Harden perfectly moving up the A's ladder

As Rich Harden continues to dominate in the minor leagues, a spot could soon be opening for him on the A's starting staff.

Originally Published: April 9, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

A few random notes while wondering if the Tigers will ever win another game, and if the Royals will ever lose one ...

Did you see the story about Rich Harden retiring 39 straight hitters to open this season?

In case you didn't, Harden is a right-handed pitcher in the A's system, and before this season was generally regarded as the organization's top prospect. He throws four pitches for strikes, and last year he went 12-6 and struck out 187 hitters in 153 innings.

Yet the A's ...

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