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'''James Richard Harden''' (born [[November 30]], [[1981]] in [[Victoria, British Columbia|Victoria]], [[British Columbia]]) is a [[Canada|Canadian]] [[Major League Baseball]] [[starting pitcher]] in the [[Minnesota Twins]] organization.
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'''James Richard Harden''' (born [[November 30]], [[1981]] in [[Victoria, British Columbia|Victoria]], [[British Columbia]]) is a [[Canada|Canadian]] [[Major League Baseball]] [[starting pitcher]] for the [[Chicago Cubs]].
   
 
==Early years==
 
==Early years==
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In {{mlby|2005}}, Harden began the season with the Athletics, but was sidelined with an oblique injury, and missed more than a month. Harden came back and pitched a two-hit game against the [[Texas Rangers (baseball)|Texas Rangers]] on [[July 14]], in which he allowed no runs for 7+ innings. One month later on [[August 14]], Harden allowed only one hit, but received a no decision, en route to a 2-1 loss against the [[Minnesota Twins]]. On [[August 19]], Harden had a 10-5 record with an ERA of 2.63 ERA, until he injured his right shoulder, sidelining him until September 25, by which time the Athletics were already out of the playoff hunt. Harden appeared in three games late in the season, pitching 5 innings of shutout ball, striking out seven and walking one. He finished the year with a 10-5 win-loss record, an ERA of 2.57 and 121 strikeouts in 128 innings. He allowed only seven HR's all season long, and despite the injuries, he emerged as the [[Ace (baseball)|ace]] of the Oakland Athletics pitching staff.
 
In {{mlby|2005}}, Harden began the season with the Athletics, but was sidelined with an oblique injury, and missed more than a month. Harden came back and pitched a two-hit game against the [[Texas Rangers (baseball)|Texas Rangers]] on [[July 14]], in which he allowed no runs for 7+ innings. One month later on [[August 14]], Harden allowed only one hit, but received a no decision, en route to a 2-1 loss against the [[Minnesota Twins]]. On [[August 19]], Harden had a 10-5 record with an ERA of 2.63 ERA, until he injured his right shoulder, sidelining him until September 25, by which time the Athletics were already out of the playoff hunt. Harden appeared in three games late in the season, pitching 5 innings of shutout ball, striking out seven and walking one. He finished the year with a 10-5 win-loss record, an ERA of 2.57 and 121 strikeouts in 128 innings. He allowed only seven HR's all season long, and despite the injuries, he emerged as the [[Ace (baseball)|ace]] of the Oakland Athletics pitching staff.
   
In {{mlby|2006}}, Harden had two lengthy stints on the [[Disabled list|DL]], spending most of the season there. He came back from the DL on [[September 21]], 2006, for a short but outstanding start, going 3 innings allowing 1 run and recording 7 strikeouts.
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In {{mlby|2006}}, Harden had two lengthy stints on the [[Disabled list|DL]], spending most of the season there. He came back from the DL on [[September 21]], 2006, for a short but outstanding start, going 3 innings allowing 1 run and recording 7 strikeouts.
   
He started off the {{mlby|2007}} season with a win against the Seattle Mariners, going 7 innings, striking out 7, and allowing two walks and two hits, before returning to the DL, on [[April 23]].
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He started off the {{mlby|2007}} season with a win against the Seattle Mariners, going 7 innings, striking out 7, and allowing two walks and two hits, before returning to the DL, on [[April 23]].
   
After another injury-plagued season, Harden started off the {{mlby|2008}} season with a strong start against the Boston Red Sox, pitching six strong innings and giving up a run and three hits while walking three and striking out nine batters. However, after his second start, he was again placed on the disabled list. Harden was activated on [[May 11]] and struggled in his return allowing 8 hits and 5 runs in 3.2 innings and earning a no decision. In Harden's next start against his former teamate [[Tim Hudson]] and the [[Atlanta Braves]], he pitched 7 innings only allowing 4 hits and 1 run while earning the win. In this start against the Braves on [[May 17]], Harden also achieved his first major league hit.
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After another injury-plagued season, Harden started off the {{mlby|2008}} season with a strong start against the Boston Red Sox, pitching six strong innings and giving up a run and three hits while walking three and striking out nine batters. However, after his second start, he was again placed on the disabled list. Harden was activated on [[May 11]] and struggled in his return allowing 8 hits and 5 runs in 3.2 innings and earning a no decision. In Harden's next start against his former teamate [[Tim Hudson]] and the [[Atlanta Braves]], he pitched 7 innings only allowing 4 hits and 1 run while earning the win. In this start against the Braves on [[May 17]], Harden also achieved his first major league hit.
   
 
On [[June 8]], 2008, he became the 38th pitcher to strike out three batters on nine pitches. This was done in the first inning, against the [[Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim]].
 
On [[June 8]], 2008, he became the 38th pitcher to strike out three batters on nine pitches. This was done in the first inning, against the [[Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim]].
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Harden was traded to the Chicago Cubs on [[July 8]], 2008, in a six-player deal.<ref>{{cite news | title=Cubs acquire right-handed pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from Oakland | date=[[2008-07-08]] | publisher=cubs.mlb.com | url =http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20080708&content_id=3091876&vkey=pr_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc | work =Associated Press | accessdate = 2008-07-26}}</ref> He made his Cubs debut on [[July 12]], against the [[San Francisco Giants]], leaving the game with a 7-0 lead after pitching 5 1/3 scoreless inning and striking out 10. Though the Cubs won 8-7, Harden earned a no decision after [[Carlos Marmol]] was unable to hold a five run lead in the ninth.<ref>{{cite news | title= Harden strikes out 10 in debut, Cubs win in 11 | date=[[2008-07-12]] | publisher=[[Yahoo! Sports]] | url =http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=280712116 | work =Associated Press | accessdate = 2008-07-26}}</ref> Harden registered ten strikeouts and allowed only one run in both of his following starts, but was not able to earn a win.<ref>{{cite news | first=Bob | last=Baum | coauthors= | title= Arizona’s Johnson beats Cubs again, 2-0 | date=[[2008-07-22]] | publisher=[[Yahoo! Sports]] | url =http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=280721129 | accessdate = 2008-07-26}}</ref><ref>{{cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Florida 3, Chi Cubs 2, 12 innings | date=[[2008-07-26]] | publisher=[[Yahoo! Sports]] | url =http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore;_ylt=AhyhdusdkZ_B0l9S0MiYWM4RvLYF?gid=280726116 | accessdate = 2008-07-26}}</ref> He finally recorded his first win as a Cub on [[July 31]], 2008, against the [[Milwaukee Brewers]].<ref>{{cite news | first=Colin | last=Fly | title= Edmonds hits slam, Cubs finish sweep of Brewers | date=[[2008-07-31]] | publisher=[[Yahoo! Sports]] | url =http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=280731108 | work =Associated Press | accessdate = 2008-07-31}}</ref> On [[October 8]], 2008, the Cubs picked up the $7&nbsp;million option in Harden's contract for the {{mlby|2009}} season.<ref>{{cite news |first= Steve|last= Ginsburg|coauthors= Pritha Sarkar|title= Cubs pick up the option on right-hander Hardin|url= http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE497BS220081008|publisher= [[Reuters]]|date= 2008-10-08|accessdate=2008-10-09}}</ref>
 
Harden was traded to the Chicago Cubs on [[July 8]], 2008, in a six-player deal.<ref>{{cite news | title=Cubs acquire right-handed pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from Oakland | date=[[2008-07-08]] | publisher=cubs.mlb.com | url =http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20080708&content_id=3091876&vkey=pr_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc | work =Associated Press | accessdate = 2008-07-26}}</ref> He made his Cubs debut on [[July 12]], against the [[San Francisco Giants]], leaving the game with a 7-0 lead after pitching 5 1/3 scoreless inning and striking out 10. Though the Cubs won 8-7, Harden earned a no decision after [[Carlos Marmol]] was unable to hold a five run lead in the ninth.<ref>{{cite news | title= Harden strikes out 10 in debut, Cubs win in 11 | date=[[2008-07-12]] | publisher=[[Yahoo! Sports]] | url =http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=280712116 | work =Associated Press | accessdate = 2008-07-26}}</ref> Harden registered ten strikeouts and allowed only one run in both of his following starts, but was not able to earn a win.<ref>{{cite news | first=Bob | last=Baum | coauthors= | title= Arizona’s Johnson beats Cubs again, 2-0 | date=[[2008-07-22]] | publisher=[[Yahoo! Sports]] | url =http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=280721129 | accessdate = 2008-07-26}}</ref><ref>{{cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Florida 3, Chi Cubs 2, 12 innings | date=[[2008-07-26]] | publisher=[[Yahoo! Sports]] | url =http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore;_ylt=AhyhdusdkZ_B0l9S0MiYWM4RvLYF?gid=280726116 | accessdate = 2008-07-26}}</ref> He finally recorded his first win as a Cub on [[July 31]], 2008, against the [[Milwaukee Brewers]].<ref>{{cite news | first=Colin | last=Fly | title= Edmonds hits slam, Cubs finish sweep of Brewers | date=[[2008-07-31]] | publisher=[[Yahoo! Sports]] | url =http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=280731108 | work =Associated Press | accessdate = 2008-07-31}}</ref> On [[October 8]], 2008, the Cubs picked up the $7&nbsp;million option in Harden's contract for the {{mlby|2009}} season.<ref>{{cite news |first= Steve|last= Ginsburg|coauthors= Pritha Sarkar|title= Cubs pick up the option on right-hander Hardin|url= http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE497BS220081008|publisher= [[Reuters]]|date= 2008-10-08|accessdate=2008-10-09}}</ref>
   
===Texas Rangers===
 
Harden signed a one year, $6.5 million contract with the [[Texas Rangers]] on December 10, 2009 with a mutual option for 2011. Harden finished the season with a 5-5 record. Harden was left off the playoff roster and then released during the 2010 ALDS vs. the [[Tampa Bay Rays]].
 
 
===2nd stint with Oakland===
 
Harden signed with his former team, the [[Oakland Athletics]], in 2011. The Athletics had an agreement in place on July 30, 2011 to trade Harden to the [[Boston Red Sox]] but the deal did not go through due to Boston's front office not believing Harden could finish the season without being injured. The Athletics declined salary arbitration at the end of the season, making him a free agent.
 
 
===Minnesota Twins===
 
After missing the 2012 season due to a shoulder strain, Harden signed a minor league contract with the [[Minnesota Twins]] on December 21, 2012.
 
 
==Pitching style==
 
==Pitching style==
 
Harden's most effective pitches are his [[fastball]] and his [[splitter]].<ref>{{Citation | last=Verducci | first=Tom | author-link=Tom Verducci | title= | newspaper=[[sports Illustrated]] | volume= | issue= | pages=195–202 | year=2006 | date=2006-04-26 | url=http://www.robneyer.com/book_04_extras2.html}}</ref><ref>{{cite video | people = [[Chris Singleton (baseball)|]] | title = [http://videos.espn.com/m/video/20399050/baseball_tonight_minute_july_12_2008.htm Baseball Tonight Minute July 12, 2008]
 
Harden's most effective pitches are his [[fastball]] and his [[splitter]].<ref>{{Citation | last=Verducci | first=Tom | author-link=Tom Verducci | title= | newspaper=[[sports Illustrated]] | volume= | issue= | pages=195–202 | year=2006 | date=2006-04-26 | url=http://www.robneyer.com/book_04_extras2.html}}</ref><ref>{{cite video | people = [[Chris Singleton (baseball)|]] | title = [http://videos.espn.com/m/video/20399050/baseball_tonight_minute_july_12_2008.htm Baseball Tonight Minute July 12, 2008]
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| [[2003 Major League Baseball season|2003]]|| 21|| [[Oakland Athletics|OAK]]|| [[American League|AL]]
 
| [[2003 Major League Baseball season|2003]]|| 21|| [[Oakland Athletics|OAK]]|| [[American League|AL]]
| 5|| 4|| 15|| 13|| 0|| 0|| 74⅔|| 72|| 38|| 37|| 5|| 40|| 67|| 1|| 6|| 324|| 0|| 4.46|| 1.500|| .259
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|| 5|| 4|| 15|| 13|| 0|| 0|| 74⅔|| 72|| 38|| 37|| 5|| 40|| 67|| 1|| 6|| 324|| 0|| 4.46|| 1.500|| .259
 
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| [[2004 Major League Baseball season|2004]]|| 22|| OAK|| AL|| 11|| 7|| 31|| 31|| 0|| 0|| 189⅔|| 171|| 90|| 84|| 16|| 81|| 167|| 3|| 4|| 803|| 1|| 3.99|| 1.329|| .242
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| [[2007 Major League Baseball season|2007]]|| 25|| OAK|| AL
 
| [[2007 Major League Baseball season|2007]]|| 25|| OAK|| AL
| 1|| 2|| 7|| 4|| 0|| 0|| 25⅔|| 18|| 7|| 7|| 3|| 11|| 27|| 0|| 0|| 100|| 0|| 2.45|| 1.130|| .202
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|| 1|| 2|| 7|| 4|| 0|| 0|| 25⅔|| 18|| 7|| 7|| 3|| 11|| 27|| 0|| 0|| 100|| 0|| 2.45|| 1.130|| .202
 
|- style="background-color:#D3D3D3"
 
|- style="background-color:#D3D3D3"
 
| [[2008 Major League Baseball season|2008]]|| 26|| OAK|| AL
 
| [[2008 Major League Baseball season|2008]]|| 26|| OAK|| AL
| 5|| 1|| 13|| 13|| 0|| 0|| 77|| 57|| 21|| 20|| 5|| 31|| 92|| 1|| 1|| 311|| 0|| 2.34|| 1.143|| .206
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|| 5|| 1|| 13|| 13|| 0|| 0|| 77|| 57|| 21|| 20|| 5|| 31|| 92|| 1|| 1|| 311|| 0|| 2.34|| 1.143|| .206
 
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|- style="background-color:#D3D3D3"
 
| || || [[Chicago Cubs|CHC]]|| [[National League|NL]]
 
| || || [[Chicago Cubs|CHC]]|| [[National League|NL]]
| 5|| 1|| 12|| 12|| 0|| 0|| 71|| 39|| 17|| 14|| 6|| 30|| 89|| 2|| 2|| 284|| 0|| 1.77|| 0.972|| .157
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|| 5|| 1|| 12|| 12|| 0|| 0|| 71|| 39|| 17|| 14|| 6|| 30|| 89|| 2|| 2|| 284|| 0|| 1.77|| 0.972|| .157
 
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| colspan=4 style="text-align: right"| Totals:
| 41|| 20|| 109||101|| 2|| 1|| 612⅔|| 481|| 237|| 220|| 47|| 262|| 612||10|| 19|| 2,527|| 1|| 3.23|| 1.213|| .216
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|| 41|| 20|| 109||101|| 2|| 1|| 612⅔|| 481|| 237|| 220|| 47|| 262|| 612||10|| 19|| 2,527|| 1|| 3.23|| 1.213|| .216
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| colspan=24 style="text-align: left"| {{small|Roll over stat abbreviations for definitions. }}<font color="#CE2029">{{small|''Italics''}}</font>{{small|: led league.}} <font color="#002FA7">{{small|'''''Bold italics'''''}}</font>{{small|: led [[Major League Baseball|MLB]].}}
 
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