Twins 12, Indians 3 (box)
While C.C. Sabathia’s trade value continues its assent with every strikeout, we’re seeing a nearly perfect negative correlation with Paul Byrd. At one point, Byrd and then closer Joe Borowski were also considered tradable assets. Well, we’ve seen JoBo’s designation; and while doing the same with Byrd would not happen, his performance is not exactly what is keeping him rostered at this point.
Another start for Byrd, another first inning home run. Cincy’s Adam Dunn, I can understand as he is a 40+ home run guy year in and year out. Nick Punto, on the other hand? Inexcusable. It was his first home run in over 350 at-bats, dating back to last season. The Twins are the least powerful team in the league, and coupling a three-run shot by Delmon Young, we managed to make them look like the second coming of Mantle and Maris.