn't probably think so because he's god, as umpires go. ... I was really disappointed. There was no reason for me to get thrown out of that game."

Speaking to a pool reporter afterward, Wendelstedt said, "Basically, for a manager that has been around for so long, you would think he would understand the way baseball operates, that a warning is a warning."

In what essentially was a must-win Game 2 Thursday night here, the Twins and Yankees were tied at 2-2 when Minnesota starter Carl Pavano issued a walk to Jorge Posada to start the seventh. Then, with the count 1 and 2 on Lance Berkman, Wendelstedt ruled a Pavano sinker ball two when television replays appeared to show it should have been strike three.

On the very next pitch, Berkman ripped a go-ahead double into the left-center gap.

Gardenhire then went out to the mound for a visit with Pavano, Wendelstedt walked to the mound to hurry the game along and, from there, predictably, Gardenhire walked off the mound with Wendelstedt, giving the umpire an earful.

Wendelstedt ejected Gardenhire about the time the two reached home plate.

"I went out to make sure my guys were straight on what we were going to do next and make my side of the story known," Gardenhire said, explaining his trip to the mound with Berkman standing on second, the Twins trailing 3-2, nobody out and Brett Gardner about to bat. "I thought the ball was a strike, he didn't call it a strike and I wanted to make sure he knew that.

"But I wanted to get him away from my guys because there are a lot of guys full of emotion at that time and I wanted Carl to concentrate. I wanted to let [my guys know] they were going to bunt [Berkman] over, and to get the out. That's what I told my guys on the mound, and then I said what I had to say."

The dispute undoubtedly will help catapult the umpires back into the spotlight this postseason. Gardenhire was the second manager ejected on Thursday. Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon was given the heave-ho earlier in the day.

Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 9:41 pm

Twins, Nationals talking Capps

The Twins, having veered away from their first choice of starting pitching because of the lack of it in this year's trade market, are deciding tonight how much Washington closer Matt Capps is worth to them.

Looking to add bullpen help in lieu of finding a starter, the Twins are in deep discussions with the Nationals, who are requiring a high-level prospect in return, sources with knowledge of the discussions have told CBSSports.com. The high-level prospect currently at the top of Washington's wish list from the Twins is catcher Wilson Ramos, sources say. One sign of how serious the Twins-Nationals talks have become: Ramos was a late scratch from Triple-A Rochester's lineup tonight, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Capps, who has 25 saves and a 2.80 ERA in 46 appearances for the Nationals, would give manager Ron Gardenhire another late-innings option to go with closer Jon Rauch and set-up men Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain and Jose Mijares. The Twins recently recalled reliever Anthony Slama as well but are not sure how he will respond during the heat of a pennant race.

As for the others, Capps could close on days when Rauch is not available, or mix into the seventh and eighth innings.

The Nationals are looking to get something in return for Capps, who is a free agent this winter and would be cut loose because Drew Storen is the club's closer of the future. Capps is due a little less than $1 million in salary for the rest of this summer, but the Twins have money to spend.

Theoretically, they intended to spent it on a starting pitcher to boost a lagging rotation after Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano, but the Twins have had difficulty even finding a quality starter who would consider them. They talked with Houston about Roy Oswalt, but Oswalt had the Twins on his no-trade list. So, too, did Dan Haren -- about whom the Twins also inquired. Ditto for Ted Lilly, whom the Cubs are looking to move but in whom there is far less interest than there was in Oswalt or Haren.

The Twins into Thursday were second in the AL Central, trailing the Chicago White Sox by one game.

Posted on: January 4, 2010 9:35 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2010 9:36 pm

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

Looking to add a veteran starting pitcher to their youthful rotation, the Twins have made an offer to left-hander Jarrod Washburn and are awaiting a response this week, according to CBSSports.com sources.

The size of the Twins' offer is not clear, though Minnesota's intent is. The Twins, in need of both pitching and a third baseman, are hopeful of adding a pitcher first. They were in touch on another Scott Boras client, third baseman Adrian Beltre, but deemed him too expensive and shifted their sights away from him earlier this winter.

As for Washburn, 35, the Twins view him as a perfect fit in that he is left-handed, he's got a reputation as being a good guy in the clubhouse, he's pitched enough that he can help anchor a young staff and he's an Upper Midwest native (he was born in Wisconsin and still lives in there in the off-season, in Webster).

Given all that, the Twins view Washburn as an ideal arm to help them open their long-awaited outdoor ballpark, Target Field, in 2010. Aiming for a big splash there, the Twins are projecting a payroll close to $90 million this season, which easily would be a club record.

Washburn was in the midst of a renaissance season in Seattle in 2009 when he was traded to Detroit for the stretch run. But a knee injury sabotaged him and cut his season short. After going 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA over 20 starts in Seattle, Washburn was only 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in eight starts for the Tigers before being shut down.

The Twins earlier this winter re-signed right-hander Carl Pavano, and they also return youngsters Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey (returning from a wrist injury), Nick Blackburn, Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins from a team that overtook Detroit for the AL Central title in '09.

Signing Washburn also would give the Twins the ability to trade an arm such as Perkins in their quest for a third baseman. Among others, they have discussed Kevin Kouzmanoff with San Diego.

Posted on: December 7, 2009 8:07 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2009 1:15 am

Pavano remains with Twins

INDIANAPOLIS -- Carl Pavano accepted Minnesota's offer of salary arbitration at Monday's midnight EST deadline, which allows the Twins to retain him in their 2010 starting rotation.

Pavano was seeking a two-year contract, and the hope from his side is that those talks could continue between now and the time when an arbitration hearing would be held. The decision was made easier when Brad Penny and St. Louis agreed to terms on a one-year, $7.5 million deal earlier Monday. Pavano could use Penny's salary as a comparable in an arbitration hearing.

Pavano went 14-12 with a 5.10 ERA in 33 starts for Cleveland and Minnesota in '09 and worked 199 1/3 innings. Pavano wanted to return to Minnesota, sources say, because he enjoyed pitching there last August and September and because the Twins offered him the best chance to win.

The decision probably will rule out Minnesota as a potential landing spot for free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn. Washburn, a Wisconsin native, was hoping to land a job with either the Twins or the Brewers. But now the Twins are out, and the Brewers late Monday were believed to be closing in on a deal with veteran left-hander Randy Wolf.

Pavano was one of three players who accepted salary arbitration offers at Monday's deadline. Atlanta reliever Rafael Soriano and Colorado reliever Rafael Betancourt were the other two. Having already signed closer Billy Wagner and reliever Takashi Saito, the Braves now could trade Soriano.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 7, 2009 1:38 pm

Twins to continue talks with Pavano into tonight

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Twins continue their dialogue with veteran pitcher Carl Pavano and, though talks so far have not led to a contract, the veteran right-hander is expected to accept the Twins' offer of salary arbitration by tonight's midnight EST deadline.

Though a handful of other clubs have shown interest in Pavano, sources told CBSSports.com, his clear preference is to return to the Twins because they have a chance to win and he enjoyed his stint there last August and September.

The thinking if he does accept arbitration is that, once salary figures are exchanged, he and the Twins still could agree on a two-year deal before the arbitration date later this winter. Pavano went 14-12 with a  5.10 ERA in 33 starts for Cleveland and Minnesota in 2009. Perhaps most attractively, he worked 199 1/3 innings.

Tom O'Connell, Pavano's agent, declined to comment on specifics Monday afternoon here. He and the Twins are scheduled to meet again tonight.

"We'll let the arbitration process play out," O'Connell said.

If the Pavano talks fall through, the Twins' next choice is believed to be free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.

Other items:

-- Atlanta hopes to land a middle-of-the-order bat by the time it leaves Indianapolis this week, and the Braves have made it known that they will trade either one of two starting pitchers to get it, Javier Vazquez or Derek Lowe.

-- The Dodgers are pushing hard to trade for a starting pitcher. Among others, they have approached Pittsburgh about Paul Maholm, and the Pirates also have indicated a willingness to clubs to listen to offers on Zach Duke.

-- The Orioles are looking for a third baseman and a closer.

-- Florida is looking to trade two of its three arbitration-eligible relievers, Matt Lindstrom, Renyel Pinto and Leo Nunez.


Posted on: October 10, 2009 9:21 pm

Who's throwing out the first snowball?

DENVER -- The only thing missing is the Christmas carols. Showed up for Game 3 of the NL Division Series between Philadelphia and Colorado here Saturday and a Currier & Ives print broke out.

They postponed the game even before my plane landed Saturday morning, crystallizing baseball's worst nightmare this postseason. No, not me landing to cover a game.


Already, this postseason is running late because the season was pushed back because of the lunar calendar this year (Easter, Labor Day, everything was running late) and because they had to shoehorn the World Baseball Classic into the schedule this spring.

If the World Series goes the distance, Game 7 is scheduled for Nov. 5.

With the Yankees, Boston, Philadelphia and Colorado all still alive -- some more alive than others -- there is a very real chance that Saturday's 20-something temperatures in Denver will not be the only time this postseason that Mother Nature throws baseball a curve.

Playing into November is ludicrous. Unless ... the two Los Angeles teams meet in a Freeway Series. Could happen, too, with the Dodgers closing out St. Louis in the one playoff game played on Saturday and with the Angels opening in Boston on Sunday just one win away from advancing to the AL Championship Seires.

Failing an Angels-Dodgers Fall Classic, last year's rain, bitter cold and ridiculous start times in Philadelphia could look innocuous compared to what might be in store later this fall.

As for Denver on Saturday, when I left the hotel for a walk and lunch around midday, I walked through serious snow flurries. It was so cold that the skin on my face started to feel numb.

Baseball was absolutely correct to postpone the game, particularly with temperatures in Denver on Sunday and Monday predicted to range from a high in the low 50s to a low in the upper 30s.

I just hope the early taste of winter blows out as quickly as it came in, and a reasonably seasonal autumn follows.

At least until Nov. 6.

Likes: Carl Pavano starting for Minnesota against the Yankees' Andy Pettitte on Sunday in Game 3. Given Pavano's history with the Yankees ("Ouch! ... Ouch! ... Ouch! ... Ouch!"), I like this in a perverse way. That's how I like it. ... If Houston hires Manny Acta as manager, the Astros could do much worse. I still think Jim Fregosi is just what the Astros need, as I wrote several days ago. ... Not too much traffic in the airports on Saturday. ... If we're going to have a playoff postponement, I guess a Saturday is as good a time as any to do it, what with all the college football games on television. It's never a bad thing to work in the hotel with all those games on the television. ... Neil Young's Chrome Dreams II.

Dislikes: The "Beyond Baseball" promo during Saturday's Los Angeles-St. Louis NL Division Series game touted the Minnesota Twins in the postseason, and the guy said "Joe Mauer is going to do everything he can to get to the World Series." And I immediately thought, "And umpire Phil Cuzzi is going to do everything he can to prevent that from happening."

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Well, red lights are flashin' and the sirens were a screamin'
"We had to pinch each other just to see if we was dreamin'
"Made it to Loveland Pass in under less than half an hour
"Lord, it started drizzlin' and it turned into a thunder shower"

-- Bob Seger, Get Out of Denver


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