Cleveland, OH - Poor weather conditions ruined Paul Byrd's impressive 2007 debut. The Cleveland Indians hope for a another strong outing from the veteran right-hander in the second of a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox at Jacobs Field on Saturday.
Byrd didn't allow a hit in 4 2-3 innings against Seattle on April 6, but after three snow delays, the game was postponed with the Indians leading 4-0 in the top of fifth inning despite standing one out from being an official game.
"Hopefully that doesn't get lost in the shuffle," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge told the team's official Web site. "Paul Byrd pitched a great ballgame."
Byrd, who went 10-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 31 starts during his first season with Cleveland in 2006, could catch a break since Saturday's first pitch was moved from 7:05 p.m. EDT to 1:05 p.m. EDT as a mix of rain and snow is in the forecast for Saturday night.
Cleveland's entire weekend series with Seattle was postponed because of snow and the team played their recent home series with the Los Angeles Angels at Milwaukee's Miller Park when the conditions in Cleveland did not improve.
"As we continue to battle the weather here in the early part of April," Indians president Paul Dolan told the team's official Web site, "the shifting of Saturday's game time to a 1:05 p.m. start was done to accommodate our fans, who have been incredibly patient and understanding throughout the past 10 days."
With Byrd on the mound, the Indians (4-3) will look to bounce back from a 6-4 loss to the White Sox in their Jacobs Field debut on Friday. Byrd is 5-2 with a 5.05 ERA in nine career starts against Chicago. He did not earn a decision in two starts with a 6.94 ERA last season against the White Sox.
Friday, Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs and Jermaine Dye went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer for Chicago (5-4), which has won consecutive games to climb above .500 for the first time this season.
Uribe is 4-for-10 with six RBIs in his last three games. One of his two hits in four career at-bats against Byrd was a homer.
Dye, who hadn't homered in his first six games, has two in his last two games and also has a homer in 12 at-bats against Byrd.
John Danks (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will take the ball for the White Sox on Saturday. A three-run homer by Justin Morneau accounted for the only runs the left-hander allowed in six innings, but the mistake proved too costly to overcome in a 3-1 loss in his major league debut to Johan Santana and the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Danks, the top draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 2003, struck out six after coming to Chicago in the deal that sent promising pitcher Brandon McCarthy to the Rangers in December.
"If this kid throws the ball the way he did, he's going to have a real successful career," manager Ozzie Guillen said of the left-hander. "The thing I like about him is he never loses control."
Ryan Garko went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and David Dellucci was 3-for-5 Friday for the Indians, who were 3-for-20 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13.
"We're too good to be doing that," Wedge said.