SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Harrison knew he wasn't going to be as sharp as he was last season, when he won 18 games and made the AL All-Star team. Still, he didn't think his spring training debut would be this bad.
The 27-year-old left-hander gave up four runs on six hits in the first inning as the Texas Rangers lost 7-5 to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
"It definitely wasn't the way I wanted my first outing to go," Harrison said. "It's the first outing and your command is not going to be exactly where you want it to be. It definitely was way better in the bullpen than it was in the game. I don't know if it was a matter of trying to force it in there and not letting it be free and easy.
"I just kept missing either in, off too far or down in the dirt," he said.
The Royals batted around in the first, highlighted by Alcides Escobar's RBI triple.
"I didn't want to throw 40 pitches in one inning, but that's the way went today," Harrison said. "Hopefully, I can get better at tha...