The A's projected ace was lights-out in his Cactus League debut, striking out five of the last six hitters he faced and tossing two scoreless innings in his team's 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Harden surrendered only a two-out double to Adrian Gonzalez in the third inning, and second baseman Marcus Giles was the only other Padre to make contact against him.
Harden said he'll mix in his curveball and slider as the exhibition season continues.
So, at this point in the spring, Harden is throwing only fastballs and changeups -- and he's dominating. Gotta love that.
(Hat tip to Baseball Musings)