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Angels could pull back the reins on Haren and other pitchers

September 29, 2010 |  5:17 pm

Dan Haren is in line to pitch for the Angels in Sunday’s season finale at Texas, but there is a good chance the veteran right-hander will not make the start.

Haren, who allowed two runs in six innings of Tuesday night’s win over the Oakland A’s, has already matched his career highs for innings pitched (229) and games started (34), and he has faced a career-high 970 batters this season.

“We want to win as many games as we can,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, “but we have to use a little bit of common sense as to where a pitcher is and what kind of risk he’s at of setting himself back.”

Scioscia said he might also limit the innings of Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana in their final starts.

Haren, who is a combined 11-12 with a 3.93 earned-run average with the Diamondbacks and Angels, will defer to Scioscia on the matter.

“I’m not shooting for any kind of numbers,” Haren said. “I’d rather he make the decision.”

--Mike DiGiovanna