MLB: Tampa Bay 8, Baltimore 6

BALTIMORE, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- B.J. Upton hit a three-run homer in the third Thursday night and the Tampa Bay Devil rays rallied to defeat reeling Baltimore, 8-6.

MLB: Tampa Bay 14, Oakland 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Jonny Gomes had a home run, three RBI and a pair of runs scored Saturday as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays routed Oakland, 14-3.

MLB: Boston 6, Tampa Bay 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Tim Wakefield, a 41-year-old knuckleballer, baffled the Devil Rays for seven shutout innings Monday as the Boston Red Sox knocked off Tampa Bay 6-0.

MLB: Boston 2, Tampa Bay 1

BOSTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Coco Crisp rapped an RBI single in a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning Tusday, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Tampa Bay 8, Detroit 1

DETROIT, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir yielded three hits in six scoreless innings Thursday afternoon as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays trounced Detroit, 8-1.

MLB: Tampa Bay 9, Baltimore 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer Saturday as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 9-2.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- Dioner Navarro's solo home run broke a scoreless tie and keyed a five-run seventh inning Sunday, as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat Boston, 5-2.

MLB: Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 0

BALTIMORE, July 24 (UPI) -- Daniel Cabrera gave up only one hit in seven innings Tuesday as the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Tampa Devil Rays 3-0.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, LA Angels 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 18 (UPI) -- Three RBI from Carlos Pena and a homer by Ty Wigginton Wednesday propelled Tampa Bay to a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Tampa Bay 6, N.Y. Yankees 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir out-pitched Roger Clemens Friday night, allowing an unearned run on four hits in six innings as Tampa Bay beat the New York Yankees, 6-4.

MLB: Kansas City 12, Tampa Bay 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 8 (UPI) -- Tony Pena Sunday had three hits and four RBI to help the Kansas City Royals trounce Tampa Bay, 12-4.

MLB: Boston 4, Tampa Bay 1

BOSTON, July 3 (UPI) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out nine in eight shutout innings Tuesday as the Boston Red Sox knocked off the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-1.

MLB: Chi. White Sox 5, Tampa Bay 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- Javier Vazquez gave up a run in seven innings Thursday night and Paul Konerko had two home runs, as the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay, 5-1.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, LA Dodgers 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 23 (UPI) -- Dioner Navarro homered to lead off the bottom of the seventh Saturday as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays posted a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Colorado 4

DENVER, June 17 (UPI) -- Jonny Gomes had two home runs Sunday as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays posted a 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
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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)

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.

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