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We'll be ready Monday

We'll be ready Monday

NEW YORK -- It was a tight ballgame.

It's disappointing to lose, but this wasn't a game where we had a big lead and let it go. It was tight the whole way. That is a great team over there and sometimes you just have to tip your cap.

The great thing about this team is it never gets too down. We never get too high and we never get too down. It is a steady presence and that will allow us to deal with this game and come back tomorrow.

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We've got Bartolo Colon going tomorrow and we're excited. He's rested and that should be very positive. Any time you can have a probable Cy Young winner going for you, you have to be confident.

Another great thing is, the game is going to be at our place. The crowd influences so much of the outcome of a game here. At Yankee Stadium, it seems the strike zone gets a little smaller and the crowd gets a little louder and the team just is able to build some momentum. That can change the game and you have to overcome it.

But we get to go home and play in our park and in front of our fans. We need to give them something to cheer about and have them be loud so we can generate some home-field advantage of our own.

There were some tough plays tonight. That play in the seventh inning with Chone (Figgins) was a bang-bang play; it was do-or-die and it didn't work out for us.

I thought John Lackey was tremendous tonight. He went out there on three days' rest and you wouldn't have known it. He looked strong, he had command and was able to locate pitches. Some guys excel on short rest and John appears to be one of those guys.

The rainout helped us. Our bullpen will be fresh again tomorrow and that will be huge. It also gave Bart an extra day.

We have no reason to be down, though. Nobody is pointing fingers. We're going home and we're very confident there and we know we'll be ready to play. I really like our chances in Game 5. Overall, our mood is fine and we'll have this game well behind us when we play Monday.

Paul Byrd's journal appears as told to MLB.com reporter Mike Scarr. Byrd's journal will appear regularly while the Angels are in the playoffs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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