PHOENIX -- With the A's playing the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, there was no way Scott Kazmir was going to pitch.
Kazmir, even while being a former Angel (2009-11), is something of an unknown quantity for them, given that he seldom pitched well while he was there (11-17, 5.31 ERA). A's manager Bob Melvin never wants to tip his hand to team in the American League West, meaning the less the Angels see Kazmir this spring, the happier the skipper will be.
So it was that Kazmir threw against a collection of A's hitters, including his former Angels teammate Alberto Callaspo, in a simulated game. Kazmir had mostly lost his mid-90s fastball while with the Angels, but he seems to have found it again.
"To me, his fastball was his best pitch," pitching coach Curt Young said. "I was impressed with the location he had with all his pitches. His fastball had a lot of carry to it."
In the official exhibition game, the A's beat the Angels, 3-2. But, more interest was on Kazmir's effort.