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26 Scott Kazmir SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/185 | Birthdate: 1/24/1984 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Oakland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $1,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/61 | Average Draft Position: 128.46
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Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir strikes out six in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits, in 4 1/3 innings of work in Oakland's 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

After allowing one run in the first, Kazmir settled in a bit. But the struggles began in the fifth when he allowed three of the first four hitters to reach safely, leading to a run. Then, after an infield single, Kazmir walked in a run. Then another infield single plated another run.

"I wish I could have been a little more efficient early on and made a couple of plays," Kazmir said to the Daily Herald. "It would have been a totally different ballgame."

Kazmir, now 2-2, struck out six but moved his ERA to 3.08 in 49 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Friday against the Rays.


Could the Astros make a move for Kazmir, Buchholz or Lohse?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) It would be a surprise to most if the Astros become players in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes, considering his annual salary of $24 million is about half of what the Astros' total payrolls sunk to in recent lowly years.

However, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Scott Kazmir (a Houston native), Clay Buchholz and Kyle Lohse (ties to general manager Jeff Luhnow) are the three pitchers to watch for in Houston, should they become available.


Athletics SP Scott Kazmir receives no-decision Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir pitched well enough to earn a quality start during Monday’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Red Sox, but he received a no-decision for his effort.

Kazmir allowed two runs on four hits over six inning of work during Monday’s start. He also walked four batters and struck out three. His ERA now stands at 2.78.

Kazmir has not received a win since his second start of the season, but he has received quality starts in six of his seven starts this season. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday against the White Sox.


A's P Scott Kazmir alllows 6 runs in loss to Twins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed six earned runs during his time on the mound in Wednesday night's 13-0 loss to the Twins. 

Kazmir pitched six innings and also gave up seven hits (two of which were home runs) and two walks. He struck out four batters. Kazmir is now 2-1 this season with a 2.75 ERA. 

Kazmir's next start is projected for May 11 against the Red Sox. 


Athletics starter Scott Kazmir allows three runs in six IP for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Athletics starter Scott Kazmir gave up three runs on six hits and struck out six in six innings for a no-decision on Friday against the Rangers.

Kazmir was touched for solo homers from Kyle Blanks and Prince Fielder.

Kazmir returns to the mound Wednesday in Minnasota.

A's unable to cash in on seven scoreless innings from Scott Kazmir


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir tossed seven scoreless innings Friday against the Astros. However, he did not factor into the decision, as the game went to extra innings.

Kazmir was involved in quite the pitcher's duel with Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel. While Kazmir went seven scoreless innings, Keuchel threw nine scoreless innings. Kazmir allowed five hits and three walks, while striking out seven.

The veteran left-hander lowered his ERA from 1.33 to 0.99. His next scheduled start is for Thursday against the Angels.


Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir allows two runs Sunday, earns ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed two runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work in Oakland's 4-2 loss to the Royals Sunday. 

Kazmir worked efficiently through his first four inning, allowing just two hits. But he ran into trouble in the fifth when he allowed a leadoff double to Omar Infante and Christian Colon to reach on an infield single. Jarrod Dyson then grounded out to shortstop, allowing a run to score.

Kazmir walked Paulo Orlando to leadoff the eighth before recording one out and being pulled after 103 pitches, 73 for strikes. Kazmir, 2-0 on the yer, now boasts a 1.33 ERA and will look for win No. 3 Friday against the Astros.


A's pitcher Scott Kazmir earns second win of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir gave up one run over six innings of work to earn a win over the Astros on Monday.

Kazmir struck out eight batters and walked three. His lone blemish was giving up a solo home run to Jose Altuve. He is now 2-0 on the season.

After the game, Kazmir said he experienced minor cramping in his calf during the fourth inning, but he was to get through it, reports the San Francisco Chronicle

His next start will likely be Sunday at Kansas City. 


A's SP Scott Kazmir having no issues with back Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir said he felt fine Thursday after dealing with a minor bout of back stiffness during his season debut Wednesday against the Indians, per the San Francisco Chronicle. Kazmir said some stretching Wednesday night did the trick.

The left-hander didn't seem bothered by the back issue Wednesday, as he allowed one hit and struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings.


A's SP Scott Kazmir relies on fastball during 10-strikeout outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir recorded his 23rd career game with at least 10 strikeouts during a win Wednesday against the Rangers. Kazmir said he had success Wednesday due to his fastball, which was consistently at 94 mph, per MLB.com.

"Felt like everything was working well to where I could really pump it up if I needed to and still be under control," he said. "That's what I did today, and it was earlier than I thought. It felt good early on, and as soon as I saw I was getting on the fastball, I stuck with it."


Athletics' Scott Kazmir strikes out 10 in gem Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir spun seven one-hit innings in his season debut Wednesday, holding the Rangers scoreless while striking out 10 and walking two in his team's 10-0 victory.

Kazmir surrendered a bunt single to the first batter of the game, but the Rangers couldn't scrap together any more hits against the Oakland pitcher in the excellent performance. What made his night even more remarkable is that he dealt with lower back tightness at one point, but stretched it out between innings and said he was fine, Comcast SportsNet California reports.

Kazmir managed just one start with double-digit strikeouts in 32 starts last season before delivering 10 strikeouts in his season debut Wednesday. Kazmir will face the Astros in Houston Monday.


A's SP Scott Kazmir thrilled with spring performance


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir threw his last spring start Thursday against the Giants. With six strong innings, Kazmir capped his spring campaign with a 1.00 ERA over four starts.

The left-hander said after his final exhibition outing that this might be the best he has felt coming out of spring training, per InsideBayArea.com.

“In the past, I’ve had one or two pitches really working and other stuff I’m still working on,” Kazmir said. “This spring, I felt like out of the gates, I had a good feel for everything.”

Kazmir will make his first regular season start Wednesday vs. Texas. He was 8-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 16 home starts in 2014.


A's SP Scott Kazmir tosses six one-run innings in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir surrendered just one earned run on four hits in six innings while recording no walks or strikeouts in his final start of the spring Thursday against the Giants.

Kazmir gave up just two earned runs across four outing this spring to finish with a 1.00 ERA and 14:4 K:BB ratio in 18 innings. He'll square off against the Rangers Wednesday in his regular-season debut.


Graveman No. 4, Pomeranz No. 5 as A's announce rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin revealed his season-opening rotation Thursday, and Opening Day starter Sonny Gray will be followed in succession by Jesse Hahn, Scott Kazmir, Kendall Graveman and Drew Pomeranz, MLB.com reports.

Only Gray and Kazmir entered the spring as locks for the rotation, though Hahn was a good bet to also earn a spot. Graveman, a rookie who made his major-league debut last year and logged five relief appearances in September, surrendered just one earned run in 21 1/3 innings while striking out 11 batters and walking four this spring. Pomeranz fared well in 10 starts and 10 relief appearances in 2014 and posted a 2.04 ERA and 25:8 K:BB ratio in 17 2/3 spring innings.


Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir goes five scoreless Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir posted another dominant performance Saturday, going 5 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and just two hits allowed against the White Sox.

Kazmir lowered his ERA to 0.75 with just one start left before the season begins.

"Every pitch felt like I had good feel with it," Kazmir said to Bay Area News Group. "I was able to lock everything down. My changeup was the pitch today.I could get it to either corner. And if it started out down the middle it would wind up in the dirt."

Manager Bob Melvin continues to gush over Kazmir's performances.

"Everything was working, side to side," Melvin said. "He had cadence and rhythm. We wanted to get him to 80 pitches, and we did."


Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir strikes out six in outing Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir threw four shutout innings Tuesday and tossed six strikeouts against the Padres. Despite not feeling very confident in his fastball, Kazmir was happy with his pitch location, reports MLB.com.

"I was able to mix all my pitches in, and everything felt great," Kazmir said. "My fastball wasn't as accurate as I wanted. It seemed like I was behind and had to come back with secondary pitches. But all in all, everything went well. I'll take that line all day long."

"At this point in time, to have that kind of command, I was a little surprised," A's manager Bob Melvin said.


Athletics tab Sonny Gray for Opening Day start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Monday that Sonny Gray would start the team's regular-season opener April 6 against the Rangers, MLB.com reports.

Gray gets the call after going 14-10 with a 3.08 ERA and 183:74 K:BB ratio in 219 innings in 2014, his first full season in the rotation.

Melvin also indicated that Scott Kazmir would start either the second or third game of the season, but that the rest of the rotation has yet to be lined up. He did leave open the possibility of Barry Zito making the rotation, saying, "I don't want to exclude him," the Bay Area News Group reports.


Scott Kazmir comes all the way back to top of Athletics' rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Scott Kazmir was out of baseball in 2011, but his comeback, now in year three, couldn't be going better. 

Athletics manager Bob Melvin called Kazmir a "resurrection" as the lefthander occupies the "co-ace" spot at the top of the A's rotation, along with Sonny Gray. 

A former All Star, arm trouble wiped out Kazmir's dominating fastball, but he's learned to pitch without blowing batters away. 

"With everything I've gone through, I have a better idea what I'm doing -- and more pitches in my repertoire," he told MLB.com's Lyle Spencer

"I have so much more control of my fastball," he said. "I used to throw as hard as I could. Now I can add and subtract, move it around. I have so much more direction. It's night and day."


A's P Kazmir gives up three hits, one earned run in win over Mariners


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir surrendered three hits and accounted for one earned run in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Mariners. 

Kazmir struck out four batters and walked two while pitching 2 2/3 innings, facing 13 batters in all. Actor Will Ferrell began Kazmir's start at shortstop.

"He's pretty routine-oriented, and there was obviously a distraction, but he threw the ball well," manager Bob Melvin after the outing, per MLB.com. "I thought he had really good stuff."

Catcher Josh Phegley indicated that Kazmir was working on commanding his fastball.

"It's early. He's just trying to establish that fastball command," Phegley said. "We went back and forth [with] fastballs both sides, worked in his cutter, his curveball and his changeup. He didn't seem too far off from being season-ready. He looked good, and I think he was happy with the results and how he felt. He just wants to be a little sharper, and that's why we're here."


Athletics set spring debuts for Sonny Grazy, Scott Kazmir


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) After holding Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir out for the first week of spring games, the Athletics have scheduled the spring debuts of the two pitchers, MLB.com reports.

Gray, who threw a simulated game Thursday, will face the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, while Kazmir, who threw Wednesday, is set to square off with the Mariners next Thursday. Gray remains the favorite to open the season on the mound for the Athletics.


Athletics to hold back Gray, Kazmir the first week of games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Athletics will hold back pitchers Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir during the first week of spring games, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Neither player is dealing with an injury, but the team has opted to bring them along slowly to kick things off. The move will also allow the Athletics to get a better look at the players competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. Those players will likely pick up innings in place of Kazmir and Gray. 

Gray, 25, is coming off the biggest workload of his major-league career. He posted a 3.08 ERA over 219 innings.

The 31-year-old Kazmir made 30 starts last year. It was the first time since 2007 Kazmir reached that milestone. He put up a 3.55 ERA over 190 1/3 innings. 


A's will listen on Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Athletics will listen to offers for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir, according to FoxSports.com.

The team isn't actively looking to shop either player, but would listen if any offers came in. Both Samardzija and Kazmir are entering the final years of the their contracts. Samardzija will likely be too expensive to remain in Oakland once his deal ends, while Kazmir could price his way off the team with another solid year. 

The club is adamant about keeping third baseman Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career, and should receive a healthy raise, but he's too valuable a piece for the team to trade. 


Scott Kazmir closes out season with a strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir turned in a strong start Friday against the Rangers.

Kazmir allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. After a resurgent 2013, Kazmir managed to repeat his success this year. He finishes the season with a 3.55 ERA. 

Kazmir allowed his first run in the first inning. After a leadoff single, Kazmir gave up a run-scoring double later in the frame. He would settle in over the next three innings, not giving up a run. He gave up his final run on an error in the fifth inning.

With the win, Kazmir improved to 15-9. 


Scott Kazmir struggles continue Sunday against Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir continued his second-half free-fall Sunday against Philadelphia.

Kazmir yielded six earned runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts to take a no-decision. He has allowed 27 earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings as his ERA has skyrocketed from 2.37 to 3.63 since late July.

He will try to turn it around Friday in Texas in his final start of the regular season.


Scott Kazmir struggles in loss vs. Rangers Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir took a loss Tuesday, allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 6-3 defeat against the Rangers.

Kazmir (14-9) is now 0-4 in his last five starts, though he did a solid job in his previous two outings before throwing up a clunker Tuesday. He served up a two-run blast during a three-run fourth inning before the Rangers scored three more in the fifth inning to put the A's into a hole they couldn't escape. Kazmir owns a 3.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 150:49 K:BB ratio in 178 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Sunday.