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Pavano pitches six innings in second rehab start

TRENTON, N.J. -- Carl Pavano's rehabilitation from various
ailments continued to progress Friday night, as the New York
Yankees' right-hander pitched six innings of three-hit ball for the
Double-A Trenton against Bowie.
Pavano allowed one earned run, did not walk a batter and struck
out six. He threw 63 pitches, well short of his 95-pitch limit, and
was the winning pitcher in the Thunder's 4-1 victory.
It was Pavano's second rehab start since bruising his buttocks
while fielding a bunt in spring training. He allowed three unearned
runs in five innings for Single-A Tampa on Sunday.
Pavano is scheduled to make another start in Trenton on
Wednesday against Portland.
He said he pitched pain-free and considers this period his
spring training as he tries to get back in shape.
"I felt good out there," he said. "I made some great pitches.
Every time I'm going out there I feel more consistent. I was
supposed to go a couple more pitches but my pitching coach [Rich
Monteleone] told me that was it."
After signing with New York as a free agent, Pavano's 2005
season was cut short by rotator cuff tendinitis. His last major
league appearance was June 27, and he finished 4-6 with a 4.77 ERA.
He was back in Trenton's Waterfront Park for the first time
since 1996, when he went 16-5 with a 2.63 ERA for a Thunder team
that was then a Red Sox affiliate. Pavano earned Eastern League
pitcher of the year honors that season.