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Harang pitches with O's, Brewers scouts watching

With Dodgers' surplus of pitching, veteran righty emerges as likely trade piece

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With scouts from the Brewers and Orioles watching, Dodgers starter Aaron Harang threw three scoreless innings in a Minor League game Monday at Camelback Ranch.

As one of eight Dodgers starting pitchers with guaranteed contracts for 2013, Harang nonetheless is in a position of fighting for a job this year, despite a solid '12 season in which he went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA and 179 2/3 innings.

Harang has emerged as a likely trade piece if and when the Dodgers deal from their pitching surplus. He's proven durable with a relatively modest contract ($5 million this year, a mutual option for 2014 at $8 million or a $2 million buyout) that should be appealing to a club in need of veteran starting pitching.

Harang threw 44 pitches in Monday's game and another 16 in the bullpen with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and manager Don Mattingly watching.

The rest of the club had a day off Monday, but Harang threw to keep all starters on a five-day cycle.

"I felt good," said Harang. "I pitched the third inning out of the stretch, because in the second inning with a runner on second, I kind of rushed a little."

Harang said he also worked on a curveball that had been the focus of a bullpen session last week with Sandy Koufax.

"I talked to Sandy before he left about it, and I threw some good pitches against the Cubs last week and I focused on that today -- getting out in front, find the right feel and trust the grip," he said.

Harang said he didn't mind getting in his work on the Minor League side.

"Over here, it's almost harder," he said. "They're looking to ambush you a little [by swinging early in the count]. So you've got to do your work and not focus on the outcome."

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