"He deals on me, absolutely owns me," said Anderson with a smile, of his 0-for-6 lifetime ledger against the Rays' southpaw, with five strikeouts. "But it's a playoff game and you get to start fresh."
Anderson was part of manager Ozzie Guillen's right-handed-heavy lineup for Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field. Anderson replaced Ken Griffey Jr. in center field and hit ninth in the lineup against Kazmir.
Dewayne Wise, who homered in Thursday's 6-4 loss to open the ALDS, was replaced by Nick Swisher in left field and in the two-hole. Guillen wanted Swisher's sharp batting eye high up in the order, preaching patience against Kazmir, who was making his playoff debut.
"We have to make this kid throw, because he's going to be erratic," Guillen said. "We start swinging at his stuff, and it's going to be tough for us to beat him."
These changes don't necessarily guarantee success for the White Sox. Swisher has three hits in 21 career at-bats against Kazmir, and Jim Thome was hitless in 13 career at-bats, with five strikeouts, but got the starting nod over Griffey.
The plan seemed to work in the top of the first inning, when the White Sox forced Kazmir into throwing 37 pitches and scored twice. Thome also broke his hitless streak with a run-scoring single to right on a 1-1 pitch, bringing home the first run.
As for Anderson, he was the lone White Sox starter who didn't bat in the first, but was looking forward to contributing in his first playoff start.
"It shows [Guillen] has confidence in me," Anderson said. "It's exciting for me to be playing."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.