The Oakland Athletics will get another crack at Dan Haren in the opener of a critical four-game series in Anaheim on Monday night after being somewhat baffled by the Angels' right-hander last Wednesday in Oakland.
Haren’s fastball rarely tops 88 mph these days, and his breaking pitches haven’t seemed particularly nasty of late, but Haren has given the Angels three straight superb starts, including a six-inning, one-run, three-hit effort in a 7-1 win over the A’s last Wednesday.
Haren went to 2-and-0 counts on the first four batters of the game but was not hurt by his early control problems, escaping the first inning by getting Josh Reddick to line into a double play.
He walked two and gave up a run in the third, and Oakland had the bases loaded with one out, but Haren struck out Reddick and got Yoenis Cespedes to ground into an inning-ending fielder’s choice. On three of his seven strikeouts, he caught the A’s looking.