Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 2/24/13
PHOENIX (AP) Scott Kazmir hopes Sunday was a big step on his road back to the major leagues. Kazmir allowed one hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings as a Cleveland Indians split squad beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4. "Until you get that first one out of the way, you're always going to be anxious," said Kazmir, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011. "Everything felt smooth, everything felt good. I threw a lot of strikes, which is what I wanted to do." Kazmir's last big league start came on April 3, 2011, with the Los Angeles Angels, when he gave up five runs in 1 2-3 innings. He was placed on the disabled list with lower back tightness the next day. He spent a month in extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Salt Lake and posting an 0-5 record with a 17.02 ERA. In one start before he was released in June, Kazmir was throwing the ball behind right-handed hitters as his command abandoned him. It was a far cry from his 2006-08 seasons, when he went 35...
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