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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jon Garland throws to first base against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jon Garland throws to first base in the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York City on August 2, 2009. UPI/John Angelillo
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Jon Steven Garland (born September 27, 1979, in Valencia, California) is a right-handed starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

At John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, California, Garland won All-State Player of the Year twice, and won 1st team High School All-American honors once.

Garland was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 10th pick of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft and pitched in 10 games for the Arizona League Cubs with a 3-2 record and a 2.70 ERA to finish the season. He began 1998 with the Single-A Rockford Cubbies, but was traded to the Chicago White Sox just before the trade deadline for relief pitcher Matt Karchner who had previous success in the majors, but was having a down season with the White Sox (5.15 ERA). Unfortunately for the Cubs, Karchner did not fare any better with them that season (5.14 ERA) and was released in 2000 while Garland dominated the minor leagues on his way to securing a spot in the White Sox's rotation for seven seasons.

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