Scott Kazmir SP OAK 24 Days

Kazmir will make his first Cactus League start on Thursday, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com.

After 190.1 innings pitched in 2014, the A's decided to rest Kazmir for the first week of spring games. Kazmir improved upon his 2013 comeback season with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 2014 and should be strong again in his second season with the A's in 2015.

Scott Kazmir SP OAK 6 Months

Kazmir held the Rangers to two runs -- one earned -- on four hits over seven innings in a win Friday night.

The victory was his 15th of the season, and it was another outing where he displayed good control (5:0 K:BB). After a very shaky start against the Phillies his last time out, Kazmir took a big step back in the right direction for a potential postseason run, should the A's secure a place in the final days of the regular season.

Scott Kazmir SP OAK 6 Months

Kazmir allowed six runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 5.1 innings in the Athletics' 8-6 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Kazmir has struggled in his last two starts, allowing 12 runs and 20 hits in 9.2 innings. Four of his last six starts has resulted in six or more runs. His ERA, which was 2.53 at the start of August, is now 3.63 after the start. It's not a promising lead-up to the postseason.

Scott Kazmir SP OAK 6 Months

Kazmir lasted only 4.1 innings Tuesday, allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk, while striking out three in the loss to the Rangers.

Although he had a solid outing (eight innings of one-run ball in a loss to the White Sox) his last time out on Sept. 11, Kazmir has been more bust than boom of late. In his last five starts -- spanning just 23 innings -- Kazmir has given up 23 runs (21 earned). For the year, Kazmir has a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP while sporting a 150:49 K:BB over 178 innings. His next start is scheduled for Sunday at home against the Phillies.

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The A's have shuffled their rotation order so that Kazmir will now start ahead of teammate Jeff Samardzija, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This allows Kazmir to miss the Angels next week, and if the A's make the playoffs past the Wild Card game, he would start Game 1.

Scott Kazmir SP OAK 7 Months

Kazmir (14-8) went the distance in a losing effort Thursday against the White Sox, giving up just one run on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over eight innings.

Unfortunately for Kazmir, Chris Sale was on the mound for the Sox, and he was particularly untouchable Thursday afternoon. Nonetheless, it's a very positive start for Kazmir, who had been struggling mightily with his command and over his last three starts, resulting in a hideous 16 runs and 9:11 K:BB in 10.2 innings. He'll look to build on this outing when he next takes the mound Wednesday against the Rangers.

Scott Kazmir SP OAK 7 Months

Kazmir struck out eight and walked five while giving up three runs on three hits over 6.1 innings Saturday in a no-decision against Houston.

Although he piled up the eight strikeouts, Kazmir only generated eight swinging strikes. His next scheduled start is set for Thursday against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Scott Kazmir SP OAK 7 Months

Kazmir struggled in 1.1 innings of work, allowing six runs on two hits and four walks in the Athletics' 8-1 loss to the Angels on Sunday.

Kazmir is slumping lately, allowing 13 runs in 4.1 innings in his last two starts. Manager Bob Melvin was considering resting his starter, but chose not to. He's now allowed 26 runs in six starts in August. His ERA is now at a season-high 3.39.

Scott Kazmir SP OAK 7 Months

Kazmir will start Sunday against the Angels, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Manager Bob Melvin has decided Kazmir could use a bit of extra rest this time through the rotation, so he'll move Samardzija up and push Kazmir back to Sunday. The switch is convenient in that it breaks up the two lefty starters, Kazmir and Jon Lester.

Scott Kazmir SP OAK 7 Months

Kazmir struggled Sunday, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out one in three innings in the Athletics' 9-4 loss to the Angels on Sunday.

It was Kazmir's worst start since June 24 against the Mets. After allowing just four runs in four starts in July, Kazmir has let up 20 runs in five games in August. His ERA, which was as low as 2.05 in June, is now above 3.00 for the year.