(9/27/2009) At the Yankees on Sunday, Red Sox SP Paul Byrd lost for the third time in five starts since winning his debut Aug. 30. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, recording one strikeout without issuing a walk.
Byrd has another lousy performance
(9/23/2009) Red Sox SP Paul Byrd lost for the second time in five starts Tuesday at Kansas City, allowing five runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He issued four walks without recording a strikeout and now has a 6.04 ERA.
Red Sox go with 6-man rotation
(9/22/2009) From The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Josh Beckett will have his scheduled start for Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals pushed back to Wednesday afternoon, and RHP Paul Byrd has been slotted in to take Beckett's spot in the rotation. Sox manager Terry Francona announced on Sunday that he was going to a six-man rotation for at least this week, and the extra pitcher will allow some of his workhorses (Beckett and LHP Jon Lester) to get a little bit more rest before settling into the rotation.
Byrd decent for no decision
(9/17/2009) Boston SP Paul Byrd was decent for the second straight start on Wednesday against the Angels, but once again, he failed to earn a winning decision. The Red Sox rallied late but had a deficit most of the way. Byrd allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and had four strikeouts. His ERA is 5.79.
Byrd draws Wednesday's start
(9/14/2009) From The Sports Xchange: RHP Paul Byrd will make the start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. The 38-year-old Byrd last started Sept. 9 against the Orioles when he allowed two earned runs through five innings of work. Byrd is among a number of starting pitchers -- including RHP Tim Wakefield and RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka -- that are essentially using September as an audition of sorts for a potential spot in Boston's playoff rotation. "It's kind of a unique situation where we're around Sept. 15 right now, and we've had some different pitching situations this year," said Sox manager Terry Francona.
Byrd likely to start Wednesday now
(9/12/2009) On Friday, the Red Sox announced SP Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his return from the DL on Tuesday, which pushes Paul Byrd back to at least Wednesday against the Angels.
Byrd gives Sox chance to win
(9/9/2009) Boston SP Paul Byrd was a bit shaky on Wednesday against the Orioles but limited the damage done in a no decision as he gave his team a chance to win. He gave up two runs on six hits over five innings. Byrd walked three and had one strikeout. His ERA is 6.07.
Byrd gets rude wakeup call Friday
(9/5/2009) Red Sox SP Paul Byrd, who threw six shutout innings in his first start of the season last time out, looked more like a soft-tossing 38-year-old Friday at the White Sox. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings, recording three strikeouts without issuing a walk.
Byrd getting another start Friday
(9/1/2009) Manager Terry Francona said Paul Byrd, who made his 2009 debut by throwing six scoreless innings Sunday in a 7-0 victory over Toronto, will start Friday against the White Sox.
Byrd dominant in first 2009 start
(8/30/2009) Boston SP Paul Byrd earned the victory on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays and Roy Halladay by throwing six shutout innings. Byrd allowed just three hits in the game and three walks and left after throwing 83 pitches with the score at 4-0 Boston. Byrd struck out one in his first start of the season.
Byrd will make start on Sunday
(8/30/2009) Boston manager Terry Francona said after Saturday's game against Toronto that RHP Paul Byrd will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and start Sunday. RHP Marcus McBeth, recalled before the game, was sent back.
Byrd could get Sunday start
(8/29/2009) The Boston Globe reports that Red Sox SP Paul Byrd could be called up for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays after SP John Lester was pushed back to Tuesday in order to fill in for the injured SP Tim Wakefield (back).
Byrd likely September call-up
(8/25/2009) From The Sports Xchange: RHP Paul Byrd pitched in what possibly was his last minor league tuneup start at Triple-A Pawtucket (R.I.) before heading up to Boston around Sept. 1. The 38-year-old Byrd threw seven innings of masterful baseball in his 81 pitches and allowed only a single run on three hits. He is likely to be one of the four September call-ups that manager Terry Francona indicated will meet the team in Tampa Bay. Francona said a catcher, infielder, outfielder and pitcher will likely be the first four positions brought up when rosters expand.
Byrd makes Triple-A start
(8/21/2009) The Boston Globe reports that Red Sox SP Paul Byrd allowed three earned runs in four innings Wednesday in his first Triple-A start since being signed earlier this month.
Byrd to make start Wednesday
(8/17/2009) From The Sports Xchange: RHP Paul Byrd is expected to make a minor league start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday in his efforts to be available for Boston around Sept. 1 after signing a minor league contract on Aug. 8. The 38-year-old veteran pitched four innings for the Gulf Coast League Sox on Friday and allowed seven hits and six runs in his first pro action this season. Byrd hasn't pitched in the big leagues all season and had given up on pitching in the majors this season prior to getting the call from Boston. Byrd was 11-12 with a 4.60 ERA while splitting time between Boston and Cleveland last season.
Red Sox sign Byrd Wednesday
(8/6/2009) The Red Sox agreed to terms on a minor league contract with RHP Paul Byrd.
No developments for Byrd yet
(5/6/2009) There has been no movement made since it was announced in late April that Paul Byrd would be willing to pitch this season. He remains retired and there has been no word about any team offering him a deal.
Byrd ready for return?
(4/24/2009) Yahoo reports that free agent SP Paul Byrd hes ready to begin fielding offers and would need two weeks in the minor leagues to get ready to start games.
Red Sox offer arbitration to two
(12/2/2008) The Red Sox offered salary arbitration to free-agent catcher Jason Varitek and pitcher Paul Byrd, a move that means the club would receive compensatory draft picks if those players sign with another team. Boston declined to offer arbitration to its other free agents: Curt Schilling, Bartolo Colon, Mike Timlin, David Ross, Sean Casey, Alex Cora and Mark Kotsay. Varitek is a Type A free agent, so if he signs with another team the Red Sox would receive two compensatory draft picks next year. Byrd is a Type B free agent. If he signs with another club, Boston would get a "sandwich" pick between the first and second round. Free agents have until Sunday to accept arbitration offers.
(10/13/2008) On Monday in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Rays, Red Sox SP Paul Byrd made his first relief appearance since the 2004 playoffs, when he was with Atlanta. He allowed four runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings, recording two strikeouts.
Byrd uneven in no decision
(9/24/2008) Boston SP Paul Byrd did not factor into the decision on Wednesday against the Indians. Byrd allowed four runs on 11 hits over five innings. He walked one and had four K's.
Byrd takes no decision on Friday
(9/20/2008) Red Sox SP Paul Byrd, who faced the Blue Jays for the second straight game and the fifth time in eight starts, recorded a no decision Friday. Byrd made three consecutive starts against Toronto in August, one with Cleveland and two with Boston. He allowed three runs and six hits in six innings Friday, walking one and striking out two. "That's what he does," manager Terry Francona said. "If he gives us six and gives us a chance to win, sometimes that's good enough."
Byrd beat up by Toronto birds
(9/13/2008)Paul Byrd, making his fourth start against Toronto this season, was tagged for 10 hits and five runs in five-plus innings Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays. He struck out three batters and did not walk any in his 12th loss this season.
(9/7/2008)Paul Byrd pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings for his fourth straight victory and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 Sunday, moving within 1½ games of the AL East lead. Since being acquired from Cleveland on Aug. 12, Byrd (11-11) is 4-1 in five starts. The right-hander has won eight of nine overall since a five-game losing streak before the All-Star break. Byrd allowed three singles, walked three and struck out four before leaving after 102 pitches. When Byrd walked to the dugout after being pulled, he saluted cheering Red Sox fans, who were the majority in the crowd of 28,644 in a game played opposite the Dallas Cowboys' season opener. "I've never come out of a game on the road where I got a standing ovation. ... I didn't know whether to tip my hat, what to do," Byrd said. "I'm fired up, coming from Cleveland where the games didn't mean anything after a while and being in the thick of a pennant race."
Byrd survives three HRs for win
(9/2/2008)Paul Byrd pitched seven efficient innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the struggling Baltimore Orioles 7-4 on Monday night. Byrd (10-11), making his fourth start for Boston since being acquired for a player to be named or cash from Cleveland on Aug. 12, gave up four runs and seven hits. Three of those hits were homers by Adam Jones, Juan Castro and Kevin Millar. Byrd walked one and struck out four.
Byrd bests Yankees for 9th win
(8/27/2008) Red Sox SP Paul Byrd beat the Yankees on Wednesday night to improve to 9-11 on the season. Byrd stymied New York's struggling hitters with floaters and soft stuff, just as he did last October when the right-hander won at Yankee Stadium to clinch a first-round playoff series for Cleveland. Still using his old-fashioned windup, Byrd allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out five and improved to 2-1 in three starts since Boston acquired him from the Indians this month.
P. Byrd wins fifth in six starts
(8/23/2008) Red Sox SP Paul Byrd, making his second start since coming over from Cleveland, won for the fifth time in six starts Friday at Toronto. He allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four. He has now made three straight starts against the Blue Jays, going 2-1.
Byrd goes beyond seven, but loses
(8/17/2008) Blue Jays SP Roy Halladay's eighth complete game Saturday overshadowed a decent Red Sox debut for SP Paul Byrd, acquired Tuesday from Cleveland for cash or a player to be named. Byrd gave up hits to his first three batters, then settled down to pitch 7 1/3 solid innings, allowing four runs and 10 hits without any walks or strikeouts. "I thought it was what we expected," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He threw a lot of strikes, got deep into the game."
Red Sox move back rotation
(8/15/2008) Friday night's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston was postponed because of rain, delaying Paul Byrd's first start with the Red Sox. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sept. 13. The makeup game will be played at 12:35 p.m., with the second game scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Byrd, acquired from Cleveland on Tuesday for either cash or a player to be named, and Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay were each pushed back and will start Saturday night. Boston ace Josh Beckett and Toronto's Shaun Marcum will start the series finale on Sunday. Sunday's original starters were Boston's Clay Buchholz and Toronto's A.J. Burnett.
Byrd will make Boston debut Friday
(8/15/2008) Red Sox SP Paul Byrd, acquired from Cleveland on Tuesday for either cash or a player to be named, is scheduled to make his Red Sox debut against Toronto on Friday.
Byrd to start Friday for BoSox
(8/12/2008) The Boston Red Sox have acquired pitcher Paul Byrd in a trade with Cleveland. The Red Sox will send either a player to be named or cash to the Indians. The 37-year-old Byrd is 7-10 with a 4.53 ERA this season. But the right-hander has won all four of his starts since the All-Star break. Boston leads the AL wild-card race. The Red Sox are minus starter Tim Wakefield -- the knuckleballer is out with a stiff right shoulder.
Byrd throws a complete game gem
(8/9/2008)Paul Byrd (7-10), who dropped five straight decisions between June 11 and July 4, threw his first complete game Saturday at Toronto since a 7-0 victory over the White Sox on Sept. 1, 2007. He allowed two runs and six hits, walked none and struck out two. He threw 93 pitches, 67 for strikes. "I feel good with where I'm at right now," Byrd said. "I'm very confident. I know my numbers aren't great for the overall season, but right now I feel like I can beat anybody. I feel like I'm at the top of my game."
Byrd victorious in third straight game
(8/2/2008)Paul Byrd tossed seven sharp innings to win his third straight start and Kelly Shoppach hit a two-run homer to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. Byrd (6-10) allowed one run and six hits. He walked two and had one strikeouts. His ERA stands at 4.72.
Byrd soars to second straight win
(7/28/2008)Paul Byrd pitched into the eighth inning and combined with Edward Mujica on a four-hitter, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Byrd (5-10) gave up four hits over 7 2/3 innings and didn't allow a runner past second base. The right-hander struck out four, walked three and earned his second straight win after going 1-7 over a stretch of 10 starts.
Byrd finally breaks winless streak
(7/22/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd (4-10) allowed a run and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings for his first victory since June 6 during Monday's 5-2 win against the Angels. He was 0-5 with a 7.76 ERA in his previous six starts. Byrd worked with runners on base in five of the first six innings Monday, stranding five in scoring position. The Angels had two on and one out in the sixth when Byrd was replaced by Rafael Perez, who retired Chone Figgins on a double play grounder. Byrd walked two and struck out five.
Byrd doesn't fly high Wednesday
(7/9/2008) Cleveland starter Paul Byrd didn't have his best stuff Wednesday against the Tigers. He picked up the no decision, though, going six innings and giving up nine hits and three runs. He also walked a batter and finished with five strikeouts.
Byrd blown out again for 10th loss
(7/4/2008) Not even a trip to the Metrodome could snap Indians SP Paul Byrd out of his recent slide. The righty with the funky windup entered Friday's game 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 10 starts in Minneapolis, but lost his fifth straight. He allowed six runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out four. His record is now 3-10.
Indians Byrd 1-6 in his last eight starts
(6/28/2008) Cleveland SP Paul Byrd (3-8) didn't have solid stuff against the Reds Saturday and he took the loss, 5-0. Byrd gave up four runs and six hits over six innings as he surpassed his loss total for all of last season, when he went 15-8. The right-hander is 1-6 in eight starts since May 21 and 0-4 since earning his 100th career win on June 6 in Detroit.
Byrd's undoing is four-run first
(6/22/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd was undone by a four-run first inning Sunday against the Dodgers and ended up taking the 4-3 loss. Byrd retired 12 of his next 13 batters and limited the Dodgers to just two singles after Russell Martin's two-run homer in the first. Both of the hits were in the fifth with none out, but Byrd retired Matt Kemp on a double-play grounder and got James Loney to fly out. "I just have to be positive and look at the fact that I came back and made some good pitches after that. But I'm still frustrated," Byrd said. Byrd allowed seven hits in seven innings while striking out one as he fell to 3-8.
Byrd gets pecked around Tuesday
(6/18/2008) Cleveland starter Paul Byrd dropped to 3-7 on the season after losing to Colorado Tuesday. Byrd gave up nine hits and five earned runs in just four innings of work. He struck out four and walked one. His ERA is a lofty 5.21.
Indians hook Byrd early Wednesday
(6/11/2008) A five-run third inning Wednesday by the Twins resulted in Indians pitcher Paul Byrd falling to 3-6 on the season. Byrd had allowed just a sac fly through two innings before eight hitters came to the plate in the third. The highlights were a two-run double by Justin Morneau and a two-run homer by Jason Kubel. Byrd was done after three innings. He allowed six hits and six runs (five earned). He walked and one didn't record a strikeout.
Byrd wins 100th
(6/6/2008) Cleveland starter Paul Byrd pitched seven sharp innings leading the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Byrd (3-5) allowed two runs and four hits to earn his 100th career win. He also improved to 9-2 against Detroit.
Royals jump all over SP Byrd
(6/1/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd could not handle a struggling Royals squad and ended up on the losing end Sunday. Byrd was tagged for nine hits and six runs in a 6-1 loss to K.C. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings. He did not walk a batter or strike one out while allowing two homers -- a solo homer to Jose Guillen and two-run shot to Mark Grudzielanek. Byrd is winless in his last three starts (0-2).
Byrd allows 10 hits in no-decision
(5/27/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd gave up 10 hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday against the White Sox, walking one and striking out one. He took a no-decision as the game went 12 innings. "I pitched OK, not great," Byrd said. "There's no use denying it by just talking positive. We're losing. We don't like it, especially with a chance to make up some ground against the White Sox."
Byrd shown gate in sixth inning
(5/22/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd was done in by a five-run sixth inning Wednesday during a 7-2 loss against the White Sox. With a 2-0 lead in the sixth, Byrd (2-4) allowed a leadoff single to Orlando Cabrera and walked A.J. Pierzynski. Carlos Quentin followed with a sharp grounder to 3B Casey Blake, who started what could have been a 5-4-3 double play, but Pierzynski went in hard at second, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera got off a clean throw, but first base umpire Paul Schrieber called Quentin safe. After Indians manager Eric Wedge argued the call, Jermaine Dye hit a 2-1 pitch into the left field seats, putting Chicago ahead. Jim Thome and Paul Konerko chased Byrd (2-4) in the sixth with back-to-back singles. Byrd was charged with five hits, five runs and two walks while striking out one.
Byrd shuts out Athletics for 7 1/3
(5/13/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd bounced back from a poor performance in his last start to go 7 1/3 scoreless inning Tuesday against the Athletics. He gave up five hits and recorded seven strikeouts to pick up the win. In his last start at the Yankees, he surrendered five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Indians scheduled for doubleheader
(5/11/2008) The Toronto Blue Jays-Cleveland Indians game was postponed by rain Sunday and will be made up in a doubleheader on Monday. Sunday's scheduled starters, Toronto's A.J. Burnett and Cleveland's Fausto Carmona, are scheduled to pitch in the first game beginning at 4:05 p.m. Indians left-hander Cliff Lee, off to an impressive start this season, will face Shaun Marcum in the nightcap.
Byrd a victim of the long ball
(5/8/2008) Indians starter Paul Byrd gave up three home runs in Thursday's loss at New York. He picked up his third loss of the season against the Yankees, allowing five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. He allowed hits and did not record a strikeout or a walk.
(5/2/2008) Rain forced the postponement of Friday's game between the Indians and Royals. No makeup date has been announced. As far as pitching rotations are concerned, both teams decided to just push everyone back a day. That means Friday's starters -- C.C. Sabathia and Luke Hochevar -- will now square off Saturday. Indians SP Aaron Laffey and Royals SP Gil Meche will meet in the series finale Sunday, and that means Fausto Carmona and Brett Tomko won't pitch again until Fantasy Week 6 (May 5-11).
Byrd tosses 7 2/3 scoreless frames
(5/2/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday against the Mariners, but saw his win come off the board when Rafael Betancourt blew a 1-0 lead in the ninth. Byrd issued his only walk to rookie Jeff Clement to open the seventh. With pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist on first, the wily veteran fanned Wladimir Balentien and got Yuniesky Betancourt to line out to second before calling it a day. Byrd allowed just four hits while striking out four and lowering his ERA to 3.74.
Byrd not as strong, but victorious
(4/25/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd (1-2) recorded his first win Friday against the Yankees. He allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, giving up three home runs but not walking a batter. He now has a streak of three straight good starts, having allowed one earned run in 13 innings in his last two.
SP Byrd moved up to Friday
(4/22/2008) The Indians placed SP Jake Westbrook on the 15-day DL Tuesday with a strained muscle in his lower left ribcage and decided to move Paul Byrd up one day to take his turn in the rotation Friday against the Yankees. Manager Eric Wedge said he would decide between left-handers Aaron Laffey and Jeremy Sowers to come up from Triple-A Buffalo to take Westbrook's spot in the rotation.
Indians spoil solid start by Byrd
(4/20/2008)Rafael Perez (0-1) took the loss Sunday in relief of an impressive start from Paul Byrd, and the defending AL Central champions have lost 12 of their past 16 after a 2-0 start. Byrd gave up one run and six hits in seven innings.
P. Byrd pitches more like old self
(4/16/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd, free and clear of the implications in the Mitchell Report after MLB granted him and other players amnesty, had his first good start of the season Tuesday against the Red Sox. He allowed one earned run in six innings of work, striking out six and walking none. He took a no-decision, though, as his team ultimately lost.
Byrd relieved he'll receive amnesty
(4/11/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd is relieved at being granted amnesty Friday by Major League Baseball with others implicated in the Mitchell Report, though the Indians right-hander would not discuss whether he has applied for an exemption to continue taking human growth hormone. "I didn't think it was bothering me very much, but it really was and I felt a lot of relief when I found out there wasn't going to be any suspensions," Byrd said before the Indians opened a three-game series against the Athletics. Byrd and manager Eric Wedge said they didn't think the lingering issue had a direct effect on the right-hander's poor start this season. He's 0-2 with an 11.05 ERA in two starts. "Paul is too tough (to be distracted)," Wedge said. "He knows the deal and it is about throwing his fastball where he wants. I think he'll make adjustments and get back on track."
Distracted Byrd falls to 0-2
(4/10/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd (0-2) allowed six runs and five hits in three innings Wednesday, raising his ERA to 11.05, as Cleveland fell 9-5 to the Angels. He struck out two and walked two. The 37-year-old RHP, whose name was included in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs, had his $7.5 million option for this season picked up by the Indians after capping a 15-8 campaign with victories in both of his postseason starts. "It's been a distraction at times when I'm not on the mound, but it hasn't really caused me to lose concentration," Byrd said of the Mitchell controversy. "My head's pretty clear. I just haven't had my command at all and I haven't had very good stuff. To pitch up here, you have to have one of the two, and I have neither right now."
Byrd surrenders eight hits to A's
(4/5/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd did not fare well in his first start of the season Friday at Oakland, giving up five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out none, taking the loss.
Byrd glad to work with V-Mart
(3/25/2008) Indians SP Paul Byrd gave up 10 hits and four earned runs over 6 1/3 innings, working with catcher Victor Martinez for the first time since he could remember, Tuesday against the Yankees. Backup catcher Kelly Shoppach teamed with Byrd most of last season, with Martinez moving to first base when he was on the hill. "Vic and I worked well together," Byrd said. "I like it better when Shoppach comes out to the mound because he's shorter. When Vic comes out, I have to go stand on the rubber so I look taller." Byrd also walked three and struck out one in the no-decision.
Byrd's word: 'I'm ready ... let's go'
(3/20/2008)Paul Byrd allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings Thursday and felt so strong afterward he went to the bullpen and threw another 18 pitches. "If the season started right now, I'm ready," said the 37-year-old right-hander who took the mound for Cleveland's home opener last April in the middle of a blizzard. "I'm ready for anything from 25 degrees to 85 degrees. Let's go."
Paul Byrd allows three runs
(3/15/2008) Indians' starter Paul Byrd allowed three runs over five innings Saturday -- all scoring on fourth-inning home runs. He gave up eight hits, while striking out four.
Byrd still in dark on suspension
(3/12/2008) Major League Baseball has taken no steps to discipline players mentioned in the Mitchell Report since the detailed account of drug use was released three months ago. That makes it increasingly unlikely players will be punished before opening day. No hearing dates have been scheduled for the grievance filed by the players' union on behalf of Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen, who was suspended for the first 15 days of the season by baseball commissioner Bud Selig on Dec. 6. If Selig rescinds Guillen's suspension, he also could drop a 15-day ban against Baltimore's Jay Gibbons. Selig has still not announced whether he will discipline Indians SP Paul Byrd and Jerry Hairston Jr, both players also named in the report.
Byrd finishes strong Monday
(3/10/2008)Paul Byrd weathered a shaky first two innings to get his first spring win Monday against the Rays, thanks to Cleveland's nine-run fourth. Byrd gave up a single and two walks to load the bases in the first. B.J. Upton drove in Tampa Bay's first run with a sacrifice fly, and Cliff Floyd followed with a double. Byrd allowed four hits, five runs and two walks in four innings. He struck out two. "I thought after that first inning he threw a lot better. He was just missing a few of those pitches early on," manager Eric Wedge said. "I was really pleased with the way he finished up."
Paul Byrd in good form vs. ATL
(3/5/2008)Paul Byrd allowed just one hit, striking out two, in three scoreless innings against the Braves in a spring training game Wednesday. Byrd's only blemish was losing track of the outs in the second. After striking out Tyler Flowers for the second out, Byrd began walking to the dugout before he realized he needed another out. "I showed my first signs of aging," he joked. "That worried me a little bit. I don't know if that has ever happened to me before. It was a little crazy."
Paul Byrd pitches two innings
(2/29/2008) Indians starter Paul Byrd stuck with fastballs and allowed one run and four hits in two innings against Houston in a spring training game Friday. "It was nice to get the feel of the ball again, try to throw some fastballs," Byrd said. "It's good to get in some trouble and then get out of trouble."
Byrd hopes to avoid punishment
(2/15/2008)Paul Byrd walked into the Indians clubhouse Friday after a "stressful" offseason in which he met with baseball officials regarding his use of human growth hormone. He exchanged hugs with teammates and clubhouse workers and team officials. The 37-year-old right-hander finally was around baseball again. "I'm excited to get going," he said. "It's great to see the guys again and get on the mound." The quiet morning at Chain of Lakes Park was much different from the scene Byrd faced before Game 7 of last season's ALCS in Boston. Earlier that day, it was reported he had purchased human growth hormone from 2002-05. About two hours before the game, Byrd addressed a media throng outside the Indians clubhouse at Fenway Park. He said he took HGH for a medical condition and under a doctor's supervision.
Byrd discusses HGH use with MLB
(12/18/2007) Indians pitcher Paul Byrd met with baseball officials Monday to discuss his use of human growth hormone. It's uncertain whether Byrd will face any discipline from the commissioner's office or when a potential punishment might be handed down. Before Game 7 of the ALCS in Boston, Byrd acknowledged taking HGH after the San Francisco Chronicle reported he spent nearly $25,000 on the banned drug and syringes from 2002-05. His name was included last week in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The 37-year-old right-hander claims he took HGH for a medical condition and did so only under a doctor's supervision. Byrd said baseball officials knew he had been taking the drug, which he said he often stored in clubhouse refrigerators. MLB officials did not confirm they knew Byrd was taking HGH.
Indians pick up Byrd's $7.5M option
(11/6/2007) Pitcher Paul Byrd, whose admitted use of human growth hormone served as a backdrop to the end of Cleveland's season, had his $7.5 million club option for 2008 picked up by the Indians on Tuesday. Byrd is expected to meet with Major League Baseball to discuss his use of the performance-enhancing drug.
Byrd admits he used prescribed HGH
(10/22/2007) Just hours before Game 7 of the ALCS on Sunday, Paul Byrd acknowledged using human growth hormone for a medical condition. But the Indians' right-hander claims he never injected the banned drug without a doctor's prescription. "I have nothing to hide," Byrd said about two hours before his team's biggest game against the Boston Red Sox. "Everything has been done out in the open. I have a reputation. I speak to kids, I speak to churches. I do not want the fans of Cleveland or honest, caring people to think that I cheated. Because I didn't."
Byrd says he took HGH to treat disorder
(10/21/2007) Just hours before Game 7 of the AL championship series Sunday, Indians SP Byrd acknowledged using human growth hormone for a medical condition. But the Cleveland Indians' right-hander claims he never injected the banned drug without a doctor's prescription. "I have nothing to hide," Byrd said about two hours before his team's game against the Boston Red Sox. "Everything has been done out in the open. I have a reputation. I do not want the fans of Cleveland or honest, caring people to think that I cheated because I didn't."
Byrd good enough in Game 4
(10/18/2007) Paul Byrd allowed four hits through five innings Tuesday, extending Boston's slump to 19 scoreless innings in the past 20, before leaving with no outs in the sixth.
Paul Byrd picks up playoff win
(10/9/2007) Paul Byrd kept wiggling out of trouble Monday at the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS. He allowed just two earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings to help Cleveland dispose of the Yankees.
Byrd wraps up his regular season
(9/28/2007) Paul Byrd went 6 1/3 innings in a losing effort Friday at Seattle, allowing 11 hits and four runs. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Byrd done before fifth inning ends
(9/22/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings during Saturday's loss to the A's. He walked two and struck three. Byrd is winless in his last two starts and has allowed three or more runs in each of his last four starts.
(9/18/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and five runs (four earned) in the Indians 6-5 win against the Tigers on Monday. He left trailing in the top of the eighth, but the Indians tied the game in the bottom of half of the inning. Byrd also walked one and didn't record a strikeout.
Byrd earns his 15th victory
(9/12/2007) Paul Byrd won for the fifth time in six starts and got his 15th victory Tuesday night as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 8-3. The Indians are 15-3 in their past 18 games. "I have I think three or four starts left and I want to finish up strong," said Byrd, who beat the White Sox for the third time this season. "I thought I pitched well but you know if we don't score runs, nobody is talking to me. The Indians have three pitchers with at least 15 wins -- Byrd, C.C. Sabathia (17-7) and Fausto Carmona (16-8).
Paul Byrd loses in L.A.
(9/7/2007) Paul Byrd was charged with five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings at the Angels on Thursday, after winning his previous four starts. "It wasn't what I had in mind, coming back to Anaheim and pitching against some of my buddies. It was a nightmarish inning," Byrd said. "They're hot right now. Any mistake I made, they hit hard. It's a shame everything came with two outs. I just needed to make a pitch there and just could not get the ball down. I didn't help myself out by hitting Mathis to lead off that inning."
Byrd tosses four-hit shutout
(9/1/2007) Paul Byrd pitched a four-hit shutout, and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 7-0 Saturday night for the Indians' eighth straight win. Byrd (14-5) has won his last four starts and seven of his last eight decisions. It was his fifth career shutout. He walked two and struck out four.
Byrd flying high for Indians
(8/27/2007) Paul Byrd allowed three runs in six innings on Monday night against the Twins to improve to 4-0 this season and 10-3 in his career against the American League Central Division rivals from Minnesota. After departing with two runners on and no one out, Rafael Perez replaced Byrd and got Mike Redmond to ground into a triple play, just the second for the Indians since 1981. "As soon as he [Redmond] hit it, there was dead silence in the dugout," said Byrd. "And when we turned it, for me it was like water to a dying man in the desert."
Byrd yields six runs, wins
(8/22/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd survived allowing six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Tigers for his 12th win. He walked two, struck out four and allowed three homers. Byrd has allowed six or more runs in his last two starts, but has alowed won five of his last seven outings.
Byrd doesn't squander early lead
(8/17/2007) Paul Byrd made two early runs stand up, holding Tampa Bay to one run in six innings as the Cleveland Indians beat the Devil Rays 2-1 Friday night. Byrd (11-5) scattered eight hits and a walk, striking out five. He worked out of several jams and held Tampa Bay to 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Ryan Garko put the Indians ahead 1-0 on an RBI single in the first, and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Franklin Gutierrez with a second-inning sacrifice fly.
Yankees get to Byrd early
(8/11/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd threw a shutout against the Twins on Monday, but couldn't make it past the second inning against one of the majors' most powerful lineups -- the Yankees -- on Saturday. He allowed seven hits and seven runs. He struck out one and walked one. Byrd hadn't lost in his previous five starts and hadn't allowed five or more runs since June 16.
Paul Byrd blanks the Twins
(8/7/2007) With his old-school, windmill windup, high socks and even higher leg kick, Byrd (10-4) breezed through the Twins on Monday in a complete game shutout. He needed just 99 pitches to get his first shutout since July 1, 2005, at Kansas City, taking advantage of a Minnesota offense that may be starting to press with the AL Central race getting tighter. "The hitters have been picking me up all year and it's really nice to give them a day off," Byrd said. "I've been waiting for that for a long time."
Byrd blasted for 10 hits
(8/1/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd allowed 10 hits for the second consecutive start during Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Byrd, who allowed 10 hits in a win over the Twins on July 27, did not factor into Wednesday's 10-inning loss. He was charged with four runs (three earned) and two walks, while striking out three. Byrd has lost just once in his last seven starts.
Byrd improves to 9-4
(7/27/2007) The Indians gave SP Paul Byrd 10 runs in support of his seven-inning performance Friday against the Twins to send the righty to his ninth win. Byrd, who is now 9-4, allowed 10 hits, four runs (three earned) and two walks, while recording one strikeout. Byrd has won consecutive starts and three of his last six.
Birdie hangs on against Texas
(7/23/2007) Indians starter Paul Byrd (8-4) did not allow a hit until Marlon Byrd tripled with two outs in the fourth. He allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's start at Texas. "I didn't really shake the trouble in this park," Byrd said. "I walked three and ran into a lot of trouble. I'm very glad we got the win but I'm a little frustrated with the finish, but we picked up a game on Detroit and I'm fired up about that."
Birdie shaky against White Sox
(7/18/2007) Paul Byrd, who has just one win in his past eight starts, walked two batters in Tuesday's start against the White Sox -- the most he has allowed in 16 starts since April 14. He allowed four earned runs and six hits in six innings in the no-decision.
Byrd suffers tough loss
(7/8/2007) Paul Byrd (7-4) allowed four hits, struck out two and walked none in his longest outing of the season Sunday at Toronto in a losing effort. He went 8 1/3 innings, allowing just one run in a 1-0 loss to the Blue Jays.
Byrd ends walkless streak
(7/3/2007) Paul Byrd allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings in a no decision Tuesday at Detroit. In the game, Magglio Ordonez became the first batter to receive an unintentional walk from Byrd in more than two months, a span of 77 2/3 innings.
Paul Byrd picks up seven wins
(6/28/2007) Paul Byrd (7-3) allowed three runs in seven innings against Oakland Thursday in winning for the first time since May 30. The right-hander gave up 10 hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Team gets Byrd off the hook
(6/23/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd was headed for his third loss in four starts during Saturday's game against the Nationals, but that was before his team staged a ninth inning rally to get him off the hook. Byrd pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, one walk and three earned runs. He had four strikeouts. Byrd has allowed 19 earned runs in his last four starts spanning 21 2/3 innings.
Byrd tagged for five runs
(6/16/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd took his second loss in three starts after allowing 10 hits and five runs to the Braves in five innings Saturday. Byrd, who struck out seven, has now allowed 16 earned runs in his 15 innings spanning three starts.
Byrd clipped by the Mariners
(6/12/2007) Paul Byrd allowed seven earned runs and 11 hits, including three home runs, in Monday's start against the Mariners. He allowed two home runs to Raul Ibañez and a triple. "The way he played (Monday), he should have 20 home runs," he said. "I have no idea how he only had two [going into the game]. He killed us." Ibañez is batting .550 (11-for-20) with two home runs and eight RBI in his career against Byrd.
Byrd's win streak ends Wed.
(6/6/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd saw his four-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Royals on Wednesday. He allowed 10 hits, four earned runs and one walk in six innings. The intentional pass to David DeJesus with one out in the sixth was the first issued by Byrd in 48 1/3 innings since April 26. The right-hander was seeking to match his career-best five straight wins, accomplished in 2001 when he was with the Royals.
Byrd keeps walks to minimum
(6/5/2007) RHP Paul Byrd has pitched 43 consecutive innings without walking a batter.
Paul Byrd not walking tight rope
(5/31/2007) Paul Byrd improved his record to 6-1 with a victory over Boston Wednesday night. For the sixth start in a row, Byrd did not walk a batter. He has now pitched 43 consecutive innings without a walk. His last walk came on April 26. For the season, Byrd has twice as many wins (six) as walks (three).
Birdie continues to fly
(5/31/2007) Paul Byrd (6-1) threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of 27 batters in Wednesday's start at Boston. He has gone six games since his last walk to Kenny Lofton of Texas on April 26. The only Cleveland pitcher in the past 50 years with a longer streak is Dick Donovan, who went 45 1/3 innings without a walk in 1963.
Paul Byrd owns strike zone
(5/28/2007) RHP Paul Byrd is 5-1, and has been a strike-throwing machine. He has pitched 37 consecutive innings without allowing a walk. In his last start, a 7-3 win over Detroit on Friday, Byrd, in 6 1/3 innings, threw 73 pitches, and all but 13 of them (83 percent) were strikes. For the season overall, 73 percent of the pitches Byrd has thrown (518 of 713) have been strikes.
Byrd is 4-0 in last six starts
(5/25/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd (5-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings during Friday's start against the Tigers to improve to 4-0 in his last six starts. He struck out four, walked none and hasn't lost since April 21 at Tampa Bay.
(5/20/2007) Paul Byrd stayed unbeaten this season at Jacobs Field as the Cleveland Indians matched the best home start in their 107-year history with a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Byrd (4-1) improved to 4-0 in Cleveland with the win. Byrd allowed three runs and nine hits over seven-plus innings. Byrd has not allowed a walk in his last 30 2/3 innings.
Byrd flies high against Twins
(5/15/2007) Paul Byrd (3-1) won for the first time in three starts in May and the Cleveland Indians had two six-run innings in accumulating season highs in hits and runs in a 15-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. "The offense totally picked us up," Byrd said after the Indians got 17 hits in their first game following a disappointing 4-6 trip to both coasts. "I gave up two, they came back with six and just didn't stop."
Twins try to shoot down Byrd
(5/15/2007) The Indians will hand the ball to Paul Byrd (2-1, 2.84 ERA) to face the Twins on Tuesday. Byrd allowed two runs and nine hits in seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels last Wednesday, but didn't receive a decision in Cleveland's 3-2 loss. "I look at it as a good start, but I'm very disappointed because I had that game won," said Byrd, who threw six scoreless innings before giving up a game-tying homer in the seventh.
Paul Byrd allows two runs
(5/10/2007) Paul Byrd gave up at least one hit in each of the seven innings he pitched against his former team in Anaheim Wednesday. He allowed two earned runs on nine hits in seven innings at the Angels Wednesday.
Byrd holds Orioles to one run
(5/4/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd held to the Orioles to one run in 6 2/3 innings during a no-decision Friday. He allowed six hits and struck out three. Byrd has gone at least six innings in all of his four starts.
Byrd picks up win vs. Rangers
(4/26/2007) Paul Byrd allowed three runs and eight hits, walked one and struck out three Thursday afternoon vs. Texas. The Rangers twice put a runner at third base with none out and failed to score against Byrd, who picked up his second win of the season.
D-Rays take Byrd to the shed
(4/21/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd went six innings, allowing 11 hits and six earned runs during Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Devil Rays. He also had two strikeouts while seeing his record drop to 1-1.
Byrd makes first official start
(4/14/2007) Paul Byrd pitched six sharp innings in his first official start of the season and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Saturday. Byrd (1-0) had come within one strike of an abbreviated no-hitter on April 6. That was Cleveland's scheduled home opener -- which was snowed out with two outs in the top of the fifth inning and the Indians leading the Seattle Mariners 4-0. Ironically, Byrd's first pitch against the White Sox was a called strike -- exactly what he needed eight days earlier to make it an official game in a swirling snow at Jacobs Field.
Snow moves Indians rotation back
(4/9/2007) Another snowed out doubleheader Monday pushes C.C. Sabathia back to Tuesday. He will be followed in the rotation by Jake Westbrook, Jeremy Sowers, Paul Byrd and Fausto Carmona, who is slotted as the No. 5 starter and is getting skipped on his first turn. Prospect Adam Miller, or Jason Davis out of the bullpen, won't be needed as a No. 6 starter now.
Indians rotation shuffled again
(4/8/2007) For the second day in a row, snow and cold weather has forced a doubleheader between the Mariners and Indians to be postponed. Now the Mariners and Indians will try to salvage half of their four-game series by playing two Monday, beginning at 4:05 p.m. The second game will start approximately 20 minutes after completion of the first. The Indians will likely start C.C. Sabathia and Jake Westbrook of Fausto Carmona, who was moved off a Sunday start. Jeremy Sowers and Paul Byrd will follow in the rotation.
Byrd's no-hit bid snowed out
(4/6/2007) One strike away from being an official game, the Cleveland Indians' home opener against the Seattle Mariners was postponed Friday night when daylong snow wouldn't stop. The Indians were leading 4-0 with two outs in the top of the fifth, when the umpires halted play for the third time. The first pitch had been delayed for nearly an hour because of the winterlike weather. Indians SP Paul Byrd was just one out away from getting through the fifth inning and possibly being credited with an abbreviated no-hitter when the relentless snow dumped on Jacobs Field again.
Byrd grounded by the Astros
(3/27/2007) Paul Byrd, Cleveland's No. 4 starter, pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs and seven hits in Tuesday's spring start against the Astros.
Byrd allows one run in seven innings
(3/23/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd allowed seven hits, one walk and one run in four innings of work Friday against the Astros. He is now 1-2 with a 2.40 ERA through 15 spring innings.
Byrd moves up to No. 4 SP
(3/20/2007) MLB.com notes that the Indians might use Jeremy Sowers as their third starter out of the gate since Cliff Lee is injured. Paul Byrd would be the fourth SP. "Obviously, we haven't made a final decision in the five hole, but the way we had it initially set up was probably Sowers in the four hole and Byrd in the five hole, so more than likely we'll just move that up to three and four," Wedge said. "[It's] not set in stone, but more than likely."
Byrd picks up win Wednesday
(3/14/2007) Indians SP Paul Byrd picked up his first win of the spring Wednesday against the Blue Jays. He went four innings, allowing three hits, one earned run and two walks. He also had two strikeouts. He now has a 2.45 ERA in 11 spring innings with seven strikeouts.
Byrd working on split-finger fastball
(3/7/2007) Indians RHP Paul Byrd is trying to add a split-finger fastball to his repertoire this spring. Byrd says he needs the pitch as a weapon against left-handed hitters, who batted .369 and had a .413 on-base percentage against him last year. Contrast that with the numbers of right-handed hitters against Byrd: a .256 batting average and .281 on-base percentage. "Left-handers hit me well. That was the key to the kind of season I had," he said. "The splitter is a good weapon against left-handers. I need that pitch against left-handers to go with my changeup, to use against left-handers. In 2002, my changeup was better (against left-handers) and I had my best year (17-11 for Kansas City)."
Byrd sharp in spring warmup
(3/5/2007) Paul Byrd, the Indians' projected fifth starter, allowed two hits in two shutout innings Monday.
Byrd ready for another go-round
(3/3/2007) Paul Byrd figures you're never too old to learn something new. The Cleveland Indians' 36-year-old right-hander wants to rebound from a lackluster 2006 season and he thinks throwing a good splitter can help. "I wasn't happy with last year, so now is the time to improve for this season," Byrd said Saturday. "I've messed around with a split in the past, but never committed two months to really learning it. I'm eager to see how it goes."
Byrd's rotation spot is secure
(2/18/2007) Indians RHP Paul Byrd will go into spring training with his spot in the starting rotation secure. But at age 36, Byrd is showing some signs of decline. He was an uninspiring 10-9 with a 4.88 ERA last year, and he seemed to wear down as the season wore on. His earned run average was more than one run higher in the second half of the season (5.63) than in the first half (4.31).
Rangers rough up Byrd
(9/22/2006) Only four of the eight runs allowed by Indians SP Paul Byrd (9-9) were earned as the Rangers won 12-4 Friday. Byrd struck out three, walked one and hit a batter with a pitch in four innings of work.
Byrd gets some ERA relief Sun.
(9/19/2006) After Sunday's game, a scoring change was made to give 3B Andy Marte an error on a ball hit by Phil Nevin in the third inning. Two runs scored on the play, which would have been the third out. The change means starter Paul Byrd allowed only two earned runs and seven hits.
Paul Byrd takes loss
(9/17/2006) Paul Byrd allowed four earned runs and eight hits over six innings, walking four and striking out three in a loss on Sunday against the Twins.
No-decision for Paul Byrd
(9/9/2006) Paul Byrd gave up nine hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision on Friday at Chicago.
Paul Byrd solid in loss
(9/3/2006) Paul Byrd allowed four runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings, struck out one and didn't walk a batter in a loss on Sunday at Texas. "I thought I threw great," Byrd said. "It was one of my best games of the year. They did a good job in the seventh of just putting the ball in play."
Paul Byrd wins his ninth game
(8/29/2006) Byrd allowed four runs -- three earned -- and 10 hits in five innings in Monday's start against the Blue Jays, but it was good enough to pick up his ninth win of the season.
(8/28/2006) The Indians (60-69) will hand the ball to Paul Byrd (8-6, 4.72) against Toronto Monday. He is coming off his worst start of the season, The right-hander lasted just two-thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Royals, and gave up nine runs -- three earned -- and eight hits. "The word is unbelievable," Byrd said of the team's comeback. "I really don't know what to say. It was incredible. I'm in shock that our team came back."
Byrd pounded in first inning
(8/24/2006) Paul Byrd couldn't believe it. The Kansas City Royals also were in shock. The Cleveland Indians allowed 10 runs in the first then rallied to beat Kansas City 15-13 Wednesday night. The Royals' first-inning total was a club record and they also blew their biggest lead in a loss. They finished with a season-high 19 hits, setting the team record for most hits in a loss. The Royals led 10-1 after the first inning. "The word is unbelievable," said Byrd, who was charged with nine of Kansas City's 10 first-inning runs. "I really don't know what to say. It was incredible. I'm in shock that our team came back."
Paul Byrd throws complete game
(8/17/2006) Paul Byrd pitched his best game of the season without his best stuff. Byrd threw his first complete game in more than a year, scattering seven hits to lead the Indians over the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Thursday. "You have games where you don't have your fastball, and today was one of those days," Byrd said. "I was grunting, moaning and doing all I can, but they were coming out 83, 84 (mph). I just switched game plans and tried to throw a little slower. Today, it worked." Byrd (8-6) struck out three and walked none in his 14th complete game, his first since July 1, 2005, for the Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City. He had not recorded a decision in four starts since beating the Angels on July 19.
Byrd goes deep against Royals
(8/12/2006) The Royals scored twice in the fifth off Paul Byrd on Friday with a series of soft hits. Byrd allowed three runs and 10 hits over eight innings, walking two and striking out two against his former team. The right-hander, who went 17-11 for Kansas City, got a pregame visit from his college coach at Louisiana State, Skip Bertram, who is now the school's athletic director.
Byrd sees win go up in smoke
(8/5/2006) Paul Byrd allowed two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings at Detroit on Saturday night, as he turned in a quality start. However, closer Fausto Carmona came in and allowed a two-run walk-off home run to blow the save and give Byrd a no-decision.
Paul Byrd slowing down
(8/3/2006) RHP Paul Byrd has struggled in his last two starts, during which he has a 16.71 ERA. In seven innings, he has given up 13 runs on 19 hits, five of them home runs. Opposing batters are hitting .487 against him in those starts. "He's been off with his secondary stuff the last couple starts, but he'll figure it out. He does a good job of that," said manager Eric Wedge. "I'm stinking out the joint," said Byrd.
Red Sox drum Byrd, Indians
(8/1/2006) Paul Byrd was tagged for six earned runs and nine hits in four innings on Monday at Boston. He gave up three home runs in the game, as his ERA increased to 5.00. However, he did not figure into the decision, as David Wells (knee) was equally as poor.
Byrd worked over on Tuesday
(7/25/2006) Paul Byrd allowed seven earned runs and 10 hits in just three innings on Tuesday against the Tigers. Thankfully for Byrd and his Fantasy owners, he was staked to a 7-0 run lead in the first inning so he picked up a no-decision.
Byrd beats former club
(7/19/2006) Paul Byrd (7-6) ended the Angels' longest winning streak of the season on Wednesday in his first start against his former team since signing a two-year, $14 million contract with the Indians in December. The right-hander allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings to pick up the win. He improved his career record against the Angels to 3-0, including a three-hit shutout for Kansas City in 2002.
Byrd does not figure in
(7/15/2006) Paul Byrd worked 5 1/3 decent innings on Friday at Minnesota, allowing just two earned runs and seven hits. He did not figure into the decision, but looked pretty good against a heavy left-handed hitting lineup.
P. Byrd loves to pitch at Metrodome
(7/14/2006) Cleveland starter Paul Byrd (6-6, 4.31) is 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six career starts at the Metrodome. This will be his second start of the year against the Twins after he beat them on April 7 despite giving up six runs over six innings in an 11-6 victory at Jacobs Field.
Paul Byrd allows 10 hits
(7/5/2006) Paul Byrd allowed nine runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since lasting only three innings on April 22 at Kansas City, on Wednesday against the Yankees.
Byrd solid in no-decision
(6/30/2006) Paul Byrd allowed nine hits in six scoreless innings with five Ks in a no-decision on Friday against the Reds.
Byrd more effective in starts
(6/30/2006) Paul Byrd, who will start Friday night vs. Cincinnati, has pitched six or more innings in each of his last 10 starts and seven or more innings in seven of his last 10 starts.
Byrd solid in last seven starts
(6/26/2006) Paul Byrd has a 2.44 ERA in his last seven starts, but he's only 2-2 in that span.
Byrd improves above .500
(6/24/2006) Paul Byrd pitched eight shutout innings in a win over Cincinnati Saturday. The right-hander gave up five hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.
No decision for Paul Byrd
(6/18/2006) Paul Byrd, who gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings Sunday vs. Milwaukee did not factor in the final decision. The Braves ultimately came back from an early defecit to win the game with a three-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. He pitched six mostly solid innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. He struck out four batters, but allowed two home runs in the outing.
Paul Byrd takes mound
(6/18/2006) In Sunday's game, RHP Paul Byrd makes his 14th start of the season. He is 5-5 with a 4.81 ERA this season.
Paul Byrd takes a tough loss
(6/13/2006) Byrd allowed one just earned run and six hits in seven innings on Tuesday at N.Y. Yankees, but he was outdueled by Chien-Ming Wang in the 1-0 loss. He walked three batters and struck out six in the quality start.
Paul Byrd finally gets win No. 5
(6/7/2006) Paul Byrd won for the first time in more than a month, sending the Cleveland Indians to an 11-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Byrd (5-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings while picking up his first victory since beating the A's on May 3. Since then, the right-hander had gone 0-2 with three no-decisions, although Byrd probably deserved a better fate in two of those starts.
Paul Byrd issues four walks
(6/1/2006) Paul Byrd issued four walks in six innings on Thursday vs. the White Sox. He had not walked a batter in his previous three starts, covering 20 innings. He allowed five runs in the no-decision.
Byrd set for World Champs
(6/1/2006) Paul Byrd (4-4, 5.22 ERA) will look to hold Chicago's bats in check in Wednesday's series finale. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA over his last three starts, and says he is beginning to feel more comfortable in his first season with Cleveland. "I think I'm back to the old Paul Byrd, who throws 85 (mph) and hits his spots," he said. "As opposed to the guy who was trying to impress the team that signed him."
Byrd bested by Verlander
(5/28/2006) Paul Byrd took the loss Friday vs. Detroit, giving up two unearned runs and five hits in six innings. He didn't allow a walk and struck out five. "Byrdie threw the ball good," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He was consistent the whole game. One pitch and he (Magglio Ordonez) hit it out."
Paul Byrd gets no-decision
(9:21 pm ET) Indians right-hander Paul Byrd struck out four in seven innings and didn't walk a batter on Sunday vs. the Pirates. He gave up two runs and six hits in the no-decision.
Indians juggle pitching rotation
(4:23 pm ET) With off-days Monday and Thursday, the Indians have juggled their rotation according to MLB.com. Cliff Lee and Sabathia will start Tuesday and Wednesday in Minnesota. Jake Westbrook will start Friday in Detroit on eight days' rest. Westbrook normally doesn't throw in the bullpen between starts, but did Sunday to keep sharp. One positive is Westbrook won't have to pitch in the Metrodome, where he is 1-5 with a 4.63 ERA in eight games. "I don't feel like I've pitched terrible there, but I haven't gotten many wins," he said. "It's kind of a fast track that doesn't play to my strengths." Paul Byrd and Johnson also will pitch on longer rest than they normally do. Byrd, who started Sunday against the Pirates, will start Saturday, while Johnson will pitch Sunday.
(12:06 pm ET) Jeremy Sowers is 6-1 with a 1.07 ERA through nine starts and his best was his last. He pitched a one-hitter this week, leading to speculation he could replace Jason Johnson or Paul Byrd in the Indians' struggling rotation. "I think there is some reason for concern," Indians manager Eric Wedge said after Johnson's awful outing Saturday. "... Right now, Jason is in our starting rotation. It's early in the season. We believe in sticking with guys."
Byrd gets no-decision Tues.
(5/16/2006) Paul Byrd allowed four earned runs and seven hits in six innings on Tuesday against the Royals, but he did not figure into the decision. He also did not walk any batters and he struck out six.
Byrd will not be skipped
(5/15/2006) Paul Byrd, the scheduled start for Monday's postponed game against the Royals, will keep his spot in the rotation and throw Tuesday, weather permitting.
Paul Byrd to start Monday
(5/15/2006) The Royals (10-25) have both the worst overall record in the majors and baseball's worst road record at 2-17. But Kansas City has five wins over Cleveland - all at home - while outscoring the Indians 40-24 in six games this season. "They've gotten hot against us," said Indians pitcher Paul Byrd, who will start at Cleveland Monday. "They're Major League Players. They're not going to lose game after game after game."
Paul Byrd to be pushed back
(5/9/2006) Now that LHP C.C. Sabathia has returned from the DL, manager Eric Wedge is hoping to separate right-handers Jason Johnson and Jake Westbrook in the rotation. They were not pitching back-to-back early in the year before Sabathia went out. "We've got an off day coming up. We're going to look at everything. We've got it mapped out," Wedge said. "At some point in time we are, I'm just not exactly sure when. I think it's more important to separate the sinkerballers than the left-handers."
Byrd takes loss against Royals
(5/9/2006) Paul Byrd allowed four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in seven innings to take the loss on Monday night at Kansas City. He also walked twice and did not struck out one batter.
Indians turn to Byrd
(5/8/2006) Paul Byrd (4-2, 7.11 ERA) looks to continue the Indians' pitching success, as he faces the Royals Monday, a team he won a career-high 17 games for in 2002. Byrd suffered his worst outing of the season at Kansas City on April 22, when he allowed seven runs in three innings of an 11-5 loss. The 11-run total in that contest matched Kansas City's most in a game this season. Cleveland dropped two of three games in the series at Kauffman Stadium last month.
Byrd picks up second win
(5/4/2006) Paul Byrd pitched seven innings in Wednesday's win over Oakland, improving his record to 4-2. However, his ERA for the season is 7.11.
Byrd benefits from offensive explosion
(4/28/2006) Paul Byrd was given an early 4-0 lead in Thursday's win over the Red Sox and cruised to his third win of the season. He departed after five innings with a 9-2 lead. Byrd has alternated wins and losses in his five starts this season for Cleveland and has a lofty 8.03 ERA.
Loss is the word for Byrd
(4/23/2006) Paul Byrd allowed seven earned runs and six hits in just three innings on Saturday night at Kansas City to take the loss. "It is frustrating to put our team in such a hole early," Byrd said. "Because of my performance, we were never really in it. I blame myself. We've been scoring runs and I've been giving up runs by walking guys. It is frustrating mentally because I can't throw strikes. This is not me. I've got to figure it out."
Paul Byrd makes impressive start
(4/17/2006) Paul Byrd allowed two earned runs on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in seven innings of work in Monday's start against Detroit. He took home the win, which is his second of the season.
Paul Byrd has wings clipped
(4/13/2006) Paul Byrd, who signed a two-year $14.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians in the offseason, is 1-1 with a 10.24 ERA after two starts.
Byrd sunk by the Mariners
(4/13/2006) Paul Byrd, who has made a habit of beating the Mariners during his career, had it all even out on him in Wednesday's start at Jacobs Field. He allowed six earned runs, seven hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 innings to take the loss and even his record at 1-1.
Paul Byrd debuts with win
(4/7/2006) Paul Byrd picked up a win in his first start for the Cleveland Indians on Friday. He pitched six innings, allowing five earned runs. He struck out two out two batters and walked three in the effort.
Byrd to start home opener
(4/5/2006) The Indians have a day off before their home opener Friday against the Twins. Paul Byrd, signed as a free agent in the offseason, will make the start. He originally was drafted by the Indians in 1991 but never pitched for the major league team.
Byrd No. 4 in rotation
(3/29/2006) The Indians have set their rotation with C.C. Sabathia starting Sunday in Chicago, followed by Jake Westbrook, Cliff Lee, Paul Byrd and Jason Johnson.
Paul Byrd makes nice start
(3/23/2006) Paul Byrd pitched five nearly perfect innings Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians beat the Houston Astros 2-1. He retired 14 of the 15 batters he faced, including the first 12. Byrd allowed one hit, a single, and struck out four.
Paul Byrd tarred and feathered
(3/9/2006) MLB.com reports Paul Byrd was roughed up for seven runs on nine hits over 1 2/3 innings in Wednesday's start against the N.Y. Mets. "I need to get more zip on my fastball," he said. "Right now, it feels like I'm pitching underwater."
Byrd makes Cleveland debut
(3/5/2006) On Saturday, Paul Byrd pitched two innings in his first outing since signing a two-year, $14 million contract as a free agent in December. It was the 35-year-old right-hander's first game in an Indians uniform since spring training of 1994, when he spent his fourth year in Cleveland's farm system before being traded to the New York Mets. "It felt great to hear some fans say welcome back," said Byrd, who never pitched in a big-league game for Cleveland. "I was wondering if they even remembered me."
Byrd drafted in Round 16
(2/14/2006) Paul Byrd was the 184th overall selection (sixteenth round) in the 2006 CBS SportsLine.com AL Experts League. He recorded a 12-11 record with a 3.74 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 204.1 IP in 2005.
Byrd agrees to deal with Indians
(12/4/2005) The Indians and free agent Paul Byrd have agreed to a two-year contract, according to MLB.com. The deal will be announced at the Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Dallas. Byrd went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 204 1/3 innings. For his career, he is 72-64 with a 4.23 ERA. He will slot behind C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee in the Indians' rotation.
Rangers interested in SP Byrd
(12/3/2005) The Rangers have expressed interest in free agents Matt Morris (14-10, 4.11 ERA for St. Louis last season) and Paul Byrd (12-11, 3.74 with the Los Angeles Angels). Former Oakland closer Octavio Dotel, recovering from elbow surgery, said the Rangers are among at least five teams that have contacted him.
SP Byrd not returning to Anaheim
(12/2/2005) Free-agent right-hander Paul Byrd won't return to the Angels in 2006. "We're dropping out of the Paul Byrd chase," Angels GM Bill Stoneman said. The Angels decided to go in another direction after Byrd, 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA last season in his only year with the team, didn't respond to their final offer. "It did not appear evident to us that we were going to have an agreement with Paul soon," the GM said.
Indians give word to Byrd
(11/30/2005) Free-agent starter Paul Byrd visited Tuesday with the Indians, who are still searching for a closer and have been reluctant to throw big money at any pitcher this offseason. Byrd went 13-12 with a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts last season for the Los Angeles Angels.
Byrd is the word ... a 4-letter one
(8/28/2005) Paul Byrd gave up six runs and 11 hits in six innings. He is 0-4 in his past seven starts. "I think it's a character test," Byrd said. "The A's aren't going anywhere, that's been apparent for two months. It's an exciting race that will come down to the end."
(8/21/2005) Paul Byrd (back spasms) allowed four earned runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings on Sunday against the Red Sox to fall to 9-8.
Byrd should be fine for Sunday
(8/17/2005) RHP Paul Byrd, who woke up with back spasms after his most recent start in Seattle last Wednesday, lost his turn in the rotation Tuesday night for precautionary reasons. He spent 15-20 minutes getting worked on by the team's chiropractor a couple of days ago, and declared himself fit and ready to pitch on his regular turn if needed.
Byrd out for Tuesday's start
(8/16/2005) Paul Byrd will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Blue Jays due to back spasms.
Byrd looks good in no decision
(7/30/2005) Pitching on short rest because Jarrod Washburn has a sore elbow, Paul Byrd allowed three runs and nine hits in seven solid innings at the Yankees Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.
Paul Byrd hammered by the Jays
(7/26/2005) Byrd allowed seven earned runs and 10 hits in three innings on Tuesday at Toronto to fall to 9-7.
Byrd flies to ninth victory
(7/16/2005) Paul Byrd allowed two earned runs and four hits in seven innings in Friday's game at Minnesota to pick up his ninth win of the season.
Paul Byrd dominates Royals
(7/2/2005) Byrd wound up with a career-best two-hitter against Kansas City Friday night. Byrd struck out five in what he called his finest game ever.
Byrd flies past the Rangers
(6/21/2005) Paul Byrd allowed one earned run and six hits in a complete game victory against the Rangers on Monday night. He did not walk a batter and he struck out four to improve to 7-5.
Byrd gets start pushed back
(6/18/2005) Angels RHP Paul Byrd, Sunday's scheduled starter, was pushed back to Monday against Texas because of tightness in his triceps. Ervin Santana, filling in for the injured Kelvim Escobar (elbow), will move up a day in the rotation and start Sunday on his normal rest.
Byrd picks up a win on Monday
(5/17/2005) Paul Byrd pitched seven scoreless innings in Monday's game at Cleveland to improve to 4-3.
Byrd victorious against Tribe
(5/11/2005) Paul Byrd allowed eight hits and three runs in six innings Tuesday against the Indians. He struck out three and did not walk anybody in the win.
Byrd flies past Mariners
(5/4/2005) Paul Byrd allowed two earned runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday at Seattle to pick up the win.
Byrd scatters 11 hits in win
(4/19/2005) Paul Byrd allowed one earned run and 11 hits in eight innings against Seattle to allow his first victory of the season.
Byrd drops to 0-2 on the year
(4/14/2005) Paul Byrd allowed eight hits and six runs in six innings Wednesday against the Rangers. He struck out three and walked three in the loss.
Kansas City shoots down Byrd
(4/9/2005) Paul Byrd allowed four earned runs on nine hits in seven innings in a loss to the Royals Friday. It was his Angels debut.
Byrd to feature sinker
(3/10/2005) The Los Angeles Times reports Paul Byrd will feature a sinkerball more often this season. "The sinker is coming along great -- I'm getting good action on it and the swings I want," said Byrd. "I was always a fly-ball pitcher, but now, when there's guys on first and second and no outs, instead of hoping for a shallow fly ball I can get a ground ball."
Byrd tosses three scoreless
(3/9/2005) Paul Byrd threw three scoreless innings in Wednesday's spring game against the Padres. He allowed two hits and a walk and he struck out one batter.
Byrd debuts with Anaheim
(3/5/2005) Paul Byrd threw two scoreless innings in his first spring training game with Anaheim on Friday. "His arm speed is coming along. It can take longer for a finesse guy to get ready in the spring," said manager Mike Scioscia.
Byrd signs with the Angels
(12/14/2004) The Angels signed Paul Byrd to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
Byrd to pitch on three days' rest
(9/15/2004) Paul Byrd will start Friday's game at Florida on three days' rest, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Byrd to start on Wednesday
(9/8/2004) Paul Byrd will start the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday against the Phillies.
Byrd wins with arm, bat
(8/29/2004) Paul Byrd (arm) allowed four hits and one run through six sharp innings Saturday against the Giants. He helped his own cause by going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt and two RBI as well.
Byrd has start pushed back
(8/24/2004) Paul Byrd had some stiffness in his arm on Tuesday, so manager Bobby Cox decided to replace him with Russ Ortiz for the game against Colorado.
Byrd wins at Arizona
(8/7/2004) Paul Byrd allowed two earned runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings at Arizona Saturday. This was his second win in a row.
Paul Byrd sharp in loss
(7/21/2004) Byrd allowed six hits and three earned runs in six innings Wednesday against the Pirates. He walked a pair and struck out three in the loss.
(7/5/2004) Byrd allowed two runs on 10 hits over seven innings on Monday against Montreal. He struck out five and did not walk a batter for the third time in his four starts.
Byrd loses quality start
(6/25/2004) Paul Byrd evened his record to 1-1 after a loss to Baltimore on Friday. He tossed 6 1/3 innings allowing six hits and three run.
Paul Byrd flies past Indians
(6/19/2004) Byrd (elbow surgery) returned from the 60-day disabled list to start Saturday's game against Cleveland. He tossed seven scoreless innings to record the victory.
Byrd starts for Braves
(6/19/2004) Paul Byrd (elbow) started against Cleveland Saturday.
Paul Byrd starting Saturday
(6/17/2004) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Byrd (elbow) will start against Cleveland on Saturday,
Paul Byrd back on weekend?
(6/16/2004) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Byrd (elbow) might make his season debut this weekend.
Paul Byrd pitches six innings
(6/15/2004) Byrd (elbow) allowed four earned runs in six innings of an exhibition start against Minnesota. "I was excited," Byrd told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I threw six innings and felt as strong in the sixth inning as I did in the first. I think that was a good sign."
Paul Byrd makes rehab start
(6/10/2004) Byrd (elbow surgery) was charged with four runs in 4 2/3 innings of a rehab start for Triple-A Richmond on Wednesday.
Paul Byrd on road back
(6/7/2004) Byrd (elbow) will make another rehab start for Triple-A Richmond on Wednesday.
Byrd pitches well in rehab
(6/5/2004) Paul Byrd did not allow a run in 3 2/3 innings for Double-A Greenville on Friday.
Paul Byrd recalled from rehab
(5/25/2004) Byrd (elbow) was recalled from his injury rehab assignment. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes it was a procedural move to stop the clock on his 30 days of rehab.
Paul Byrd strains elbow
(11:49 am ET) Byrd felt pain in his surgically-repaired right elbow during a rehab start on Tuesday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says he only suffered a strain, which is not unusual in the recovery process.
Byrd to make rehab start
(5/18/2004) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Paul Byrd will pitch his second start for Class A Greenville tonight. He is on a 90-pitch limit.
Paul Byrd begins rehab
(5/14/2004) Byrd (elbow) began a rehab assignment at Double-A Greensville on Thursday.
Paul Byrd set to begin rehab
(5/12/2004) Byrd (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Greenville on Thursday. He has been at extended spring training since March.
Paul Byrd still out
(5/5/2004) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd (elbow) is still two weeks away from his earliest projection for a rehab assignment.
Byrd transferred to 60-day DL
(4/28/2004) Paul Byrd (elbow surgery) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday.
Byrd placed on 15-day DL
(4/4/2004) Paul Byrd (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.
P Byrd to stay in Florida
(4/2/2004) Paul Byrd (elbow surgery) will remain in camp and continue to rehab, according to the Atlanta Banner-Herald.
Paul Byrd doing well
(3/16/2004) Byrd (elbow surgery) is pitching every three days against minor-leaguers at about 90 percent effort, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He's got to do it a few times to see how he recovers. Then we can get him some innings when it's decided by the doctors that it's time," pitching coach Leo Mazzone told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Paul Byrd making progress
(3/5/2004) The Atlanta Banner-Herald (elbow surgery) faced hitters on Thursday. He threw fastballs at about 90 percent effort. "It went very well," he said. "I was very pleased. I was throwing the ball in and out and hitting my spots."
Paul Byrd looking sharp
(2/25/2004) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd (elbow surgery) is looking good in mound sessions. "I'm amazed at his progress," Bobby Cox said Tuesday. "He's way ahead of what I thought I was going to see. Way ahead. His effort was close to 90 percent today, and he threw 60 pitches."
Paul Byrd back in May?
(2/20/2004) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd (elbow surgery) has been throwing off a mound and hopes to return in May.
Paul Byrd back by mid-2004
(12/10/2003) The Braves expect to have Byrd (Tommy John surgery) available to rejoin their rotation by the middle of next season, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Paul Byrd to resume throwing Nov. 1
(9/12/2003) The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Byrd, who underwent Tommy John surgery in July, will resume throwing on Nov. 1. Until then, he will continue his regimen of strengthening and range of motion exercises. Byrd hopes to return during the first half of the 2004 season.
(7/8/2003) Byrd had Tommy John ligament replacement elbow surgery on July 1. He will require one year to fully recover.
Tommy John surgery for Byrd
(6/30/2003) Paul Byrd is expected to undergo season-ending "Tommy John" surgery.
Season-ending surgery for Byrd?
(6/30/2003) Paul Byrd reported more pain in his surgically-repaired right elbow after a bullpen session on Saturday. He might require season-ending surgery. Byrd will be evaulated by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Monday. "I think it's entirely unrelated to the [bone] chips," Braves manager Bobby Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I think it's either a ligament or something else in there that's bothering him."
More discomfort for Paul Byrd
(6/26/2003) Paul Byrd reported tenderness and soreness in his right elbow after a simulated game on Wednesday.
Paul Byrd's return on hold
(6/25/2003) According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Byrd's (elbow) plan to throw a second simulated game on Tuesday was scrapped when he reported soreness in his arm from his last outing on Saturday. He does plan on throwing another bullpen session on Wednesday to see how his arm responds.
Byrd tosses sim game Saturday
(6/23/2003) According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Paul Byrd (elbow) throw two solid innings in a simulated game on Saturday.
Paul Byrd throws bullpen session
(6/18/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Paul Byrd (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.
Paul Byrd needs more rehab
(6/12/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Byrd (elbow) probably won't come off the disabled list before the All-Star break. Byrd had some bone chips and a bone spur removed from his elbow on April 17. He is expected to throw for another week in bullpen sessions, then a couple weeks of pitching batting practice, and at least two or three minor-league starts before returning.
Byrd experiences some discomfort
(6/9/2003) Paul Byrd (elbow) experienced mild discomfort after throwing from a mound on Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Paul Byrd throws off mound
(5/29/2003) Byrd (elbow) threw 35 pitches off a mound Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He will throw again this weekend, and then will throw in a simulated game before going on a rehab assignment.
Paul Byrd to throw off mound
(5/28/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd (elbow) will throw off a mound on Wednesday. "When I came back from shoulder surgery three years ago, it felt like my arm was underwater," Byrd said. "I don't have any of that now. My arm feels light."
Byrd out two to four months
(4/10/2003) Paul Byrd will undergo surgery on Friday to remove bone chips from his sore right elbow. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since March 21. He suffered a setback in his rehab appearance for Double-A Greenville on Saturday.
Byrd will not start Thursday
(4/9/2003) Paul Byrd (elbow) will not come off the 15-day disabled list. He was scheduled to start on Thursday, but it is unclear when he will be able to throw again due to more soreness in his elbow.
Byrd works in Double-A game
(4/6/2003) Paul Byrd (elbow) pitched 4 1/3 innings for Double-A Greenville on Saturday. He allowed eight hits, four earned runs and one walk. He also struck out three batters.
Paul Byrd gets mound work
(4/3/2003) Byrd (elbow) threw 3 1/3 innings in a Class A game on Tuesday, and he said he only felt mild discomfort on Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Paul Byrd on the mend
(3/28/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd (elbow) will make another minor-league start on Friday.
Paul Byrd gets some work
(3/25/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd (elbow) pitched two scoreless innings in a minor-league game and reported no discomfort.
Paul Byrd headed to DL
(3/24/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Byrd (elbow) will begin the season on the DL, but probably won't miss more than one or two starts. He will pitch in a minor-league game on Monday and will work in some more at that level when the Braves break camp.
Byrd throws pain-free
(3/21/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd (elbow) didn't feel any discomfort when he threw before Thursday's game. He might start in an exhibition game on Monday, but Byrd still might open the season on the DL. "I think he needs to pitch at least three more times, maybe four. We're running out of games," Bobby Cox said.
Paul Byrd is hurting
(3/18/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Byrd's minor-league start on Wednesday will be scratched and he might not be ready when the season begins. He still has discomfort in his pitching elbow. "He still feels it," Cox said. "Maybe he can [pitch] off a mound by the end of the week. It's improving, but it's still biting. And if it's there, no sense pitching."
Byrd throws from a mound
(3/16/2003) Paul Byrd threw from a mound on Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is suffering from a sore groin and tender elbow. He might pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday.
Byrd misses Friday start
(3/15/2003) Paul Byrd (groin) missed his second consecutive schedule start due to a pulled groin muscle. Manager Bobby Cox said there is no definite timetable for getting Byrd back on the mound in a spring training game.
Paul Byrd to the DL?
(3/14/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd will have his sore groin and elbow examined on Saturday. He might begin the season on the DL.
Byrd to miss another start
(3/12/2003) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Paul Byrd will miss his scheduled start on Friday because of elbow and groin injuries. It will be his second consecutive missed turn. "It's coming along a little slower than I thought," said Byrd. "I think they're connected, so I'm going to wait a few more days and let everything cool down."
Byrd misses start
(3/10/2003) Paul Byrd has a sore groin and elbow, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He missed his scheduled start on Sunday.
(3/10/2003) According to the team's website, Paul Byrd has a sore right elbow which might have come as the result of trying to compensate for a sore right groin. The team does not believe the injury is serious.
Byrd has injured right groin
(3/4/2003) Paul Byrd was limited to one inning on Tuesday because of a nagging right groin injury. He is considered day to day.
(12/17/2002) The Atlanta Braves signed Byrd to a two-year contract on Tuesday. He will likely serve as the team's fourth or fifth starter in 2003. Byrd will probably be helped by a move back to the National League and to a pitcher-friendly park in Atlanta, but be aware that much of his success in 2002 was due to facing weak-hitting American League Central lineups. He might still drop off somewhat in Fantasy value, but will still be a good back-of-your-staff pitcher.
(12/8/2002) Byrd was offered salary arbitration by the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. He has until Dec. 19 to decide whether to accept the offer.
(9/10/2002) Byrd went to the mound Monday night hoping it would be a career night. But instead of earning his career-high 16th victory, he gave up 10 earned runs for the first time as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 10-6. Byrd (15-11) gave up four home runs, including two by Joe Crede in the Royals' seventh straight loss. "I pitched long and hard with poor results," Byrd said. "It's very frustrating." Consider reserving Byrd if he struggles in his next outing. He didn't pitch well in his previous outing and might be headed for a poor end to his season.
(6/23/2002) Byrd, who had his last start skipped due to an elbow injury, allowed one earned run on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win Saturday in New York against the Mets. He looks safe to get back into your active lineup for the upcoming week.
(6/18/2002) Byrd had his next start pushed back to June 22 to allow him time to rest his sore right elbow. Shawn Sedlacek will be recalled Tuesday to start in his place. Consider reserving Byrd, who is expected to start against the Mets in New York.
(6/14/2002) According to The Kansas City Star, Byrd is not expected to miss his next start, despite inflammation in his throwing elbow. Consider reserving him in daily leagues until he returns to health and can regain his earlier form.
(6/13/2002) Byrd did not have one of his better outings Wednesday night. He allowed nine runs, ten hits and a walk in only 4 1/3 innings of work against the Marlins. He is 0-3 in his past three starts with a 12.86 ERA. After the game, Byrd had an MRI on his right elbow. "The back of my elbow's a little tender," Byrd said in a written note left at his locker for the media. "It shouldn't be a problem. My elbow didn't affect the way I pitched." Consider reserving Byrd until he returns to his earlier form.
(5/29/2002) Byrd gave up three runs before retiring a batter Tuesday, but settled down to earn his eighth win against only two losses. He allowed three earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. It appears that he has finally overcome the shoulder injury that hindered him for most of the past few seasons and has quietly emerged as one of the better pitchers in the American League.
(5/13/2002) Byrd allowed just one run on five hits and two walks in six innings Sunday against Cleveland, bringing him up to 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA on the season. Now would be a wise time to trade him, especially since the Royals have a fairly tough schedule during the next few weeks. They face the Rangers, Mariners, Athletics and White Sox, four of the most potent offenses in the majors.
(5/6/2002) According to The Kansas City Star, the Royals have shuffled their rotation this week, so Byrd will get two starts. This is good news for Fantasy owners, especially those in Head-to-Head leagues.
(9/23/2001) The Royals placed Byrd on the 60-day disabled list with a sore shoulder on Saturday. He is out for the season and isn't worth holding on to in any Fantasy league.
(9/12/2001) Byrd is suffering from a sore shoulder and might be sidelined for the rest of the season. He will be re-evaluated but owners should consider dropping him from their roster.
(9/5/2001) Byrd returned to the Royals' mound on August 31. He had his previous start skipped to allow him to rest his arm. Byrd didn't pitch too well in his return. He allowed seven earned runs in six innings as his record dropped to 6-7.
(8/27/2001) Byrd skipped his last start but is expected to pitch Saturday against the Rangers. He missed his last turn in the rotation to rest his arm. Get him in your active lineup this week.
(8/22/2001) Byrd will skip his next scheduled start as a precautionary measure. "He's coming off that labrum problem," manager Tony Muser told The Kansas City Star. "He's racking up a lot of innings. It's a tough decision because he's been pitching awfully well." Blake Stein will get another start in his absence.
(7/14/2001) Byrd was scratched from Saturday's start in Pittsburgh due to a tired arm, and Kris Wilson will start in his place. Royals Manager Tony Muser made the decision after watching Byrd throw a bullpen session. Byrd hasn't been pitching well with the Royals, so you should reserve or cut him if he's on your team.
(6/5/2001) Byrd was traded to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in exchange for right-hander Jose Santiago. Bird has been ineffective since being voted to the 1999 All-Star Game, and is 3-14 with a 8.10 ERA in 23 starts since August of that year. A change of scenery could be good for Byrd, but he still isn't worth picking up outside of deeper AL-only leagues.
(5/31/2001) Byrd will be placed in the bullpen by the Philadelphia Phillies. Byrd, who just returned to the big club last Sunday, will move into the Phillies' long reliever role.
(5/28/2001) Byrd (0-1), making his first major league start since injuring his right elbow last July 21, allowed seven runs and seven hits in six innings in his start on Sunday. The poor performance will likely land Byrd in the bullpen, if a worse fate isn't available. Avoid Byrd, who will not help your Fantasy team like he did a few years ago.
(5/26/2001) Byrd will make his first start at the major league level since last July when he takes the mound on Saturday against the Expos. Byrd, recovering from shoulder surgery last August, could possibly win a spot in the rotation with a good start. If not, he may find himself in the bullpen. Monitor Byrds progress carefully and dont pick him up unless he makes two or three quality starts. If Byrd makes it into the rotation, Bruce Chen might lose his status as a starter.
(5/22/2001) Byrd, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, seems to have made a full recovery and is ready to pitch at the big league level once again. "To be quite honest, I'm more than ready," said Byrd. "As far as what I've been throwing with the last two years, I've exceeded that. My location is much, much better. It's been really nice." The problem is, the Phillies don't have a spot in the starting rotation for Byrd at this point. As a result, the team isn't sure when he will be called up to the big club.
(5/1/2001) Byrd, who is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, made his fourth for Single-A Clearwater on Monday. He gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings of work. Despite his success in the minors, no timetable has been set for Byrd's return to the Phillies.
(4/24/2001) Byrd pitched six innings for Single-A Clearwater on Monday, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out one. He expects to make a his next start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, after which point he could be recalled by the big club.
(4/19/2001) Byrd struck out ten batters on Wednesday in a rehab start for the Phillies' Single-A affiliate at Clearwater. He is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and shouldn't see any action in the big leagues for some time.
(4/16/2001) Byrd, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, started for Single-A Clearwater on Thursday, throwing 84 pitches in four innings. He gave up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Bryd is expected to be promoted to either Double- or Triple-A after a few more starts, but won't see action on the big club for some time.
(3/26/2001) Byrd will remain in Florida until at least April 22 as he makes his way back from shoulder surgery. He will work for Single-A Clearwater before the Phillies make a decision on his future. Don't put him in your Fantasy plans this season.
(1/29/2001) Byrd agreed to a minor-league contract with the Phillies Monday. He was 2-9 with a 6.51 ERA last year before being placed on the disabled list June 27. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and missed the rest of the season.
(7/31/2000) Placed on the 15-day DL after doctors found a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Byrd will miss the rest of the season, and will have shoulder surgery within a few days. RHP Cliff Politte was recalled from Triple-A to take Byrd's roster spot.
(6/19/2000) Recalled from Triple-A when Andy Ashby was placed on the 15-day DL. Byrd will probably fall back into the 3rd or 4th spot in the rotation, after RHPs Curt Schilling and Robert Person and possibly LHP Randy Wolf. Byrd pitched well during his stay in the minors. Give him a start before activating to see if he can translate that success against major-league hitters.
(6/3/2000) Optioned to Triple-A on Friday. RHP Cliff Politte was recalled to take Byrd's spot. Politte should also take Byrd's spot in the starting rotation. Since the first half of 1999, Byrd has a 6.82 ERA in 132 IP. Still, he should be back in the majors if he can string together some quality starts in the minors.
(5/9/2000) Will reportedly miss his scheduled start Tuesday at MON, due to a strained right groin. If Byrd doesn't improve in a few days, he could end up on the DL so the Phillies can get another arm in the pen. RHP Chris Brock will start in Byrd's place.
(3/1/2000) Byrd will miss his first spring start Saturday if he goes through with Thursday's scheduled appointment for laser eye surgery. "I'm still not sure I'm going to have it done," said Byrd, who has a stigmatism that affects his night vision.
(12/28/1998) Was a non-entity until he made eight late-season starts. Displayed surprising proficiency in his new role, and could nail down the No. 5 job this spring. His ERA (2.68) and WHIP (1.11) were seemingly out of character for a player who once seemed destined for journeyman status. Did not pitch in many pressure situations, though, and might not be as effective in 1999. Proceed with caution, because he may start slowly.