The mentions are inevitable and likely tiring, but that is what happens when your brother is a Major League pitcher.

For York pitcher Daryl Harang, it is a fact of life because his older brother, Aaron Harang, is in Cincinnati's starting rotation, coming off a 2007 season with 34 starts, a 16-6 record and a 3.73 ERA.

"Looking at the situation, I really enjoy it. I do get tired of people sometimes asking who is better between the two," Daryl said after throwing for the Revs during Wednesday afternoon's workout.

"We are both completely different. I don't look at it as competition between us. (Aaron) has made it. He has established himself and I am trying to follow in his footsteps."

Having a brother like Aaron helped, but Daryl is ready to make a name of his own after being drafted in the 23rd round of the 2004 draft by Toronto, the team that released him this spring.

Daryl spent the 2008 season at New Hampshire, the Blue Jays' Class AA team.

Being a 6-foot-2, 26-year-old lefty pitching in a league where southpaws quickly head back to affiliated baseball, Daryl might be in just the right place.

In fact, of the 60 players signed to affiliated baseball contracts out of the Atlantic League the previous two seasons, nine were left-handed pitchers.

York manager Chris Hoiles is hoping to have Daryl in the starting rotation, something he has done only once since his college days at San Diego State University.


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"This is a whole new experience for me," Harang said. "I am taking in a whole new team and a new role and hope to have continued success. I think I can learn a lot from playing on a new team with more experienced players.

"You are always skeptical coming to play independent ball being used to affiliated ball," he said. "You don't know what to expect from it ... It is like starting all over. That is what I am going to take it as, a fresh start with a new club."

Keeping in shape after his spring training release wasn't a problem. He stayed in Florida and worked out with his brother before going home to San Diego, where he met up with friends who coached high school teams and threw against them.

"I threw a few times with my brother, just to keep my arm in shape just in case a club did call," he said.

Daryl got the call from Revs director of baseball operations Adam Gladstone, although he joked he hasn't seen the sun since arriving in York on Monday evening.

In fact, because of the rain, he said Wednesday was the first time he has thrown indoors.

"I didn't have to do that in San Diego ever," he said. "The sound is a lot different. It sounds like you are throwing harder, which gets your confidence up."
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