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Twins' Pavano answers critics

Carl Pavano hurled six solid innings Saturday, holding the Brewers to two runs on five hits. After getting pounded in previous starts, Pavano turned it around and -- for a day, at least -- looked like the steady starter the Twins have relied upon the past few years.
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Carl Pavano hurled six solid innings Saturday, holding the Brewers to two runs on five hits. After getting pounded in previous starts, Pavano turned it around and -- for a day, at least -- looked like the steady starter the Twins have relied upon the past few years.

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