Thursday, August 14, 2008

Red Sox Acquire Paul Byrd from Cleveland


The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Byrd, 37, has been added to Boston's 40-man roster. The Red Sox will make a corresponding move on the active roster once Byrd reports to the club.

Byrd is 7-10 with a 4.53 earned run average in 22 starts with the Indians in 2008. The righthander ranks second on the Indians staff in wins, starts, and innings (131.0) and has issued just 1.6 walks per nine innings, the eighth best ratio in the American League.

He has won all four of his starts since the All-Star break with a 1.24 ERA (4 ER/29.0 IP) to lower his season ERA from 5.47 to 4.53. Byrd is tied for the major league lead in wins since the break and has the second lowest ERA among pitchers with at least 20.0 innings behind Arizona's Randy Johnson (0.66). He has worked at least 7.0 innings in each of his last three starts, allowing six hits in going the route to win at Toronto, 4-2 in his last appearance on August 9. Byrd has not allowed a home run in his last five starts with a 1.80 ERA (7 ER/25.0 IP) in that span.

Byrd has a career major league record of 104-91 in 330 games/242 starts with the New York Mets (1995-96), Atlanta (1997-98; 2004), Philadelphia (1998-2001), Kansas City (2001-02), Los Angeles Angels (2005), and Cleveland (2006-08). He has won 10 or more games five times, including four of the previous five seasons (2002-07). Byrd has issued just 2.12 walks per nine innings in his career, the sixth lowest figure among active major league pitchers with at least 1,500 innings. He was a member of the 1999 N.L. All-Star Team with the Phillies.

Byrd established career bests for wins (17), starts (33), innings (228.1), and strikeouts (129) with Kansas City in 2002. Last season, he was 15-8 with a 4.59 ERA in 31 starts for the A.L. Central Division champion Indians and led the A.L. with a ratio of 1.31 walks per nine innings. Byrd was 2-0, 3.60 in his two post-season starts, including a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS on October 16 in Cleveland. He also won the fourth and deciding game of the ALDS on October 8 at New York.



2008—CLE 7-10 4.53 22 22 1 0 0 131.1 146 70 66 24 56

ML Career 104-91 4.37 330 242 17 6 0 1614.0 1752 881 783 235 886

I’ll be frank

"You messed up, dood."

The hotdogs were cheaper.

It seemed so logical at the time.

By the time Sox Blogette met me at the Lower Depths last night, Charlie Zink had already retired the side in the top of the first. I had half a beer left. Rather than book it on over to Yawkey Way and pay four bucks for a Fenway Frank, we figured we'd just stay put, order another quick round, watch the bottom of the inning on TV, and avail ourselves of the Depths' dollar hotdog deal.

In retrospect, that was a mistake.

A walk, a single, a home run. 3-0.

A single, an error, a steal, a double. 5-0.

A walk, a single. 6-0.

A single. 7-0.

Another homer. 10-0.

"Man, I'd hate to have tickets and be late to this game," said the guy next to me.

I couldn't help but agree with him.

So we head to the park, anticipating more fireworks. Instead, then it all started falling apart.

We got a couple runs in the bottom of the third, and they got eight in the fifth. We got a couple more in the bottom of the inning, and they got five more in the top of the next one.

If the first inning was exhilarating, by the seventh, the game was getting excruciating.

The bullpens couldn't get anyone out. The at-bats were long. Things were dragging.

(One of the few bright spots was the discovery that Jed Lowrie uses the Undertones classic "Teenage Kicks" as his at-bat music. Derry punk power pop forever! John Peel, RIP!)

It was past 10:30 now. Sox Blogette had to get up early the next day. And, truth be told, despite getting a run in the seventh, I was not especially confident that we could pull this one out. So we did something I've never done before in my long baseball watching career: we left early.

My reward? By the time we got home and scrolled back the TiVo a bit, Don Orsillo was losing his shit: "You kidding me?!?!"


And yes. Yes, Pedroia had notched his fifth hit of the night, an RBI double. Yes, Youk, who'd struck out twice in the first inning, had blasted his second homer of the night, a three-run shot. Yes, the Sox were back on top. And yes, with a little difficulty, Papelbon finally closed it out.

Yes, I had tickets to the wildest win of the year and missed pretty much all the good stuff.

Oh well. On TV or in person, it sure was one for the books.

The Sox gave up 17 runs and still won. They scored 19 runs and still got out-hit. You don't see games like that come around very often. More, from the official post-game notes:

* Boston and Texas combined to score 36 runs, tying the single-game A.L. record set on June 29, 1950 when the Red Sox beat the Athletics, 22-14

* The Sox set a season high with 19 runs, the club's most since scoring 25 on June 27, 2003 vs. Florida. (And Boston's 10 runs in the 1st inning tonight are the club's most in a single frame since scoring 14 in the 1st inning of that game.)

* Boston blew a 10-0 1st-inning advantage, matching the largest lead lost in club history, done June 4, 1989 vs. Toronto

* It was the Red Sox' 30th inning of 10 or more runs, a major league record.

* David Ortiz became the 4th player in Red Sox history with 2 home runs in an inning …he's the first Sox player to accomplish that since Nomar in 2002.

* Ortiz's is the 3rd Sox player with 6 RBI in a single frame, the 1st since Carlos Quintana in the 3rd on July 30, 1991.

* Ortiz now has 224 home runs in his Red Sox career, passing Jimmie Foxx (222) and Bobby Doerr (223) for sole possession of 7th place on the club's all-time list.

* David Aardsma and Charlie Zink became the 1st pair of A-to-Z Red Sox teammates to appear in the same game since Harry Agganis and Norm Zauchin on June 2, 1955 at Chicago.

Sox 19, Rangers 17

19-17. From 10-0 up to actually being down 15-14, then 16-14. Baseball is a crazy, crazy game.

Oh, and I'm glad to have Paul Byrd. Buchholz needs some time to find his mechanics.

Lowell To DL

Mike Lowell has been placed on the DL and the Red Sox recalled David Pauley to take his roster spot.

Pauley's stay could be a short one as he likely only was called up because of the work put in last night by the bullpen.

If his stay is indeed short Boston would likely callup a corner infielder tomorrow or Friday.

The choices will be limited if thats what they want to do. Chris Carter is probably the best hitter among the possibilities, but he hasn't played 1B this season as he split his time between DH and LF.

Ortiz, Pedroia, Youkilis Lead Sox To Victory

An offensive explosion at Fenway Park tonight was led by David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis.

The three combined to go 10-15 with 4 homeruns, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored.

Ortiz hit two three-run homers in the first inning leading Boston to a 10 run frame.

However the big lead wouldn't last as Texas hammered back disposing of Charlie Zink before the fifth inning was over and lead 16-14 going to the bottom of the seventh.

Pedroia would score on an error in the seventh to make it 16-15.

Then in the 8th inning Jacoby Ellsbury pinch hit for Kevin Cash and walked and eventually scored on Pedroia's double, his fifth hit of the game.

Texas then walked Ortiz and Youkilis followed with a 3-run shot, his second homer of the night to send Boston to a 19-16 lead.

Jonathan Papelbon came on for the ninth and while giving up an unearned run held on for the save and a 19-17 victory.