"It's fun to watch him go out there and keep getting better," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.
As for the Cy Young Award, Carmona said, "I'm not thinking about that."
While the Indians are in the midst of a pennant race, the Devil Rays aren't in the running to play in October. Still, Rays ace Kazmir is finishing the season strong.
In two road starts last week, Kazmir went 2-0, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 21 strikeouts. He ranks third in the Major Leagues with 220 strikeouts, five behind leader Jake Peavy of San Diego.
Kazmir, who also garnered Player of the Week honors last season, pitched seven shutout innings with 10 strikeouts on Sept. 10 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. In his latest start, on Sept. 15 at Seattle, he threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits while notching 11 strikeouts. It marked Kazmir's 35th win with Tampa Bay, a club record.
Kazmir, though, has one goal heading towards the final two weeks of the season.
"The 200-inning mark is something I really want to shoot for," said Kazmir, who has 195 2/3 innings for the season.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will supply Carmona and Kazmir each with an engraved timepiece recognizing their achievement.
Other candidates were sluggers Vladimir Guerrero (.346 average, three home runs, 10 RBIs) of the Angels, Aubrey Huff (.591 average, two doubles, a triple and three RBIs) of the Orioles and David Ortiz (.450 average, two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs) of the Red Sox, along with Athletics teammates Joe Blanton (2-0, 3.21 ERA, seven strikeouts) and Huston Street (four saves and four strikeouts in four games).