Daryle Lamar Ward...Four children; daughter Jordan (10/16/93) and sons Jaylen (9/11/97), Josiah (7/23/01) and Jaxon (9/18/03)...Is a 1993 graduate of Bethel Christian High School in Riverside, CA...Attended Rancho Santiago College in Santa Ana, CA...Is the son of former big leaguer Gary Ward, who played for Minnesota, Texas, New York (AL) and Detroit.
Acquired from the Nationals on Aug. 31. Had a two-run single in his first at-bat as a Brave on Sept. 2. His 22 pinch-hits and four pinch-hit homers led the Majors. Hit a three-run homer against the Nationals on Sept. 18. While with the Nationals, he hit .308 with six homers and 19 RBIs.
Spent full season with Pittsburgh...Established career highs in runs scored...Made 109 appearances (101 starts) at firstbase and committed six errors (five fielding/one throwing)...Hit .288 (49-for-170) with 11 home runs in his first 50 games thru 6/7, but just .241 (57-for-237) with one homer in his last 83 contests...Was the Opening Day starter at first base and went 0-for-3 vs. Milwaukee on 4/4...Went hitless in first 14 at bats before taking Gary Glover deep on 4/12 @Milwaukee...Collected fifth career triple on 4/20 @Cincinnati...Batted .357 (5-for-14) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI during four-game hitting streak from 4/25 thru 5/1...Had fifth career two-homer game on 5/1 vs. San Francisco...Had 20 putouts in 5/9 contest @San Francisco, falling two shy of the major league record for putouts in a game by a first baseman...Tied for sixth in the National League with eight home runs during the month of May...Reached base safely in 14 straight games from 5/18 thru 6/3...Had 11 RBI over four-game stretch from 6/7-11...Hit safely in 10 straight games from 6/14-23 (had one multi-hit contest during the streak)...Made 33 consecutive starts at first base from 6/3 thru 7/8...Snapped an 0-for-30 streak with a 2-for-2 performance on 7/21 vs. Colorado - also had gone 14 straight games without an RBI before collecting one on 7/21...His home run off Arizona's Brandon Webb which bounced into the Allegheny River on 9/7 was his first since 6/7 and snapped a 208 atbat drought without a long ball - it was also his first extra base hit since 7/31...Went 3-for-3 on 9/16 vs. Cincinnati (game two), but hit just .162 (6-for-37) in his last 18 games...Went 4-for-22 (.182) as a pinch hitter, going hitless in his last seven at bats off the bench.
Began season with Nashville (AAA)...Made 12 appearances @first base, two in left field and three as the designated hitter in first stint with Sounds...Hit .300 (10-for-30) during an eight-game hitting streak from 4/23 thru 5/2...Homered in back-to-back games on 4/23 and 4/24...Went 7-for-18 (.389) from 5/5-10...Had contract purchased by Pittsburgh on 5/11 and made debut with Pirates that night @Colorado, going 2-for-4 with a double...Homered off Colorado's Jason Jennings on 5/13 (game two) for first home run...Went deep again the following night off San Francisco's Dustin Hermanson @SBC Park...Had third career two-homer game on 5/20 vs. San Diego...Hit for the cycle and matched career high with six RBI on 5/26 @St. Louis; became 20th different Pirate to accomplish the feat (now done 23 times)...Also became the first father-son combination to hit for the cycle (his father Gary did it as a member of the Minnesota Twins on 9/18/80 in game one of a doubleheader @Milwaukee)...Made first of 10 starts in right field on 5/28 @Chicago...Was named National League Co-Player-of-the-Week, along with teammate Rob Mackowiak, for the week of 5/24-30 after hitting .458 (11-for-24) with eight RBI...Batted .387 (29-for-75) with seven home runs and 19 RBI in first 19 games thru 6/1...Hit just .202 (44-for-218) with eight homers and 38 RBI in final 60 contests...Snapped an 0-for-17 streak on 6/6...Had batting average above .300 for the last time on 6/17 (.305)...Left the game on 6/25 @Cincinnati after suffering an ulnar collateral ligament sprain of the right thumb...Was hitting .276 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI when he was placed on the disabled list on 6/26...Began a rehab assignment with Nashville on 7/19...Batted .235 in 11 rehab games, going 8-for-34 with two homers and three RBI...Was recalled from rehab assignment and reinstated from D.L. on 8/15 (Pirates went 28-17 when he was sidelined)...Picked up six RBI and fell a single shy of hitting for the cycle in first game back on 8/16 @Arizona...Went 3-for-23 in next seven games before going 3-for-4 with a home run on 8/24 vs. Arizona...Homered just once (9/9 vs. Houston) in final 25 games. ...Made a total of 63 starts @first base and 10 in right field for Pittsburgh...Committed all five errors while playing first base.
Spent entire season in the Los Angeles organization after being acquired from Houston on 1/25...Beganseason with the Dodgers and went on to make 13 appearances (11 starts) @first base and 11 appearances (10 starts) in left field....Committed lone error in first game of season on 4/1 @Arizona...Went hitless in his first eight at bats before going 2-for-3 with apair of RBI on 4/13 @San Francisco...Delivered a pinch-hit, RBI-single to start a four-run 8th inning in Los Angeles' 4-3 comebackvictory on 4/17 vs. San Diego...Hit safely in a season-high four straight games from 4/25-28...Went 15 games without an RBI untildriving in a run on 5/9 @Montreal...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 5/31 (retro to 5/29) with tendinitis in his right wrist....Hit just .118 (4-for-34) in 14 games during the month of May...Served a rehab assignment with Jacksonville (Dodgers' AA) andwent 2-for-16 with one RBI in four games from 6/13-16...Was recalled from his rehab assignment and went 2-for-3 on 6/17 vs. SanFrancisco (his first multi-hit game since 4/13)...Was optioned to Las Vegas (Dodgers' AAA) on 7/24 where he would play for theremainder of the season...Went 14-for-31 (.452) from 7/27 thru 8/5...Hit first of his four home runs with Las Vegas on 8/[email protected]
a season-high four hits on 8/26 @Fresno...Homered three times in his last six games.