That is, if the game in question is “being a chronically injured pathological liar”. Carl Pavano will start for the Yankees this Saturday against Baltimore and Newsday’s Kat O’Brien did her best not to die during a spasm of uncontrollable laughter.

Pavano has been sidelined by a number of injuries, and some have been skeptical of how anxious he wants to get back on a big league mound. He wound up starting on Opening Day 2007, due to injuries to other pitchers, but made only two starts before landing on the disabled list. He needed elbow ligament transplant “Tommy John” surgery, and has been recovering and rehabbing since that time.

Pavano received the news from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in a telephone call Thursday, according to O’Connell. Pavano, who had been in Trenton, N.J., with the Yankees’ Double-A team on a rehabilitation assignment, will meet up with the Yankees on Friday in Baltimore.

True story  : I asked a girl to go with me to see Pavano pitch for Trenton a week ago last Tuesday.  Incredibly, she declined.  I’d figured, “it’s bound to be funnier than ‘Pineapple Express’ and probably cheaper, too.”  Next time, I’ll think of a more appealing offer (human sacrifice, cockfight, Everclear reunion tour, etc.)