Two candidates for comeback pitcher of the year

Last night, John Lackey continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery by striking out a season-high 12 Rockies over seven innings.

It was his 14th career double-digit strikeout game, but his first since Oct. 3, 2010.

Lackey is now 5-5 with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP. When he last pitched in 2011, Lackey was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA and a 1.619 WHIP.

Maybe someday you can win a free beer by knowing that Scott Kazmir and Roger Clemens were once teammates.

Remember last season when Clemens pitched for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League? He was joined Kazmir who was 3-6 in 14 starts with a 5.36 ERA and a 1.672 WHIP. Kazmir was in Sugar Land because in 2010-11 he had a 9-15 record with the Angels with a 6.17 ERA. And then he pitched for Salt Lake City in 2011 and went 0-5 with a 17.02 ERA and 14 walks in 15.1 innings.

Last night, pitching for the Indians, Kazmir took a no-hitter into the 7th before allowing a leadoff double to Manny Machado (who else?). That was the only hit that Kazmir allowed in seven innings giving up one unearned run and one walk.

Kazmir picked up a no-decision but he’s 4-4 with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.420 WHIP for the Tribe this season.