Angels Notes: Byrd makes difference with hurricane relief

first_imgPaul Byrd never thought his home in Alpharetta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta, would become a Bed and Breakfast of sorts. Because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Angels pitcher and his wife, Kym, have opened up their home to dozens of Kym’s relatives who live in the New Orleans area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More weather: Mother Nature could play a role in the outcome of the series. Rain is forecast for both tonight and Saturday, and rain delays or a rainout would affect how both managers use their pitching rotations. “The only thing, and I know Mike Scioscia feels the same way, you certainly don’t want to start a pitcher and have one of these on and off games where you’re going to wind up losing a starter,” Torre said. “That would be probably the worst scenario for our ballclub at this point in time if we had one of those rain-stop-rain situations.” Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon would pitch a Game 5 if there were no rainouts, but Scioscia admitted he’d consider pitching Colon in Game 4 if it were pushed to Sunday. Juggling the lineup: With the left-hander Johnson pitching tonight for the Yankees, Scioscia will put center fielder Steve Finley on the bench, move Chone Figgins to center and play Robb Quinlan at third base. … Wednesday’s Game 2 victory was the Angels’ first postseason win since winning Game 7 of the World Series in 2002. … Angels 1B Darin Erstad has hit safely in 20 of 21 career postseason games. center_img Byrd said it was the least he could do. He even considered leaving the team when one of Kym’s relatives was missing. Six days after the hurricane the missing relative was found safe and sound. “A lot of family has rotated in and out, and just recently some of them have gone back to see what happened to their homes,” said Byrd, who starts opposite Randy Johnson tonight in Game 3. “We’ve tried to bridge the gap financially for some people. It’s important to help out and alleviate some stress. It’s a very tough time emotionally for everybody.” last_img