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Harrison puts final touches on strong spring

Harrison puts final touches on strong spring

Harrison puts final touches on strong spring
ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Matt Harrison finished up a strong spring by holding Mexico City to two runs, one earned, in the first four innings of a 13-4 victory on Tuesday night at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz left the game after getting hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. X-rays taken of the slugger's left elbow were negative and he is day to day. He probably won't play in final exhibition game on Wednesday in Frisco but should be ready for Opening Day.

Harrison, who had a 1.69 ERA in four starts in Arizona, gave up three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. He threw 69 pitches. He gave up two singles and a sacrifice fly in the first and Engel Beltre, who replaced Cruz in right, dropped a routine fly ball that led to an unearned run in the fourth.

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"I was glad to finish on a good note before the season starts," Harrison said. "I had a little trouble in the first inning finding my command. After that, I was able to settle in and get some quick outs. I'm very happy with the way it's going."

Michael Young, who hit .423 in Arizona and was 1-for-2 on Monday, went 2-for-2 on Tuesday against Mexico City. Josh Hamilton also had two hits.

Rangers closer Joe Nathan went multiple innings for the first time this spring. He struck out the side in the fifth and then allowed an unearned run in the sixth on third baseman Christian Villaneuva's throwing error. He left with two outs in the sixth. Robbie Ross took over and, after allowing an infield single, retired the next four batters he faced.

The Rangers, with victories over Round Rock and Mexico City, have won their last five games and eight of their last nine going back to the Cactus League.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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