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August 30, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Byrd makes 09 debut, McBeth back to Pawtucket

Apparently the second major league stint for Marcus McBeth in 2009 will be as uneventful as the first. With Tim Wakefield scratched from his scheduled start against Toronto this afternoon with a sore back, rehabbing starter Paul Byrd has been summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place in the rotation. To make room for Byrd, the aforementioned McBeth has been optioned to Pawtucket. McBeth had been recalled yesterday when Junichi Tazawa was optioned to the GCL Red Sox, but did not appear in last night's game. This will mark the second time on the season that McBeth has been called up, only to be sent back down the following day.

For Byrd, who went 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 4 rehab starts for the GCL and Pawtucket Red Sox, this will be his first major league start of 2009. After being acquired last August in exchange for outfielder Mickey Hall, Byrd went 4-2 with a 4.78 ERA in 8 starts down the stretch for Boston. A veteran of 13 major league seasons in which he has played for 7 different organizations, Byrd owns a career record of 108-93 with a 4.38 ERA in 338 games, including 250 starts.