Angels-Tigers Preview

Much like the rest of his team, Scott Kazmir has endured a

difficult season with the Los Angeles Angels.

The veteran left-hander hopes to turn things around and avoid a

fifth straight loss when he is expected to come off the disabled

list Saturday night to face the struggling Detroit Tigers at

Comerica Park.

After spending almost a month on the DL with shoulder fatigue,

Kazmir (7-9, 6.92 ERA) is set to make his first start since

allowing a career-high 13 runs in five innings of a 15-1 loss at

Oakland on July 10.

Kazmir had a 13.73 ERA while losing a career-high four

consecutive starts before going on the DL, but said he felt great

after a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday.

“I’m prepared to go out there,” Kazmir told the Angels’ official

website. “I’m very eager to go out and redeem myself, get a little

confidence going. You want to almost accelerate the comeback and

get out there again.”

Kazmir is 3-4 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 starts against the Tigers

but 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in two this season. He will try to help the

Angels (55-56) build on Friday’s 4-2 win in this series opener.

Los Angeles had high hopes of winning the AL West for the fourth

straight time but is quickly falling out of contention after losing

11 of 15. However, Maicer Izturis had three hits and Torii Hunter

hit a two-run homer Friday as the Angels snapped a five-game skid

against Detroit and three-game slide overall.

Hunter, who was ejected after being called out on strikes in the

eighth inning, is 11 for 20 with two homers and six RBIs in his

last five games. He is a lifetime .389 hitter against Jeremy

Bonderman (6-6, 4.84), who looks to win his third straight decision

while trying to help the Tigers (53-56) avoid a fourth consecutive

loss Saturday.

The right-hander allowed a run in 6 2-3 innings of a 7-1 win

over the White Sox in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday. He

is 2-0 with a 4.94 ERA in his last four starts.

“Bondo is going to leave it all on the field no matter what he

has or what he doesn’t have,” manager Jim Leyland told the Tigers’

official website.

Bonderman is 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 12 starts versus Los Angeles

and has posted a 3.00 ERA while not receiving a decision in his two

outings against the Angels in 2010.

Brennan Boesch had two hits including his 13th homer Friday for

the Tigers, who are 5-18 since the All-Star break. The rookie

outfielder is 10 for 84 in his last 22 games but 4 for 12 with two

homers and six RBIs against the Angels this season.

Despite the Tigers’ struggles of late, owner Mike Ilitch said

Leyland and general manager Dave Dombrowski will retain their

current jobs with the club in 2011.

“I’m staying with Dave and staying with our manager,” Ilitch