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Byrd in center of HGH report

BOSTON -- Talk about bad timing for the Indians. On the morning of Game Seven of the ALCS, the San Francisco Chronicle writers who have been following the Barry Bonds steroid case dropped this bombshell in today's editions: Indians pitcher Paul Byrd bought nearly $25,000 worth of human growth hormone and syringes from the Florida anti-aging clinic that has been the focus for illegally distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

Indians GM Mark Shapiro has issued the following statement: "We aware of the story regarding Paul. I have spoken with Paul about the situation, however, at this time I don't feel I have enough information to make any further comments on the matter. He has been an important member of this organization - on and off the field – over the last two years and we support him in this process.” has just released a story that Byrd acknowledges the Chronicle report but said he used HGH prescribed under a doctor's care in part because he has a tumor on his pituitary gland at the base of his brain.

Byrd is not starting tonight (Jake Westbrook is) and that's a good thing. Imagine if Byrd was the starter. But if the Tribe wins, this will undoubtedly be a major distraction during the World Series for the veteran who has been Cleveland's most reliable starter in the postseason.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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