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Scott Kazmir wins his first game since 2010

May 4, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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Indians starter Scott Kazmir held the Twins to two runs over six innings, striking out seven and walking one en route to his first victory since September 19, 2010. The lefty had allowed eight runs in 8.1 innings across two starts entering this afternoon’s game, but behind a fastball that averaged 92 MPH and maxed out at 95, was able to silence the light-hitting Twins lineup.

Since his last W, Kazmir has dealt with back and ribcage injuries and attempted to reestablish himself in the independent leagues. Last year, Kazmir tossed 64 innings with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, posting a 5.34 ERA. Kazmir is still just 29 years old, so he still has plenty left in the tank if he can ever put it together for a sustained period of time.

  1. duckthefodgers - May 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Hard to believe hes only 29.

  2. Kevin Gillman - May 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    You know, what isn’t being said here, Scott has looked better every start, and seems to be more comfortable, and now his Indians are on a 6 game winning streak. It would be a great baseball story if Scott can have a respectable, healthy season on an Indians team that needs that from their starters.

  3. bigleagues - May 4, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Kazmir looked like a deer in headlights in that first start of the season – missing badly on several pitches,even throwing one to the backstop – but he has indeed improved with each start … especially in using his fastball/changeup combo. The 7K/1BB will pop out to boxscore watchers.

    If he is able to keep his velocity up, then there is reason to believe he could have a far better season than anticipated.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 4, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Yeah and has been mentioned the guy is still just 29 years old. He was fun to watch this afternoon, that’s for sure.

  4. hammyofdoom - May 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I was 14 when Kazmir came up for the first time and I was just REALLY getting into baseball. This guy was the lone member of the Devil Rays that I feared when they played the Red Sox and when I tuned into NESN and heard Kashmir playing I knew that the Red Sox were in for a game. I root for this guy so hard, his career went downhill so fast after being totally abused early in his career (Are you kidding me with his first year? 100 walks? 174 strikeouts? 184 innings? 21 goddamn years old?) I want him to come back and have another decade of successful baseball.

  5. stlouis1baseball - May 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Pulling for Kazmir to regain that form. And can you not? Great story…and hope it continues.

  6. stlouis1baseball - May 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    And = How

    Edit. Function.

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