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Athletics' Scott Kazmir rescues career with determination, hard work
Athletics' Scott Kazmir rescues career with determination, hard work

Scott Kazmir is the best pitcher on one of the American League's most successful staffs. An All-Star, he will go to the mound Sunday at Angel Stadium with 14 victories, most by a left-hander in the AL, and as the leader of an Oakland Athletics rotation that could be pitching deep into October. But to truly appreciate how high Kazmir has climbed it must be remembered how low he had fallen. Three years ago, he was arguably the worst pitcher in the majors. In his only big league start in 2011, he got as many outs (five) as runs given up. In five minor league starts, all losses, he gave up 30 runs, 20 walks and hit six batters in 15 innings. He was so bad the Angels gave him $14.5...

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