Special K in Cleveland
Some were starting to question the future of Scott Kazmir as a starter for the Indians after his last start against Washington, when he served up five runs, four hits and three home runs in just two and two-thirds innings of work. Whether it was the rain, a mechanical issue or just another example of the inconsistency that the left-hander has dealt with so far this season, he had nothing working for him that night.
Kazmir needed 75 pitches to make it two thirds of the way into the third inning last weekend. On Friday night, he only needed 95 to get through seven dominant innings of work, allowing just one run on five hits. He did allow a solo home run to Brian Dozier, accounting for the Twins only run of the game. Unlike his last start, he had his pitches and his command working for him as he kept his pitch count down, striking out seven Twins hitters along the way.
Is Scott Kazmir a long-term solution for the Indians rotation? Probably not, but his return to ...