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Kazmir Shows Improvement In Second Spring Start For Angels

Scott Kazmir rebounded in his second spring start, and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the White Sox 3-1 at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Kazmir pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just three baserunners, while striking out one. It was an improvement over his last start on Sunday, in which Kazmir allowed three runs in two innings against the Dodgers. Kazmir, who has a $12 million salary in 2011, is competing for the fifth starter job.

Jake Peavy made his spring debut for the White Sox, pitching two scoreless innings of his own. The Angels were able to plate single runs in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, on two RBI singles from Howie Kendrick and a sacrifice fly from Peter Bourjos. Kendrick also stole a base, one of three for the Angels, who lead A.L. teams this spring with 14 stolen bases in seven games.

In other news, Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted that the Angels have been asking around for a left-handed bat, though it is unclear where said bat would play. Rookie Peter Bourjos would seem like the obvious bat to upgrade, but the Angels love his defense in center field, and the way Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter, Mike Scioscia, and crew have been talking, it seems Bourjos isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

The Angels continue their spring schedule on Saturday afternoon in Maryvale against the Brewers. Joel Pineiro will start for the Angels, and is scheduled to be followed on the mound by Kevin Jepsen, Jordan Walden, Matt Palmer, and Andrew Taylor. Shaun Marcum will start for the Brewers.

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