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Scott Kazmir allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out six batters over seven innings against the Astros on Tuesday.

Kazmir once again pitched a gem for the A's, but this time his offense was unable to back him up. He is now 11-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 0.99 WHIP through 20 starts, while maintaining an impressive 114:28 K:BB rate along the way. It is hard to believe this guy was pitching in the Independent League just two seasons ago, but clearly he is back for good with the way he has been dominating the opposition in 2014. He will be on the hunt for win No. 12 when he takes on baseball's worst team, the Texas Rangers, on Sunday.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

23 Jul, 07:05 AM

Scott Kazmir hurled seven shutout innings walking one and striking out nine in Thursday’s victory over the Giants.

The All-Star limited the Giants to just three hits after his streak of 19 batter hitless streak was snapped to start off the fifth inning. Kazmir has now allowed one run or fewer in 11 of his 19 starts and if you look even further back, in 19 of his last 37 dating back to June 21st of last season. His 2.38 ERA is third among AL qualified starters behind Chris Sale (2.08) and King Felix (2.11).
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

11 Jul, 12:04 AM

Scott Kazmir held the Blue Jays to one run on three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over seven innings of the 5-1 win Saturday.

Kazmir matched his win total of last year (10-9 in 29 appearances) as he improved to 10-3 in 18 games after Saturday's win. He has now held an opponent to one run or fewer in 10 of those 18 starts and improved to 5-0 with an ERA below one over his last five home starts and owns the best home ERA of any qualified pitcher in the American League on the season. The veteran will see if he can carry that success with him on the road in his next start on Thursday in San Fran.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

6 Jul, 12:44 AM

Scott Kazmir allowed just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven batters over 5.1 innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Monday/

Although Kazmir pitched a solid game on Monday, he not only didn't factor into the decision, but was bothered by cramping in his left leg resulting in his early exit. The A's don't feel as if he is going to miss any time from the injury, but until he is reevaluated he should be considered day-to-day. If he is able to go, he will take on the Blue Jays his next time on the mound, which is scheduled for Saturday.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

1 Jul, 06:34 AM

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Analyst: Jeff Mans  View Profile

17 Jul, 07:49 PMSource

Update: Kazmir left Monday's game with a cramping issue.

It was first reported as a hip injury, but it appears it was only a cramp. Kazmir owners can take a deep breath, he's very unlikely to miss his next start. He was excellent over 5 1/3, allowing just a solo home run to Miguel Cabrera.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

30 Jun, 10:48 PM

Scott Kazmir just left his start with an injury. It looks like the problem was his right hip.

Let's hope it's not serious, because a trip to disabled list would be a massive blow to the Oakland rotation. Dan Straily and Arnold Leon are the two likely candidates to replace Kazmir should he miss time. He threw 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball before exiting, the only blemish a solo home run by Miguel Cabrera.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

30 Jun, 09:17 PMSource

Scott Kazmir was torched for seven runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts over just three innings against the Mets on Tuesday.

Kazmir's run of six straight quality starts finally came to an end as the team that originally drafted him smoked him for seven runs pretty quickly. The fact that they got to him that quickly makes you think he just didn't have it together for a night, but that it's more fluke than sudden decline. Look for him to rebound next week against the Tigers in pitcher-friendly Comerica Park.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

25 Jun, 06:14 AM

With the Athletics giving Sonny Gray a few days of extra rest, Scott Kazmir will start Tuesday at the Mets instead of Wednesday.

Kazmir can handle the one-day push up, so this shouldn't affect his overall performance. Unfortunately, based on the schedule, even the move up doesn't make him a two-start pitcher.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

22 Jun, 03:18 PM

Scott Kazmir improved to 9-2 after allowing two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out eight batters over seven innings against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Kazmir continues to have success playing in the Bay Area and is now 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in seven home starts in 2014. Although Kazmir is only a couple season removed from playing in the Independent League, he has managed to make a valiant comeback to the big leagues and has been quite dominating every since. As long as he manages to support a good K:BB (80:20) while keeping his batting average against low (.203 BAA), there is no reason to think that his early success can't carry over to the second half of the season. He will look to keep up his hot start when he takes on the Mets on Wednesday.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

20 Jun, 06:54 AM

Scott Kazmir earned his eighth win of the season after allowing just one unearned run on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts over six innings against the Yankees on Saturday.

Kazmir has now thrown five-straight quality starts and has a 29:8 K:BB over 35.1 innings in that span, pushing his record to 8-2 on the year with an outstanding 2.05 ERA. He threw 98 pitches (62 strikes) in this one and induced 10 ground ball outs while continuing to silence his critics. He's got a home start against the Red Sox coming up next week, so keep him in your active lineup, for sure.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

15 Jun, 05:37 AM

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