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Haren hasn't strayed far from West Coast

Dan Haren, RHP, Dodgers
Hometown: Monterey Park, Calif. 

Haren is Californian through and through.

He was born in Monterey Park, went to high school at Bishop Amat in La Puente, Calif., played baseball at Pepperdine University, and since he's been in the Major Leagues, he's had tours with the A's, Angels and now the Dodgers.

Haren played three seasons at Pepperdine, winning 28 games over that span, and as a junior, he earned West Coast Conference Player of the Year, as well as All-American honors. Haren even served as a designated hitter, and he was teammates with former Giants left-hander Noah Lowry.

Both Lowry and Haren were drafted in 2001, Lowry in the first round by the Giants and Haren in the second round by the Cardinals.

Haren pitched two seasons with St. Louis before he was acquired by Oakland in the Mark Mulder trade.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for
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