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Scott Kazmir


Kazmir was activated from the disabled list by the Devil Rays on Friday after suffering from soreness in his left shoulder. The left-hander made his first start since July 23, allowing three runs and four hits with six strikeouts in five innings of a 5-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Friday.


Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said Kazmir will return to action on Friday, Aug. 11 against the Oakland Athletics. Kazmir went on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation retroactive to July 24.


The Devil Rays placed Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Kazmir went on the DL, retroactive to July 24, with soreness in his left shoulder.


Kazmir will miss his scheduled start Friday night against the New York Yankees because of shoulder soreness. The Devil Rays do not consider the problem serious and expect the 22-year-old left-hander to pitch Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers. "He's a little bit sore," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We just wanted to move him back and give him a couple extra days."


Kazmir's first complete game and shutout came Monday night in the Devil Rays' 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. The 22-year-old left-hander allowed two hits and struck out 10.


Tampa Bay's Kazmir was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday as a starting pitcher for the American League. Kazmir is 9-5 with a 3.59 ERA this season.


Kazmir is two strikes from becoming the 23rd left-hander to reach 300 strikeouts before turning 23. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher struck out three on Monday against the Detroit Tigers in a four-hit, five-inning start.


Kazmir limited the Chicago White Sox to five hits and a single run over seven innings in Tampa Bay's wild 10-7 victory Tuesday night. The 22-year-old left-hander departed with a 10-1 lead, but the Rays' bullpen gave up six eighth-inning runs to generate some late drama.


Kazmir shut out the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday on four hits over seven innings, and the Tampa Bay bullpen got the job done the rest of the way for a 1-0 Rays victory over the Jays. The win upped the rookie's record to 8-9 with a 4.02 ERA.


The Tampa Bay Devil Rays pulled Kazmir after just six innings of work in Saturday's victory over the Texas Rangers, but lefthander was productive prior to his departure, matching a career high with 10 strikeouts. He allowed just one run on four hits to record his seventh win of the 2005 campaign. For the year, he is 7-8 with a 3.94 ERA and has fanned 134 batters in 146.1 innings.


Seth McClung will be recalled to start Sunday against the Marlins, which will push the rest of the Tampa Bay rotation back a day. Hideo Nomo will now pitch Monday, Kazmir will go Tuesday and Mark Hendrickson on Wednesday. Doug Waechter, who will start Friday's series opener against Florida, will go to the bullpen following his start.


Kazmir reported no ill effects from the sprained right ankle sustained in Friday's loss to St. Louis. Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said Kazmir will tape his ankles for every start from this point on. Look for Kazmir to be ready for his scheduled start in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.


Kazmir rolled his ankle on Friday while attempting to field and infield hit. Kazmir had given up two runs on six hits through four innings before leaving to get his ankle taped.


Casey Fossum threw in the bullpen on Tuesday without any problems with the groin tightness that forced him out of his Friday start. As long as the Tampa Bay lefty doesn't have a setback in the next 24 hours, he will face Cincinnati on Thursday and Kazmir will get two extra days of rest and work Saturday's game in Pittsburgh.


The Tampa Bay Devil Rays were going to give Kazmir a couple extra days of rest following his Satursday start against Seattle, but that may change if Casey Fossum's groin injury keeps him from starting against Cincinnati in the middle of the week. Kazmir may end up working on regular rest.