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Francona says Kazmir’s going strong

CLEVELAND: In his past four starts, Scott Kazmir is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA, and he held the first-place Tigers to two runs in 5⅔ innings Monday night.

“The biggest thing I wondered about him in spring training was whether he would be able to hold his stuff,” manager Terry Francona said Tuesday. “To this point in the season, he’s been even stronger [in maintaining his velocity and movement]. It’s not being held together by Band-Aids every start.

“He also has shown that if you can locate your fastball, you’re going to have success.”

CHISENHALL RISING — Since being recalled from Columbus, Lonnie Chisenhall is batting .293 in 58 at-bats.

“For the most part, when he gets a pitch to hit, he’s hitting it,” Francona said. “And he’s laying off pitches outside of the strike zone better than before he came back.”

KUDOS — The Tribe selected right-hander Danny Salazar as is its Minor-League Player of the Week.

In two starts last week, Salazar gave up one earned run in 10 innings, allowing only three hits.

Salazar was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2006 out of the Dominican Republic. Salazar will make his major-league debut Thursday against the Blue Jays.

FARM FACTS — Trevor Bauer gave up three runs and 10 hits in 6⅓ innings as Columbus dropped an 8-3 decision to Indianapolis. … Michael Peoples (1-4, 5.27 ERA) threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out six in Carolina’s 6-0 win over Lynchburg. Joe Wendle homered twice and drove in three runs, and Tony Wolters had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. … Caleb Hamrick gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, as Mahoning Valley lost 4-3 to State College. Ryan Battaglia had a three-run homer, and Cody Ferrell had three hits.

— Sheldon Ocker


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