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Athletics stomp the Giants

Athletics stomp the Giants

Scott Kazmir justified his All-Star selection by firing seven scoreless innings, while Stephen Vogt knocked in three runs at the plate in the Oakland Athletics' 6-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Mets rout Oakland

Mets rout Oakland

Chris Young slammed a pair of solo home runs and scored three times, as the Mets routed Oakland by a 10-1 count in the opener of a two-game interleague set Tuesday.

Oakland Athletics defeat Yankees 5-2

The Oakland Athletics handed the New York Yankees a 5-2 loss in the opener of a three-game series.
Oakland spoils Minnesota Twins' home opener

Oakland spoils Minnesota Twins' home opener

Brandon Moss and Yoenis Cespedes each drove in two runs, as the Oakland Athletics spoiled the Minnesota Twins' home opener.

MLB: Oakland 6, Seattle 5

Stephen Vogt hit a pair of two-run home runs to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

MLB: Cleveland 5, Minnesota 1

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir struck out 11 Minnesota batters through six innings Saturday and Cleveland moved to the verge of a post-season berth with a 5-1 win over the Twins.

MLB: Cleveland 4, Houston 1

CLEVELAND, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir struck out 10 in seven shutout innings Saturday and the Cleveland Indians held onto a playoff spot with a 4-1 win over Houston.

MLB: Kansas City 7, Cleveland 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- James Shields struck out 10 Indians over six effective innings Monday and the Kansas City Royals bounced playoff-contending Cleveland 7-1.

MLB: Kansas City 6, Cleveland 2

CLEVELAND, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- James Shields allowed four hits in an eight-plus-inning effort Wednesday in pitching the Kansas City Royals to a 6-2 win over Cleveland.

MLB: Cleveland 8, New York Mets 1

CLEVELAND, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir struck out 12 during six shutout innings Friday, lifting Cleveland to its third straight win with an 8-1 decision over the New York Mets.

MLB: Detroit 10, Cleveland 5

DETROIT, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Omar Infante cracked a pair of homers Saturday, driving in five run runs for the Detroit Tigers in their 10-5 win over division rival Cleveland.

MLB: Oakland 7, Cleveland 3

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo each homered in the fifth inning Sunday, providing Oakland the momentum it needed to bounce Cleveland 7-3.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 5, Cleveland 2

CLEVELAND, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A three-run homer by Josh Hamilton highlighted a five-run Los Angeles first inning Friday and the Angels held on from there to defeat Cleveland 5-2.

MLB: Cleveland 2, Miami 0

MIAMI, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout Sunday and the Cleveland Indians blanked Miami 2-0 in an interleague game.

MLB: Cleveland 10, Seattle 1

SEATTLE, July 24 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir yielded just one hit over eight innings and Michael Bourn backed him with a grand slam Wednesday in the Cleveland Indians' 10-1 rout of Seattle.
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Scott Kazmir
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays Scott Kazmir of the American League All Stars attends a press conference in Pittsburgh, Pa on July 10, 2006. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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Scott Edward Kazmir (born January 24, 1984) is a left-handed starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Kazmir made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004 when he was only 20 years old, and is still the franchise's all-time strikeout leader with 874. He is also among the team's leaders in earned-run average, wins, and games started.

At Cypress Falls High School, Kazmir threw four straight no-hitters as a junior. He was highly recruited after striking out 172 batters in 75 innings as a senior at Cypress Falls High School, and had verbally committed to the University of Texas. However, Kazmir was drafted in the first round (15th overall) of the 2002 MLB Draft by the New York Mets. Along with teammate Clint Everts (who was selected 5th overall by the Montreal Expos) he became half of the first pair of high school pitchers from the same team drafted in the first round.

In 2004, he was considered the top pitching prospect for the New York Mets. While playing for their Double-A team, the Binghamton Mets, he was infamously traded along with minor league pitcher Joselo Díaz to the Devil Rays on July 30, 2004 for Víctor Zambrano and Bartolomé Fortunato. This trade was big news, and continues to be widely criticized by the New York media and fan base given Kazmir's subsequent success. There is also speculation that the move may have led to the demotion of then-General Manager Jim Duquette within the organization.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Scott Kazmir."
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