He was a 33-year-old right-hander coming off what appeared a mediocre season (10-14, 4.67 earned-run average). He was signed for one season and $10 million, not some multi-year, $100-million-plus deal.
But Haren could prove a key acquisition to the Dodgers, who have him penciled in as their No. 4 starter. Haren looked ready to fill the role Thursday, appearing sharp in throwing four scoreless innings against the
Haren was scheduled to go only three innings Thursday in his second exhibition start, but things went so smoothly against his former Angels teammates, he went one extra. He gave up three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three.
That looked like the pitcher who seemed to get it together in the second half last season for the
With the Dodgers crossing fingers that
Haren has won at least 10 games nine times during his career, with a 3.74 ERA.
The Angels outhit the Dodgers, 11-5, but could scrape only one run against the Dodgers' first three pitchers until scoring three times in the bottom of the ninth.
The Dodgers were also involved in their first experience of replay. In the first inning,
It was a close play and Angels Manager