BOSTON (AP) -The Tampa Bay Rays feel like the only thing that can postpone left-hander Scott Kazmir's first start of the season is the weather on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The 24-year-old Kazmir, last's season's AL strikeout leader and the ace of a young Rays' staff, is slated to face the Red Sox in the series finale. He strained his left elbow warming up for an intrasquad game on Feb. 26.
``The weather calls for 100 percent chance of rain,'' manager Joe Maddon said before Saturday night's game against the Red Sox. ``I'm not really concerned. I know everybody always gets worried about the weather. Once he gets heated up he'll be fine.
``I'm not holding other people back,'' he continued. ``If there was a rain delay (during the game), you might be concerned. He's ready to go.''
Kazmir's fastball topped out at 94 miles per hour in his final rehab start Monday in Durham, N.C. Now, he feels ready to go, with a pitch limit.
``We talked about it and we are right now at the 100-pitch count,'' he said. ``Hopefully I'll be right and get deep into the game.''
Boston's batters may hope for rain. Kazmir fanned 49 Red Sox' hitters last year. In the past 50 years, only three pitchers had more strikeouts against Boston in a single season.
``I think I'll be all right,'' he said. ``But like I've said before, with Fenway you are definitely going to have the adrenaline flowing.''
Last season he was 13-9 with a 3.48 ERA.
Advertisement
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Tigers vs. Red Sox Pick The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox meet up tonight for the first time in 2016. Who has the edge in this 7:10PM ET...
Thumbnail Bryant among stars in Cubs-White Sox bash Kris Bryant has been relatively quiet since the All-Star break. The Cubs expect their stud third baseman to bring the noise,...
Thumbnail Mets send Syndergaard into bout with Cards The Cardinals watched Sunday’s starter barely power through the first inning. Odds are astoundingly good that Carlos Martinez won’t receive the same sort...
Thumbnail Dodgers try to jump on Cards' rookie pitcher St. Louis has played a lot of baseball lately, with largely positive results. The effect of so many contests over the past week, though, could turn...
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Royals Prediction Will the Rangers or Royals win the rubber match today in Kansas City when the two teams square off at 2:15PM ET?
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages