Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 15th
(All times eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (31-32) at LA Angels of Anaheim (34-30), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Trevor Cahill (4-5, 3.36)
LA Angels - Dan Haren (4-6, 3.73)
(Sports Network) - Dan Haren faces Arizona for the first time since being
dealt by the club nearly two years ago tonight when the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim begin a three-game set against the Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium.
Haren had been 37-26 with a 3.56 ERA in two-plus seasons for Arizona and was a
two-time All-Star for it. But, with the Diamondbacks in last place in the NL
West in 2010, they shipped him and his large deal to Anaheim just before the
non-waiver trade deadline as part of a five-player deal.
The 31-year-old righty has bounced back after a 1-5 start to win three of his
last four outings. He beat Colorado on Saturday, but wasn't particularly
sharp, as he surrendered four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He is 4-6 on
the year with a 3.73 ERA.
"The ball doesn't do as much. My cutter was OK, but my splitter was awful and
I couldn't control it," said Haren. "I made the most of what I had. We scored
a bunch of runs, so I was able to attack them."
This will be his first start against his former team.
Like Haren, the Angels have turned things around after an atrocious start.
After taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mike Scioscia's club
is now four games over .500 at 34-30 and just three games back of the Texas
Rangers in the AL West.
Albert Pujols comes into tonight's tilt riding an eight-game hitting streak.
He's hitting .441 with a homer, seven doubles and seven RBI during the
stretch and has raised his average to .264.
Arizona, meanwhile, didn't help the Angels any this past week, as it dropped
two of three to the Rangers. The Diamondbacks, though, were able to avoid a
sweep in that set, as they rolled in the finale, 11-3.
The Diamondbacks, who had won five in a row before that series, will rely on
righty Trevor Cahill tonight. Cahill was magnificent in beating his former
team, the Oakland A's, on Saturday, as he held them to two runs in 7 1/3
frames to improve to 4-5 to go along with a 3.36 ERA.
"I was probably more nervous than any other start this year," he said. "Going
against the team I played for, for six years. It definitely was a little more
Cahill is no stranger to the Angels, having faced them nine times and posting
a 4-3 mark with a 2.34 ERA.
The Angels swept Arizona the last time these teams met back in 2009, but this
is the Diamondbacks' first trip to Angel Stadium since 2001.
06/15 10:41:03 ET