A few hours after Scott Kazmir reported to his first full day of work on the West Coast, his brand-new Angels cap already was darkened by sweat.
The left-hander couldn't wait to get started on what he hopes is another playoff run in his eventful young career.
Los Angeles welcomed Kazmir into its clubhouse Sunday morning, two days after acquiring the two-time All-Star from Tampa Bay. He will make his Angels debut Wednesday in Seattle against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
"You can't pick a better place to go," Kazmir said. "I've known for a couple of years what the Angels organization is about, and that's winning. I got a taste of it last year, and with a team like this, it seems like you could do it year in and year out."
Kazmir was particularly grateful to be back under the tutelage of Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher, giving him credit for jump-starting his career during Butcher's sole season as Tampa Bay's pitching coach in 2006.
ASTROS: Oft-injured lefty Mike Hampton won't pitch again this season and is planning to have surgery on his pitching shoulder and both knees.
WHITE SOX: Jake Peavy left his minor-league rehab outing after only 31/3 innings and 68 pitches Saturday night because he felt tightness in his pitching elbow.
The right-hander, acquired from San Diego at the July 31 trade deadline, was hit on that elbow by a line drive in his previous start for Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said Peavy will join the White Sox by today in Minnesota, where he is expected to get X-rays and be evaluated by the club's medical staff.
Peavy has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a strained tendon in his right ankle.