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Dan Haren, the good starter, pitches Dodgers to 2-1 win over Arizona
Dan Haren, the good starter, pitches Dodgers to 2-1 win over Arizona

Dan Haren can be a confounding starting pitcher, which, I suppose, makes him the perfect pitcher for these Dodgers. Haren is undergoing a slightly bizarre season, going on a series of conflicting streaks. He started the year 4-0 with a 2.39 earned-run average in his first six games, then went 4-9 with a 5.76 ERA in his next 16, and now, finally, is 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA in his last six. He continued with the “good” Haren on Friday night, pitching the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 43,074. The victory maintained the Dodgers’ two-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West, with 21 games left in...

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