Byrd seeks success in Twin Cities

Byrd seeks success in Twin Cities

Paul Byrd will head to the mound Friday looking for answers.

Not so much as to what might be effective, but more to solve why he's been knocked about the yard in three of his four starts.

Byrd came out of spring with confidence in his pitch command, but so far his rich repertoire has only provided a windfall for opposing hitters. Byrd has allowed 34 hits in 25 2/3 innings this season while the opposition has posted a .306 mark.

Right-handers Kelvim Escobar and Bartolo Colon will follow Byrd in the three-game series in Minnesota.

The Twins will counter with right-handers Carlos Silva and Brad Radke, and left-hander Johan Santana.

Pitching matchup
LAA: RHP Paul Byrd
• 1-2, 5.61 ERA
• Did not face MIN in 2004

MIN: RHP Carlos Silva
• 1-0, 1.93 ERA
• 2-0, 1.27 in 2004 vs. LAA

Player to watch
Darin Erstad went 3-for-8 against Silva last season at the Metrodome. Erstad is 4-for-11 in his career against Silva.

Quotable
"Our starters are rested. Our need for a stronger bench is not going to give us more options to give guys rest, it is going to give us more options in games." -- Mike Scioscia

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
Gameday
Official game notes

On television
• LAA: FSNW
• MIN: FSNN

On radio
• LAA: KSPN 710 AM; KTNQ 1020 AM (Español)
• MIN: WCCO 830 AM

Quick hits
The Angels won last year's season series with the Twins, 5-4. ... Chone Figgins stole the Angels' 25th base Thursday, tops in the Majors. ... Byrd is 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA in his career against the Twins.

On deck
• Saturday: Angels at Twins, 4:10 p.m. PT
• Sunday: Angels at Twins, 11:10 a.m. PT
• Monday: Angels at Mariners, 7:05 p.m. PT

Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.