Kansas City Royals defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was the eight straight balls that got to him.

That, after all, is the opposite of what Paul Byrd is about.

With the first two Royals singling in the first inning of last night’s game, the Red Sox starter faced Billy Butler. He walked him on four pitches. Then Byrd faced Mike Jacobs with the bases loaded. He walked him on four pitches. And even though plate umpire Andy Fletcher might have squeezed Byrd, he’d still allowed a run because of his wildne...