Harden has mixed outing as Rangers, A's tie

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Rich Harden breezed through the first two innings but never finished the third in his second outing with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

Harden gave up four runs on two hits in 2 2-3 innings. He struck out four, walked three and threw a wild pitch in the Rangers' 8-8 tie with an Oakland Athletics split squad.

After walking Ryan Sweeney, and a visit to the mound, Harden gave up Kevin Kouzmanoff's three-run home run that cleared the billboards in left field.

Max Stassi, the A's 18-year-old catcher, also homered for Oakland.

David Murphy hit a three-run double, Julio Borbon had two hits and drove in two runs and Ian Kinsler added two hits for the Rangers.

A's starter Trevor Cahill lasted two innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

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