Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 7-0

Paul Byrd shuffled a baseball through his fingers, a brief nervous tick, as he sat in front of the lights and cameras and questioners.

Most pitchers come to the interview room ready (or not) to answer queries. Few come armed and ready to pitch again.

Byrd smiled when asked about the baseball, which was handed to him by reliever Takashi Saito at the end of yesterday’s 7-0 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays. As Byrd put it, “I got the game ball today. I’m like a little kid . ...