ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Scott Kazmir is to make his second straight opening-day start for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays when he takes the mound at Yankee Stadium on April 2.
Kazmir will join Wilson Alvarez as the only Devil Rays pitchers to start consecutive openers."It's an honor to pitch the Rays' first game," Kazmir said after manager Joe Maddon announced his decision Tuesday.Maddon said he was firmly committed to the choice."That's in cement -- he's wearing cement shoes," Maddon said.Across the field, Indians manager Eric Wedge said Fausto Carmona will be his fifth starter because of the abdominal injury to Cliff Lee. Carmona will follow C.C. Sabathia, Jake Westbrook, Jeremy Sowers and Paul Byrd in Cleveland's rotation.As for Tuesday's game, non-roster invitee Gary Glover and five relievers combined on a one-hitter in a 7-0 win over the Indians.Glover pitched three hitless innings, walked one and struck out none."I thought Glover started it out very well for us and our whole bullpen," said Maddon, who is targeting Glover as a possible long reliever. "He's a guy in the bullpen that can go more than four innings."Cleveland got its lone hit in the sixth inning when Andy Marte hit a line-drive single to left off Scott Dohmann.Indians starter Jake Westbrook allowed seven runs and 11 hits in four innings. He faced 24 batters and threw just eight first-pitch strikes.Tampa Bay scored six runs in the fourth, getting four straight two-out, extra-base hits."It was one of those things," Wedge said. "We didn't play very well behind him. He did do a good job, just a few balls were up, and you expect to see that every now and again during spring training."Rocco Baldelli went 3-for-3 with a double, and Carl Crawford had three RBI.Baldelli left the game after fourth inning with tight right hamstring."It was done as a precaution," team spokesmen Chris Costello said. "He's day to day."Maddon made some changes to the batting order, moving Ben Zobrist to the No. 2 spot."I know in that spot my role is to move runners and try and shoot the hole a little bit," Zobrist said. "If I do that, I can probably hit better."
Cleveland optioned RHP Brian Solcum to Triple-A Buffalo. OF Trevor Crowe, RHP Jeff Harris, RHP Adam Miller, LHP Tony Sipp and C Wyatt Toregas were reassigned to the minor league camp. ... Tampa Bay RHP Jae Seo pitched for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, allowing one hit and two walks in six innings.