Scott Kazmir improves pitch velocity but continues to struggle with walks

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    "Scott Kazmir doesn't want to continue the ratio of 11 walks in 11-plus innings, but the Angels' left-hander will keep the mechanics he displayed Saturday.

    Kazmir - coming off a 9-15, 5.40-ERA season amid spring angst that he's been hovering around 85 mph on radar guns - showed more life on his fastball and expressed satisfaction with the movement of his change-up in a 95-pitch, 41/3 -inning outing in the Angels' 10-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians before a sellout crowd of 8,735 at Diablo Stadium.

    "I felt good even if the numbers don't show it," Kazmir said after routinely throwing in the 87 mph to 89 mph range, according to radar-gun-carrying scouts behind the plate. One pitch reached 90.

    Kazmir said that he didn't need to know those numbers to understand recent attention to his arm slot and that "smoothing things out" has paid off. He struck out three in his fifth spring start with a pair of 1-2-3 innings."

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