Angels 0, Indians 0
Daisuke Matsuzaka gave his manager a scare. Scott Kazmir gave
Terry Francona more reason to think the left-hander still might
have something to contribute.
Matsuzaka left his outing Monday because of a cramp in his right
calf, overshadowing a fine performance by Scott Kazmir as the
Cleveland Indians played to a 0-0 tie with Jered Weaver and the Los
”It’s hard to let a guy pitch like that,” said Cleveland
manager Terry Francona, who managed Matsuzaka with Boston. ”He
came in after his first inning and he was trying to loosen it up.
We told him when he went out, if it was bothering him, to let us
know. You could tell when he was warming up he just couldn’t get it
to loosen up.”
Attempting a comeback after having elbow-reconstruction surgery
in 2011 and a disastrous final season with Boston, the 32-year-old
Matsuzaka allowed one hit in one inning before cramping during
warmups for his second inning in his fourth spring appearance.
Before the game, Francona described Matsuzaka’s previous bullpen
session the best he’s thrown since joining Cleveland.
Francona knows Matsuzaka well. The Japanese star went 15-12 with
a 4.40 ERA with World Series champion Boston in 2007 and followed
that with an 18-3 record with a 2.90 ERA in 2008. Since 2008, he’s
never won more than nine games in a season and went 1-7 with a 8.28
ERA with Boston in 2012.
Also trying to make a comeback is Kazmir. Out of the majors
since being cut by the Angels in June 2011, the 2002 first round
pick of the New York Mets pitched four innings of three-hit ball
with four strikeouts.
The 29-year-old Kazmir ran his scoreless streak eight innings in
major league outings and 11 overall – including an appearance in a
minor league ”B” game.
”I was throwing strikes, that’s all you can ask for in
spring,” said Kazmir, a two-time All Star with Tampa Bay. ”It was
fun seeing those guys before the game. After that, I was locked
Kazmir estimated his velocity was in the low-to-mid 90s. Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said after the game that Kazmir left the
Angels topping out at 86 mph on his fastball.
”You want (Kazmir) to do well,” Scioscia said. ”What he went
through was awful. I thought he looked great. The ball was really
coming out of his hand a lot better than when we last saw him. At
times he showed flashes with us.”
Kazmir was dealt to the Angels in late August of 2009 and went
2-2 with a 1.73 ERA in six games. His struggles began in 2010 when
he went 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA. He was released after making just one
outing in 2011.
”He kept his changeup in the zone,” Francona said. ”I thought
he threw well.”
Prior to the game, Francona told reporters: ”(Kazmir) came in
ready. He knew he had to come in and compete and he’s been a
pleasure to watch. The ball has been coming out of his hand from
Kazmir’s chances of sticking with the Indians appear better with
each start, but he would not comment on his status.
”I’m just focused on what I need to and to get better,” Kazmir
said. ”(From his time with the Angels) it’s a night-and-day
difference. I’m a completely different pitcher. The velocity is
different, from about 10 mph.
”I’m a lot more confident out there,” he added. ”(With the
Angels) I would try anything to get it to click. It just wasn’t
One of the Angels’ players Kazmir kept in touch with was ace
Jered Weaver, who fanned six and worked four scoreless innings in
his third spring outing (his second Cactus League game; he pitched
one game against Team Italy).
”I texted (Kazmir) and wished him luck,” said Weaver, who
allowed three hits and two walks. ”He worked his butt off coming
back. He was more smooth. It looks like he trusts his stuff
Weaver went 21-5 with the Angels in 2012 and will be their
”My changeup was good,” he said. ”I wanted to mix in some
Weaver allowed consecutive singles to Michael Bourn and Michael
Brantley to start the first, but ended up striking out Nick Swisher
and Jason Giambi to end the inning.
Angels long reliever Jerome Williams allowed five hits in five
innings with six strikeouts. He worked out of a jam in the bottom
of the ninth to preserve the tie, getting Ryan Raburn and Cord
Phelps on a ground outs with runners in scoring position.
Bourn was the only player to have two hits in the game.
NOTES: The Angels sent LHP Brandon Sisk, CF Tranvis Witherspoon
and RHP A.J. Schugel to their minor-league camp. … The Indians
sent OF Tim Fedroff, RHPs Trey Haley, Danny Salazar and Chen-Chang
Lee and LHP T.J. House to Triple-A. Non-roster invitees Matt
LaPorta, Fernando Nieve and Roberto Perez were optioned to minor
league camp. The Tribe granted outfielder Ben Francisco his
unconditional release. The Yankees then signed him to a minor
league deal. … Angels projected closer Ryan Madson threw 20
pitches from the mound at the team’s training facility in Tempe
Monday. It was Madson’s first pitches from the mound since he felt
elbow soreness on Feb. 1. Madson missed all of 2012 after Tommy
John surgery. He was initially projected to be ready to pitch in a
game by mid-April.