GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Aaron Harang looked ready for the season to open while limiting the White Sox to one run in six innings on Thursday.
"I felt really good today," said the Dodgers' No. 4 starter, who trimmed his spring ERA to 3.15. "I had a little trouble locating in the fifth inning and my pitch count got up [to 104]. Other than that, I felt good controlling the strike zone and keeping hitters off balance."
Harang said he will probably cut back to 85 pitches in his final spring start in five days, but added that his goal during the season is to pitch complete games. To that end, he revealed one of his superstitions.
"I put nine pieces of gum in my pocket before each game, I chew one per inning, and I'm not happy when there are any pieces left in the pocket," said Harang.
Catcher A.J. Ellis has been impressed.
"The guy's a competitor," said Ellis, who had an RBI single and is batting .297. "He's crafty, but he knows when to dial it up and get big outs. He always has a little more stuff in the tank for a big moment when he needs a strikeout. Early in the count he's inducing contact, but with two strikes, he knows how to put guys away.
"It's fun to catch him and [fellow free-agent signing Chris Capuano]. They're really professional and they'll eat a lot of innings and keep us in games."