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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Even though it was just spring training, Matt Harrison wanted to rebound from a rough opener.

Consider it mission accomplished.

The Texas left-hander, an 18-game winner last season, allowed three hits in three scoreless innings and the Rangers went on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 on Saturday.

"Anytime you have a bad game you want to bounce back as quickly as possible and I was able to do it in my next start," Harrison said, "so that was a positive note and something I can build on going into my next start."

In his first spring start last Sunday against Kansas City, Harrison threw 40 pitches in one inning, allowing four runs on six hits against Kansas City.

"Come out and start off your first game like that is a little concerning but I know I can be better than that," he said. "You know, there were a couple things I needed to fix and got it back on track. I was able to stay close a lot better today and stay on top of the ball. The other day I was getting around and wasn't consistent with my mechanics."

Manager Ron Washington said it was just a normal spring training progression for a pitcher.

"Today he had his sinker working," Washington said. "The first outing he didn't really have his sinker. He had a good changeup today also, and those are the bread and butter pitches. We know he can spot the fastball but he didn't have his sinker and he didn't have his changeup. Today he had both of them."

Lefty Wade Miley made his first spring start for Arizona, giving up three runs on three hits in two innings, including a solo home run by Craig Gentry. Brandon Allen and Elvis Andrus also homered for Texas. In addition to his homer, Gentry stole two bases and scored three times.

Miley, second in rookie of the year balloting after going 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA for Arizona last season, was not overly concerned with his so-so first start.

Getting back out there and facing hitters again, I was happy with that," he said. "I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand good. I wasn't locating the fastball. The breaking stuff was OK. It was something to build off, definitely."

Nelson Cruz was the only Texas player with more than one hit, going 2 for 4. He had an RBI single off Miley in the first. Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Davidson each went 2 for 2 for Arizona.

Randall Delgado, a candidate for Arizona's fifth starting spot, gave up a run on three hits in two innings, with one walk. Delgado, who came to the Diamondbacks as part of the trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta, had been rocked for five runs on six hits in one inning in his first start spring against Kansas City on Monday. He is battling with left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin for the last spot in the rotation.

NOTES: Washington has yet to name an opening-day starter. ... A sellout crowd of 12,654 watched the game in glorious sunshine at Salt River Fields, the Diamondbacks' spring home in north Scottsdale. ... Arizona 2B Aaron Hill was a late scratch with tightness in his left quad.

 
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Texas

C. Gentry
AB 1
R 3
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

M. Davidson
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R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lance Berkman, DH3100111 .200
   a- Brandon Allen, PH-DH1111000 .250
Elvis Andrus, SS4111002 .286
    Leury Garcia, SS1010000 .294
Mitch Moreland, 1B3110010 .313
    Brandon Snyder, 1B1000100 .111
Nelson Cruz, RF4021010 .278
    Jim Adduci, RF1000001 .385
A.J. Pierzynski, C2011000 .300
    Juan Apodaca, C2000001 .000
Jeff Baker, 3B3000004 .353
    Mike Olt, 3B1000010 .188
Craig Gentry, CF1311200 .455
    Ryan Strausborger, CF1000000 .000
Jurickson Profar, 2B3000002 .188
    Guilder Rodriguez, 2B0000100 .000
Julio Borbon, LF2012000 .250
    Joey Butler, LF1000011 .100
Totals3479755  
a-homered for Berkman in the 9th
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (1, Delgado), Julio Borbon (3, Delgado)
HR - Brandon Allen (1, Schultz), Elvis Andrus (1, Anderson), Craig Gentry (1, Miley)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski (1), Julio Borbon (1)
RBI - Brandon Allen (2), Elvis Andrus (1), Nelson Cruz (6), A.J. Pierzynski (1), Craig Gentry (3), Julio Borbon 2 (4)
SB - Craig Gentry 2 (3, 2nd base off Delgado/Montero, 2nd base off Anderson/Easley)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harrison (W,1-0) 3300000 9.00
Jason Frasor (H,1) 1200000 0.00
Nate Robertson (H,2) 1000000 0.00
Joe Ortiz (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Nick Tepesch (S,1) 3311020 1.80
HBP - Ka'aihue (by Joe Ortiz)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 11-11, Jason Frasor 5-5, Nate Robertson 3-3, Joe Ortiz 5-4, Nick Tepesch 16-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 5-3, Nate Robertson 3-0, Joe Ortiz 3-0, Nick Tepesch 3-4
Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 11, Jason Frasor 5, Nate Robertson 3, Joe Ortiz 5, Nick Tepesch 12
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, CF3000000 .278
    Nick Ahmed, 2B1000001 .167
Willie Bloomquist, SS3000001 .438
    Alfredo Marte, LF1000000 .214
Martin Prado, LF3010000 .316
    Chris Owings, SS1110000 .222
Miguel Montero, C2010001 .182
    Kila Ka'aihue, 1B1000001 .222
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B2020000 .455
    Matt Davidson, 3B2021000 .250
Eric Chavez, 3B2000003 .444
    Ed Easley, C2000003 .000
    Mark Reed, C0000000 .000
A.J. Pollock, DH4000012 .188
Josh Wilson, 2B2000000 .375
    Tony Campana, CF2010000 .250
Adam Eaton, RF3010010 .348
    Brad Snyder, RF1000000 .167
Totals3519102  
Batting
2B - Matt Davidson (1, Ortiz)
3B - Chris Owings (1, Tepesch)
RBI - Matt Davidson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Davidson (1)
SB - Tony Campana (1, 2nd base off Tepesch/Apodaca)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Ahmed-Owings-Ka'aihue
PB - Ed Easley (1)
E - Josh Wilson (2, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley (L,0-1) 2333101 13.50
Randall Delgado 2311100 15.00
Brad Ziegler 1000020 0.00
Robert Anderson 2121111 11.25
Matt Reynolds 1000120 0.00
Bo Schultz 1211101 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 17-10, Randall Delgado 14-9, Brad Ziegler 8-8, Robert Anderson 15-9, Matt Reynolds 11-7, Bo Schultz 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 2-4, Randall Delgado 4-2, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Robert Anderson 1-4, Bo Schultz 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 10, Randall Delgado 10, Brad Ziegler 4, Robert Anderson 8, Matt Reynolds 4, Bo Schultz 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12654
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Seth Buckminster, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Joel Hospodka