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Alumnus Started Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Former Pepperdine All-American Dan Haren started the Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the American League on Tuesday, July 10. Haren, who went 10-3 with a 2.30 ERA in the first half, faced a hard-hitting National League lineup featuring Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Prince Fielder. San Diego's Jake Peavy, another young pitcher, started for the National League team.
Haren, a 6’ 5” right-hander on the Oakland A's, is 10-3 on the season and earned the All-Star start having recorded 10 straight wins before losing to Seattle on Friday, July 6. He took a league-leading 2.30 earned-run-average (ERA) into the break and is the team’s star pitcher. A second-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001, Haren was rated the Cardinals' top prospect by Baseball America at the start of his rookie season. In the minor leagues, he posted a 2-1 record and 4.93 ERA in eight starts for the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds. In 45.2 innings, Haren walked eight and struck out 35.
During his three-year career at Pepperdine, Haren registered a 29-11 record and 2.77 ERA. He ranks third on the school's all-time career lists in wins, innings pitched (354.2) and strikeouts (277). Haren capped an impressive collegiate career for the Waves by being named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and being voted the West Coast Conference's (WCC) "Player of the Year" after going 11-3 with a 2.22 ERA and batting .308 as the team's designated hitter during his junior year in 2001.