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Nationals | Dan Haren has solid outing

Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren gave up just one run and four hits (one home run) while striking out four and walking one in eight innings to beat the Atlanta Braves Thursday, May 2. He has given up three earned runs and 10 hits over 14 innings in his past two starts while striking out nine and walking only two, and he's allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last five starts. Haren entered his outing with a 7.31 career ERA at Turner Field. "I went with Wilson a lot. I like to throw first-pitch fastballs just to show them and throw it for a strike," Haren said. "He called a lot of first-pitch cutters. I think he was sensing that they were going to swing, so he was setting up out there. They're such an aggressive team, I was making 0-2 pitches earlier in the count."

Fantasy Tip: After a brutal start to the year, Haren has settled down in a bit. Much like Roy Halladay, Haren is working with a new set of limitations to his arsenal, most notably a diminished velocity. The key for Haren against the Braves was not overthrowing. He won't give you many K's these days, and his location will be the key to whether he gets hit hard on an outing-to-outing basis.

2013-05-03 11:20:22 | Source: - Jon Cooper

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