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MLB Team Report - Oakland Athletics - INSIDE PITCH ANAHEIM, Calif. -- How bad was Scott Kazmir? Kazmir was so bad, the Angels released him in June of 2011 after just one major league start and several minor league starts that season even though they still owed him $14.5 million. Kazmir was a bust in Anaheim after going to the Angels in a 2009 trade from Tampa Bay, where he was a dependable -- and winning -- pitcher, compiling a 55-44 record in six seasons with the Rays.

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CF Coco Crisp reached base safely for the seventh time in seven starts Sunday, when he went 2-for-4 with a fifth-inning single. Craig Gentry came on for Crisp in the eighth inning, when Crisp was limited by a sore hamstring. Manager Bob Melvin said he was been planning to give Crisp a day off Monday anyway, so don't expect to see the center fielder back in the lineup in the opener of the Angels series.

Preview: Athletics at Mariners

Scott Kazmir has made a good impression on his fourth major-league franchise and looks for his third straight strong outing when the Oakland Athletics close a three-game series with the host Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The 30-year-old left-hander has allowed just nine hits and has 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings while winning his first two starts since joining the Athletics. Kazmir will attempt to pitch Oakland to its sixth victory in seven games.

Athletics 8, Twins 3

Athletics 8, Twins 3: Brandon Moss and Yoenis Cespedes each knocked in a pair of runs and Derek Norris belted a solo homer as Oakland spoiled Minnesota’s home opener. Alberto Callaspo (one RBI), Josh Donaldson (two runs) and Norris had two hits apiece for the Athletics, playing their first road game of the season after going 3-3 at home. Oakland starter Scott Kazmir (2-0) struggled early but allowed only three runs, six hits and four walks over six innings to earn the victory.

Preview: Athletics at Twins

Chris Colabello has proved more than worthy of his spot in the middle of the batting order for the Minnesota Twins through the first six games of the season. Colabello owns at least a hit in each contest and 11 RBIs overall as he leads the Twins into their home opener against the Oakland Athletics on Monday. The 30-year-old Colabello, who played in the Independent League from 2005-2011 before joining Minnesota, had a go-ahead three-run double to help beat Cleveland 10-7 on Sunday.

Preview: Indians at Athletics

Scott Kazmir faces his former team Tuesday when Cleveland Indians visit the Oakland Athletics, who are looking to bounce back from their Major League-record 10th straight Opening Day loss. Kazmir, who joined the Athletics as a free agent after resurrecting his career in Cleveland last year, said he’s looking forward to facing his former teammates. “It’s going to be fun out there, for sure,” Kazmir told mlb.com. “I can’t even stare at them because they’re a bunch of jokesters over there."

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DH Jason Giambi left Saturday's game against the Twins after five innings because of left forearm cramping. He is listed as day to day. Giambi was 0-for-2 with a strikeout before departing. If Giambi sits out Sunday's regular-season finale, he will finish with a .183 batting average, nine home runs and 31 RBIs.

Indians open one-game lead for wild card

Indians open one-game lead for wild card MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Indians are certainly pleased to know that they'll be playing baseball beyond the end of the regular season. Still they would like to avoid a playoff for the wild card and ensure a home playoff game. Saturday's 5-1 victory at Minnesota means that Cleveland can simply win on Sunday and clinch an American League wild card.

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RHP Corey Kluber will start Sunday vs. Houston. Kluber is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four innings over one appearance vs. the Astros this season. That is also Kluber's only career appearance vs. Houston. LHP Scott Kazmir struck out 10 and walked one in seven scoreless innings on Saturday. "He was really good right out of the chute," manager Terry Francona said of Kazmir, who in four September starts is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA and has struck out 32 and walked two in 22

Kazmir keeps Indians in wild-card race, beats Astros 4-1

Kazmir keeps Indians in wild-card race, beats Astros 4-1 CLEVELAND - It's a long way from going to spring training as a non-roster player to pitching in big games in September that have playoff implications. But that's the journey Scott Kazmir has made this year. Saturday night, Kazmir pitched seven scoreless innings on four hits and Michael Brantley homered as the Cleveland Indians kept pace in the American League wild-card race with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros.
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