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Game Thread: June 30, 2006

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Cleveland at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM (STO)

Starting Pitchers:

Cleveland: Paul Byrd (6-5, 4.37 ERA)
Cincinnati: Elizardo Ramirez (3-6, 3.61 ERA)

Elizardo has put up eight quality starts out of ten starts this season.  Last week, E-Ram held the Indians to two runs as the Reds kicked off Jeremy Sowers' career with a 4-2 loss.  E-Ram turned heads earlier this month with a 10 K performance against the Brewers, but managed only three against the Indians.

Coincidentally, Byrd has also gone 8-for-10 with his quality starts -- that is, as long as we're pretending April doesn't count.  Also last week, Byrd rattled off eight shutout innings against the Reds, allowing only five baserunners and six total bases -- en route to a 4-0 victory that was arguably the Indians' best-played game of the season.  Not that that would be saying much.