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By Tom Fitton
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Topic - Scott Kazmir
Washington has its top four starters on board for the next two seasons, a luxury few teams in the majors can boast. And with prices for even competent free-agent pitchers sky-high, that affords the Nats a nice weapon: financial flexibility.
On a night usually dominated by news of players let loose, the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics filled pitching needs with trades.
As Scott Kazmir and Willie Bloomquist found new teams and other big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night.
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' immaculate Regency Furniture Stadium is only 27 miles from Nationals Park and the distance provides a fitting metaphor for what ex-National Charlie Manning and the others in the league face. It is pretty close, though not always easy to get there. But it can be done.
Two pitches after his foul popup fell between Nick Swisher and second baseman Jason Kipnis, Rendon homered into the Nationals' bullpen off Vinnie Pestano (1-2) to stun the Indians and the crowd of 33,307.
The Los Angeles Angels made a move to keep up with the Texas Rangers in the AL West by trading for infielder Alberto Callaspo last week.
The Los Angeles Angels were looking to make a counter move after rival Texas landed Cliff Lee.
Dan Haren was traded to the Los Angeles Angels by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday for left-hander Joe Saunders and three other players.
Struggling left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels because of shoulder fatigue following Sunday's 2-1 loss to Seattle.
"It never hurt or anything like that. It just felt a little weak," Kazmir said. "I threw a bullpen yesterday and I felt good, just a little achy. So I guess it's better to miss a start now and be fine than throw on Tuesday and then try to play catch-up pretty much every other start."
"I think it's caused less life on the fastball, because the only time I really feel a dead arm is when I'm coming down," said Kazmir, a two-time All-Star. "What made the decision is that after yesterday's bullpen, we did a lot of arm exercises _ and last night I was pretty sore."