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Angels' Dan Haren talks about Tim Salmon, and more

Dan Haren, speaking after his Angels debut on Monday:

On why he did not push to wear his No. 15, unofficially retired by the Angels for Tim Salmon: "I have a lot of respect for him. ... I know what he means to this organization. Rather than take his number, I'd rather create my own identity here." (Haren chose No. 24.)

On his first day with the Angels: "Today was the most relaxing day I've had in a while. Going through the rumors was kind of exhausting."

On flying from Arizona to Anaheim on Sunday night: "I already had my bags packed to go to Philadelphia [with the Diamondbacks]. It was pretty easy. I threw a few extra things in my bag just in case something happened. I'm sure, in the next couple days, I'll settle in."

On joining the Angels (52-50) from the last-place Diamondbacks (37-62): “Playing for a team that many games under .500 can drag you down a little bit,” Haren said. “It was tough coming to the field every day. It seems like they don’t accept losing here, which is a good thing.”

-- Bill Shaikin

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