The Tampa Bay Rays are giving Scott Kazmir the
chance to pitch them into the World Series.
The 24-year-old left-hander was moved up in the rotation so he
could pitch in the potential ALCS clincher against the Red Sox
tomorrow night at Fenway Park. The move keeps Kazmir on his regular
rest and bumps scheduled starter James Shields to the if-necessary
Game 6 in St. Petersburg on Saturday.
The Rays lead the series three-games-to-one after routing Boston
13-4 last night.
Maddon says pitching Kazmir in Game 5 was part of his plan all
along — helped in part because of the off day that would allow the
bullpen to recuperate if Kazmir can’t go deep into the game.
Kazmir’s numbers at Fenway Park are also better: He is 4-4 with
a 3.02 ERA in Boston. Shields, on the other hand, is 0-3 in three
starts with a 10.13 ERA at Fenway.
Daisuke Matsuzaka — who beat the Rays in Game 1 — will pitch
tomorrow night for the Red Sox, who will be trying to stave off
elimination and send the series back to Tropicana Field.