Haren earned his first win on Monday by limiting Texas to two runs—one earned—and three hits over six innings in an 8-5 victory. Haren has lasted at least six innings in each of his first three outings.
“He had great stuff,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said. “To limit the Rangers to three hits—they have a tremendous offensive club.”
However, the 24-year-old right-hander has struggled at times with his control, issuing 11 walks in 19 innings. Haren will be facing the Angels for the first time.
The Athletics rallied against Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez in Friday’s 4-3 victory. Scott Hatteberg’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth gave the A’s the lead and marked the first two runs allowed by Rodriguez this season.
Hatteberg’s hit also snapped the Angels’ streak of 21 straight scoreless innings by their bullpen.
A’s outfielders Eric Byrnes and Charles Thomas will be looking to break out of extended hitting slumps on Saturday. Byrnes is 5-for-33 over the last 10 games, while Thomas is hitless in 21 at-bats this season.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Josh Paul will get the start at catcher Saturday in order to rest Jose Molina and continue the chemistry he developed with starter Paul Byrd, who threw eight solid innings of one-run ball in a win over Seattle on Monday.
“I think we have a pretty good relationship already and the season is pretty young,” Paul said in reference to Byrd. “We complement each other well.”
Paul is 1-for-8 at the plate in limited action.