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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Harang knows that the numbers add up to a logjam. There are eight pitchers competing for five spots in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation.
Harang's bid continued Saturday in a rocky three innings in the Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. In his second appearance this spring, he gave up two runs on six hits.
"Typical Aaron," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He got rocked around a little bit there, but then he came up with zeros. He bends, but doesn't break."
His fastball, Harang said, sailed on him against the Mariners.
"Some of them were too elevated," said Harang, who in five innings of spring work has allowed six runs on 11 hits. "But that's what spring is for. I'll play some catch tomorrow. I'll do my bullpen the next day. It's all about trying to get that feel again."
With the offseason additions of Zack Greinke and South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, Harang has been mentioned as pitcher whom the Dodgers might be willing to trade. He was 10-10 in 2012 with 3.61 ERA and is one of eight Dodgers pitchers with guaranteed contracts in 2013.
"I know how it works," Harang said. "It's not a surprise. But you pitch like you always do. Scouts and people are always watching. They're always there. But I've got to go out and not worry about that. Look, I've been in the major leagues for 12 years. They know who I am."
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