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Rangers Reward GM Jon Daniels with Contract Extension

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite a rough 2014 season, the Texas Rangers have agreed on a contract extension with general manager Jon Daniels as well as assistant general manager Thad Levine.

ESPN is reporting both deal will run through the 2018 season.

The Rangers lost 95 games in 2014, their worst mark since 2008, and was also the last time the club finished a season with a losing record.

"I think it's really a tremendous statement by ownership for all of our people, players they want to keep the group together," Daniels said in a conference call. "Thad and I are in the press release but there are a lot of other people that are going to be impacted positively through this process."

Daniels has been with the Rangers since 2005, and was named Baseball America's Major League Executive of the Year in 2010. Levin has also been with the team since 2005.

The Rangers made it to the World Series in 2010 as well as 2011.

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Rangers Hire Michael Young as Special Assistant to GM

Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael Young is back with the Texas Rangers.

Young, who played 12 seasons with the Rangers, was hired as a special assistant to general manager John Daniels, the team announced Wednesday.

"Michael will be a significant asset to our baseball operations group in a variety of areas," Daniels said in a statement. "He has already been involved in our major league managerial search and player discussions this fall. I look forward to working with him as we prepare and plan for 2015."

Young, a career .300 hitter, played all but one of his 13 big league seasons with the Rangers. He finished his career in Texas as the team's all-time leader in games played (1,823), runs (1,085), hits (2,230), doubles (415), and triples (55).

Young played the final games of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 before rejoining the Rangers to retire.

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Rangers Introduce Jeff Banister

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers introduced new manager Jeff Banister on Friday.

Banister was named manager on Thursday and takes over a team that finished 67-95 in the A.L. West.

The Houston resident's last managerial job was with Arizona's Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions in 2009. 

"I've never chased a job in my life," Banister said. "The best opportunities that come along are the ones you're not looking for. Have I prepared myself for this opportunity? Yeah. From the day I stopped playing until now, I've truly dreamed and wanted to and tried to, but I got to a point in my life that I told myself I wasn't going to chase it. If it happened, it happened. … So to say that looking for this opportunity, I'd say some of the best opportunities are ones you're not looking for. I was asked, I thought about it and said, 'What a great place.'"

Banister replaces interim manager Tim Bogar, who led the Rangers to a 14-8 record following the resignation of manager Ron Washington on Sept. 5.

"I honor everything that has been done here previously and the men that have had a vision previously," Banister said. "These men know how to win. These men know what it takes to win. Last year was, I'm assuming for everybody in that clubhouse, an unfortunate situation. There were some guys who were hurt and some things out of their control. But the beauty of last year, in my eyes, is there were some men who came up and had the opportunity to gain some valuable experience moving forward. As we all know, it's not just 25 men."

Banister spent 29 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent the last five as their bench coach.

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Rangers Hire Jeff Banister as Manager

iStockphoto(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their manager on Thursday.

The 49-year-old Banister has spent the past 29 seasons in the Pirates organization handling various roles. His first managerial experience was leading Welland in the New York-Penn League in 1994. Bannister left after the season to manage Class A Augusta. In five seasons as a minor league manager, he compiled a record of 299-300.

Banister was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 1986 MLB draft. He appeared in one game during his big league career, recording a pinch-hit single in his only at-bat on July 23, 1991.

Banister replaces interim manager Tim Bogar, who led the Rangers to a 14-8 record following the resignation of manager Ron Washington on Sept. 5.

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Report: Rangers Decline Contract Option for OF Alex Rios

iStockphoto(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers have declined the 2015 option on outfielder Alex Rios, and he will become a free agent after the World Series, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The option would have paid Rios $14 million, but instead he will receive a $2 million buyout. Texas acquired Rios from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 11, 2013 for a player to be named later. The Rangers sent infielder/outfielder Leury Garcia to complete the trade.

In 178 games with Texas, Rios batted .280 with 10 home runs and 80 RBIs. He also swiped 33 bases and had an OBP of .312.

Rios was shut down after Sept. 4 because of a thumb injury.

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Rangers' Guilder Rodriguez, 31, Gets First Major League Hit

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tex.) -- In what has been a lost season for the Texas Rangers, Monday night was a bright spot as career minor leauger Guilder Rodriguez played a big part in the team's 4-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Rodriguez has spent the vast majority of his baseball career in the minor leagues before getting called up by the Rangers -- 13 seasons and 1,095 games to be exact.

In his second-career start, Rodriguez belted his first Major League hit with members of his family in attendance. As if that wasn't a big enough moment for him, in the seventh inning he hit a two-out single to drive in outfielder Jake Smolinski for what proved to be the game-winning RBI.

"This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born," Rodriguez said. "It's unbelievable. I feel great. My first big league hit, my first RBI, my father in the stands, my wife."

After the game, Rodriguez received a Gotorade shower from teammate Elvis Andrus.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Chicago Bears 27 (2-1) – New York Jets 19 (1-2) 

MLB: New York Yankees 5 (81-75) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (93-63)

Kansas City Royals 2 (85-71) – Cleveland Indians 0 (82-75)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (79-77) – Seattle Mariners 4 (83-73)

Chicago White Sox 2 (72-84) – Detroit Tigers 0 (86-70)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (85-71) – Atlanta Braves 0 (76-80)

Texas Rangers 4 (63-93) – Houston Astros 3 (69-88)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-94) – Minnesota Twins 2 (66-90) 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (88-69) – Chicago Cubs 0 (69-88) 

Oakland Athletics 8 (86-70) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (96-61)

San Diego Padres 1 (75-81) – Colorado Rockies 0 (65-92)

San Francisco Giants 5 (85-71) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (89-68) -13 Innings


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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (5) Auburn 20 (3-0) – (20) Kansas State 14 (2-1)

NFL: Atlanta Falcons 56 (2-1) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-3)

MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (60-92) – Oakland Athletics 2 (83-69)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (82-70) – Boston Red Sox 2 (66-87)

New York Yankees 3 (78-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-75)

Washington Nationals 6 (88-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-78)

San Diego Padres 7 (71-81) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (70-83)

Colorado Rockies 7 (62-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (87-66) - Chicago Cubs 4 (68-85)

Cleveland Indians 2 (79-73) - Houston Astros 1 (67-86) -13 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (85-68) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-74) - 13 Innings

Seattle Mariners 3 (82-70) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (95-58)

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Former Rangers Manager Ron Washington Explains Resignation

Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) -- Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters at a news conference Thursday that he resigned because of marriage infidelity.

 “I was not true to my wife after 42 years,” Washington said. “I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and apologize to her and to those I disappointed.”

Washington stepped down as manager of the Rangers on Sept. 5, citing a personal issue. In eight seasons at the helm, he compiled a record of 664-611, leading them to two World Series appearances (2010, 2011).

Tim Bogar took over as manager on an interim basis.

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Ron Washington Resigns as Manager

Harry How/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned as manager, the team announced Friday.

Washington was 664-611 and was a part of two World Series teams in 2010 and 2011.

"Ron Washington informed us today that he has chosen to resign as Rangers manager in order to turn his full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter," general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. "Out of respect for Ron's privacy, the Rangers will leave any comment on the details to him.

"While we are disappointed, we accept Ron's decision and are grateful for his many contributions to the Rangers organization over the last eight years. This has certainly been a difficult season for our major league club in terms of on-field performance, but we were looking forward to moving ahead with Ron as our manager in 2015."

Bench coach Tim Bogar will take over as the interim manager.

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