The Diamondbacks are facing the Angels in Southern California for the first time in more than a decade. A familiar face will be waiting for them on the mound.
Angels starter Dan Haren is set to face the Diamondbacks for the first time since being traded nearly two years ago in Friday night's series opener.
Arizona helped Los Angeles (34-30) a bit Thursday with an 11-3 win over AL West-leading Texas, trimming the Angels' deficit in the division -- once as large as eight games -- to three. Los Angeles has closed the gap with a 16-5 stretch, winning three of Haren's four starts in that span.
The Angels won just once in his first nine outings of 2012.
Haren (4-6, 3.73 ERA) was a little shaky Saturday in Colorado, yielding four runs and 10 hits in 5 13 innings, but still got credit for the Angels' 11-5 victory. The right-hander was much sharper in his previous three outings, posting a 1.29 ERA with 23 strikeouts and two walks over 21 innings.
The Diamondbacks (31-32) should certainl...