"I really don't even want to talk about [mechanics or pitch counts], you know," Kazmir said. "I just want to go out there and have fun. I feel like everything feels good. I don't have to worry about anything ... [I] can go out there and just have fun out there."
In Kazmir's previous four starts prior to Sunday's win, he had not pitched more than five innings. Maddon believes Sunday's 114-pitch effort could have a "positive impact" on Kazmir.
"So much of this game, what we do here, is all what we're thinking," Maddon said. "So, if he's thinking better going into this next game, that could make all the difference in the world. Because physically he's throwing the ball great, fastball velocity, again, his slider's still not as effective as maybe it had been, changeup is very good. So it's all about how he feels; his confidence. By giving him that extra inning and having it turn out as it did, I like to think it's going to help him [Saturday]."
TB: LHP Scott Kazmir (9-6, 3.21 ERA)
Kazmir picked up his ninth win of the season on Sunday night when he held the Rangers to two runs on four hits, walking four and striking out seven. The 24-year-old left-hander has struggled with his mechanics lately and has worked all season with little luck to gain command of his slider, which has historically been his best pitch. Without his slider, Kazmir has relied primarily on a fastball-changeup combination. He is 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in four career starts against the White Sox.
CWS: RHP Javier Vazquez (10-10, 4.34 ERA)
On Sunday, for the second straight trip to the mound, Vazquez worked eight innings and dazzled the opposition. The right-hander did not allow a run against Oakland until the eighth inning, ending a stretch of 15 straight scoreless innings. He struck out eight and didn't issue a walk, giving up four hits in total. Vazquez has yielded a mere nine hits over his past two starts. He has a 1-1 record with a 2.70 ERA against the Rays this year, and holds a 6-4 record and a 4.11 ERA in 12 home starts this season.
Maddon and company have been discussing which of the organization's Minor Leaguers will become September callups and said they have "an idea about what we're going to do." He does not like having a full clubhouse and noted that only the players they believe can help them in certain situations will get the call. ... Saturday afternoon's Rays-White Sox game will be only the third time in club history the Rays have been featured as the FOX Game of the Week. ... The Rays have five pitchers age 26 or younger who have made 20 starts each; they are only the fourth team in Major League history to achieve this, along with the 1984 Red Sox, 1969 Royals and 1968 Athletics.
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Sunday: Rays (Andy Sonnanstine, 13-6, 4.37) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle, 11-10, 3.91), 2:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Rays (James Shields, 11-7, 3.68) vs. Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 15-9, 2.68), 7:10 p.m. ET