Scott Kazmir probably won’t get an offer from the Marlins

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Scott Kazmir, who sat out the rest of the season after being let go by the Angels in June, began his comeback in the Dominican Winter League with an ugly outing Wednesday. He gave up four runs while retiring just one batter for Escogido.

Kazmir made only one start (5 ER in 1 2/3 IP) for the Angels last season before being shuffled off to the disabled list and, later, to the waiver wire. He went 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA in 28 starts in 2010. His best slider is long gone, and his struggles at finding a consistent release point have left him with very little in the way of command. While he’s just turning 28 in January, he may be done as a major league pitcher.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.