Scott Kazmir can’t get through two innings in rehab start

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Scott Kazmir, who was banished to the disabled list on April 9 with what the Angels called lower back tightness, struggled mightily in his return to the mound Tuesday, giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake.

He walked four and hit a batter before being pulled.

The Angels went as slowly as they could with Kazmir after he was roughed up all spring and then tagged for five runs in 1 2/3 innings in his one major league start on April 3.  He spent over a month pitching regularly in extended spring games before the Angels put him back in a real game today.  The result, though, was disastrous.

Since they have nothing to lose now, the Angels will probably keep Kazmir on a minor league rehab assignment for the next 29 days.  Once his month is up, they can either activate him from the DL or release him and eat the remainder of his $12 million salary for this year.  Looking at his performance today, it’d be something of an upset if he ever dons the team’s uniform again.

Yankees get into esports, announce investment partnership with Vision Esports

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The Yankees have announced an investment partnership with Vision Esports. Vision Esports is the largest single shareholder of three esports-related companies, which includes Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, and Vision Entertainment. The size of the investment was not disclosed.

Echo Fox was founded by former NBA player Rick Fox. The team has players from some of the most popular titles, including League of Legends, Call of Duty, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros.

Twin Galaxies tracks retro video game world records. Vision Entertainment creates esports content across various platforms.

This is not the first intersection of baseball and esports. Earlier this year, pitcher Trevor May joined esports team Luminosity. Other teams, particularly in the NBA, have gotten involved in esports. Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired esports teams Dignitas and Apex.