by Steve Carney
Former Tampa Bay ace Scott Kazmir's comeback will come full circle to complete.
The left-hander, who spent 2012 playing for the independent minor-league Sugar Land Skeeters, officially won the fifth spot in Terry Francona's rotation in Cleveland Monday, outdueling the likes of Carlos Carrasco and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Kazmir hasn't played in a big league game since 2011, making just one start that season for the Los Angeles Angels. In his last full season, in 2010, he went 9-15 with an ERA of 5.94.
The announcement means that Kazmir's first start of the year will be April 6th at Tropicana Field against the Rays. Tampa Bay traded Kazmir to the Angels August 29, 2009 for infielder Sean Rodriguez and pitcher Alex Torres.