Scott Kazmir blanks the Marlins over six as Indians win

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Indians starter Scott Kazmir held the Marlins scoreless over six frames this afternoon, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out seven. As recently as June 15, his ERA stood at an unsightly 5.89, but after today’s outing, it is now 3.89. The Indians got their two runs on a Lonnie Chisenhall RBI single in the second and a Michael Brantley RBI single in the eighth.

Kazmir’s rebirth is inspiring, and believe it or not, the lefty is still under the age of 30. He has not pitched a full season in the Majors since posting a 5.89 ERA in 150 innings with the Angels in 2010. After the Angels released him in June 2011, Kazmir played with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. The Indians took a $1 million flyer on Kazmir and it has paid off well, particularly lately. In nine starts dating back to June 21, Kazmir has a 1.93 ERA in 56 innings.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.