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May 22, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Scott Kazmir was perfectly awful for most of his last three starts. He was nearly perfect for most of Saturday's. The left-hander retired 17 consecutive batters at one point over seven innings to bounce back from a string of subpar starts during the Angels' 10-7 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Kazmir came into the game having lost three consecutive outings and confidence in almost every aspect of his pitching — the dipping velocity, out-of-whack arm slot and ineffective slider.
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December 2, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to terms on a $22-million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't finalized the deal or formally announced interest in Kazmir. The 29-year-old Kazmir was 10-9 with a 4.04 earned-run average in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians.
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August 31, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
Scott Kazmir has yet to pitch a game for the Angels, but he dropped a reference to the Rally Monkey during his introductory news conference today at Angel Stadium. "It kind of feels like a playoff atmosphere every time you're here," Kazmir said. "You have the Rally Monkey, the whole thing going on." Kazmir, acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, is scheduled to make his Angels debut Wednesday in Seattle. The Angels traded three prospects to get Kazmir, whose contract extends through 2011, with a club option for 2012.
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August 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND - The Angels have been awful against left-handed pitchers, beginning Friday with a .239 average against them. They lead the American League with 85 errors. Their bullpen has been horrible, with a 1-7 record, five blown saves and a 7.68 earned-run average in 13 games before Friday. So Friday night's 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Progressive Field, which ended a four-game losing streak, was a little different. The Angels scored all their runs in the first inning off Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir.
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July 1, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Scott Kazmir got the baseball equivalent of a summons to the principal's office Thursday, the second time this season the Angels left-hander has met with Manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher behind closed doors. Kazmir had a similar meeting on May 12, when he was 2-3 with a 6.82 earned-run average and struggling with mechanical issues. Kazmir gave up five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings of Wednesday night's 6-4 loss to the Rangers, dropping to 7-7 with a 5.67 ERA. Thursday's meeting focused on Kazmir's long-lost slider, a pitch he has not thrown enough — or effectively enough — this season.
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June 9, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Scott Kazmir has made no progress in his minor league rehabilitation stint for triple-A Salt Lake, and it now appears to be just a matter of time before the Angels release the struggling left-hander and swallow his $14.5-million contract. Kazmir, making his fourth start for Salt Lake on Thursday night, gave up six runs — five of them earned — and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked five batters, hit three batters and struck out three, and of his 91 pitches, 52 were strikes. Kazmir, who spent a month in extended spring training in hopes of finding a consistent delivery and release point, has given up 23 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings of his four starts with 16 walks and 13 strikeouts for a 15.15 earned-run average.
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September 14, 2009 | KEVIN BAXTER, ON THE ANGELS
Scott Kazmir won the first game he pitched in the major leagues. It's taking him a little longer to get his first win as an Angel. But don't expect to hear Kazmir complaining as long as the team keeps winning, as it did Sunday when Torii Hunter broke a tie with a seventh-inning homer to lift the Angels to a 3-2 win over Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox. The win was the eighth in 10 games for the Angels, who are the hottest team in...
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July 5, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from Chicago — Just when it seemed things couldn't get much worse for Scott Kazmir, the Angels starter's slide deepened Monday. The left-hander gave up three home runs and a season-high-tying seven runs in 6 1/3 innings during the Angels' 9-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. It was as many homers as Kazmir (7-8) had allowed in his previous six starts combined, and it brought to a screeching halt a stretch in which Angels starters had allowed just five earned runs in their previous four starts combined.
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April 3, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Veteran utility player Robb Quinlan will open the season in Anaheim. So will prospects Terry Evans and Bobby Wilson . Scott Kazmir , a mainstay of the starting rotation, won't. After being slowed by hamstring and shoulder injuries this spring, the Angels left-hander was put on the disabled list Saturday so that he can build the stamina necessary to pitch in a major league game. Manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir will make his season debut against the New York Yankees during a three-game series that begins April 13 at Yankee Stadium.
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May 12, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
There isn't enough couch space in Mike Scioscia's office to accommodate all the struggling players the Angels manager could have summoned for closed-door meetings, but it was pitcher Scott Kazmir who got the invite Wednesday. The left-hander emerged from an hourlong meeting with Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher with some drills designed to help him find his proper arm slot and assurances he will not be skipped in the rotation. "We wanted to get an understanding of where he felt he was, some adjustments that needed to be made and whether he needed some time to make them," Scioscia said.
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May 11, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Heads up Brandon McCarthy was eager to inspect the pitcher helmets making the rounds this spring. Then he tried one on. "It felt like a cat was sleeping on my head," he said. McCarthy had emergency brain surgery after he was hit on the head by a line drive last year. J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays was hospitalized overnight and diagnosed with a skull fracture after he was hit on the head Tuesday. McCarthy, with the Oakland Athletics last year and Arizona Diamondbacks this year, said the helmet prototypes this spring were neither comfortable nor sufficiently protective.
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March 12, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
— The last time the Angels saw Scott Kazmir , the former All-Star left-hander was a physical and mental wreck. He pitched one game — well, nearly two innings — in April 2011, giving up five runs and five hits, walking two, hitting two and committing a balk. And things didn't get any better in the minors, where Kazmir gave up 30 runs in 15 1/3 innings, leading the Angels to release him with more than $8 million left on his contract. Kazmir was back on the mound at an Angels game Monday, only this time he was pitching against them.
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June 15, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Seattle — The Scott Kazmir error came to an end Wednesday when the Angels released the struggling left-hander and ate the remainder of his $14.5-million contract for this season, closing the book on one of the worst trades in franchise history. "I don't have any regrets," General Manager Tony Reagins said of the deal that sent infielder Sean Rodriguez and top pitching prospect Alex Torres to Tampa Bay for Kazmir on Aug. 28, 2009. "At the time of the deal, we were in position to go to the postseason, and Kaz pitched pretty well for us down the stretch.
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June 14, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Seattle — General Manager Tony Reagins was in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night for Scott Kazmir's triple-A start against Sacramento. If there was an air-sickness bag in the seat pocket in front of Reagins, he might have used it. Kazmir didn't exactly impress the boss in his fifth rehabilitation start, pitching so poorly he may have officially punched his ticket out of Anaheim. The struggling left-hander was tagged for six earned runs and five hits in 12/3 innings, walking three, striking out one and hitting a batter.
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June 10, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Angels General Manager Tony Reagins will be in Salt Lake City this week. And he might be bringing struggling left-hander Scott Kazmir a pink slip. What progress Kazmir has made in his four rehabilitation starts for triple-A Salt Lake can best be summed up by his earned-run average in those starts: 15.15. So, in other words, not much. On Friday, one day after Kazmir's latest rough outing, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia deflected questions about how many chances Kazmir would get, saying before the Angels' game against Kansas City that Reagins handles "personnel issues.
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June 9, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Scott Kazmir has made no progress in his minor league rehabilitation stint for triple-A Salt Lake, and it now appears to be just a matter of time before the Angels release the struggling left-hander and swallow his $14.5-million contract. Kazmir, making his fourth start for Salt Lake on Thursday night, gave up six runs — five of them earned — and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked five batters, hit three batters and struck out three, and of his 91 pitches, 52 were strikes. Kazmir, who spent a month in extended spring training in hopes of finding a consistent delivery and release point, has given up 23 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings of his four starts with 16 walks and 13 strikeouts for a 15.15 earned-run average.
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August 29, 2009 | KEVIN BAXTER
For five months the Angels have done everything short of placing a "help wanted" ad to fill out their shaky rotation, trying 13 different starters and auditioning five rookies -- mostly in vain. But on Friday the Angels finally got the man they were looking for, acquiring left-hander Scott Kazmir, a two-time All-Star, from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for three prospects. Then two hours after the long-sought trade became official, they celebrated in style, scoring seven times in the seventh inning to rally for a 11-7 win over the Oakland Athletics.
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August 29, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels appeared to be taking a dramatic step today toward revamping their starting rotation by acquiring left-hander Scott Kazmir from the Tampa Bay Rays, but there are now indications the deal might not be imminent. The Angels, who have yet to make any formal statement, appeared to have completed a deal for the two-time All-Star in exchange for two minor leaguers. The Times had been told an announcement was expected this afternoon. But mlb.com now is reporting that the deal has fallen through.
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May 30, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The American League appears to have caught up with rookie catcher Hank Conger and second-year center fielder Peter Bourjos . After hitting a collective .291 and scoring 16 runs in April, they're hitting a combined .184 in May. "You keep talking about adjustments and what pitchers are doing. And sometimes young players have a tendency to do one of two things," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "Sometimes they don't react to adjustments. And sometimes they overreact … because they've gone 0 for 4. " Scioscia knows that because he experienced the same thing as a young player.
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May 24, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The pitching line was disturbing enough for Scott Kazmir , who gave up six earned runs and two hits, walked four, hit a batter and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings for triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday. Kazmir's postgame comments were just as disheartening for a club trying to squeeze some kind of return on the $14.5 million they're investing in the seemingly lost left-hander this season. "It was kind of a flip of a coin if I was going to be able to get it over the plate," Kazmir said of his first rehabilitation start, which came after a monthlong stint in extended spring training.
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