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Washburn: 'Rainy days are my favorite'
10/07/2005 5:15 PM ET

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You never want to go into Yankee Stadium down 2-0 in a playoff series, so it was good to get that win in Game 2 at home before heading East.

We have a very professional group of guys on our club. Coming into New York, we've kept the same even-keel temperament that we always have. We've been here before and faced the crowds. We do a real good job of not getting too pumped up after a win and not getting too far down after a loss. We have a real relaxed bunch of guys and we just like to go out and have some fun playing ball.

Obviously we need to win at least one game here and we're confident that we can get the job done. I'm scheduled to pitch Game 4 as it stands right now and I'm ready to go.

I've always thrown pretty well against the Yankees. I don't do anything different than I do against other clubs -- I just try to make quality pitches -- but for whatever reason, I've had some success against them. Hopefully this time it will play out the same way.

The biggest key against the Yankees is not allowing extra baserunners. They have a patient lineup and they walk a lot. But you still have to make good pitches in the zone because they have a veteran club with very dangerous hitters all through the lineup. They will take advantage of any mistakes you make.

The forecasters are predicting rain for the weekend, which is OK by me. I like the outdoors and I like cool, rainy weather. Rainy days are my favorite. The last time I pitched in Yankee Stadium, in April, it was a cool, rainy day. The game was delayed at the start, but I ended up pitching into the eighth inning and we won the game, 5-1.

Really, I like pitching in any kind of weather, but certainly pitching in the rain doesn't bother me at all.

I also enjoy pitching in front of a hostile crowd. For some reason a hostile crowd tends to make me focus more. I've done better on the road than at home over my career. I think I bear down and concentrate even better in that type of environment.

Jarrod Washburn, a left-hander who has been with the Angels' organization since signing as a second-round draft pick in 1995, placed fourth in the American League with a 3.20 ERA this season.

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