ANAHEIM, Calif. Dan Haren had one close call Sunday night. It was a line drive off the bat of Michael Young a laser shot in the fourth inning that came so close to Haren's head he could hear it.
"I don't know how it missed me," he said later. "I saw it come off the bat. I don't know how close it was, but I could hear it go by me."
Haren ducked just enough to avoid getting dinged. It was a crisis averted in a day of rousing success.
In his first start off the disabled list, Haren gave the Angels what they sorely needed a solid performance from a starter other than Jered Weaver or CJ Wilson. Their troubled rotation isn't in the clear yet, but it looks better now than it did Saturday after Ervin Santana was rocked in less than two innings by the Texas Rangers.
Haren pitched six innings and gave up three hits and two runs in the Angels' 7-4 victory over the Rangers, winning for the first time since June 28. Even better, the Angels took two ...