SURPRISE, Ariz. — Opening Day can’t come soon enough for Matt Harrison, and it has nothing to do with his performance Tuesday at Surprise Stadium.“Allergies,” he said. “It’s awful.”Harrison allowed four runs on seven hits in his final spring tune-up, and the Texas Rangers were limited to only one hit over the first seven innings in an 11-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.Harrison wasn’t displeased with his 81-pitch outing, which lasted only until the fourth inning as the Rangers cut him short to make sure he isn’t too taxed for the season opener Sunday at Houston.He said he had difficulty finding his release point, but otherwise feels like he is ready for the Astros.“I definitely didn’t finish out the way I wanted to,” Harrison said. “Overall I feel pretty good. Now, I’m into preparations for that first start. I’m looking forward to it.”Right-hander Josh Lindblom tossed two scoreless innings as he continues to compete with Cory Burns, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Ortiz for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen. The Rangers are trying to decide if they will take three relievers or two bullpen arms and outfielder Julio Borbon.Lindblom worked an easy seventh inning but had to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth.“Now, he’s starting to get outs,” manager Ron Washington said. “We haven’t made any decision on him as far as that [a roster spot] is concerned.”Geovany Soto had the only Rangers hit entering the eighth inning, a solo homer off White Sox lefty Chris Sale in the third. The other offensive highlight for the Rangers came courtesy of David Murphy, who produced two catcher’s interference calls.
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