MINNEAPOLIS -- With two starts in center field under his belt and a third one coming Wednesday for the Red Sox, Marlon Byrd's started to find his timing with a little help from hitting coach Dave Magadan.
Byrd collected his first multihit game of the season in Tuesday's 11-2 win over the Twins, and he's 3-for-9 in his two games with the Sox. That matches his hit total on the season when he joined his new club in a weekend trade with the Cubs. He hit .070 in 47 plate appearances and 13 games for Chicago.
"I'm working things through," Byrd said. "Started off slow, but at the same time, it's the game. You know we play 162 for a reason. Play 14 games, I would probably have been done."
Byrd was working on his timing before arriving with the Sox, but Magadan has "overemphasized" the matter in their short time together.
"Timing. All timing," Byrd said. "Starting my separation when the guy's breaking his hands, I was inconsistent with my timing. If you don't have timing, nothing else matters. I knew it, but he overemphasized it in the cage the past couple days, and it's translated into the game."
Byrd added a fine running play to the warning track in left-center field Tuesday night, after earlier misjudging a ball then recovering in time to make a shallow catch. Boston is 2-0 with him in the fold.
"Wins are great, but the thing about this team is, we're going to win," Byrd said. "We have a good group, guys that know how to play."