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Harang remains focused despite trade rumors

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Aaron Harang said Saturday he can't worry about the scouts and trade rumors that accompany his every outing.

"I don't even think about that," Harang said after allowing two runs in three innings to Seattle. "We know they're in the stands. I look at them as fans as well. I'm not worried about that. Just throw your game and try to be successful every outing."

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Harang has emerged as the most likely pitcher the Dodgers will deal from the eight starting pitchers they have with guaranteed contracts.

"I know how it works," said Harang. "It's not a surprise. There's always people watching. It's different when you're a kid. This is my 12th season. Everyone knows what they get from me. They know what to expect. I just make sure I'm ready to pitch."

Neither Harang nor manager Don Mattingly was concerned about the six hits he allowed.

"It was typical Aaron," said Mattingly. "He kind of bends but doesn't [break]. He gets it out of the way and throws zeros. That's how he was all last year. He knows who he is and what he's doing. He keeps himself in the game."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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