No Padre was more excited about Opening Day than right-hander Aaron Harang.
After three down seasons in Cincinnati, the 32-year-old native San Diegan signed as a free agent with the Padres with the hopes that the combination of being home and working at pitcher-friendly Petco Park would reverse his fortunes.
For their part, the Padres named Harang to pitch the home opener.
Not only did Harang win the home opener, but he shut down the Dodgers on Sunday to halt a three-game Padres losing streak.
In his first two outings as a Padre, the 6-foot-7 Harang allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits over 12 innings. He is now 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and has retired 34 of the 47 hitters he faced.
On Sunday, Harang gave up only three hits in six-plus innings, although his own fielding error in the seventh led to an unearned run and his exit.
Harang retired 17 of the 23 Dodgers he faced, including 10 straight.
"I don't think it's a surprise to anyone who knows me that I'm happy to be pitching back in San Diego," said Harang, who attended San Diego State after attending a high school less than a 10-minute drive from the university.
Harang signed a one-year contract with the Padres at $3.5 million with a mutual option for 2012 at $5 million.
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