LOS ANGELES -- When you are expected to be the last guy in the rotation, or even a long reliever in the bullpen if enough arms become healthy, it's easy to be the forgotten man.
Dan Haren is in that spot with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team that could have one of the best starting rotations in baseball when all the pieces are in place. You see the names and the dollar signs that accompany his rotation mates, and it's games like Tuesday's at Dodger Stadium that Haren has to help this team win to stand out from that crowd.
Against an American League World Series contender and its ace sharing the mound, Haren dazzled about as much as his 33-year old arm still allows, helping the Dodgers snatch a 3-2 10-inning win over the Detroit Tigers and Max Scherzer.
Coming off the past two seasons in which he went 22-27 with a 4.50 ERA, Haren is far from done, but one might not expect him to go six innings and give up a single run against what should eventually be one of the better lineups in the AL. That's what Haren did, holding Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez -- Detroit's 3-4-5 batters -- hitless over seven at-bats.
It was Haren's second start, giving him a total of 12 innings, 10 strikeouts, one run allowed and one walk.
How it happened: Dee Gordon started the scoring with an improbable leadoff home run against Scherzer, and then the Dodgers manufactured a run in the seventh off the same pitcher before it took a misplay by Detroit left fielder Rajai Davis on a Carl Crawford slicing hit. The ball got by Davis and allowed Chone Figgins to score from first to win the game.
Hits: Haren might not own Cabrera, but he has leased him for at least parts of their careers. Cabrera, the reigning two-time American League MVP, was baffled by Haren on Tuesday. He was off balance in all three at-bats against the right-hander with three meek ground balls and is now 4-for-22 (.182) against Haren in his career.
Misses: Andre Ethier came into the game hitting .400 (6-for-15) against Scherzer, but Scherzer struck him out twice and got him to ground out with two outs and a runner in scoring position in the sixth inning and the score tied.
Stat of the game: 1. That's the number of base runners for the Tigers from among their 3-4-5 hitters, although that single hit was by Martinez to tie the score in the ninth against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
Up next: The Dodgers finish their two-game series with the Tigers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Right-hander Josh Beckett will make his season debut after undergoing surgery to remove a rib last year. Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez opposes him.