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Haren has Walden's back after tough loss

Haren has Walden's back after tough loss

Haren has Walden's back after tough loss
CLEVELAND -- Dan Haren has been around too long -- and is too smart -- to get caught up in the emotion of one victory that got away.

In the aftermath of Cleveland's 3-2 comeback decision on Monday at the primary expense of Angels closer Jordan Walden, whose blown save was his seventh in 30 opportunities, Haren stood firmly behind the young Texan.

"It hurts -- it's tough," Haren said. "He's done a great job. He's dealing with a bump in the road. I dealt with it, Weav [Jered Weaver] dealt with one. Jordan's suffering, but he'll be fine. We need him.

"I'll let him know we need him. Having experience with tough games, it hurts that night. You want to go out there the next day. In an ideal situation, he'll get out there [Tuesday night] and get the job done."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has stood firmly behind Walden, who at this time last season was coming off an appearance in a Double-A All-Star game and is in only his second full season as a relief pitcher.

"Jordan, like a lot of our guys, doesn't have a track record in the Major Leagues," Scioscia said. "Hopefully, he grows into one of the best closers in baseball. He has that ability, and that's what we're hoping to see."

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