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Angels' Dan Haren hopes for turnaround in Detroit

Dan-haren_250 Dan Haren (pictured at right) closed the first half of the season with four wins in a row -- including consecutive starts in which he did not allow a run. But it's been rougher sledding since the All-Star break, with the right-hander going winless in three starts.

He'll try to turn things around Saturday at Comerica Park when he faces the Detroit Tigers, a team he shut out on two hits earlier this month. That game was in Anaheim, though, where Haren has a 1.83 ERA, about half what it is on the road. Haren's ERA in three starts since the All-Star Game is 5.89.

On the mound for Detroit will be 20-year-old right-hander Jacob Turner, who will be making his big-league debut. He was 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA at Double A Erie.

At 27-13, the Angels have the best record in baseball since June 13 and with a victory on Saturday, they would clinch at least a split of the four-game series in Detroit. The Angels have lost just one of their last 11 series.

The lineups:


3B -- Maicer Izturis

RF -- Torii Hunter

DH -- Bobby Abreu

LF -- Vernon Wells

2B -- Howie Kendrick

SS -- Erick Aybar

1B -- Mark Trumbo

CF -- Peter Bourjos

C -- Jeff Mathis

P -- Dan Haren

Detroit Tigers

CF -- Andy Dirks

LF -- Brennan Boesch

RF -- Magglio Ordonez

1B -- Miguel Cabrera

DH -- Victor Martinez

SS -- Jhonny Peralta

2B -- Carlos Guillen

C -- Alex Avila

3B -- Don Kelly

P -- Jacob Turner


Angels display split personality in 12-2 loss to Tigers

Mike Scioscia torn over how to handle rookie Mike Trout

Peter Bourjos improves batting but remains unsatisfied

-- Kevin Baxter, reporting from Detroit

Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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