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Haren, Dodgers shoot for 4-game split with Phils
Dan Haren
Los Angeles pitcher Dan Haren will try to improve to 4-0 this season.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have a good chance at splitting a four-game set versus the Philadelphia Phillies with Dan Haren scheduled to pitch in Thursday's series finale from Chavez Ravine.

The Dodgers have won each of Haren's first four starts and he has a 3-0 record to go along with a 2.16 earned run average in that time. Haren has struck out 20 batters and walked only two and was able to remain in the win column with a subpar performance in Saturday's 8-6 win over Arizona.

Haren allowed five runs, two of which were earned, and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. He has fanned at least five batters in three of his four appearances. The right-hander has struggled in his career against the Phillies and is just 1-4 in eight starts with a 5.09 ERA.  continue>>

Quiet accomplishment for Pujols
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Have performance-enhancing drugs made us that jaded with regards to baseball milestones that hitting 500 home runs isn't a big deal anymore?

I mean, where was the buildup to Albert Pujols becoming the 26th player to join what was once a pretty exclusive fraternity? Now granted, he hit two on Tuesday to reach the magic number, but how many casual baseball fans even knew he was approaching 500?

But still, this wasn't some run-of-the mill player. This was a three-time National League MVP, who at one time was the face of baseball.  continue>>