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Harden scatters seven hits, strikes out three

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Rich Harden earned his first major league
win and Billy McMillon hit a leadoff homer as the Oakland Athletics
beat the Anaheim Angels 8-1 Saturday.

McMillon, Miguel Tejada and Scott Hatteberg had three hits
apiece for Oakland. Eric Chavez added a two-run double.

Harden (1-0) allowed a run and seven hits, struck out three and
walked one in seven innings. He gave up one run and four hits over
seven innings at Kansas City in his big league debut last Monday.

The Canadian-born right-hander, who doesn't turn 22 until
November, is considered perhaps the top pitching prospect in
baseball.

The Angels, 11-1/2 games behind first-place Seattle in the AL West
and 9-1/2 out in the wild-card chase, grounded into five double plays
-- including one in each of the first four innings.

Jose Molina drove in Anaheim's lone run with a two-out bloop
single in the fifth. Harden retired his next seven batters before
the bullpen closed it out.

Aaron Sele (6-8) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven
hits over five innings. The right-hander, who won all three starts
in which manager Mike Scioscia kept him on a five-inning limit, has
dropped both starts since the restrictions were lifted.

McMillon, batting leadoff for the third day in a row, drove
Sele's third pitch of the game over the center-field fence.

It was the third homer this season for McMillon, whose
ninth-inning solo shot Friday night against Francisco Rodriguez
helped beat the Angels 3-2. Mark Ellis followed with a single and
scored on a double by Tejada.

The Athletics extended the margin to 4-0 in the third with an
RBI single by Hatteberg and a run-scoring double by Adam Piatt, who
struck out his other four times up.

Hatteberg, who was given a two-year contract extension Friday,
was 3-for-5. He entered the game batting .384 with runners in
scoring position -- the third-best mark in the AL behind Carlos
Delgado and Manny Ramirez.

Hatteberg led off the eighth with a double and scored on a
single by Adam Melhuse. Erubiel Durazo added an RBI single in the
ninth and Chavez ended the scoring with a two-run double.

Game notes
Oakland's defense entered with 80 double plays, the
second-fewest in the majors. ... Kennedy, upset about his
diminished role at 2B, met with Scioscia behind closed doors for
more than an hour before the game. Kennedy was 2-for-3 and made a
diving catch of Ellis' popup. ... Angels LHP Jarrod Washburn and
his wife, Kerrie, became parents for the second time with the birth
of Owen Gordon Washburn on Friday. The couple has another son,
Jack, who is 2{. "He was mad because we didn't get to take him
home last night," Washburn said. ... Tejada has hit safely in all
10 games since the All-Star break. Last year, he hit safely in his
first 24 games after the break.