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Angels top Dodgers in Freeway Series opener that shows starters getting up to speed

Angels top Dodgers in Freeway Series opener that shows starters getting up to speed

Scott Kazmir said he “doesn't put too much stock” in his spring-training numbers, which is probably a sound investment strategy for the Dodgers left-hander. It was a bear market for most of March, Kazmir's exhibition earned-run average sitting at an unsightly 7.71 through four starts.

But Kazmir, signed to a three-year, $48-million deal to be the team's No. 2 starter, took what the Dodgers hope is a significant step forward in his final spring tuneup Thursday night.

Featuring a fastball that sat in the 89-mph range and an effective changeup, Kazmir allowed one unearned run and four hits in 42/3 innings, striking out four and walking two in a 2-1 Freeway Series loss...

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