OAKLAND -- Scott Kazmir still has plenty of friends in the Indians' clubhouse. They just wish Kazmir didn't have success against him.
After going six-plus innings in only six of his 29 starts with the Tribe last year, Kazmir pitched 7 1/3 inning of scoreless ball in his Oakland debut as the Athletics defeated the Indians 6-1 in the afternoon portion of Wednesday's day/night doubleheader at the O.co Coliseum.
"You've got to give him credit. He pitched a great game and gave us a taste of our own medicine of what we were getting from him all last year," said Nick Swisher of Kazmir. "Last year was a big step in the right direction for him and he continues to keep it going. You hate that it happened to us but you have to tip your hat."
For fans that remain leery of the Indians starting rotation, especially with the offseason departures of Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez, Wednesday did not ease their minds. It was the longest scoreless start for Kazmir since ...