Browns HC Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer will be the team's starter in their first preseason game, and that the first two preseason games will likely decide who will start in Week One.
Johnny "Football" did not impress many people early on in camp and Hoyer looked like the clear favorite to win the starting job. Johnny has made some strides in camp and has earned more first-team reps in practice lately, and could very well start the second preseason game. Manziel clearly is a "Light On" performer over a practice performer, he'll just need to impress in his limited preseason opportunities. ANALYST: Drew Phelps
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter